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Philadelphia 100

More than 550 local business leaders attended the 22nd annual Philadelphia 100 awards ceremony Wednesday night to honor the region’s fastest-growing privately held companies.

For a list of winners, click here.

Guests gathered at the Annenberg Center at the University of Pennsylvania for a networking reception, followed by a dinner. The sportive atmosphere was hosted by former Eagles quarterback Ron Jaworski. Jaworski, whose book on the NFL is currently the top-selling football book on Amazon, shared leadership lessons with the crowd.

“It was like a football rally,” said M. Therese Flaherty, director of the Wharton Small Business Development Center. “The companies don’t know the order of the list until the event so there’s a lot of excitement. As it counts down people realize they’re closer and closer to the top and when their number is revealed they stand up and cheer.”

The Philadelphia 100 program was created in 1998 to honor local entrepreneurs and their contributions to the economy. The winning companies generated revenues of $800 million last year and employed nearly 5,500 people.

The program was organized by the Entrepreneurs’ Forum of Greater Philadelphia in partnership with the Wharton SBDC and the Philadelphia Business Journal.

The Business Journal will publish a print supplement honoring the winners on Oct. 22.

For more information about the Philadelphia 100, click here.