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And the 2019 winner of the Inc 5000 Fastest-growing Company is--

Finally! The big winner of the Inc 5000 annual list is an Advertising and Marketing company! Freestar of Phoenix, Az., “works with businesses to build brand awareness, establish marketing campaigns and increase revenue based upon content promotion.”

Their route to the top began with a printed wall calendar…

Not a buzzy new calendar app. Not a life-altering meeting request. A printed wall calendar. One of those relics with pictures of animals or landscapes that we all used to tack up in the kitchen.

This particular calendar—Tempe12—had, well, swimsuit models. Arizona State University co-eds in bikinis, to be exact. "All the girls had to have a minimum 3.0 GPA, so they had beauty and brains," explains Freestar co-founder David Freedman, without a trace of sheepishness. Freedman, who launched the calendar when he was a 22-year-old fifth-year senior at ASU back in 2004, has come a long way since then. But he draws a straight line from that fairly crude start to his current success.

Freestar, you see, sells solutions and services that help publishers make more money online by optimizing their advertising operations.

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Kentucky companies on the 2019 Inc 5000 List

Kentucky’s highest rank on the Inc 5000 list for 2019 is Number 21. The company, Tailor Made Compounding, located in Nicholasville, boasts a 3-year growth rate of 8,327% with 2018 revenue of $10.2M. It provides pharmaceutical compounding formulations to meet the needs of physicians and patients. It is No. 4 among Inc’s 2019 Top Health Companies.

Number 1 in that category is Cano Health, Miami, Fla., which offers a "primary care plus" menu of medical, dental, vision, specialty, and diagnostic services. It began in 2009 with one facility that offered patients medical and dental care for a flat rate of $30/month. Growth rate: 14,183%. It pays to be reasonable.

Two other Kentucky health companies made the list at the No. 92 and No. 317 positions, Kentucky Counseling Center (3,418%) and HANDLE (1,448%).

Below are the top ten Kentucky winners. Read more on Inc’s website!

The hyperlinks in the table below will take you to the company's Inc. 5000 description that includes its url.

21 Tailor Made Compounding 8,327% $10.2 million Health 2015 Nicholasville KY
92 Kentucky Counseling Center 3,418% $4.9 million Health 2014 Louisville KY
317 HANDLE 1,448% $2.3 million Health 2015 Prospect KY
546 LEDMyplace 810% $7.3 million Energy 2014 Louisville KY
782 Synergy Home 553% $4 million Consumer Products & Services 2014 Lexington KY
1346 CAP Venture Group 307% $3.8 million Real Estate 2013 Louisville KY
1468 CisCom Solutions 282% $8.6 million IT Management 1996 Louisville KY
1491 Vac2Go 277% $12.3 million Business Products & Services 2012 LaGrange KY
1913 United Installs 209% $10.6 million Construction 2012 Erlanger KY
2066 Mightily 195% $2.9 million Advertising & Marketing 2013 Louisville KY