Nominations Now Open for 2019 Mid-Market Fast 40

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Ward and Smith is excited to announce a joint effort to recognize and celebrate thriving mid-market companies in North Carolina. 

Nominations are now open for the 2019 Mid-Market Fast 40 program

Why it Matters

At Ward and Smith, we understand the vital role that local businesses play in contributing to the longevity of North Carolina's booming economy. That's why we have partnered up with Business North Carolina, Cherry Bekaert LLP, and Regions Bank to host the 9th annual NC Mid-Market Fast 40 program. This event honors companies' entrepreneurial spirit, innovative business strategies, and skyrocketing revenue growth. 

Who is Eligible?

To be eligible, a company must:

  • Be headquartered in North Carolina
  • Be a commercial enterprise, not a nonprofit
  • Be either privately owned or publicly traded
  • Have net annual revenue in the range of $10 million to $500 million
  • Demonstrate sustained revenue and employment growth over the past three years

The Nomination Process

Companies that meet the eligibility requirements can fill out this form to complete the nomination process.  Or, if you would like to nominate a company, click here.

The selection committee will evaluate all interested applicants and contact the finalists to schedule brief appointments to validate the submitted information and interview an executive for the related article. All reported revenue and employment figures are verified by the independent accounting firm of Cherry Bekaert and are held in strict confidence subject to a standard confidentiality agreement and privacy policy.

Questions about nominations and entries? Contact Sarah Holland.

Key Dates to Remember


  • Nominations Close: May 31, 2019
  • Applications Close: June 14, 2019
  • Winners Selected: July 22, 2019

The top Fast 40 innovators will be honored at Pinehurst Resort in Fall 2019 and featured in the November issue of Business North Carolina magazine.

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