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Press Release -- August 24th, 2011
Source: Birch Communications
Tags: VoIP

Birch Ranked in the Inc. 500|5000 for Fourth Year

This is also Birch's third consecutive Inc. 500|5000 ranking!

Atlanta, GA – Aug. 24, 2011 - Birch Communications, a leading IP-based telecom and managed services provider for small- and medium-sized businesses, announced today that it has been included in the 2011 Inc. magazine ranking of the 5,000 fastest-growing private companies in the United States for the fourth time. This is also Birch's third consecutive Inc. 500|5000 ranking. Birch has been providing telecommunications, broadband and information technology services to businesses since 1996.

Birch was named to the Inc. 500 ranking in 2004; the Inc. 500|5000 in 2009, 2010 and now 2011; and was also ranked the seventh fastest growing private company in Atlanta by the Atlanta Business Chronicle in 2010. Over the past three years Birch has achieved 154% revenue growth.

"It's an honor to be included on the Inc. 500|5000 ranking list for a fourth time," said Vincent Oddo, Birch president and CEO. "Birch has achieved record growth over the last several years by providing our customers with the personal attention they deserve, and the telecom, broadband and information technology services they demand. In order to deliver these advances services, we continue to expand the reach of the Birch IP Network, offering our customers the services they need at competitive rates."

"The Birch IP Network provides our business customers with the communications services they need to stay competitive in this economy," said Chris Aversano, Birch chief operating officer. "Birch is well-positioned for continued growth for years to come."

Methodology
The 2011 Inc. 500 is ranked according to percentage revenue growth when comparing 2007 to 2010. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by March 31, 2007. Additionally, they had to be U.S.-based, privately held, for profit, and independent—not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies—as of December 31, 2010. (Since then, a number of companies on the list have gone public or been acquired.) The minimum revenue required for 2007 is $100,000; the minimum for 2010 is $2 million. As always, Inc. reserves the right to decline applicants for subjective reasons. 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 www.inc.com/500.

About Birch Communications
Headquartered in Atlanta, Ga., with Operations Centers in Macon, Ga. and Emporia, Kan. and an office in Kansas City, Mo., Birch Communications provides managed communications and information technology services to a target market of small- and medium-sized businesses in select metropolitan areas within 38 states across the United States. Birch services include local and long distance voice, broadband Internet access, T1, PRI, bonded T1, mobile voice and data, e-mail, voicemail, and many other communications and information technology services. Birch voice and data services are, in most cases, delivered using Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) technology on the company's secure IP Network rather than over the public Internet. Please visit www.birch.com for more information.

About Inc. Magazine
Founded in 1979 and acquired in 2005 by Mansueto Ventures LLC, Inc. (www.inc.com) is the only major business magazine dedicated exclusively to owners and managers of growing private companies that delivers real solutions for today’s innovative company builders. With a total paid circulation of 710,106, Inc. provides hands-on tools and market-tested strategies for managing people, finances, sales, marketing, and technology. Visit us online at www.inc.com.

Contact:
Greg Corwin, Director of Marketing
greg.corwin@birch.com
816.300.1686

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