Columbus, OH (PRWEB) October 18, 2009 —, has been named to the Business First, 14th Annual Fast 50. Companies named to The Fast 50 are the fastest growing emerging businesses in central Ohio.

“The Columbus Business First Fast 50 represents some of the fastest-growing privately held companies across Central Ohio. These companies are creating eight out of 10 new jobs across our region today and thus are extremely important to our region’s economy,” says Don DePerro, president and publisher of Columbus Business First. “Especially now, in times of an economic downturn, the strength and growth of these companies helps to keep our economy from an even faster downward spiral. There’s no bad news here – these companies are agile and moving forward every day.”

AC Lens made the list with growth exceeding 30% year over year and a 20% increase in repeat customers placing them 34th on the list. Companies making the list must be headquartered in Central, OH, privately held, and have revenues over $1 million a year over a three year operating history.

“We’re pleased to be a part of the Business First, Fast 50,” said Dr. Peter Clarkson, CEO of AC Lens. “With the tough economy, continued growth can be attributed to our great prices and award winning customer service.”

AC Lens was named to the Fast 50 for the first time. Extensive growth in 2009 puts AC Lens on track to potentially make future lists as well. The 2009 Fast 50 list will be published in the Oct. 16 issue of Columbus Business First newspaper.

The Fast 50 Awards has grown in popularity each year, and has become one of Columbus Business First’s premiere signature events. An October awards luncheon event, it attracts an audience of 600+ guests each year. Honorees know they have won an award by the day of the event, but are not told where they rank on the list until that information is revealed during the awards presentation. The 2009 awards luncheon will be held on October 15 at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Columbus from 11:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

About AC Lens

Arlington Contact Lens Service Inc, dba, is a leading online supplier of contact lenses and vision care accessories. The company carries all major contact lens brands including Acuvue, Air Optix, and Bausch & Lomb. Vision care accessories such as sunglasses, reading glasses, and contact lens solution allows buyers to purchase all of their vision care needs in one location at industry low prices. offers users unique features including un-biased customer product reviews; quick re-order option, vision care blog, and the largest contact lens forum online. For more information, visit,, or follow us on Twitter @aclens.

About Business First

Columbus Business First covers local business issues focusing on privately held companies. The signature event, Fast 50, is entering the 14th year of awarding the fastest growing private businesses in Central Ohio. Bizjournals is the media division of American City Business Journals, the nation’s largest publisher of metropolitan business newspapers. It operates the Web sites for each of the company’s 42 print business journals local business news and information site for Los Angeles.