The Women Presidents’ Organization (WPO) released its 7th Annual list of the 50 Fastest-Growing Women-Owned/Led companies around the globe. The 50 Fastest generated $4.9 billion in combined 2013 revenues and collectively employed 22,000 people. Compared with last year’s list, the total combined revenue of the 2014 winning companies grew by a dramatic 53%.
Anserteam Workforce Solutions, the only WBENC-Certified alliance of independently owned staffing companies serving all of North America, moved up 5 places on this year’s list to be ranked 22nd of the fastest growing women-owned companies. Anserteam is an international workforce solutions alliance started by a group of independently-owned staffing company partners in 2004. As an international managed service provider, it serves companies with multiple geographic needs in the technology, manufacturing, accounting/finance, healthcare suppliers, food service, hospitality, industrial, call center and government sectors. Anserteam owner/members have over 450 branch locations producing over $1.5 billion in sales, and currently serves between 800 and 1,000 locations each week in North America. Anserteam is the only company of its kind in the United States and Canada and is headed by President, Natalie Davis-Runyan, an experienced national staffing executive. Natalie and her staff are headquartered in Dallas, Texas.
“The companies that made it onto our list this year reflect the continued resourcefulness of women-led businesses,” said Marsha Firestone, Ph.D., president and founder of WPO. “We saw production soaring, with an average revenue growth of 203% from 2009 to 2013. Not only is the financial growth of these companies impressive, it shows that women entrepreneurs are making inroads in non-traditional businesses, such as information technology and transportation. The growth of these women-led companies is particularly impressive as the world economic recovery struggles to gain traction. Privately held U.S. companies on average ended 2013 with annual sales growth of 5.4%, the slowest rate of sales growth since 2009,” Dr. Firestone added.
For the first time since its inception, the 2014 50 Fastest was opened to applicants on a global level, resulting in two international businesses in the top ten. Participating companies were ranked according to a sales growth formula that combines percentage and absolute growth. To be qualified for the ranking, businesses are required to be privately held, woman-owned/led companies with annual revenue of at least $500,000 by year end 2008.
Anserteam was honored at a special event during the 2014 WPO Annual Conference in New Orleans, LA on April 24, 2014.