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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

The good news below appeared in today's Charleston Daily Mail.

Charleston's beBetter Networks makes national list of fastest-growing companies

by George Hohmann
Daily Mail Business Editor

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Charleston-based beBetter Networks is the 15th fastest-growing private company in the U.S., according to Inc. Magazine's annual list.

Only one other West Virginia company made the Inc. 500 list. Innovative Management Technology Services of Fairmont is ranked 323rd.

The list is published in Inc.'s September issue and can be viewed online at

In addition to ranking beBetter Networks the 15th fastest-growing private company, Inc. named beBetter the industry leader in the health care field in the United States.

Ralph Gaines, beBetter's president and chief executive officer, said today he is pleased with the recognition.

Inc.'s 500 list is based on revenue. Gaines said 2007 revenue was $14 million. To date, the bulk of beBetter's income has been in the smoking cessation business. For example, the company has the smoking cessation contract with the West Virginia Bureau for Public Health. "But most of our growth now is from employers in the delivery of health screening and health risk assessment services," Gaines said.

The company just won a contract to provide health and wellness programs to members of the St. Louis Area Business Health Coalition. "That business is the result of us competing against 19 of the top health and wellness providers in the United States, both public and private companies," Gaines said.

As a result of the contract, beBetter has opened an office in St. Louis, he said.
"We've been a company that's been regionally focused," Gaines said. "We're now becoming a national company."

BeBetter was established in 1999. Gaines said the company has grown from four employees in 2004 to about 115 today.

Of the 115 employees, 60 to 65 are full-time. Gaines said 30 to 35 work at 109 Capitol St., in the former Kanawha Bank Building now known as Renaissance Tower. The company occupies the first floor and mezzanine and is about to take half of the second floor.

Gaines said beBetter has 23 to 25 employees at its Morgantown office.

The company has developed several Web sites. Gaines said the most popular is, a trademarked effort to fight childhood obesity. "It's become popular with school, employer and state groups," he said.


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