Announced today, locally owned and operated Whiz Kidz Preschool ranked 4,210th on Inc. Magazine’s annual Inc. 5000 list. The honor marks the first time the company has made the publication’s prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies.
The Inc. 5000 list has become the hallmark of entrepreneurial success. The list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the American economy’s most dynamic segment—its independent small businesses. Zappos, Under Armour, Microsoft and Patagonia and many other well-known names gained their first national exposure as honorees on the Inc. 5000.
“This is such a major accomplishment for my team and I,” says Martha Picciao, founder of Whiz Kidz Preschool. “Especially after one of the hardest years for our schools. It’s hard to believe my ‘garage preschool’ would ever evolve and grow to where we are today. And to think we’re just getting started!”
Picciao founded Whiz Kidz Preschool in 2007 after years of teaching and raising three kids. She now has locations across the Valley in Scottsdale, Phoenix, and Mesa. The newest fourth location is opening in Ahwatukee this fall.
The 2021 Inc. 5000 revealed this year’s list to be very competitive within company markets due to 2020’s unprecedented challenges. Among the 5,000, the average median three-year growth rate soared to 543 percent, and median revenue reached $11.1 million. Together, those companies added more than 610,000 jobs over the past three years.
“The 2021 Inc. 5000 list feels like one of the most important rosters of companies ever compiled,” says Scott Omelianuk, editor-in-chief of Inc. “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.”
About Whiz Kidz Preschool:
Founded in 2007 by Arizona mother and certified teacher Martha Picciao, Whiz Kidz Preschool focuses on a quality early childhood education with a play-based curriculum that includes enrichment classes such as gardening, music, PE, cooking and art all while offering ample opportunities for children to explore their own expression and creativity. Whiz Kidz Preschool has locations across the Valley in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Mesa and Ahwatukee. For more information, visit https://whizkidzpreschool.com/.
More about Inc. and the Inc. 5000:
Companies on the 2021 Inc. 5000 are ranked according to percentage revenue growth from 2017 to 2020. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by March 31, 2017. They must be U.S.-based, privately held, for-profit, and independent—not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies—as of December 31, 2020. (Since then, some on the list may have gone public or been acquired.) The minimum revenue required for 2017 is $100,000; the minimum for 2020 is $2 million. As always, Inc. reserves the right to decline applicants for subjective reasons. Growth rates used to determine company rankings were calculated to three decimal places. There was one tie on this year’s Inc. 5000. Companies on the Inc. 500 are featured in Inc.’s September issue. They represent the top tier of the Inc. 5000, which can be found at http://www.inc.com/inc5000.
About Inc. Media
The world’s most trusted business-media brand, Inc. offers entrepreneurs the knowledge, tools, connections, and community to build great companies. Its award-winning multiplatform content reaches more than 50 million people each month across a variety of channels including web sites, newsletters, social media, podcasts, and print. Its prestigious Inc. 5000 list produced every year since 1982, analyzes company data to recognize the fastest-growing privately held businesses in the United States. The global recognition that comes with inclusion in the 5000 gives the founders of the best businesses an opportunity to engage with an exclusive community of their peers, and the credibility that helps them drive sales and recruit talent. The associated Inc. 5000 Vision Conference is part of a highly acclaimed portfolio of bespoke events produced by Inc. For more information, visit http://www.inc.com.