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ISHPI makes Inc. 500|5000 two years in a row

NEW YORK, August 21, 2012 — Inc. magazine today ranked ISHPI NO. 1118 on its sixth annual Inc. 500|5000, an exclusive ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. This marks ISHPI’s second consecutive year on the Inc. 500|5000 listing.  This is also the second consecutive year that ISHPI’s Chairman, CEO & President, Noah T. Leask, is being recognized as the Top Native American Entrepreneur in South Carolina and one of the Top 10 Native American Entrepreneurs in the list ranking 6th out of 26.  The list represents the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy—America’s independent entrepreneurs.  Unified Payments tops this year’s list. ISHPI joins Yelp, yogurt maker Chobani,, KIND and famed hatmaker Tilly’s, among other prominent brands featured on this year’s list.

“We are humbled and proud to be joining the select list of repeat Inc. 500|5000 listees,” said Noah Leask, Chairman, CEO & President. “Our team has been focused and dedicated to growing while delivery on our promises outlined in our winning proposals.  This has led to significant and sustained growth since our inception in September 2006 even with the economy as it is.”

In a stagnant economic environment, median growth rate of 2012 Inc. 500|5000 companies remains an impressive 97 percent. The companies on this year’s list report having created over 400,000 jobs in the past three years, and aggregate revenue among the honorees reached $299 billion. Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region, and other criteria, can be found at

“Now, more than ever, we depend on Inc. 500|5000 companies to spur innovation, provide jobs, and drive the economy forward.  Growth companies, not large corporations, are where the action is,” says Inc. Editor Eric Schurenberg.


The 2012 Inc. 500|5000 is ranked according to percentage revenue growth when comparing 2008 to 2011. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by March 31, 2008. They had to be U.S.-based, privately held, for profit, and independent—not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies—as of December 31, 2011. (Since then, a number of companies on the list have gone public or been acquired.) The minimum revenue required for 2008 is $100,000; the minimum for 2011 is $2 million.

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