Inc. Magazine has recognized Montana-based SleekEZ LLC as one of the country’s top 500 fastest growing private companies and the State of Montana’s fourth fastest growing business of 2018. SleekEZ, ranked #394, is one of only 12 percent woman-owned businesses in the entire nation to make the list.
The list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the US economy’s most dynamic segment — independent businesses.
SleekEZ, formed in 2010 by Jennifer Tipton, creates Animal Products for the Animal Lifestyle. Tipton comes from a unique background with a degree in journalism and a former career as an advanced equine dentist. Their best-selling product The Original Deshedding Grooming Tool holds both utility and design patents and is sold worldwide. Soon to be release is The Professional Grooming Tool.
“We are proud to have contributed to bringing Montana’s rank to number three for the nation’s revenue growth,” said Jennifer Tipton.
Inc. shows that Montana is third in revenue growth over the past three years.
SleekEZ is Montana’s only products and services company to reach the ranks. “Montana is not the easiest place to operate a consumer product and service business; quality employees, logistics and warehousing have been challenging.” Despite these challenges, however, Tipton has grown the business by 1257.4 percent between 2014 and 2017.
Tipton attributes the made-in-the-USA company’s success on cost-effective marketing, intimate knowledge of her customer base, and putting customer satisfaction first. With a degree in journalism and 13 years background in advanced equine dentistry she was able to mesh the two together and hone in on the market.
Not only have the companies on the 2018 Inc. 5000 been very competitive within their markets, but the list as a whole shows staggering growth compared with prior lists. The 2018 Inc. 5000 achieved an astounding three-year average growth of 538.2 percent, and a median rate of 171.8 percent. The Inc. 5000’s aggregate revenue was $206.1 billion in 2017, accounting for 664,095 jobs over the past three years.