Good Luck Out There. We'll Be Thinking of You
No, the market for initial public offerings isn't what it used to be, but 44 percent of this year's Inc. 500 CEOs say they would like to take their company public someday. And five have done so in 2006. (Another three companies have filed paperwork indicating they may float an offering by year's end.) Here are the new publicly traded companies--with ticker symbols, in case you want to own a sampler of this year's Inc. 500.
LoopNet (LOOP) No. 429
A San Francisco-based commercial real estate broker
NightHawk Radiology Services (NHWK) No. 43
A provider of radiology services in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
Omniture (OMTR) No. 67
A software and IT services company in Orem, Utah
Visicu (EICU) No. 52
A health care technology company in Baltimore
Western Refining (WNR) No. 170
An oil refiner in El Paso, Texas
Darren Dahl is a contributing editor at Inc. magazine, which he has written for since 2004. He also works as a collaborative writer and editor and has partnered with several high-profile authors. Dahl lives in Asheville, North Carolina.