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Hottest Lists In Town

National - Suppose you were recognized as one of the fastest-growing privately held firms in your region. What could that do for your bottom line? Plenty, says Stephanie McAlaine, assistant director of the Wharton Small Business Development Center in Philadelphia.

Wharton's list of the top 100 of these companies was one of the first such lists when it was originally compiled in 1989. More than 550 different companies have appeared on its Philadelphia 100 list.

We've compiled our own list of the various "fast" lists generated nationwide by local business journals or small-business development centers. While there are no standard eligibility criteria, there is one common denominator: All include companies on the fast track. Some also include firms with the most revenue growth or restrict applications to firms that have been in business for at least three full years and earn at least $1 million.

Below is more information about the "Top" lists.

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Atlanta Atlanta Business Chronicle April
Austin, TX Austin Business Journal July
Dallas Dallas Business Journal August
Denver Denver Business Journal March
Houston University of Houston SBDC June
Charlotte, NC Charlotte Business Journal July
Columbus, OH Business First of Columbus August
Hawaii Pacific Business News April
Jacksonville, FL Jacksonville Business Journal May
Orlando, FL Orlando Business Journal June
Phoenix, AZ The Business Journal August
Philadelphia Wharton SBDC July
Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Business Times July
Portland, OR The Business Journal April
Raleigh, NC Triangle Business Journal July
Sacramento, CA Sacramento Business Journal April
San Francisco San Francisco Business Times August
San Jose, CA San Jose Business Journal July
Washington Puget Sound Business Journal August
Washington, DC Washington Business Journal May

Contact Sources

New Jersey Department of Commerce & Economic Growth Commission, (609) 777-0885,

U.S. Department of Labor, (202) 219-6001, ext. 137,

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This article was originally published in the March 1999 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: Help Is On The Way.

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