Five Evanston firms named to fast-growing list

Employees at Multilingual Connections celebrate their firm's inclusion on the list.

Five Evanston-based businesses are among the 5,000 fastest growing ones in America, according to a newly released list from Inc. magazine.

That gives Evanston more representation on the list than any but three other Chicago-area suburbs.

Schaumburg tops the tally with 11 firms, Naperville is next with 7 and Lombard has 6. Oak Brook is tied with Evanston with five.

The Evanston firms on the Inc. 5000 list are:

  • Toops LLC, a developer of data-driven ecommerce business tools, ranked #271, with revenue last year of $7.7 million and three-year growth of 1,621%
  • Right at School, a provider of childcare programs, ranked #1231, with revenue last year of $25.2 million and three-year growth of 334%.
  • Opex Analytics, a provider of artificial intelligence services to businesses, ranked $1420, with revenue last year of $14.3 million and three-year growth of 290%.
  • Clerestory Consulting, a business consulting firm, ranked #4069, with revenues last year of $9.9 million and three-year growth of 79 percent.
  • Multilingual Connections, a provider of translation services, ranked #4757, with revenues last year of $2.6 million and three-year growth of 59%.

A total of 235 Chicago-area firms made the list this year, with 122 based in a total of 59 different suburbs and 113 based in the City of Chicago.

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