- Survived a Rocky Century
- Will your company last? Graniterock celebrated its 100th anniversary this year. The company is a lot bigger than when it started, and its third-generation leadership has learned a lot about dealing with change.
- Putting Meals on Wheels (and Rails and Water)
- From a 120-square-foot office to a shipping giant, Paul Robbins has built the fastest-growing company in America's inner cities.
- Wowing Warren Buffett
- What does it take to get the nation's preeminent investor to buy you out? For two brothers running a furniture chain, it took breaking the rules and having fun.
- Life on Nantucket with the Juice Boys
- Tom First and Tom Scott expanded Nantucket Nectars by listening carefully to their critics.
- Creating an E-Consulting Giant
- Bob Gett, fueled by his understanding of what made him want to quit consulting, has built Viant by pushing his employees to acquire new skills.
Starting from Nothing
- Making Every Dollar Count
- Edy Bedoya fights hard for every dollar he makes for his $13 million computer hardware business. It's that spirit that helped an immigrant go from cleaning bathrooms to the CEO's office.
- Building a Mutual Fund Giant
- The founder of American Century Cos. describes how he started the company, brought in outside investors, and ended up (40 years later) with hundreds of millions of dollars.
- Unsentimental Journey
- Hadi Mahmoodi has earned his Mercedes and his fancy house. He arrived here from Iran with nothing, and built a thriving distributorship.
Inc. 500 Stars
Here are some of the stories behind companies that have soared into Inc. magazine's annual list of the fastest-growing private companies in America.
- The Hall of Fame
- These are the companies that started small but have grown to be household names: Microsoft, Oracle, Timberland, Fresh Samantha.
- The People Business
- Roth Staffing, the #1 company on the 1999 list, achieved its staggering growth by sticking to a simple growth strategy: Find out what customers want and give it to them in spades.
- The Marketeer
- John Streep calls himself a "dumb salesman." But he was smart enough to see opportunity in the breakup of AT&T's long-distance monopoly.
- Sonic Boom
- The #1 Inc. 500 company in 1997 transformed a toothbrush into the mouth that roared. It managed to make its good idea stick through a sense of mission and a focus on basics, fostered by cofounder David Giuliani.
- Touchy Subject
- A weird idea and a "if you build it, they will come" attitude took SensAble Technologies to #211 in 1999.