Our traditional MSPmentor 100 list has grown and transformed into the MSPmentor 501 -- which now tracks the world's top 501 managed services providers (MSPs). But what about small MSPs? Surely, we've got to honor up-and-coming MSPs that have 10 or fewer employees. We're doing exactly that: Today Nine Lives Media, a division of Penton Media, is pleased to unveil the MSPmentor 100 Small Business Edition, which celebrates MSPs with 10 or fewer employees. Here's the background.

Over the past six years our annual surveys have attracted larger and larger MSPs. But we also heard from more and more small business owners and entrepreneurs who said "don't forget about us."

We haven't. And we never  will. As an entrepreneur who co-launched Nine Lives Media in 2008, I've always had deep respect for small business owners. Those "small" players represent the bulk of the IT channel. And they deserve applause for helping to pull the United States (and other countries) out of recent recessions, while keeping customers' IT systems and cloud services humming along.

MSPmentor 100 Small Business Edition: List Details

So how are we honoring those smaller MSPs? You'll find the MSPmentor 100 Small Business Edition in our comprehensive MSPmentor 501 center or you can route there through this easy-to-remember URL: http://www.mspmentor.net/top100. Our small business list honors MSPs from across North America, Europe, Australia and more.

What was the criteria? First, each company must have 10 or fewer employees.

Next, we ranked the small MSP businesses based on such metrics such as:
  • Annual recurring revenue (total for 2012)
  • Annual recurring revenue growth (in dollars, 2012 vs. 2011)
  • Annual recurring revenue growth (in percentages, 2012 vs 2011)
  • Devices under contract to manage (PCs, servers, tablets, smartphones, network infrastructure, etc.)
  • Devices managed per employee
  • And plenty more
Thanks to MSPs worldwide that participated in the survey, helping us to pull together this year's vastly expanded MSPmentor 501 and the new MSPmentor 100 Small Business Edition lists.

We appreciate your readership.