By: Meghan LeVota,August 17, 2017 Forty Kansas City area firms are featured on the annual Inc. 5000 list, which includes the nation’s fastest growing businesses. Among them, four local firms were included in the more exclusive Inc. 500 list, with Lever 1 nabbing a No. 44 ranking. In 2016, only one Kansas City company made the 500 list, ranked No. 478.