The Great Recession is over, at least if the growth experienced by the Northern Colorado companies on our latest Mercury 100 ranking is any indication.

These companies are the fastest growing in the region; all reported revenue growth of at least 1 percent and as much as 423 percent between 2010 and 2011.

This is the 13th year that the Northern Colorado Business Report has presented awards based on this list, rankings that we started in 1997.

This year, we've taken a slightly different approach in the way the companies are ranked. Our new method allows for a comparison of companies that are like-sized in terms of revenue. (There's more on this below, in a piece that explains our methodology).

My thanks goes out to our 2012 Mercury 100 Awards event sponsors: Midtown Arts Center; Anton Collins Mitchell Accountants and Consultants; The Better Business Bureau serving Northern Colorado and Wyoming; Palmer Flowers; Otis, Coan & Peters Attorneys LLC; Employer Solutions Group; TLC Payroll; Social Media Pilots; DaVinci Sign Systems Inc., and KUNC Community Radio.

Thanks also to our chief researcher, Mariah Gant, for her work on the Mercury 100 lists.

Congratulations to all companies, large and small, for the terrific comeback that you have made in recent years. All the best in 2012!

Sincerely,

Jeff Nuttall

Publisher