Inc.'s first annual ranking of America's top businesses in California is here. The fastest-growing private companies--representing cities from San Diego to Sacramento--saw their combined total revenues climb 168 percent to a collective $5.5 billion between 2016 and 2018. Their 2018 revenue ranged from $1 million to $393 million. And they are also job creators, adding 26,000 to California payrolls.
2 YEAR GROWTH (2016-2018)
Create Music Group
|20,960%||Media||Los Angeles||Los Angeles|
|5,674%||Travel & Hospitality||Los Angeles||Los Angeles|
|5,169%||Advertising & Marketing||San Diego||San Diego|
|2,633%||Financial Services||San Francisco||Menlo Park|
|1,956%||Food & Beverage||Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA||Goleta|
|1,880%||Consumer Products & Services||San Francisco||Emeryville|
|1,744%||Advertising & Marketing||Los Angeles||Lake Balboa|
|1,526%||Business Products & Services||Los Angeles||Culver City|
|1,445%||Advertising & Marketing||San Jose||Santa Clara|
|1,418%||Financial Services||Los Angeles||Los Angeles|
How the 2020 Inc. 5000 Series Companies Were Selected Companies on the 2020 Inc. 5000 Series are ranked according to percentage revenue growth from 2016 to 2018. To qualify, companies must: be located in the region to which they are applying and generating revenue by March 31, 2016. They must be U.S.-based, privately held, for-profit, and independent--not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies--as of December 31, 2018. (Since then, some on the list may have gone public or been acquired.) The minimum revenue required for 2016 is $100,000; the minimum for 2018 is $1 million. As always, Inc. reserves the right to decline applicants for subjective reasons. Growth rates used to determine company rankings were calculated to three decimal places. Learn more about these companies.