The deadline to nominate a company for a spot on ABiz’s list of the Top 50 Privately Held Companies in Acadiana has been extended to Wednesday, July 3.

ABiz’s list of the top companies in the region, ranked by revenue, will be unveiled in the July-August issue, which publishes July 27. “The list is shaping up, and we expect some changes among the Top 10, but we know there are companies out there that we have yet to bring on board,” says ABiz Editorial Director Leslie Turk, who heads up the project. “Our research coordinator, Erin Bass, is working this week with intern Andrea Gallo to contact companies we believe qualify but have not yet been on the list.”

Now in its third year, the project relies on the cooperation of companies, most of which voluntarily submit their annual revenues — which, as anyone in business knows, is but one measure of a company’s success. “While we strongly encourage and appreciate voluntary cooperation, we do use various industry and trade sources to estimate revenues for companies that otherwise qualify,” Turk says. “It’s the best way for us to ensure the list paints an accurate picture of which companies are driving the local economy.”

Companies' annual revenues on the 2010 list ranged from $612 million to $13 million. Last year’s Top 10 businesses were Moreno Group, Schumacher Group, Louisiana Wholesale Drug Co., Stuller Inc., Sunland Construction, Acadian Cos., Doerle Food Services, Frank’s Casing Crew, Bruce Foods and McIlhenny. For more information about the project, read the 2010 issue here.

To access a Top 50 form online, click here.

Details on the luncheon, which honors the Top 50 companies and includes a number of individual company awards, will be released soon. The luncheon’s presenting sponsors are the law firm of Allen & Gooch and Whitney Bank, with Giles Automotive (No. 13 on last year’s list) as co-sponsor.

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