Sixteen North Bay companies made Inc. magazine’s annual list of 5,000 fast-growing U.S. companies, released Wednesday, Aug. 16, and of them, one debuted in the top 500 and seven were newcomers.
All together, the North Bay enterprises that made the cut from tens of thousands of applicants had $794.9 million in revenues last year and employed 7,194, according to the Inc. 5000 company profiles. The rankings are based on firms that took in more than $2 million a year and revenue growth for fiscal 2013–2016.
New to the Inc. 5000 list from Sonoma, Solano, Marin and Napa counties were Sausalito’s CleanFund (No. 331), Novato’s The ExecRanks (591), San Rafael’s Email Aptitude (1,037), Novato’s Patra (1,622), Santa Rosa’s The Engine Is Red (3,118), Petaluma’s Solairus Aviation (3,294) and Santa Rosa’s M.A. Silva USA (4,605).
CleanFund started in 2009 and is a financier of commercial property-assessed clean energy, or (C-PACE) loans, akin to what Petaluma-based Ygrene Energy Fund does with residential PACE financing programs.
Started in 2008, advertising and marketing agency The Engine Is Red, named from an inside joke among the founders, has been getting a spurt of growth in the past three years from expansion of clients outside the North Bay, according to founder Chris Denny. The firm currently has a staff of 20, with 12 inhouse and the rest as contractors.
“We want to create a creative hub in Sonoma County that does not just serve Sonoma County,” he told the Business Journal. “We are drawing attention from traditional creative centers in New York City and San Francisco.”
Currently, half the agency’s clients are based outside the North Bay, and the firm has expanded from financial and nonprofit clients to biotechnology and life sciences as well as wine.
Sonoma-based Bolt Staffing Service returned to the list this year at No. 3,745 with 79.4 percent growth to $9.5 million last year. It previously ranked in 2003 at No. 364.
North Bay companies on the Inc. 5000 list
|Rank||Company||City||2016 revenue||3-year revenue growth||Founded||Employees||Times on the list||2016 rank|
|1,011||Moore Solar / Heating / Cooling||Santa Rosa||$16.4m||428.59%||2007||87||4x||467|
|1,037||Email Aptitude||San Rafael||$4.0m||411.66%||2010||39||1x|
|1,815||Free Flow Wines||Napa||$4.9m||212.72%||2009||47||3x||1,064|
|2,587||EO Products||San Rafael||$33.0m||135.80%||1995||103||7x||2,257|
|3,118||The Engine Is Red||Santa Rosa||$2.0m||105.52%||2008||15||1x|
|3,583||Before The Movie||Fairfield||$5.5m||85.61%||2008||15||4x||2,943|
|3,745||BOLT Staffing Service||Sonoma||$9.5m||79.39%||1994||1,769||2x|
|4,605||M.A. Silva USA||Santa Rosa||$42.1m||51.76%||2000||49||1x|
Correction, Aug. 24, 2017: There are 16 North Bay companies on the Inc. 5000 list this year, not 17.