Venture Forum names Companies to Watch

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Best Bully Sticks is being honored for its growth.

Eight local businesses will get some love Wednesday.

The Richmond Venture Forum unveiled the 2013 honorees for its annual Companies to Watch event. The program, which was rebranded last year as RVA Companies to Watch, recognizes growth companies (established firms on track for significant revenue growth) and emerging startups (promising firms that are in their early stages).

Jessica Barnes, a senior consultant at VACO who organizes the Companies to Watch event, said about 150 nominations were submitted for between 65 and 70 companies.

Tech-related firms made up of the bulk of the nominations, Barnes said. Five of the eight honorees this year are tech firms.

The number of honorees has been cut almost in half from last year. Barnes said that was done to put extra focus on the companies that stood out.

This year’s event will be Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. at the Hippodrome Theater in Jackson Ward.

Hosts for the evening will be Michael Bor, founder of CarLotz, and Ledbury co-founder Paul Trible.

This year’s “growth company” honorees are:

Income Tax School – provides tax preparation training and e-learning to tax, accounting and financial services professionals

Impact Makers – an IT management and consulting firm specializing in the healthcare industry

Best Bully Sticks – a pet treat manufacturer founded in 2008

Shockoe – a mobile app company founded in 2006

This year’s “emerging startup” honorees are:

NimblePitch – a tech firm that utilizes interactive and cloud-based technology for marketing agencies and other clients

SEElogix – an online service for homeowners to digitally store important information about their homes

MAXX Potential – a mobile app and web development company based in Manchester

Refersal – uses social media to help generate referrals for clients’ brands and services

Correction: A previous version of this story incorrectly described NimblePitch as a marketing firm.

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Chris Miller

It’s great to see #RVA local companies getting the recognition amongst their peers. Entrepreneurialship is strong in this great city and I, for one am glad to see any story on such hard working and brave adventurers. Keep up the great work on reporting on, featuring, and interviewing the movers and shakers of the VA Capital City.