We'd call them the "Utah 86" but that doesn't have the resonance equal to the impact these privately owned companies have had on the economy both statewide and nationally.
Inc. magazine's annual and famous list of Inc. 500 booming mega companies has been extended to include 5000 privately held (read: small) companies that are growing despite sluggish economies in the U.S. and Europe.
Among the 500 are 86 Utah companies, including a few that have been written about in Salt Lake magazine, including Goal Zero, England Logistics and Cuisine Unlimited (owner Maxine Turner, below). Cuisine Unlimited pulled in over $5 million in revenue as a worldwide catering business. CU has catered Salt Lake magazine events.
Goal Zero ($33 million revenue) manufactures compact solar-power gadgets that not only helps outdoorsy folks unplug, but helps villages in the developing world get plugged in For more info on this amazing company, go here.
England Logistics includes C.R. England, a family owned interstate trucking company. Perhaps not as sexy as sucking power from the sun or catering Olympic events, England's 89 percent growth and $315 million in revenues are nothing to sneeze at.
Collectively, Inc. says, the 5000 companies have created about 46,000 jobs.