Inc. (magazine)

Inc. (magazine)

Infobox Magazine
title = Inc.

image_size = 107
image_caption = Inc. magazine, February 2007 issue
editor = Jane Berentson
category = Business
frequency = Monthly
firstdate = April 1979
country = flagcountry|United States of America
language = English
website = []
issn = 0162-8968

"Inc." is a monthly magazine based in New York City targeted towards entrepreneurs and small businesses. It also publishes an annual list of the 500 fastest-growing private companies in the U.S., the "Inc. 500."

The magazine reports its paid circulation as 690,000 as of February 2007, with monthly newsstand sales topping 20,000. [cite news
title=Inc., Fast Company see rapid circulation growth: ABC report
author=Nicole Smith
date=February 14 2007

"Inc." was founded in Boston by Bernie Goldhirsh and its first issue appeared in April 1979. Goldhirsh was an MIT-trained engineer who worked at Polaroid and on ballistic missiles before becoming an entrepreneur and founding "Sail" magazine, which he sold for $10 million, using the profits to found "Inc."cite news
title=Do the Right Thing
author=Douglas McGray
publisher=The Los Angeles Times
date=July 23 2006
] Goldhirsh kept a low profile, and longtime editor George Gendron was the "public face" of the magazine for two decades.cite news
title=Reversal of Misfortune
author=Ellen O'Brien
publisher=Boston Business Forward
date=August 2001
] Though long considered the younger upstart compared to most business publications, "Inc." suffered during the dot-com era as titles like "Fast Company" seemed to grab more attention, but the tech crash and subsequent retrenchment saw the magazine stabilize its circulation and image. In 2000, widowed and battling cancer, Goldhirsh sold the magazine to Gruner + Jahr for a price reported over $200 million. Goldhirsh's devotion to the principles of entrepreneurism led him to create the Goldhirsh Foundation and a unique trust for his children. [cite news
title=Wealthy Son Aims to Build His Legacy
author=Emily Steele
publisher=Wall Street Journal
date=July 20 2006
] The magazine was purchased in 2005 by Morningstar founder, Joe Mansueto, and "Inc." and its sister magazine "Fast Company" constitute the publishing arm of Mansueto Ventures.

The magazine is now based in New York City, and run under the leadership of CEO John Koten and Editor Jane Berentson.

Founder Bernie Goldhirsh's son, Ben Goldhirsh, is the founder of GOOD magazine.


The Inc. 5,000 is an expansion of the Inc. 500, which Inc. introduced in 1982. This list is an annual ranking of the country’s top 5,000 fastest-growing, private companies and also features a special ranking of the top 10 percent of the list—the Inc. 500. [ [ Inc500WashingtonDC: about ] ] The Inc. 5,000 includes the Inc. 500 but digs deeper to offer the most comprehensive look ever at the entrepreneurial engine driving the U.S. economy in the 5,000 fastest growing companies in America. The Inc. 5,000 is ranked according to percentage revenue growth over a four year period. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by the first week of the starting calendar year, and therefore able to show four full calendar years of sales. Additionally, they had to be U.S.-based, privately held, and independent—not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies—as of December 31 of the last year measured. Revenue in the initial year must have been at least $200,000, and revenue in the most recent year must have been at least $2 million. [ [ Inc. 5,000 Index, inc5000 Article - Inc. Article ] ]
* [ Full Inc. 5000 List]
* [ Top 100 Inc. 5,000 Companies By Gross Dollars of Growth]
* [ Top 100 Inc. 5,000 Companies By Revenue]
* [ Top 100 Inc. 5,000 Companies by Industry] [ [ 2007 Inc. 5,000 Top 100 Lists, inc5000 Article - Inc. Article ] ]


Inc. Magazine recently introduced [ IncBizNet] , a free website designed exclusively for private companies to promote their businesses and network with other business owners online. Users can create a profile, distribute press releases, create a business blog and join communities within IncBizNet. [ [ IncBizNet - The Networking Community for Private Companies | IncBizNet ] ]

Awards Ceremony

The Inc./Inc. 5,000 Conference and Awards Ceremony is an annual event produced by "Inc." magazine. It was created in 1982 to celebrate the fastest growing private companies in America. In 1982, "Inc." magazine published the Inc. 100; the following year, the list expanded to the Inc. 500, and in 2007, "Inc." magazine, in conjunction with, released the Inc. 5,000 list.

This annual conference brings together the current year's class of Inc. 500 and Inc. 5,000 honorees, the list's alumni, as well as entrepreneurs from the general public. The event has featured a number of well-known business and political figures and expert speakers including: William J. Clinton, Marshall Goldsmith, Scott Cook, Bernard Marcus, and Thomas Friedman.

[ [ M.Day,About Inc.500/Inc. 5,000 Conference and Awards Ceremony] ] [ [ Angela Gonzales, The Business Journal of Phoenix] ] [ [,2933,251479,00.html Tamara Schweitzer, Study:Inc. 500 Companies Fast Adopters of Social Media] ]


External links

* [ "Inc." magazine website]
* [ IncBizNet website]
* [ About the 2008 Conference]

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