Not necessarily. We look at the overall three-year growth rate from 2016 through 2019 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 2016 and 2019 numbers, using our definition of revenue (line 1c on your tax returns).
However, your company should be reporting higher revenue numbers in 2019 than 2016 to be considered. Companies who show lower revenue in 2019 than in 2016 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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