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Governor Larry Hogan Joins Groove to Honor Maryland’s Inc. 5000!

Jan 28, 2016   •   2 Min Read

An idea three years in the making became a reality last week thanks to the Groove team’s hard work.

We celebrated the growth and accomplishments of the Maryland companies named to the 2015 Inc. 500|5000 list with:

  • Governor Larry Hogan;
  • Maryland Secretary of Commerce Mike Gill;
  • Magazine publisher, Rich Russey;
  • Magazine president and editor-in-chief, Eric Schurenberg; and
  • Local business leaders and Maryland Inc. 500|5000 honorees.

When Groove first made the list in 2013, I was surprised by the lack of recognition the fastest growing companies in our own backyard received from government leaders, business executives and the media. These companies chose to stay, hire, create and grow in Maryland, but were largely ignored. For us, being named to the Inc. 500|5000 was recognition of our hard work. It was like joining a lifetime club of entrepreneurs who understood the challenges, risks and demands of starting and growing a business that our teams face every day.

This year, with the help The Maryland Department of Commerce and law firm Offit Kurman (a four-time Inc. 5000 honoree), the 106 Maryland companies on the 2015 list celebrated their accomplishment.

Groove had the privilege of hosting the event. During a tour of Groove’s creative office space, Governor Hogan commented, “I want to work here!” It was a “pinch me” moment.

Larry Hogan Joins Groove Commerce To Honor Maryland's Inc. 5000!Larry Hogan Joins Groove Commerce To Honor Maryland's Inc. 5000!

The Governor addressed the Maryland Inc. 500|5000 honorees, stating, “We are focused on helping companies grow. Businesses are coming to Maryland and expanding. You are a shining example that Maryland truly is open for business.”

Larry Hogan Joins Groove Commerce To Honor Maryland's Inc. 5000!

Rich Russey, Inc. Magazine publisher, drove home the importance of making the list, adding,Growing businesses are the backbone of our country. The Maryland companies we are celebrating created 23,000 new jobs and brought $2.5 billion to the economy in the past year. That is pretty impressive considering three years ago it was only about $1 billion. You are driving and building Maryland’s economy.”

When it made Inc.’s list three years ago, Groove’s vision was to help the local companies on the Inc. 500|5000 list understand their role and importance in our economy. Most of the companies on the list this year were founded less than 10 years ago. They have created thousands of jobs, have come to market with innovative products and ideas, and are the underpinnings of a city and state that is gaining momentum.

This especially hits home for Groove. Since our list debut, we have grown exponentially and our team has been recognized on the Inc. 5000 list three years running. Our goal is to attract top talent and clients to our agency, ultimately showing them that Baltimore is the place to be when it comes innovation. We’ve been successful in this mission so far and I’m proud of our “Inc. 5000” team. Our growth, and the growth of all of the companies honored on the prestigious list, are because of passionate employees.

Again, thank you to all who made last week’s event a huge success. Here’s to continued “Inc. 5000” growth in 2016!

The 34th annual Inc. 500|5000 list represents the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy—America’s independent entrepreneurs. Companies such as Yelp, Pandora, Timberland, Dell, Domino’s Pizza, LinkedIn, Zillow, and many other well-known names gained early exposure as members of the Inc. 500|5000.

The full list of Inc. 5000 companies can be found at

Larry Hogan Joins Groove Commerce To Honor Maryland's Inc. 5000! Inc. Magazine Publisher, Rich Russey; Maryland Governor, Larry Hogan; Groove CEO, Ethan Giffin
Maryland Secretary of Commerce, Mike Gill, addresses the crowd. Maryland Secretary of Commerce, Mike Gill, addresses the crowd.
Governor Hogan Networking With Maryland's Inc. 5000 Honorees Governor Hogan networking with MD's Inc. 5000 honorees.
Maryland's Inc 5000 Celebrate At Groove Commerce Maryland Inc. 5000 honorees celebrate at Groove.
Inc 5000 Honorees Congrats to the 2015 MD Inc. 5000 companies!
Inc Magazine Publisher, Rick Russey Inc. Magazine publisher, Rich Russey, reinforcing the impact of growing companies in Maryland.
Larry Hogan & Ethan Giffin The Governor and Groove CEO walk into a photo booth...
Live from Groove's World HQ! Live from Groove's World HQ!
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