Which Lowcountry ventures made the 2018 Inc. 5000 list?
22 companies in the Charleston metro area rank among the fastest-growing private companies in the nation, according to the 2018 Inc. 5000 list.
The annual list – which is 37-years running – ranks 5,000 of the country’s quickest-growing private companies. This year’s list of ventures raked in a collective $206.2 billion in revenue in 2017 and have three-year rev growth rates of up to 75,661%.
Keep scrolling to see the 22 companies in the “Charleston, S.C. metro” that made the 2018 list. 👇
#249 Gotcha Media Holdings
Location 📍: Charleston | Industry 💼: Advertising + Marketing | Growth 📈: 1,955% | Revenue 💰: $6.3 million
What began as a transportation company (they’re the guys behind Charleston’s bikeshare program, Holy Spokes), Gotcha now focuses on marketing and advertising– particularly on college campuses.
#267 Frampton Construction
Location 📍: Ladson | Industry 💼: Construction | Growth 📈: 1,821% | Revenue 💰: $67.1 million
The guys and gals at this construction firm have built several commercial + industrial developments across the Carolinas. A few local projects include the T. Mobile call center in North Charleston and the IFA manufacturing + distribution center in Berkeley County.
#332 Move Buddies
Location 📍: Summerville | Industry 💼: Logistics + Transportation | Growth 📈: 1,489% | Revenue 💰: $3.2 million
Moving Buddies provides moving services for both local + cross-country moves.
#603 Source Ortho
Location 📍: Mt. Pleasant | Industry 💼: Health | Growth 📈: 830% | Revenue 💰: $7.5 million
This female-owned, Mount Pleasant-based company sells medical supplies and equipment, braces + splints, and electrotherapy products.
#672 Alder Energy Systems
Location 📍: Charleston | Industry 💼: Energy | Growth 📈: 743% | Revenue 💰: $5.4 million
Alder Energy Systems installs solar panel systems on both commercial + residential structures, including those at Blackbaud as well as at Carolina Ice Palace.
#838 Palmetto Solar
Location 📍: Charleston | Industry 💼: Energy | Growth 📈: 598% | Revenue 💰: $9.3 million
Palmetto Home has developed a tool called Palmetto|Home for smartphones that allows homeowners to track + analyze their energy consumption in real time. They also install home solar panel systems, + operate a B2B platform called Palmetto|Alchemy for solar sales.
#899 Hunter Quinn Homes
Location 📍: Mt. Pleasant | Industry 💼: Construction | Growth 📈: 551% | Revenue 💰: $22.7 million
Hunter Quinn Homes builds + sells homes in across the region. Their communities include: The Village at Fairmont South near Cypress Gardens, Tributary at The Park at Rivers Edge, and Creekside at Horizon Village.
#1135 Atlas Executive Consulting
Location 📍: North Charleston | Industry 💼: Business Products + Services | Growth 📈: 435% | Revenue 💰: $12.7 million
Since it was established in 2006, Atlas Executive Consulting has been providing consulting services to both government entities + private industry. The group has operations across the U.S., with its East Coast hub in Charleston + its West Coast hub in San Diego.
Location 📍: North Charleston | Industry 💼: Health | Growth 📈: 320% | Revenue 💰: $6.1 million
This North Charleston-based company helps groups create + manage 340B home delivery pharmacies. Additionally, Equiscript assists in recruiting patients to opt in to this method of prescription delivery.
Location 📍: Mt. Pleasant | Industry 💼: Advertising + Marketing | Growth 📈: 283% | Revenue 💰: $3.2 million
Q4Launch specializes in handling digital marketing for hospitality groups such as B+Bs, boutique hotels and vacation rental companies. The services they provide include social media management, email marketing campaigns, content creation + search engine optimization.
