A Charleston-based company that analyzes and sells data about used-car values was the front-runner among the South Carolina businesses named to the annual Inc. 5,000 list of fastest-growing U.S. firms.

Included by Inc.

Other Charleston area firms on the list were:

Escapada, a resortwear maker, No. 387.

JEAR Logistics, a transportation provider, No. 491.

EventWorks, party planning and rental business, No. 511.

SPARC, a software firm that was No. 14 last year, No. 700.

Blue Acorn, an e-commerce support firm, No. 803.

The Cassina Group, a real estate firm, No. 886.

Omatic Software, a software firm, No. 1,349.

ISHPI, a cyber defense specialist, No. 1,571.

360clean, a commercial cleaning franchiser, No. 1,812.

TE21, an education assessment and consulting business, No. 1,869.

PhishLabs, a cyber crime protection and intelligence service provider, No. 1,889.

CodeLynx, an electronic security system integration services provider, No. 2,201.

Stasmayer, an information technology support company, No. 2,258.

Lodging Source, a corporate travel booking service, No. 2,806.

Cantey Technology, an IT consulting service, No. 2,827.

Novus Architects, an architecture firm in Mount Pleasant, No. 3,354.

Advantage Media Group, publisher of business and self-improvement books, No. 3,664.

eGroup, an IT support firm, No. 3,937.


PureCars was ranked No. 141 overall by the magazine, with revenue of $8.7 million and a growth rate of 2,690 percent. The King Street company was co-founded by CEO Jeremy Anspach in 2007.

In all, 55 South Carolina businesses made the Inc. 5,000 this year, up from 48 in 2013.

The list was released at www.inc.com/5000 last week.

Companies nominate themselves and submit sales figures and other financial information to the magazine, which reserves the right to reject applicants. Among other requirements, companies must be independently owned and privately held. Also, they must have generated at least $2 million in revenue last year and at least $100,000 in 2010 to be eligible for inclusion.

Contact John McDermott at 937-5572.