Avondale-headquartered StaffNow has ranked No. 475 on the 2021 Inc. Magazine’s 5000 list, the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies.
The list represents the most successful independent small businesses. Intuit, Zappos, Under Armour, Microsoft, Patagonia and many other well-known names had their first national exposure as honorees on the Inc. 5000.
“I was blown away,” said Greg Johnson, StaffNow’s chief executive officer.
“We were happy just to be in the 5000, but to get into the top 500, which from a legacy perspective is a pretty big deal, I was shocked but really greatly humbled and appreciative for my team, because I’ve got a great group of folks and they’re working really hard; so it’s awesome to see that effort being acknowledged.”
StaffNow is a full-service agency created to unite people with workplaces. Johnson refers to the business as a “recruiting team.”
“Especially for small businesses who don’t have a dedicated HR or recruiting staff, we’re that replacement because talent matters. And in this world, it really matters,” Johnson said. “As these businesses grow, that No. 1 issue to have right now is talent, and us being that recruiter to help them attract talent has really been pretty positive for us and for them.”
With over 30 years of leadership experience, StaffNow services clients all over the country, including branch offices in Tempe and Davenport, Iowa, as well as satellite locations in California, Texas, Ohio and Illinois.
StaffNow’s three-year revenue growth is 1,012%, almost double the average rate of the 5,000 businesses on the list.
Johnson said the secret behind StaffNow’s success isn’t rocket science, as he acknowledges a strong and passionate team is the key.
“We care about people,” he said. “We’re passionate about our internal employees, our external people, all those typical things. But we also are strategic about our business. We started focusing on supply chain and e-commerce about two and a half years ago, and I think that pivot to that has been huge for us.”
Additionally, Johnson said his business is successful because of the area’s growth.
“Arizona, especially the West Valley, has continued to grow, and we’ve taken those relationships and grown with our clients throughout the country. And so just having that mindset obtained in the commitment, following in a marketplace that’s growing, it’s just a good combination,” he said.
A Litchfield Park resident, Johnson said the pandemic threw his business a curveball, but he used it as an opportunity to continue to grow.
“We planned for an opportunity for the last two years. We kept cash very low. We kept overhead very low. And then when COVID happened, we were in that essential footprint and I knew it was just time to grow,” he said.
Scott Omelianuk, editor-in-chief of Inc., emphasized the feat of making the list, acknowledging businesses’ ability to do so during a pandemic is even more impressive.
“The 2021 Inc. 5000 list feels like one of the most important rosters of companies ever compiled,” Omelianuk said. “Building one of the fastest-growing companies in America in any year is a remarkable achievement. Building one in the crisis we’ve lived through is just plain amazing. This kind of accomplishment comes with hard work, smart pivots, great leadership and the help of a whole lot of people.”
Moving forward, Johnson said he and his team do not intend to slow down. He’s looking forward to seeing his revenue and client numbers increase.
“The future is infinite in regard to how we can grow,” he said. “We’ll stay headquartered in Avondale, but now we’re going to expand geographically, so we’re looking for similar models that Phoenix metro bears and we’re leveraging our relationships, and so we’ll grow. Texas is coming up in January. We’re already in Davenport, Iowa. We’re looking at Atlanta, so we’ll just mirror what we’ve done but just expand our footprint.”
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