NEW YORK CITY — Seven Utah businesses rank among the nation's top 500 fastest-growing private companies this year, according to Inc. magazine.

The rankings appeared in the publication's Inc. 500|5000 list, released last week, which included nearly 80 more Utah-based companies in its top 5,000.

VIP International was the highest-ranked Utah business, coming in at No. 115 overall and No. 12 in consumer products and services. The garden decor importer and wholesaler headquartered in Lehi has grown 2,364 percent over the last three years.

Though it sells nonessential products in a struggling economy, VIP International has succeeded and grown largely by revamping its products and their design, and by finding the right price points for its merchandise, said company president Mark Tuttle.

"Nothing we sell is actually a necessity of life," he said. "We have the right products at the right prices and it just seems to work."

Since its inception as a three-person operation in 2006, VIP International has branched out into retail, operating multiple stores in Utah and Nevada, and acquired another company.

"We're still growing every year," Tuttle said. "Our future is bright and we're plugging along."

While this was VIP International's first time making the list, Layton's Real Property Management, Lendio of South Jordan and Salt Lake City's Neutron Interactive made the top 500 for the second year in a row.

“Being named to the list two years in a row is extremely satisfying," Lendio CEO Brock Blake said in a press release. "There are a lot of great companies around the country mentioned in the list this year; it’s an honor to be part of it."

Formerly known as FundingUniverse, Lendio is a finance company that helps small businesses find funding. The company recently rolled out a technology that pairs small-business owners with lenders and loans, renamed itself and launched a new website.

“These are big changes that will help more businesses find the capital they need —capital that will help them hire more people and grow their business to have similar success as we’ve had in the last few years,” Blake said.

Several of Utah's Inc. 500 companies are among the fastest growing in their respective industries. In addition to VIP International, Real Property Management ranked No. 7 nationally in real estate, IntegraCore was No. 9 in logistics and transportation and Lendio came in at No. 19 in financial services.

All the companies on the Inc. 500|5000 list were ranked according to their percentage revenue growth over the last three years. To qualify, companies had to be U.S.-based, for-profit, independent and privately owned as of Dec. 31, 2010.

Here is the list of Utah companies on Inc. magazine's top 5,000 list:

115. VIP International, Lehi

257. Real Property Management, Layton

309. Lendio, South Jordan

313. Neutron Interactive, Salt Lake City

360. OrangeSoda, American Fork

458. One on One Marketing, Lehi

466. IntegraCore, West Jordan

586. Property Solutions, Provo

639. DigiCert, Lindon

795. BidSync, American Fork

860. Park City

870. Skullcandy, Park City

880. eGlobal, Kaysville

894. NetSteps, Pleasant Grove

937. Jakob Marketing Partners, Holladay

938. Molding Box, Draper

972. Imagine Learning, Provo

1052. BodyGuardz, Bluffdale

1092. MediaFORGE, Salt Lake City

1116. Oh My Crafts, Alpine

1172. DataMetrix, Salt Lake City

1286. Clearlink, Salt Lake City

1399. Blade HQ, Lehi

1463. Smile Reminder, Lehi

1489. Simply Mac, Salt Lake City

1497. Grant Victor, Kaysville

1557. AtTask, Orem

1631. Acumen Learning, Orem

1672. SolutionStream, Lehi

1708. Aribex, Orem

1910. Alliance Health Networks, Salt Lake City

1911. Costa Vida Fresh Mexican Grill, Bountiful

1919. New Dawn Technologies, Logan

1945. Veracity Networks, Provo

1996. AdvancedMD Software, South Jordan

2120. Airgun Depot, Draper

2234., Kaysville

2406. Red Iguana, Salt Lake City

2431. Wasatch Software, Salt Lake City

2518. Deseret Biologicals, Sandy

2522. Logica, Salt Lake City

2559. Mindshare Technologies, Salt Lake City

2644. Control4, Salt Lake City

2702. Access Technology Solutions, Provo

2716. Costume Craze, Pleasant Grove

2719. Hycomp, Hyde Park

2747. Conservice, Logan

2845. AT HOME PERSONAL CARE, Salt Lake City

2849. Action Target, Provo

2991. SwipeClock, South Jordan

3165. ASAP Printing, Salt Lake City

3194. MasterControl, Salt Lake City

3196. Fringe Media, Salt Lake City

3221. Stake Center Locating, Salt Lake City

3248. VPI Engineering, Draper

3283. Fishbowl Inventory, Orem

3286. Veracity Solutions, Salt Lake City

3318. Namifiers, Springville

3425. VitalSmarts, Provo

3429. England Logistics, Salt Lake City

3509. Classic Aviation, Woods Cross

3548. U.S. Translation, South Ogden

3560. Digital Financial Group, Salt Lake City

3655. Candle Warmers Etc., Layton

3702. Inthinc, Salt Lake City

3709. Career Step, Provo

3736. Fibernet Corp., Orem

3833. Young Living Essential Oils, Lehi

3889. DishOne Satellite, Provo

3962. MediConnect Global, South Jordan

4029. Digital Gateway, Provo

4054. Del Sol, Sandy

4242. Innovative Staffing, South Jordan

4267. Opinionology, Orem

4443. The Presidio Group, Salt Lake City

4582. Truenorthlogic Sandy

4588. Petersen, Ogden

4648. Western Petroleum, Vernal

4749. SnugZ USA, Salt Lake City

4806. ThomasArts, Farmington

4829. ChartLogic, Salt Lake City

4925. Spillman Technologies, Salt Lake City

4943. Spring Mobile, Salt Lake City

4981. Spring Works Utah, Woods Cross

Justin Ritter is a freelance journalist from Springville, Utah.