Inc. has been refining its annual issue on America's 500 fastest-growing private companies for 23 years. And this time around, we truly shook things up: To reflect the faster pace of today's economy, we made it possible for companies to qualify based on four years of growth rather than the customary five. The result is our most dynamic 500 yet.
What hasn't changed is the care and effort that go into the undertaking. The team shown below contacted thousands of candidates, inspected the financial statements of every finalist, interviewed each honoree, then crafted this edition. It wouldn't be this good without the contributions of each of them.