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The Business Observer's Gulf Coast 500 is now the Top 500

There’s a twist to a Business Observer favorite this year.

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The Business Observer’s well-known Gulf Coast 500 publication is back for 2018 — but with a twist.

The annual list of the largest 500 companies in the region by revenue, a must-read for Florida business leaders, will now be known as the Top 500.

The new name better reflects our coverage area, which includes nine counties — Pasco, Hillsborough, Pinellas, Polk, Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte, Lee and Collier.

The Business Observer staff now seeks submissions from companies based in these counties. To submit, visit The deadline is May 11.

The Top 500 will offer details about the region’s fastest-growing companies, from giant corporations to small businesses. It will include facts like annual revenue; number of employees; what kind of work each company does; the top executive; and more.

Applying to be in the Top 500 gives companies the chance to be included alongside regional giants such as Publix, Hertz, Chico’s and Rooms to Go. The ranking is also a key marketing tool that can be used to reel in potential customers and clients. The kicker? It’s free. There’s no cost to submit information for the Top 500 and no cost to be included.

For more information, please email Grier Ferguson at [email protected] or call her at 941-362-4848. 


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