#1771 MedTrust Medical Transport
Location 📍: Hanahan | Industry 💼: Health | Growth 📈: 256% | Revenue 💰: $5.4 million
In addition to manning a fleet of ambulances, MedTrust provides medical transportation services like wheelchair transport, long-distance transport and air travel to those with medical needs. The company also provides first aid + medical standby services for events, serving organizations such as the Riverdogs, Charleston Battery, and Charleston Southern Football.
Location 📍: Charleston | Industry 💼: Advertising + Marketing | Growth 📈: 236% | Revenue 💰: $2.6 million
Visiture is an agency that provides search engine optimization + other digital marketing needs for eCommerce businesses. Clients include BarkBox, Just For Men, + Spanx.
#1932 Advantage Media Group
Location 📍: Charleston | Industry 💼: Media | Growth 📈: 232% | Revenue 💰: $11.8 million
Started in 2005 by Clemson University graduate Adam Witty, Advantage Media Group helps entrepreneurs grow their businesses via book publishing, writing + other marketing services.
Location 📍: Charleston | Industry 💼: Software | Growth 📈: 178% | Revenue 💰: $4.2 million
Ceterus is a powerful player among Charleston’s tech startup scene. The company provides accounting software for entrepreneurs.
#2718 JEAR Logistics
Location 📍: Mt. Pleasant | Industry 💼: Logistics + Transportation | Growth 📈: 153% | Revenue 💰: $83.7 million
JEAR connects commercial companies with third-party freight transportation services and products throughout the U.S. and Canada. Clients include Harris Teeter, Walmart + Publix.
Location 📍: Summerville | Industry 💼: Advertising + Marketing | Growth 📈: 121% | Revenue 💰: $2.3 million
TargetMarket offers everything from app development, to web design, to Internet marketing. Clients include Pillsbury, Southeastern Spine Institute, and Charleston Style + Design.
#3494 Knowledge Capital Group
Location 📍: Charleston | Industry 💼: Business Products + Services | Growth 📈: 108% | Revenue 💰: $2.7 million
KCG offers consulting services to businesses + healthcare organizations. Employee perks include a dog-friendly office, open vacation policy, unlimited food and beer on tap, and an office sailing team that uses the company’s own 30 ft. Catalina.
#3566 Davis Supply of Charleston
Location 📍: North Charleston | Industry 💼: Construction | Growth 📈: 105% | Revenue 💰: $8.2 million
Serving builders, architects and engineers alike, Davis Supply of Charleston provides foundation materials (like concrete + masonry materials) for both residential and commercial projects.
#3939 Call Experts
Location 📍: Charleston | Industry 💼: Telecommunications | Growth 📈: 90% | Revenue 💰: $8.4 million
This Charleston-based, family-owned call center made its first call in 1982, and its millionth in 2015. Call Experts provides consulting and telecommunications in 100+ languages.
#4131 Cantey Technology
Location 📍: North Charleston | Industry 💼: IT Management | Growth 📈: 84% | Revenue 💰: $5.5 million
Cantey offers information technology services such as data security, cloud hosting services, and networks/server management. Their clientele is equally diverse– they serve businesses in fields ranging from school districts to real estate.
Location 📍: Charleston | Industry 💼: Advertising + Marketing | Growth 📈: 77% | Revenue 💰: $2 million
A self-described ‘full-service’ agency, BlueKey strategizes, designs + develops digital marketing plans for clients like the Cancer Research Institute, Palmetto Health, + Fort Sumter Tours.
#4345 Fathom 4
Location 📍: Charleston | Industry 💼: Government Services | Growth 📈: 77% | Revenue 💰: $4.2 million
This veteran-owned business provides engineering services in both the private and the public sector.
To put it all into perspective, here are the top five fastest-growing companies on the list, nationally:
#1 | SwanLeap | 75,661% 3-year growth | $98.97 million revenue
#2 | PopSockets | 71,424% | $168.84 million revenue
#3 | Home Chef | 60,166% | $255.05 million revenue
#4 | Velocity Global | 39,817% | $49.18 million revenue
#5 | DEPCOM Power | 38,963% | $219.57 million revenue