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August 15, 2023

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   Bent Ear Solutions Recognized on the 2023 Inc. 5000 List of Fastest-Growing Companies

 

New York, August 15, 2023–Inc. revealed that Bent Ear Solutions ranks Number 877 on the 2023 Inc. 5000, its annual list of the fastest-growing private companies in America. The prestigious ranking provides a data-driven look at the most successful companies within the economy’s most dynamic segment—its independent, entrepreneurial businesses. Facebook, Chobani, Under Armour, Microsoft, Patagonia, and many other household name brands gained their first national exposure as honorees on the Inc. 5000 list.

 

This is the second year in a row Bent Ear has made the Inc. 5000 and Chris McIntosh, Bent Ear’s CEO and co-founder said, “I am so proud of our company and our team of outstanding dedicated employees who continue to provide our customers and our partners with guidance, processes, and technology to make better, more timely decisions with the software they already own”.

 

The Inc. 5000 class of 2023 represents companies that have driven rapid revenue growth while navigating inflationary pressure, the rising costs of capital, and seemingly intractable hiring challenges. Among this year’s top companies, the average median three-year revenue growth rate ticked up to an astonishing 2,238 percent. In all, this year’s Inc. 5000 companies have added 1,187,266 jobs to the economy over the past three years. For complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, location, and other criteria, go to www.inc.com/inc5000.

 

“Running a business has only gotten harder since the end of the pandemic,” says Inc. Editor-in-chief Scott Omelianuk. “To make the Inc. 5000—with the fast growth that requires—is truly an accomplishment. Inc. is thrilled to honor the companies that are building our future.

 

More about Inc. and the Inc. 5000

 

Methodology
Companies on the 2023 Inc. 5000 are ranked according to percentage revenue growth from 2019 to 2022. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by March 31, 2019. They must be U.S.-based, privately held, for-profit, and independent—not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies—as of December 31, 2019. (Since then, some on the list may have gone public or been acquired.) The minimum revenue required for 2019 is $100,000; the minimum for 2022 is $2 million. As always, Inc. reserves the right to decline applicants for subjective reasons. Growth rates used to determine company rankings were calculated to four decimal places. The top 500 companies on the Inc. 5000 are featured in Inc. magazine's September issue. The entire Inc. 5000 can be found at http://www.inc.com/inc5000.

About Inc.
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 & Gala is part of a highly acclaimed portfolio of bespoke events produced by Inc. For more information, visit www.inc.com.

 

About Bent Ear Solutions

Bent Ear Solutions helps organizations in the public and private sectors leverage their existing technology investments to maximize efficiency and increase situational and operational awareness. To assure success, Bent Ear Solutions works closely with customers to develop the appropriate processes and procedures for ongoing effective and sustainable data-driven decision support.

 

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June 12, 2023

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Local Business Owner Chris McIntosh Named to NSBA Leadership Council

Richmond, Virginia - Chris McIntosh, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Bent Ear Solutions, was recently named to the National Small Business Association (NSBA) Leadership Council. NSBA is the nation’s oldest small-business advocacy organization and operates on a staunchly nonpartisan basis. McIntosh, a recognized leader in the small-business community, joins the NSBA Leadership Council alongside other small-business advocates from across the country as they work to promote the interests of small business to policymakers in Washington, D.C.

“As a small and growing business owner, I see daily the importance of being involved and active when it comes to laws and regulation,” stated McIntosh. “Joining NSBA’s Leadership Council will enable me to take our collective small-business message to the people that need to hear it most: Congress.”

Mr. McIntosh served as an officer in the U.S. Navy before becoming the Operations Director for the Common Wealth of Virginia’s Department of Emergency Management.  He later joined ESRI as their Global Director of Public Safety and Homeland Security and co-founded Bent Ear Solutions in 2018. He has a master’s degree in Homeland Security from Virginia Commonwealth University and an undergraduate degree from Penn State University.

McIntosh joined the NSBA Leadership Council as part of his efforts to tackle the many critical issues facing small business, including tax reform, regulatory restraint, health care costs and how access to capital will impact small business. The NSBA Leadership Council is focused on providing valuable networking between small-business advocates from across the country while ensuring small business a seat at the table as Congress and regulators take up key small-business proposals.

“I am proud to have Chris McIntosh as part of our Leadership Council,” stated NSBA President and CEO Todd McCracken. He came to us highly recommended, and I look forward to our coordinated efforts for years to come.”

Bent Ear Solutions helps organizations leverage their existing technology investments to maximize efficiency and increase situational and operational awareness. Bent Ear Solutions also assists in developing standard operating procedures to align technology and personnel for more effective and sustainable data driven decision support.

Go to www.bent-ear.com to learn more about Bent Ear Solutions.

For more on the NSBA Leadership Council, please visit www.nsba.biz

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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 inc.com/mid-atlantic. 

  

“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. 

  

Media Contact 

Russ Johnson 

Director 

rjohnson@bent-ear.com 

  

More about Inc. and the Inc. 5000 Regionals  

  

Methodology  

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 www.inc.com.   

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  www.inc.com/inc5000.

“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.”

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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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