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  With a Two-Year Revenue Growth of 377%, Bent Ear Solutions Ranks No. 33 on Inc. Magazine’s List of the Mid-Atlantic Region’s                              Fastest-Growing Private Companies   

           Companies on the 2023 Inc. 5000 Regionals: Mid-Atlantic list had an average growth rate                                                                                              of 381 percent.  

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - Inc. magazine today revealed that Bent Ear Solutions is No. 33 on its fourth annual Inc. 5000 Regionals: Mid-Atlantic list, the most prestigious ranking of the fastest-growing Mid-Atlantic private companies, based in the District of Columbia, Delaware, Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia. Born of the annual Inc. 5000 franchise, this regional list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the Mid-Atlantic economy’s most dynamic segment–its independent small businesses.   


“We are incredibly proud of our team and their hard work in driving the success of our company," said Chris McIntosh, Chief Executive Officer of Bent Ear Solutions. "In the short time since our founding – five years ago this month – we are honored to be recognized as one of the fastest-growing companies in the region. It is the dedication, innovation and passion of our employees that have enabled us to reach this milestone and we are excited to continue building on our success.” 


The companies on this list show a remarkable rate of growth across all industries in the Mid-Atlantic region. Between 2019 and 2021, these 142 private companies had an average growth rate of 381 percent and, in 2021 alone, they added 14,439 jobs and $2.66 billion to the Mid-Atlantic region’s economy. Companies based in the Richmond, Virginia and the Washington, D.C. areas had the highest growth rates overall.      


Complete results of the Inc. 5000 Regionals: Mid-Atlantic, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, metro area, and other criteria, can be found at 


“This year’s Inc. 5000 Regional winners represent one of the most exceptional and exciting lists of America’s off-the-charts growth companies. They’re disrupters and job creators, and all delivered an outsize impact on the economy. Remember their names and follow their lead. These are the companies you’ll be hearing about for years to come,” said Scott Omelianuk, editor-in-chief of Inc. magazine. 


Founded in 2017, Bent Ear Solutions is a consulting company helping clients develop strategies, processes and tools to enhance operational capabilities and improve situational awareness, with a focus on geospatial technologies. Bent Ear Solutions serves clients across public, private and non-profit sectors, with clientele in the utility, transportation, federal government, defense and telecommunications industries. Bent Ear Solutions is proud to be a veteran-owned small business. In 2022, Bent Ear Solutions ranked #357 on the Inc. 5000 list. 


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More about Inc. and the Inc. 5000 Regionals  



The 2023 Inc. 5000 Regionals are ranked according to percentage revenue growth when comparing 2019 and 2021. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by March 31, 2019. They had to be U.S.-based, privately held, for-profit, and independent—not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies—as of December 31, 2021. (Since then, a number of companies on the list have gone public or been acquired.) The minimum revenue required for 2019 is $100,000; the minimum for 2021 is $1 million. As always, Inc. reserves the right to decline applicants for subjective reasons.    


About Inc. Media   

The world’s most trusted business-media brand, Inc. offers entrepreneurs the knowledge, tools, connections, and community to build great companies. Its award-winning multiplatform content reaches more than 50 million people each month across a variety of channels including websites, newsletters, social media, podcasts, and print. Its prestigious Inc. 5000 list, produced every year since 1982, analyzes company data to recognize the fastest-growing privately held businesses in the United States. The global recognition that comes with inclusion in the 5000 gives the founders of the best businesses an opportunity to engage with an exclusive community of their peers and the credibility that helps them drive sales and recruit talent.  


The associated Inc. 5000 Conference is part of a highly acclaimed portfolio of bespoke events produced by Inc. For more information, visit   

Bent Ear Solutions named #357 of America’s top 5000 fastest growing private companies

August 18, 2022 - Inc. Magazine announced Bent Ear Solutions, in its first year of eligibility, ranked No. 357 on its annual Inc. 5000 list, the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies.  The list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the American economy’s most dynamic segment – independent small businesses. To read more on Inc Magazine’s annual 5000 list the article can be found at

“Bent Ear Solutions is proud to join this elite group of America's fastest-growing companies.  We attribute this recognition to an incredible staff and their strong work ethic who are committed to our client’s success” said Chris McIntosh, CEO & Co-Founder.

Bent Ear Solutions believes strongly in becoming trusted advisors, enabling partners across the public and private sectors to become more resilient by maximizing technology investments, eliminating information silos and identifying technology solutions that address unique requirements and promote timely data-driven decisions.  Bent Ear maintains deep domain expertise in operations, crisis management, emergency management, and business continuity and has a successful track record of providing GIS-based situational awareness. 

Locana and Bent Ear Solutions Announce
Strategic Alliance

March 1, 2022

Locana (formerly known as Critigen) and Bent Ear Solutions (BES) are excited to announce a new strategic alliance. The companies will collaborate to provide comprehensive location-based solutions that help customers improve their performance and decision making across the organization, including their operations center. In addition, they will work closely with clients to identify issues, challenges, and mission priorities to modernize their geospatial capabilities and improve organizational effectiveness using location intelligence and mapping.

“Leveraging the complementary skills and expertise each company provides, customers gain tremendous value with focused and optimized technology, services, training, and support,” says Mike Eggenberger, VP, North America Sales, Locana. “We both understand the power of location for gaining an accurate understanding of circumstances to act with clarity and precision.”


Bent Ear Solutions Certified as System Ready by ESRI

February 15, 2022

Bent Ear Solutions is pleased to announce our recognition as an ArcGIS System Ready Specialty” partner by ESRI.  This certification is awarded to top ESRI partners that have strong industry expertise and consistently deliver solutions and services with ESRI’s latest technologies and content. As early adopters of Esri software releases, Bent Ear Solutions commits to being ready to leverage the newest capabilities and versions of ArcGIS technology. Our customers can be confident that solutions and services Bent Ear provides will always leverage the full range of features Esri technology has to offer.

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Bent Ear Helping Customers Overcome Technology Adoption Challenges

CIO Applications Magazine

September 15, 2020

Bent Ear is uniquely qualified to help customers who provide critical and essential services overcome technology deployment, management, and adoption challenges.

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Maximizing the Technology You Already Have

Disaster Zone - Eric Holdeman

August 10, 2021

Technology is dominating almost every aspect of our lives. It was not that long ago that emergency management and first responder agencies operated with just hardline phones and radios. Today it is a whole new ballgame. Unfortunately, many organizations have purchased technology that they are only using a small fraction of its capacity. In this podcast we explore how organizations can get the most out of the technology that they already own. It is not about buying a new system or dashboard tool, it really starts with having a vision and governance.

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