The fastest-growing women-led companies in the Seattle metro area are a diverse group, ranging from human resources and communications consulting firms to baking and manufacturing businesses. But they have one essential thing in common--impressive growth over the past three years that landed them a spot on the Inc. 5000. With collective revenue of $187 million in 2014 and total growth of 2,000 percent since 2011, these ladies mean business.
Blink UX offers research and tech consulting services to help businesses better understand how their customers use products. The results are in: Blink UX's revenue rose 159 percent from 2011 to 2014, to more than $10 million. And if you're looking for a way to store all that data, Silicon Mechanics provides server storage and computing services. It also booked a cool $63.4 million in revenue in 2014, up 110 percent over the three prior years.
Rational Interaction and Shaw + Scott both provide digital communications consulting services, and grew more than 600 percent and 150 percent, respectively, between 2011 and 2014. Rational Interaction grew to 80 employees from just 11 during that time and secured nearly $9.4 million in revenue in 2014. With 35 employees, Shaw + Scott pulled in $2.5 million in revenue in 2014, up 161 percent since 2011.
Finding the right talent to build a superior in-house communications team can be tough. Hoping to help ease companies' hiring pains is Simplicity Consulting, which billed $43.4 million in revenue in 2014 for its on-demand marketing talent services. Between 2011 and 2014, hiring at the company took off, adding 202 new employees to the ranks by the end of 2014.
And if you need to reevaluate your company culture, People Firm can help assess your HR strategy--identifying assets and advising on office policies. With 54 employees in 2014, People Firm rang in $9.2 million in revenue, up 65 percent from three years prior. Similarly, Mosaic also advises on work force training and organization--exclusively for oil, gas, and utility companies. The Renton, Washington, company pulled in more than $32 million in 2014 revenue, up 126 percent since 2011.
The most unique fast-growth company in Seattle that's led by a woman is Eden Labs. The 21-year-old company makes machines that extract oils from plants, typically used for medicines. Part of the credit for a 183 percent growth rate from 2011 to 2014 can be credited to the legalization of marijuana. The company pulled in $5.4 million in revenue--due in part to its method for extracting cannabis oil.
Ready for a treat? WOW Baking Company in Kent sold $7.5 million of its all-natural wheat and gluten-free goodies in 2014--up 390 percent since 2011. And to top it off, No. 9 on our list below, Molly Moon's Homemade Ice Cream, pays its employees a living wage, which is now $11 per hour. It also pays for 100 percent of employees' health and dental coverage. The company had 54 employees in 2014. Even sweeter, the shop uses hormone-free milk from Washington cows.
10. People Firm (No. 4,240)
9. Molly Moon's Homemade Ice Cream (No. 3,932)
8. Silicon Mechanics (No. 3,122)
7. Mosaic (No. 2,839)
6. Blink UX (No. 2,379)
5. Shaw + Scott (No. 2,369)
4. Eden Labs (No. 2,133)
3. Simplicity Consulting (No. 1,930)
2. WOW Baking Company (No. 1,104)
1. Rational Interaction (No. 728)