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SoftLight Development, Inc. Ranks No. 643 on the 2009 Inc. 5000 with Three-Year Sales Growth of 429.7%
Date:9/11/2009

IRVING, Texas, Sept. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Inc. magazine has ranked SoftLight Development, Inc. (SLD) NO. 643 on its third annual Inc. 5000, an exclusive ranking of the nation's fastest-growing private companies. The list represents the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy--America's independent-minded entrepreneurs. Consumer electronics maker Vizio, Internet giant GoDaddy, rental car service Zipcar, and beverage maker Honest Tea are among the prominent brands featured on this year's list.

"Savvy trend spotters and those who invest in private companies know that the Inc. 5000 is the best place to find out about young companies that are achieving success through a wide variety of unprecedented business models, as well as older private companies that are still expanding at an impressive rate," said Inc. 5000 project manager Jim Melloan. "That's why our list is so eagerly anticipated every year."

SLD serves clinical organizations, including the offices of general practitioners, as well as emergency rooms, neonatal, prenatal, orthopedic, cardiovascular and other specialized practices. It delivers consultation, software design and systems solutions for imaging, document management, practice management, as well as healthcare hardware and software. SLD has developed customer healthcare software and systems for more than 15 years.

The 2009 Inc. 5000, unveiled on Inc.com, serves as a unique report card on the U.S. economy. Despite the ongoing recession, aggregate revenue among the companies on the list actually increased to $214 billion, up $29 billion from last year, with a median three-year growth rate of 126 percent. The Inc. 5000 are responsible for creating more than 1 million jobs since their founding, making the list perhaps the best example of the impact private, fast-growing companies can have on the economy. Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region, and other criteria, can be found on Inc.com.

This year's list also offers a preview of which industries are poised for growth in coming years. With an average growth rate of 667 percent, Insurance ranked as the top industry overall. Government Services was the top industry gainer with 252 companies on this year's list, up from 135 last year. Health is the top industry by both total revenue ($22.7 billion) and total employment (156,223 jobs).

The Hottest Regions for Fast-Growing Companies

Once again, California tops the Inc. 5000 with the most companies of any state with 612. The Golden State is followed by Texas (393), New York (316), Florida (263), and Virginia (261). All 50 states, plus Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico, are represented on this year's list.

New York boasts 371 Inc. 5000 companies, making it the top metropolitan area, followed by Washington, D.C. (317), Los Angeles (253), Atlanta (209), and Chicago (203).

The Inc. 5000 at a Glance

Bolstered by this year's No. 1 company, Northern Capital Insurance, Insurance emerged as the top industry, with an average growth rate of 667 percent. Other strong performers include Energy (523 percent) and Government Services (491 percent).

In total, the companies on the Inc. 5000 have created more than 1 million jobs. Health is the top employer with 156,223 jobs, followed by Business Products & Services (122,911), IT Services (89,632), Food & Beverage (86,572), and Construction (65,494).

IT Services had the most companies on this year's list with 658, followed by Business Products & Services (502), Advertising & Marketing (398), Construction (354), and Manufacturing (342).

Topping this year's list is Northern Capital Insurance, a Miami-based firm that is helping to revolutionize Florida's ailing insurance industry. The company generated $95 million in revenue in 2008 and an impressive three-year growth rate of 19,812 percent.

The top woman-owned company is P3S (No. 17 overall), a San Antonio-based firm that provides IT network security and physical security services, mostly to the Defense Department. P3S, owned by Mary Ellen Trevino, recorded revenue of $13.5 million in 2008 and a three-year growth rate of 5,898 percent. The top minority-owned company is Harley Stanfield (No. 3 overall), a Washington, D.C.-based real estate investment firm that buys existing properties, makes them energy efficient, and then resells them as investment properties. Harley Stanfield, founded by Cedric Franklin, posted revenue of $38.4 million in 2008 and a three-year growth rate of 13,350 percent.

The Inc. 5000 posted an aggregate revenue of $214 billion in 2008, up nearly 16 percent from the previous year. The top five industries by total revenue include Health ($22.7 billion), Business Products & Services ($19.6 billion), Construction ($18.8 billion), Energy ($14.7 billion), and IT Services ($13.2 billion).

