Beyond Definition Named to the 2021 Inc. 5000 List of America’s Fastest-Growing Companies

Inc. magazine today revealed that Beyond Definition has made its annual Inc. 5000 list, the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the American economy’s most dynamic segment—its independent small businesses. Microsoft, Intuit, Zappos, Under Armour, Patagonia, and many other well-known names gained their first national exposure as honorees on the Inc. 5000.

“We are incredibly honored to be a recipient of such a prestigious national award,” said Debbie Bates-Schrott, Founder and CEO of Beyond Definition. “This recognition is a testament to our team’s tireless commitment to push our clients beyond what they thought was possible. 2020 was a difficult year for everyone and we couldn’t have achieved this without the support of our amazing clients and team.”

Founded in 2003 as creative and design agency Bates Creative Group, LLC, the firm rebranded as Beyond Definition in 2019. The agency has experienced a 50% three year revenue growth rate and expanded internally, building a robust team of strategists and creatives including Mark DeVito, who joined Bates-Schrott as her partner in 2017. This marks Beyond Definition’s first time on the Inc. 5000 list.

Not only have the companies on the 2021 Inc. 5000 been very competitive within their markets, but this year’s list also proved especially resilient and flexible given 2020’s unprecedented challenges. Among the 5,000, the average median three-year growth rate soared to 543 percent, and median revenue reached $11.1 million. Together, those companies added more than 610,000 jobs over the past three years.

“The 2021 Inc. 5000 list feels like one of the most important rosters of companies ever compiled,” says Scott Omelianuk, editor-in-chief of Inc. “Building one of the fastest-growing companies in America in any year is a remarkable achievement. Building one in the crisis we’ve lived through is just plain amazing. This kind of accomplishment comes with hard work, smart pivots, great leadership, and the help of a whole lot of people.”

Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region, and other criteria, can be found at

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Beyond Definition is a brand and marketing agency for what’s next. We are your guides for navigating change, creating audience-first brand, marketing, and digital experiences to move your mission forward. We are your partners to identify challenges and unlock mission-critical solutions. Since 2003, our team of agile thinkers, storytellers, strategists, and creatives has driven actionable ideas that push boundaries and go beyond expectations. Located in Silver Spring, Maryland, we are a proud WBENC and WOSB-certified woman-owned business.

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Beyond Definition is a strategy and creative agency serving mission-driven organizations. For 16 years, Beyond Definition has offered design, branding, digital, marketing, and print expertise to clients in the association, foundation, and nonprofit sectors.

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