Once written off as the place Millennials go to retire, Portland, Oregon, hardly can be reduced to a playground for the disaffected. 

Besides its famed food and beverage scene, the Pacific Northwestern hub is buzzing with activity. In recent years, it has become known for financial technology as companies like expense management software maker Expensify moved into town in August. It also dominates in the apparel industry, with boldfaced corporate residents including Nike, Adidas, Columbia, and Under Armour. 

Perhaps the biggest reason to watch Portland is its crop of fast-growing private companies, which landed on this year's Inc. 5000 list. 

10. New Credit America 

2019 Inc. 5000 rank No. 402 Three-year growth 1141.87​% 2018 revenue $15.44M

Making its debut on the Inc. 5000 is New Credit America, an alternative lender, offering fixed-rate and low or no-fee loans. In 2019, New Credit America was named one of the best places to work in the state by the Oregon Business Journal. 

9. BridgeTech

2019 Inc. 5000 rank No.423 Three-year growth 1091.11​% 2018 revenue $2.01M

After launching in 2014 with just two employees, IT consultancy BridgeTech counted 25 staffers at the end of 2018. The company, co-founded by Jeremy Hanson and Chris Harris Bridgetech, has two offices in Oregon and has worked with clients including local attorneys and Subway.

8. Trailhead Marketing 

2019 Inc. 5000 rank No.447 Three-year growth 1021.13​% 2018 revenue $2.98M

Trailhead Marketing specializes in managing everything from a business's Facebook page to its geo-targeted ads. The 6-year-old marketing firm led by founder Luke Bettis had 45 employees at the end of 2018.

7. Baseballism 

2019 Inc. 5000 rank No.867 Three-year growth 490.55​% 2018 revenue $13.03M

The baseball lifestyle apparel maker and retailer offers up even the most hard to find baseball paraphenailia--from baseball-themed shirts, hats, and home décor to leather handbags and fanny packs. The company has locations across America including baseball's hometown: Cooperstown, New York. 

6. Scribe-X 

2019 Inc. 5000 rank No.1167 Three-year growth 355.45​% 2018 revenue $7.08M

Scribe-X helps outpatient clinics source and train medical office staffers. Under CEO Warren Johnson, the 6-year-old company has trippled its staff in the last three years to 257 employees.

5. BahFed 

2019 Inc. 5000 rank No.1817 Three-year growth 224.51​% 2018 revenue $44.74M

BahFed provides IT equipment, office supplies, and support services to clients like NASA and other government clients. The veteran and minority-owned business has ranked among the top businesses on Inc. 5000 for four consecutive years.

4. Tender Loving Empire 

2019 Inc. 5000 rank No.1858  Three-year growth 217.92​% 2018 revenue $41.26M

Tender Loving Empire is a hub for independent artists and designers who make everything from jewelry and apparel to prints and housewares. Its founders Brianne and Jared Mees also operate an independent record label, under the TLE umbrella. 

3. Vetsource 

2019 Inc. 5000 rank No.1860  Three-year growth 217.55​% 2018 revenue $139.57M

Vetsource provides outsourced pharmacy inventory, management, and sales for veterinarian practices. Founded in 2008, the company is led by CEO Kurt Green and counted nearly 300 employees at the end of 2018. 

2. Adpearance

2019 Inc. 5000 rank No.1895 Three-year growth 212.55% 2018 revenue $17.23M

Adpearance is a digital marketing company offering development, SEO, and social media services. Its sales software, Foureyes, which launched in 2018, has been a key source of growth at the 10-year-old, co-founded by Aaron James and David Steinberg.

1.  Brandlive 

 2019 Inc. 5000 rank No.1922 Three-year growth 208.53​% 2018 revenue $41.74M

Brandlive offers a managed video platform for brands and retailers to interact with their audiences or for training. The marketing company has worked with top brands including Pottery Barn and GoPro.

Published on: Dec 30, 2019