By the Numbers

Use our exclusive Business Performance Dashboard to find out how your company compares to others.

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"How am I doing?" It's the question that nags at every entrepreneur. Are your sales really what they should be? Is your business growing fast enough? In short: How do you measure up?

Now you can find out with Entrepreneur's exclusive Business Performance Dashboard. Think of our Dashboard as a kind of "salary survey" for entrepreneurs—one that lets you compare your company to others of similar size and age in your industry.

Our Business Performance Dashboard was developed with the help of CentrisPoint, a research organization. Entrepreneur and CentrisPoint used CentrisPoint's database of nearly 20 million U.S. companies to find average sales for businesses in dozens of industries. We've highlighted 14 of those industries, from apparel to technology.

In addition to basic data, such as the total number of businesses in your industry and their average sales and efficiency (a measure of the revenue produced per employee per year), you can also find specifics such as the average sales, growth and efficiency of businesses the same size or age as yours. We've highlighted the sales and efficiency of Top Performers—the companies with the greatest sales growth between 2002 and 2007—so you can see how your company compares to the fastest-growing businesses in your industry. And we've spotlighted four Top Performers so you can learn from their advice.

ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: Want more details about your particular industry? Go to entrepreneur.com/benchmark to access our database of industries and get information on specific niches such as pizza restaurants or coffeehouses.

Top Performer Spotlight

Bizchair.com

Sean Belnick, 21, was just 14 when he tapped the furniture industry expertise of his stepfather, Gary Glazer, 53, to start office furniture company Bizchair.com in 2001. While many a dotcom from that era has gone bust, Canton, Georgia-based Bizchair's 2007 sales topped $40 million.

How did this Emory University business major become a Top Performer? He says he initially won customers over with a then-rare free shipping offer. And when competitors jumped into his category, he switched from using a drop-ship business model to stocking large quantities of his most popular items in his own warehouse, making it harder for upstarts to match his speed and prices.

Belnick also talked to customers and realized that there were other types of furniture Bizchair could sell. The site now offers a wide range of office furniture, as well as medical equipment and school furnishings. "We find needs our customers have and address them," he says. "Our success stems from not becoming complacent."

Belnick works hard on employee morale, too—in particular striving to keep line workers' jobs from becoming simply boring warehouse work. Efforts include a holiday office-decorating contest with $150 prizes and a kickball tournament that pits warehouse employees against the customer service department. "The biggest thing for us," he says, "is having motivated employees." —Carol Tice

Top Performer Spotlight

Omnitech Systems

Early experience with the internet helped Suresh Kalyanaraman, 38, build Omnitech Systems, his 7-year-old software development and consulting company, into a $55 million powerhouse. For Kalyanaraman, making Omnitech a Top Performer was a priority from Day One.

After doing consulting work in the late 1990s for companies like eTrade, Kalyanaraman struck out on his own in 1999, focusing on financial-services customers. When those customers began asking for more help, he broadened Omnitech's services to include specialized finance-industry accounting and compliance issues. The Vienna, Virginia, company hired CPAs and other professionals to round out its knowledge. "We're more like a full-service professional firm now," he says.

That paid off when mortgage giant Fannie Mae needed to restate nearly four years of its earnings in 2005. Omnitech landed a major consulting job working with Fannie Mae's accounting software during the process.  —C.T.

Top Performer Spotlight

Ker's WingHouse Bar & Grill