If you've never been to Portland, Oregon, your impression of the city might be limited to stereotypes. It's not all Portlandia jokes and over-eager baristas. The City of Roses also offers an increasingly supportive environment for startups--and especially for female founders. Just consider the following five women-led businesses that landed on Inc.'s 2019 list of the fastest-growing private companies in the U.S.
5. Ruby Receptionists
2019 Inc. 5000 rank No. 3,028 | Three-year growth 122.41% | 2018 revenue $47.2M
Appearing on the Inc. 5000 for the eighth time, Ruby Receptionists boasts a consistently growing team; it more than doubled its staff to 583 employees between 2015 and 2018. Once a receptionist herself, CEO Jill Nelson founded the company in 2003. Today, it offers virtual receptionist services to more than 3,000 small businesses in North America. The company has appeared on every Inc. 5000 list since 2012, peaking at No. 1,935 in 2013.
2019 Inc. 5000 rank No. 2,375 | Three-year growth 168.87% | 2018 revenue $17.8M
Propeller provides management consulting in customer experience, strategy, technology, and HR business customers. It claims to do this with an emphasis on speed and adaptability--two traits it views as crucial to any company's success. Under CEO Amy Weeden, the company grew to 100 employees in 2018, up from 45 in 2015. This year marks its third appearance on the Inc. 5000 list.
3. Tender Loving Empire
2019 Inc. 5000 rank No. 1,858 | Three-year growth 217.92% | 2018 revenue $4.1
Handmade jewelry, apparel, and accessories are Tender Loving Empire's main calling. It also operates a record label and music venue, showcasing more than 2,000 artists and 400 local musicians over the years. Led by CEO Brianne Mees, this year marks TLE's second appearance on the Inc. 5000.
2019 Inc. 5000 rank No. 827 | Three-year growth 516.48% | 2018 revenue $4
An events-management software firm led by CEO Allie Magyar, Hubb provides a tool for conference and meeting managers to streamline the collection, management, and marketing of event content. Once an events manager herself, Magyar sought out a solution for an often convoluted process. With a team of 50 in 2018, Hubb made Inc.'s list for the first time this year.
1. Out of the Box Technology
2019 Inc. 5000 rank No. 541 | Three-year growth 814.31% | 2018 revenue $4M
Besides making Inc.'s list of the 5,000 fastest-growing companies in 2019, Out of the Box Technology merged with EBS Associates and acquired Powerful Accounting. The accounting firm, which specializes in the installation and training of QuickBooks for businesses, is led by Denise Loter-Koch. She founded EBS Associates and took on the role of CEO after the merger.