It is the fourth year for the California-based news source Entrepreneur to release their “E360 List”, which gives readers a comprehensive overview of the top 360 small businesses throughout the nation each year. “E360 is all about celebrating growing, well-rounded companies,” Jason Feifer, Editor and Chief of the magazine said. “We know that growth or revenue numbers don’t tell the whole story of any company, which is why we base our rankings off of a wide range of data points.”
In order to be considered for such an award, the companies must first be invited to apply. Following the submission of their application, they are assessed and evaluated by an advanced algorithm and analytics that are not released to the public. However, Feifer explained that “we look at revenue and customers, business valuation, financial evaluation, innovation, and management efficiency”, which are all key data points used to make this assessment.
Entrepreneur has created individual profiles for each of the awarded businesses, which provide visual representations of some of these essential factors. These profiles can be found by visiting https://www.entrepreneur.com/360 and clicking on the company name.
For the year of 2018, seven Arizona businesses were recognized: Everything Etched, V Digital Services, Ketamine Wellness Center, Company Nurse, Fasturtle Interactive, Knife & Fork Media Group and East Valley Property Management. The seven Arizona companies, Feifer described, “have all found a specific niche and shown solid business growth while all being profitable. Their performance on our list shows them to be well-managed companies with solid products or services.”
Knife & Fork Media Group is located in Phoenix and works tirelessly as a full service marketing and public relations team. Susie Timm, president of the media group, expressed her excitement to receive this award. “Entrepreneur recognizes well-rounded businesses for this particular award—they do a literal 360 degree review of everything including employee retention, growth, community stewardship etc. We are blessed to hit the mark in many areas.”
Timm also explained the impact that living in Arizona has had on their success. “I have lived in the Phoenix metro area since 1992—so for me, living here and owning a business here is the perfect combination as I have very long standing relationships with many, many community influencers. I am able to find solutions for our business, employees and clients very rapidly due to my vast network. This is possible when you have community roots. “ Knife & Fork Media Group was listed as number 324 on the list in 2018.
Company Nurse, LLC is the 237th business listed and is based out of Scottsdale. Founder and President Paul Binsfeld gave more insight into his company and their success. “As the first nurse triage service for workplace injuries, Company Nurse has always been an industry changemaker. Since the beginning, we’ve been driven by the purpose of lessening the pain of workers’ comp. Our investments in people and technology have helped us to do just that and continue to strengthen our position as a market leader. We’re proud to see our hard work recognized by being named one of the ‘Best Entrepreneurial Companies in America.’” When asked what the year of 2019 will hold, Binsfeld responded, “we’re expecting healthy growth this year. To meet this growth, we are continuing to invest in our technology, widen our contact center capabilities, and expand our team.”
Scottsdale-based Everything Etched focuses on the little, meaningful details of creating personalized, one of a kind items. Founder and president Tyler Cadwell expressed his deep appreciation and expectations for the coming year. “It’s an honor to be selected for the Entrepreneur 360 List. Our team has worked very hard to grow the company and to receive recognition for it is very rewarding and motivating. The last 2 years were about building a good team and a solid foundation for growth. Now that we have that, the next few years are going to be an exciting time for Everything Etched. We have plans for major expansion in the years to come. This is just the start of something great.”
There is a wide age range in the businesses selected from Arizona, which Feifer explained, speaks to the business environment today, “It’s possible to start a company that thrives almost immediately, but also, with the right leadership and willingness to adjust to changing marketplaces, strong companies can stand the test of time and still be growing decades later,” Feifer said.
Visit https://www.entrepreneur.com/360 to see the complete list for 2018 along with the company specific profiles.