Lists are interesting creatures - some find them informative while others simply disregard them. The 2nd annual list of the top 5,000 fastest growing private companies in the U.S. is an interesting follow-up to the recent Global Entrepreneurship Series on our blog. The list is a comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy - America's independent-minded entrepreneurs. Taken as a whole, these companies represent the backbone of the U.S. economy.

These are young, underreported companies across all industries doing fascinating things with cutting-edge business models, as well as older companies that are still showing impressive growth. One such example is Passport Health USA - these folks provide destination-specific travel health information and immunizations for international travelers - a very relevant site for readers of this blog!

You can also sort the list by top industries, top companies run by women or minorities, and of course sort by revenue. Criterion used for the ranking and other information can be found on the inc website.

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