The 2009 Inc. 500: The Top 10 States

California, fast-growth companies
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No. 1: California, 85 companies

Perennial powerhouse California again dominates this year’s Inc. 500 list. What's new is that, with 15 advertising and marketing companies, the Golden State is stealing some of Madison Avenue’s thunder. Meanwhile, California’s top-ranked company, National Retirement Partners (No. 2), helps employers manage their 401(k) plans.