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For three years, the Colorado Springs Business Journal has celebrated the region’s Fastest Growing Companies  — those companies that have shown noteworthy growth in both revenue and employees.

This year, the response from local companies was phenomenal. We had a record number of nominations and the decision was tough for our panel of impartial judges. We are pleased to present 10 awards this year to companies that have seen growth ranging from 50 to 764 percent year-over-year.

And while there are some familiar faces, there are some that will come as a surprise. And that’s the goal of these awards — to honor and celebrate the people and businesses that contribute to economic prosperity in southern Colorado.

For many years, the community has recognized the need to support and grow local businesses and entrepreneurs. The support comes through the work of the Small Business Development Center, the Colorado Springs Chamber & EDC, Peak Startup, Downtown Development Partnership, SCORE, Catalyst Campus and many others. Through mentorship, networking opportunities and educational programs, these organizations help create a welcoming and supportive environment.

The Business Journal and our sponsors are proud to recognize the group of businesses that are leading the way in providing new jobs and investments. This year’s nominees come from technology, retail, hospitality and entertainment — all are locally grown and all are developing Colorado Springs into the kind of community where we want to live, work and play.

In these pages, you’ll read about the winners — and what helps them succeed. We want to shine a light on these companies to create pride and recognition for the entire Pikes Peak region.

Thank you for being part of the celebration, supporting the entrepreneurs and helping our region become a leader in new business startups.

Amy G. Sweet, Editor & COO

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Eight companies received awards Thursday night from the Colorado Springs Business Journal during its annual awards ceremony to honor the city’s fastest-growing companies.

About 200 people gathered at the Roaring ’20s theme party at The Gold Room and winners were announced from 16 nominees.

Winners included:

Awards were given based on growth in the past three years, revenue size and other criteria. According to the awards committee, the 16 nominees contribute $95 million in revenue generated in the past year alone and created 600 new jobs.

“This year’s nominees truly represent a cross section of all business sectors — from high-growth technology, retail and research to manufacturing and construction,” said the letter from the awards committee. “They have all taken significant risks to create strong and growing companies. They also recognize the opportunities and advantages that the Pikes Peak region offers for attracting new companies and creating economic wealth.”

For more information about the awards ceremony, please see the Oct. 14, 2016 edition of the Business Journal. And during the next three months, look for stories about the winners in the CSBJ.

2016 Fastest Growing Companies

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2015 Fastest Growing Companies