We know you’re out there.

The Business Journal is producing its fifth annual list of fast-growing privately held companies in October.

The list seeks to capture private companies that have seen their yearly sales grow rapidly from mid-2009 to mid-2011.

Is your company growing amid the recovery? Then let us know.

We expect many companies to qualify for this year's list, given that it looks at recent 12-month sales, which presumably are up from the recently ended recession.

We’re looking for Orange County-based companies owned by an individual, a group of people, families, venture capitalists, private equity firms or other investors.

Publicly traded companies and subsidiaries won’t be considered. Nor will locally owned offices of national services firms.

We’re ranking companies by revenue growth from June 2009 through June 2011.

To qualify, companies must have minimum sales of $300,000 for the 12 months through June 2009.

We urge you to submit your company for consideration. What’s in it for you?

Bragging rights, for one. Your company could be ranked one of the fast-growing companies in an area known for nimble startups and entrepreneurialism.

It’s also good exposure for your company before customers, bankers, vendors, peers or even potential investors.

The Business Journal has an online form for companies to fill out for consideration. The link is on the right-hand side of our website, www.ocbj.com.

If you have questions, contact Research Director Emily Weisburg at (949) 833-8373, ext. 224, or at weisburg@ocbj.com.