Due to its significant growth, Guidant ranked number 945 on the prestigious Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in America. This was Guidant's second appearance on the list, after making number 384 in 2008. Guidant also ranked number 41 in the Financial Services category, and number 26 in the Top Businesses in the Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue area category. According to Inc. magazine, which sponsors the annual Inc. 5000, the rankings are determined by the percentage of revenue growth from 2005 through 2008. To qualify, companies must be U.S.-based, privately held, independent, for-profit businesses that – as of December 31, 2008 – had at least $200,000 in revenue in 2005 and $2 million in 2008.