Five firms headquartered in Evanston have made the list of the nation's 5,000 fastest growing businesses compiled by Inc. magazine.
Forte International Tax, founded in 2010, ranked 167th on the list with a three-year revenue growth of 2,447 percent.
Forte, described as a professional services firm focused on repatriation planning and tax incentives, saw revenues grow to $3.4 million last year. It now has nine employees, having added four workers over the past three years.
L2TMedia, founded in 2007, ranked 2,029th on the list with a three-year revenue growth of 199 percent.
L2TMedia offers a suite of digital products and marketing services to auto dealerships. It saw revenue grow to $21.2 million last year. It lists 48 employees, having added 34 jobs over the past three years.
Converged Communication Systems, founded in 2003, ranked 2,548th on the list with a three-year revenue growth of 148 percent.
Converged provides IP telephony, network services and call centers. It saw revenue grow to $7.9 million last year. It lists 48 employes and added 25 jobs over the past three years.
Acquirent LLC, founded in 2004, ranked 2,707th on the list with a three year revenue growth of 138 percent.
Acquirent provides outsourced sales for midsize companies and major corporations. It saw revenue grow to $5.7 million last year. It lists 93 employees and has added 43 jobs over the past three years.
The Evanston Group, founded in 1999, ranked 3,202th on the list with a three-year revenue growth of 109 percent.
The Evanston Group provides consulting servies in business, information technology and the life sciences. It saw revenue grow to $19 million lasts year. It lists 16 employees and has added eight jobs over the past three years.
Inc. identified 224 companies in the Chicago metro area on its top 5,000 list. Given the overall metro area population of 9.5 million, that suggests Evanston has nearly three times as many fast-growing companies as would be expected, based on its population alone.