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The Utah Valley Entrepreneurial Forum on Thursday named SEO.com the third fastest growing company in Utah that is younger than 5 years old. At a ceremony in Provo, Julie Martinez, second from the left, and Ash Buckles, third from the left, accepted the award on behalf of SEO.com.

The Utah Valley Entrepreneurial Forum on Thursday recognized Bluffdale-based SEO.com as the third fastest growing company in Utah that is younger than 5 years old.

In last year’s Top 25 Under 5 Awards, SEO.com placed fifth. Founded in 2007, this is the last year the company qualifies for the prestigious list.

“We’re so excited to finish in third place. The first year we applied, we placed seventeenth. We’ve come a long way, and we appreciate the support of our thriving community,” SEO.com President Ash Buckles said.

The Top 25 Under 5 recognizes high-performing Utah companies. Businesses are ranked based on job creation and revenue growth.

“They are the rising stars in the Utah firmament of entrepreneurial startups,” said John Pilmer, a Utah Valley Entrepreneurial Forum board member. “Repeated winners are showing that they have staying power.”

Only about 15 percent of business startups survive the first five years, he said.

“Young companies need as many friends as possible as they try to get traction in the marketplace,” Pilmer said. “Getting their name out there is vital, and we provide a showcase for these young companies all across Utah.”

The lists of past Top 25 Under 5 winners featured local, national and worldwide industry leaders including Zagg, Agel Enterprises, Interbank FX, Seastone, Altiris, Omniture and Xango.

“It’s an honor to be recognized among some of the most influential and successful companies in the world,” said Greg Shuey, vice president of client services at SEO.com. “And to think, they all got their start in Utah.”

In the past five years, SEO.com has experienced strong revenue growth. Since the launch of the company in 2007, SEO.com has grown from four employees to more than 80.

“We essentially started in a basement,” Shuey said. “It’s been a lot of hard work, but it’s paid off.”

SEO.com is an Internet marketing firm specializing in search engine optimization. The company has helped businesses rank at the top of the search results. Clients have ranged from small startups to Fortune 100 companies, including Mrs. Fields, Dell, CityPASS and Hapari.

A leader in the Internet marketing industry in Utah, SEO.com recently participated in a conference at Utah Valley University that let professors and SEO experts weigh in on the ethics of search engine optimization.