No doubt about it, the past year was challenging for businesses of all kinds--and many companies stepped up to meet the moment. Now is your chance to show that achievement: Apply for this year's Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing private companies in America.

Claiming a spot on the Inc. 5000 is a huge accomplishment for any growing business, perhaps now more than ever. From health-tech companies and personal protective equipment (PPE) vendors to grocery delivery services and at-home fitness brands, the businesses small and large that thrived in 2020 can help jump-start the post-Covid economic recovery. Inc. 5000 alumni like Facebook, Kind Snacks, and Zillow are all household names, due in part to the jobs they helped create following the Great Recession in 2009.

By making the list, you'll also gain access to a powerful networking group of your fellow honorees and high-profile alumni--as well as boost employee morale, amp up your marketing and promotion, and transform your ability to recruit top talent. You'll get increased credibility with clients, investors, and the media--including a dedicated company profile page on Inc.com and the possibility of a mention in Inc.'s print edition. Inc. 5000 company profile pages receive millions of online impressions each year.

The list, which ranks the 5,000 companies by their three-year revenue growth rates, is open to businesses of all sizes and functions to apply. To be considered, your company must be independently owned, privately held, and based in the U.S. It needs to have generated revenue by March 31, 2017, and minimum revenue thresholds of $100,000 in 2017 and $2 million in 2020. If that sounds like your business, submit your application today. The early-rate deadline for applications is March 26.