January 9, 2023 (NEW YORK) – The Women Presidents Organization (WPO) and JPMorgan Chase Commercial Banking are seeking nominees for the 50 Fastest Growing Women-Owned and/or Led CompaniesTM ranking. Nominations are open now and the deadline to apply is February 16, 2023.
This year’s 50 Fastest honorees will be recognized at the WPO Entrepreneurial Excellence Forum on May 10-12, 2023 in Las Vegas, NV, and will gain access to exclusive networking and educational opportunities presented with JPMorgan Chase. Honorees will also receive a complimentary analysis of their brand’s online and social media presence from WPO Member company, Zilker Media.
“This ranking was created 16 years ago to recognize fast-growing women-led companies, the impact they have in growing the global economy, and the women entrepreneurs who lead these incredible organizations,” said Camille Burns, CEO of the Women Presidents Organization. “We invite women-owned or -led companies from all industries to apply so that they can be properly celebrated by the WPO and JPMorgan Chase Commercial Banking, who continue to make this ranking possible.”
To be eligible, companies must be privately held, women-owned or led, and must have reached annual revenues of at least $500,000 in each of the last five years. Applicants are not required to be members of the WPO and there is no cost to apply. All applications must be received by February 16, 2023.
The 50 companies honored in 2022 spanned a range of industries including healthcare, government, technology and more, and for the second year in a row, the top three companies were run by women of color. Over the last two years, the WPO saw an increase in the size and age of businesses that were named to the 50 Fastest list. The 2022 50 Fastest generated a combined $6.8 billion in revenues, up from $4.1 billion in 2021, and averaged 18 years in business, up from 14 years in 2021. They also employed more people on average, with a projected employee base of 732 per business, an increase of 160 employees from 2021.
“Over the years, the 50 Fastest has served not only as a celebration of women business leaders, but also as a tool for community building,” said Thelma Ferguson, Vice Chair of JPMorgan Chase Commercial Banking. “Past honorees represent a vast network of business and community leaders, motivating and supporting one another in their ambitions. Women business owners are a true economic force and we look forward to celebrating a new class of entrepreneurs this year.”
The WPO and JPMorgan Chase will host an informational webinar in February to review eligibility requirements. For further information on the webinar or the 50 Fastest program, please visit women-presidents.com/50fastest