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ABA Centers Ranks Number One on the
2024 Inc. 5000 Regionals: Southeast List

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A Two-Year Revenue Growth of 6,625 Percent Secured the Top Spot Out of 223 of the Southeast Region’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies

Today, Inc. magazine revealed that ABA Centers is ranked number one on its fourth annual Inc. 5000 Regionals: Southeast list, the most prestigious ranking of the fastest-growing private companies based in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Puerto Rico.

Established and built with a de novo and self-funded growth strategy, ABA Centers is a vertically integrated behavioral healthcare organization that provides diagnostic services and applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapy to children with autism spectrum disorder through a play-based approach rooted in positive reinforcement.

In the two-year period between 2020-2022 assessed for the Inc. 5000 Regionals list, ABA Centers’ revenue grew by 6,625 percent. The company’s financial prosperity continued throughout 2023, for a total revenue increase of more than 25,000 percent since 2020 and a more than 450 percent increase year-over-year from 2022 to 2023. This was done with no private equity or investor backing, while also encumbering minimal debt.

“It’s an incredible honor to be ranked as the number one fastest growing business in the Southeast after just three short years. Our mission at ABA Centers is to get kiddos the autism care that they need, quickly, so being recognized for our financial success means we are actually being recognized for the success of our mission,” said Christopher Barnett, Founder of ABA Centers. “As the saying goes, it takes a village to raise a child and ABA Centers is building that village so families impacted by autism know that there is help – and hope – out there for them.”

ABA Centers has also continued to rapidly expand its geographic footprint since its founding, currently providing world-class autism care in 29 service markets throughout nine states. To support this rapid company growth, the ABA Centers team has grown in leaps and bounds. By focusing on talent acquisition and retention, as well as instilling a culture of data-driven business decisions within a process-rich environment, the company has catapulted from just four employees at the time of its founding in 2020 to finishing 2022 with 800 employees passionately serving the autism community to closing 2023 with around 1,650 team members spanning two countries.

“The honorees in our Inc. 5000 network are the ‘Who’s Who’ of private companies. They’re energizing regional economies as they engineer the future of their industries. Learn who they are and what they do — they’ll be impacting things for a while,” said Eric Hagerman, Special Projects Editor at Inc. Media.

Born of the annual Inc. 5000 franchise, this regional list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the Southeast economy’s most dynamic segment – its independent businesses. The companies on this list show a remarkable rate of growth across all industries in the Southeast region. Between 2020 and 2022, the 223 private companies chosen for this list had an average growth rate of 166.43 percent; by 2023, they’d also added 20,496 jobs and $8.8 billion to the region’s economy.

The 2024 Inc. 5000 Regionals are ranked according to percentage revenue growth when comparing 2020 and 2022. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by March 31, 2020. They had to be U.S.-based, privately held, for-profit, and independent—not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies—as of December 31, 2022. The minimum revenue required for 2020 is $100,000; the minimum for 2022 is $1 million.

Complete results of the Inc. 5000 Regionals: Southeast, including company profiles, can be found at www.inc.com/Southeast starting February 27.

About ABA Centers

ABA Centers is a vertically integrated behavioral healthcare organization that provides applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapy services to children with autism spectrum disorder through a play-based approach rooted in positive reinforcement. The company is disrupting the autism care industry by demolishing wait times traditionally experienced by those in search of a diagnosis or treatment through a tech-centric modus operandi. The organization is currently serving families throughout Florida, Georgia, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia. More information can be found at www.abacenters.com.

About Inc. Media

The world’s most trusted business-media brand, Inc. offers entrepreneurs the knowledge, tools, connections, and community to build great companies. Its award-winning multiplatform content reaches more than 50 million people each month across a variety of channels including websites, newsletters, social media, podcasts, and print. Its prestigious Inc. 5000 list, produced every year since 1982, analyzes company data to recognize the fastest-growing privately held businesses in the United States. The global recognition that comes with inclusion in the 5000 gives the founders of the best businesses an opportunity to engage with an exclusive community of their peers and the credibility that helps them drive sales and recruit talent. For more information, visit www.inc.com.

Katie Murphy
Director of Public Relations
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