Mercury 100 honors fastest-growing

Consider yourself invited.

One of the region’s premier business events will take place May 23 at the Omni Interlocken Resort in Broomfield. Mercury 100, honoring the fastest-growing private companies in the Boulder Valley, will unveil those companies that have achieved the greatest growth regionally. The list is compiled by the Boulder County Business Report’s research team, led by Mariah Gant.

Companies will be honored based on two-year revenue growth, from 2010 to 2012. Firms must be based in Boulder or Broomfield counties and must have recorded revenue of at least $150,000 in 2010. We’ll present two categories, one with companies reporting less than $2 million annually, and one with companies with more than $2 million in annual revenue (50 companies in each).

This year, we’ve upped the ante a bit, contracting with regional accounting firm EKS&H PC to conduct random audits of the results, validating numbers that have been submitted. We’re grateful to Jim Cowgill and Hy Harris, who manage the firm’s office in Boulder, and the rest of the EKS&H team for its efforts.

We first started the Mercury 100 program many years ago at the Northern Colorado Business Report, ranking companies in Larimer and Weld counties. It proved so successful that we quickly added a second event at the Boulder County Business Report, focusing on this region.

I’ve long said that Mercury 100 is my favorite of our many events. Although our other programs are instructive and inspirational, there’s something inherently fun in gathering leaders of fast-growing private companies in a room for a cocktail party and celebration.

Mercury brings together people from a variety of different industries, and each year reveals a different trend, with tech firms dominating one year, construction companies the next. It’s a perfect microcosm of what’s going on in the economy overall: During recessions, it can be difficult to find enough companies to create an interesting and valid ranking. But as the economy rebounds, submissions tend to flow in.

And companies rightfully are proud of these achievements, often tallying the number of years that they’ve made the list. Achieving a Mercury 100 ranking in one year is difficult enough; to do so repeatedly is remarkable.

To make it fun and create some suspense, Mercury 100 companies do not know where they rank until the event. We will conduct live tweets of the countdown, beginning at 50 in each category and continuing until we hit No. 6. The Top 5 in each category will be presented live, and we’ll hear from their leaders about what prompted their companies’ exceptional growth.

Mercury 100 sponsors include EKS&H PC, the Omni Interlocken Resort, Bolder Staffing, McGladrey, Wells Fargo, the Better Business Bureau of Denver/Boulder and BSC Signs. Additional sponsorships are available.

Registration costs $49 through May 19, $59 thereafter. Visit www.bcbr.com, or call Kevin Loewen at 303-630-1945 for information.

See you there!

Christopher Wood can be reached at 303-440-4950 or via email at cwood@bcbr.com.

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