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Mar 04, 2019 07:12AM ● By Chris Haire

South Carolina Business Awards has opened nominations for the S.C. 25 Fastest Growing Companies of 2019 competition. Now in its 18th year, this competition recognizes the achievements of top-performing private and publicly-owned companies that have contributed to South Carolina’s economy through exceptional increases in revenues and employment. The S.C. 25 Fastest Growing Companies was founded as a way to honor the state’s most dynamic businesses and their contributions to our state’s economic vitality.

The S.C. 25 Fastest Growing Companies program, presented by The Capital Corporation and co-sponsored by Integrated Media Publishing (publisher of Greenville Business Magazine, Columbia Business Monthly, and Charleston Business Magazine), PNC Bank, Keenan Suggs | HUB, and Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP, has turned into South Carolina’s most sought-after recognition for rapidly growing companies.

To be eligible for the S.C. 25 Fastest Growing Companies Award, the company must be headquartered in South Carolina, be in business for at least three years, and show revenues of more than $3 million. They are judged on the growth of their income over the last three years and the growth of their employment and pre-taxed income. These measurements portray positive change and true growth in any company without regard to industry and position everyone to vie for a prestigious spot among South Carolina's Top 25 Fastest Growing Companies.

For more information regarding South Carolina Business Awards and to nominate a company, please visit


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