Inc. magazine has ranked Fairport, N.Y.-based collection agency ConServe on its 33rd annual Inc. 500|5000 list, a ranking of the nation's fastest-growing private companies.

ConServe is ranked No. 2,128 on the list.

The list offers a look at a key segment of the economy - America’s independent entrepreneurs. Companies such as Yelp, Pandora, Timberland, Dell, Domino’s Pizza, LinkedIn, Zillow gained early exposure as members of the Inc. 500|5000.

"We're extremely proud to be recognized for the third consecutive year on the Inc. 5000 list," said ConServe’s President, Mark E. Davitt. "Our consistent growth and success is proof of our employees’ commitment to providing exceptional service to our clients and the teamwork we embrace."

The average company on the list achieved a three-year growth of 516%. The Inc. 5000’s aggregate revenue is $211 billion, generating 505,000 jobs in the past three years. The complete list, including company profiles and an interactive database to sort by industry, region and other criteria, can be found through the magazine’s website.

"What surprises me, even though I know it’s coming, is the sheer variety of the paths our entrepreneurs take to success, thematically reflecting how our economy has evolved,” said Inc. President and Editor-in-Chief Eric Schurenberg. “This year there are far more social media and far fewer computer hardware businesses than there were, say, six years ago. But what doesn’t change is the fearsome creativity unleashed by American entrepreneurship.”

Founded in 1985 as Continental Service Group Inc., ConServe has provided accounts receivable management services in the higher education, government and commercial markets.

The agency was ranked as the #1 performing collection agency on the U.S. Department of Education’s student loan collection contract from 2004-2010. In 2009, ConServe again was awarded a long-term contract by the Department of Education and is currently among the top performers in that category.

ConServe has earned ACA International Professional Practices Management System certification, a collection industry standard for quality management. The agency has received the Rochester (N.Y.) Business Ethics Award, been listed repeatedly on Inc. Magazine’s 5000 fastest growing companies, named a Rochester Top 100 company 10 times in the last 11 years and named by as the Best Place to Work in Collections.

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