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Clickstop, founder Guenther garner regional recognition

Tim Guenther accepts the Corridor Business Journal award for Entrepreneur of the Year. Photo courtesy of Clickstop.

The Corridor Business Journal held its annual awards last month to recognize business success stories across eastern Iowa. Clickstop received recognition twice, including Tim Guenther, Clickstop’s founder and CEO, being named as Entrepreneur of the Year for 2011.

Said Guenther about taking home the big prize: “Winning the Entrepreneur of the Year award is a great honor. When you focus on building a business based on your passions and see it take off is rewarding; being recognized in the community for that vision is both humbling and gratifying.”

In addition to taking home that hardware, Clickstop was also recognized in the Journal’s list of the area’s fastest-growing companies. This was the third year in a row Clickstop has made that list, finishing fourth with a growth rate of 180 percent. In 2009, Clickstop was also ranked fourth, and in 2010 the company was fifth. (Image below from pitchengine.com)

“We’ve had many successes and failures over the past few years, but we’ve consistently won more than we’ve lost,” Shaun Linderbaum, Clickstop’s vice president and co-owner, said of the company’s recent run. “That’s the real trick with running a fast-growing business, I suspect. We’re honored to be recognized for the third year in a row as one of the fastest-growing companies in the Cedar Rapids/Iowa City corridor, and with the team we have assembled we feel like we’re just getting started.”

Clickstop also recently celebrated its first million-dollar month with gross revenues of almost $1.2 million in March. The big month just happened to coincide with the move to new digs – 12,500 square feet of office and retail space to grow the firm. I’ll have more on their new space soon, hopefully before their first billion-dollar month.

For more on Clickstop, see our previous post on the company: “Up against giant Amazon, Clickstop expands to fuel growth

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