Not necessarily. We look at the overall three-year growth rate from 2015 through 2018 compared with that of the other Inc. 5000 applicants. Among last year's 2019 Inc. 5000 honorees, year-to-year declines were acceptable and common. We will only be comparing your 2015 and 2018 numbers, using our definition of revenue (line 1c on your tax returns).
However, your company should be reporting higher revenue numbers in 2018 than 2015 to be considered. Companies who show lower revenue in 2018 than in 2015 will produce a negative growth rate and will be automatically disqualified.
Read more about how we calculate your growth rate here.
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