Seeking Nominations for the 50 Fastest Growing Companies in Lake and Geauga Counties

Winning companies to receive the Lake-Geauga Fast Track 50 Award

CLEVELAND - Now in its 19th year, the Lake-Geauga Fast Track 50 Award will once again recognize the 50 fastest growing companies in Lake and Geauga Counties. Winners of the award will be based on average sales and employment growth from 2006 through 2010. This year's nomination form can be found online at: www.fasttrack50.org.

To be eligible to receive the award, companies must be located in the two-county region, be organized as a for-profit business, and must have a sales profit for 2006 of, at least, $100,000. Nomination deadline is August 26, 2011.

Winning companies will be honored at a recognition dinner on November 10, 2011 at the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites LaMalfa in Mentor and will be featured in a special section of The News-Herald.

Fast Track 50 was founded in 1993 when Peter Ferrante, Greg Skoda and representatives from Huntington National Bank met to talk about the unique small businesses that they served as clients. A formal program was then developed to honor the 50 fastest growing companies in the Lake-Geauga county region. The annual awards banquet is attended by nearly 500 members of the business community and local government officials.

This year's program is sponsored by Wells Fargo Advisors, Huntington Bank, Lakeland Workforce Development & Continuing Education, The News-Herald, and Skoda Minotti.

More than 280 companies have been recognized since the award's inception in 1993. For a complete listing of these companies, or to nominate a deserving company, please visit www.fasttrack50.org. For questions, please contact Jen Brawner of Skoda Minotti at 440.449.6800.

About Skoda Minotti

Skoda Minotti (www.skodaminotti.com, 888-201-4484) is a CPA, business and financial advisory firm. Clients of the firm range from closely-held businesses to public companies, from individuals and partnerships to corporations, trusts and estates. Skoda Minotti is an independent member of the BDO Seidman Alliance. The Alliance offers its vast resources and technical expertise to clients through over 200 firms and 360 locations across the United States and 621 firms in 107 countries globally.

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Inc. 500 List of fastest growing private companies
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