Long before Brian Manley launched Imagine Staffing Technology with his wife, Gia, he was scouting talent.
Manley built a career in the staffing industry and knew he would someday have his own firm. Along the way, he met people he thought would be a good fit, and some of them now work for his Buffalo-based firm.
Manley credits his team with helping Imagine Staffing land on Inc. 5000’s list of the nation’s fastest-growing privately held companies. This was the first time the company made the list, at No. 409.
“It means a lot to us,” he said. “It means we feel are doing things better than others, at least in our industry.”
Fifteen companies based in the eight counties of Western New York made the Inc. 5000 list, according to the magazine’s online database. Inc. bases its rankings on the rate of revenue growth over a three-year period. To be eligible, businesses needed to have at least $100,000 in sales in 2010 and at least $2 million in sales in 2013.
Imagine Staffing was established in late 2009, specializing in placing people in information technology, engineering, administrative and industrial jobs. The company recorded revenues of about $606,000 in 2010 and $7.5 million in 2013, a three-year growth rate of 1,153 percent, Inc. said.
Imagine Staffing is about to expand its number of employees to 20 and is looking at doubling the size of its workforce next year, Manley said. The company recently moved into renovated space at 892 Main St.
The Inc. 500 debuted in 1982. In 2007, the magazine expanded the program to honor 5,000 companies.
Odyssey Telecommunications in Colden made the list at No. 730 after appearing in the 2013 edition at No. 388.
“It’s a great sense of accomplishment for our team and where we’ve come over the years, and how we’ve built the business from the bottom up,” said Justin Wekenmann, executive vice president and co-founder of Odyssey with Bob Blizniak.
Odyssey provides affordable Voice Over Internet Protocol, or VoIP, technologies. The company recorded revenues of $4.1 million in 2013, racking up a three-year growth rate of 626 percent.
Wekenmann said he thinks the company has a good shot at making the 2015 edition, as well. With just five employees, Odyssey is proof that companies need not have a big workforce to make Inc.’s list.
A total of 335 New York state-based businesses made the list, representing about 7 percent of the full 5,000, according to Inc. data.
The other Western New York-based companies on the list are: Dorm Co., No. 1,098; ColoCrossing, No. 1,115; Hover Networks, No. 1,161; Spicer Group, No. 1,187; Wendel Energy Services, No. 1,820; Mark Cerrone, No. 1,822; Christmas Central, No. 3,107; Liberty Pumps, 4,117; Bear Metal Works, No. 4,348; Copier Fax Business Technologies, No. 4,449; U.S. Energy Development, No. 4,549; Kee Safety, No. 4,571; Atlas Painting and Sheeting, No. 4,880.