Forbes Magazine recently released their\u00a0list of America\u2019s 100 Best Small Companies. Right off the bat, I need to say that the phrase \u201csmall companies\u201d is relative.\u00a0 We\u2019re not truly talking about \u201csmall businesses\u201d with this list. The annual revenues of those on the Forbes list were in the 8 and 9 figures \u2013 from a low of $29 million for NV Energy to a high of $987 million for Skyworks Solutions. But the list is instructive because it gives you an idea of the kinds of businesses that are growing, even in this economy.\u00a0 And if you need inspiration for your own business or are looking to spot trends in businesses, look no further than this list. The industries on the list varied greatly, ranging from health and technology to education and mattresses.\u00a0 The diversity is exciting because it lets you know that there is room for all kinds of businesses. Candidates for the list had to: 1).\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0 be publicly traded for at least a year; 2).\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0 have annual revenue ranging from $5 million to $1 billion; and 3).\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0 have a stock price higher than $5 a share. Forbes looked at the companies' earnings growth, sales growth, return on equity and account policies (eliminating any company with questionable financial systems). Each area was evaluated over the most recent 12-month and 5-year period. Interestingly, there are at least three education companies on the list (Strayer Education, Capella Education and American Public Education).\u00a0 This reminds us that it\u2019s the information age; helping others gain knowledge is hot right now. In fact, WebMD Health makes their money off of information.\u00a0 They believe that better information leads to better health.\u00a0 Since they ranked number 5 on Forbes\u2019 list, we could say that better information also leads to better business.\u00a0 This is the digital age, where online information rules.\u00a0 There are also companies to facilitate your network of information (F5 Networks Inc.), secure and store your information and make your information public through Web hosting (RackSpace Hosting). For more on the methodology, as well as details about the 100, visit Forbes.com/best-small-companies. There is a lot to see including multiple apparel and consulting companies, as well as household names like NutriSystem (No. 6) and Tempur Pedic (No. 15).\u00a0 The list may just inspire you with ideas for your next business, or help you spot some trends as to which businesses are doing well today and will prosper into the future.