The Top 10 Inc. 5000 Companies Ranked by Growth

    Rank   Company      Location      Industry     Year    Three-Year  2008
                                                   Founded Revenue     Revenue
                                                           Growth
    ----   -------      --------      --------     ------- ------      -------
    No. 1  Northern     Miami         Insurance      2003  19,812.2%     $95
           Capital                                                     million
           Insurance
    -----  ----------   -----         ---------      ----  --------    -------

    No. 2  National     San Juan      Financial      2003  13,416.4%    $47.4
           Retirement   Capistrano,   Services                         million
           Partners     California
    -----  ----------   -----------   --------       ----  --------    -------
    No. 3  Harley       Washington,   Real           2003  13,350.3%    $38.4
           Stanfield    D.C.          Estate                           million
    -----  ---------    -----------   ------         ----  --------    -------
    No. 4  Perfect      Mill Valley,  Consumer       2002  12,749.3%    $63.5
           Fitness      California    Products                         million
                                      & Services
    -----  -------      ----------    -----------    ----  --------    -------
    No. 5  IntegraClick Sarasota,     Advertising    2002  12,654.4%    $96.4
                        Florida       & Marketing                      million
    -----  ------------ -------       -----------    ----  --------    -------
    No. 6  Kiva         Woburn,       Logistics &    2003    10,399%    $21.4
           Systems      Massachusetts Transportation                   million
    -----  -------      ------------- -------------- ----    ------    -------
    No. 7  Freedom      Tampa         Insurance      2004  10,035.3%   $182.8
           Health                                                      million
    -----  ------       ------        ---------      ----  --------    -------
    No. 8  One          Dallas        Advertising    2000   9,946.4%    $50.7
           Technologies               & Marketing                      million
    -----  ------------ ------        -----------    ----   -------    -------
    No. 9  MediaTrust   New York      Advertising    2004   9,481.1%    $38.3
                        City          & Marketing                      million
    -----  ----------   ----          -----------    ----   -------    -------
    No. 10 Criterion    Vienna,       Government     2005   8,433.7%    $20.3
           Systems      Virginia      Services                         million
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The Top 10 Inc. 5000 Companies Ranked by Total Revenue

    Overall Rank  Company         Location       Industry         2008 Revenue
    ------------  -------         --------       --------         ------------
    No. 4606      Hy-Vee          West Des       Food &                $6.2
                                  Moines, Iowa   Beverage             billion
    --------      ------          ------------   --------             -------
    No. 3304      CH2M Hill       Englewood,     Engineering           $5.6
                                  Colorado                            billion
    --------      ---------       --------       -----------          -------
    No. 826       Maxum           Old Greenwich, Energy                $4.9
                  Petroleum       Connecticut                         billion
    -------       ---------       -----------    ------               -------
    No. 1178      Lansing Trade   Overland Park, Business              $4.4
                  Group           Kansas         Products &           billion
                                                 Services
    --------      -----           ------         --------             -------
    No. 1710      Medical         Baton Rouge,   Health                $4.4
                  Management      Louisiana                           billion
                  Options
    --------      -------         ---------      ------               -------
    No. 4445      Kingston        Fountain       Computer                $4
                  Technology      Valley,        Hardware             billion
                                  California
    --------      ----------      ----------     --------             -------
    No. 3771      Brightstar      Miami          Telecommunications    $3.6
                                                                      billion
    --------      ----------      -----          ------------------   -------
    No. 3474      CoBank          Greenwood      Financial             $2.6
                                  Village,       Services              billion
                                  Colorado
    --------      ------          --------       --------             -------
    No. 4219      Cooper-Standard Novi, Michigan Manufacturing         $2.6
                  Automotive                                          billion
    --------      ----------      -------------- -------------        -------
    No. 4288      IASIS           Franklin,      Health                $2.1
                  Healthcare      Tennessee                           billion
    --------      ----------      ---------      ------               -------


Methodology

The Inc. 5000 is ranked according to percentage revenue growth from 2005 through 2008. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by the first week of 2005, and therefore able to show four full calendar years of sales. Additionally, they have to be U.S.-based, privately held, for profit, and independent -- not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies -- as of December 31, 2008. Revenue in 2005 must have been at least $200,000, and revenue in 2008 must have been at least $2 million. The top 10 percent of companies on the list comprise the Inc. 500, now in its 28th year.

About Inc. Magazine

Founded in 1979 and acquired in 2005 by Mansueto Ventures LLC, Inc. (www.inc.com) is the only major business magazine dedicated exclusively to owners and managers of growing private companies that delivers real solutions for today's innovative company builders. With a total paid circulation of 712,961, Inc. provides hands-on tools and market-tested strategies for managing people, finances, sales, marketing, and technology. Visit us online at Inc.com.

About the Inc. 500|5000 Conference

Each year, Inc. and Inc.com celebrate the remarkable achievements of today's entrepreneurial superstars--the privately held small businesses that drive our economy. The Inc. 500|5000 Conference & Awards Ceremony brings together members of the Inc. 5000 community, both a new class of Inc. 5000 honorees and the list's alumni, for three days of powerful networking, inspired learning, and momentous celebration. Please join us September 23-25, 2009, at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland. For more information about the 2009 Inc. 500|5000 Conference & Awards Ceremony, and to register, visit www.Inc5000event.com. Stay connected with Inc. Events by following @IncEvents on Twitter.

CONTACT: Laura Frnka, APR; Pierpont Communications for SoftLight Development, Inc. (713) 627-2223 ext. 1110; lfrnka@piercom.com


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