This is the second year of the SD&I Fast50 and I’m excited to bring you this ranking and best practices awards program. Fast50, which results in the Top 50 of America’s Fastest Growing Systems Integrators, is open to all alarm dealers, systems integrators, IT/networking and electrical contractors whose primary business is physical security. But the real differentiator here is that the program is for companies both large and small—so no matter your size you can compete head to head with others in the marketplace. In other words: It’s not just for the big guys, like some awards, but is open to EVERYONE installing physical security products! Take a look here at the list of last year’s inaugural winners: www.securityinfowatch.com/10656733.
For me, the beauty of these awards lies in the depth and breadth of fantastic best practices that the participating companies share with you, my readers—and the world! They are not afraid to espouse the fact that they started offering a new service—and it added so much more value than they ever believed—to their business. I’m impressed by the level of understanding of how these companies know they need to change and migrate their business to new systems and services in order to be successful. Or, how they are embracing social media or working with their teams on leadership building. Because as small business owners, like many of you are, you know what you have to do and you go for it.
I am also impressed with the fact that the program is tracking really well, and we have two weeks left. We have a lot of new companies entering, and that speaks to the fact that this is a diverse program designed to recognize you, your teams and everything you are doing to make the places you do business at safer and more secure.
Please take time now to enter Fast50 at: www.securityinfowatch.com/sdifast50. It’s easy to do and all you need is three consecutive years of gross annual revenues. We will not publish those numbers and those are under a strict non-disclosure. We use those numbers in a formula to determine the overall, year-over-year percentage of growth for your company. Honestly, it only takes a few minutes to fill out the form once you have your numbers ready. The deadline for entries is February 18, 2013.
And get ready for our gala, main stage event, scheduled for Wednesday, April 10 from 4 to 5 p.m. at ISC West 2013 in Las Vegas. ISC West and SIA have endorsed our program and have graciously embraced the presentation and will help us during this event where we will present awards and certificates to our stellar Fast50 participants. In addition, we will have several of our winners give you information on how they grew their companies. Finally, we will have refreshments to celebrate all our accomplishments.
If you are a manufacturer and would like to sponsor part of the awards ceremony or take part in special congratulatory advertising in the April issue, please contact me at Deborah.firstname.lastname@example.org. Remember that these companies are the movers and shakers in the industry and they deserve your support and would certainly appreciate it!!