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Lead Story

A political action plan for ISOs


Industry Update

New best practices for data storage

Financial reform bill passes. What now?

Cash-only holiday to protest Durbin Amendment

ETA/Strawhecker report: Reason for optimism


Research Rundown

Top 25 privately held industries for the last 10 years

Selling Prepaid

Prepaid in brief

Evolution Benefits ties prepaid to philanthropy

What's next in gifting technology

Walter Paulsen
Giiv Inc.


Three kinds of consolidation to watch

Brandes Elitch
CrossCheck Inc.


Street SmartsSM:
Is dial dead?

Ken Musante
Eureka Payments LLC

Agent or employee: Which are you?

Adam Atlas
Attorney at Law

Budgeting: A crucial management skill

Vicki M. Daughdrill
Small Business Resources LLC

Best practices for crisis communications

Peggy Bekavac Olson
Strategic Marketing

Putting the cold call in its proper place

Jeffrey Shavitz
Charge Card Systems Inc.

More than PCI

Tim Cranny
Panoptic Security Inc.

Avoid 'always be closing' and other old traps

Jeff Fortney
Clearent LLC

Company Profile

Voltage Security Inc.

New Products

Determine the best interchange for each transaction

Merchant Warehouse

Layered protection for ACH

ProtectPay ACH
ProPay Inc.


Focus on success with self-help CDs



Resource Guide


A Bigger Thing

The Green Sheet Online Edition

August 09, 2010  •  Issue 10:08:01

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Top 25 privately held industries for the last 10 years

Thinking of breaking into new markets? Following is a list of hot industries compiled by North Carolina-based Sageworks Inc., a provider of financial analysis of privately held companies.

Ranking Net Profit Margin Industry
1 16.11% Accounting, tax preparation, bookkeeping and payroll services
2 15.23% Offices of dentists
3 13.26% Legal services
4 12.32% Offices of other health practitioners (chiropractors, optometrists, mental health practitioners)
5 11.32% Lessors of nonfinancial, intangible assets except copyrighted works (patents, trade marks, brand names)
6 11.27% Offices of physicians
7 11.09% Rail transportation
8 10.75% Other financial investment activities (investment advice, portfolio management)
9 10.66% Other insurance-related activities, including agencies and brokerages (claims adjustments)
10 10.65% Specialty hospitals (diagnostic treatment for a specific disease)
11 10.29% Business schools and computer and management training
12 10.15% Medical and diagnostic laboratories
13 9.97% Wired telecommunications carriers
14 9.94% Outpatient care centers
15 9.74% Oil and gas extraction
16 9.60% Support activities for mining
17 9.54% Support activities for water transportation (port and harbor operations, marine cargo handling)
18 9.11% Other information services (advice columns, blogs, traffic reporting, libraries, archives)
19 9.06% Software publishers
20 8.19% Architectural, engineering and related services (landscape architecture, drafting services)
21 8.10% Gambling industries
22 8.08% Insurance carriers
23 8.07% Personal and household goods repair and maintenance
24 8.01% Management, scientific and technical consulting services
25 7.98% Coating, engraving, heat treating and allied activities (enameling, powder coating metals)

Source: Sageworks Inc.

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