42. AEP Books and Media
42. AEP Books and Media
2010 Revenues: $11.4 million
5-year Annual Growth Rate: 34%

Scott Meacham
Location: Buffalo, NY

About the business:
AEP Books and Media is a veteran-owned book and multimedia supplier that procures available titles as well as rare and out of print items for clients such as libraries, K-12 school systems, and colleges. CEO Scott Meacham started the company in 1992 in Buffalo, N.Y., while pursuing his MBA, and AEP has since grown to become one of the nation's largest rare book suppliers.

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