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Chicago Ranks High for Fast-Growing Small Businesses

Chicago ranks third nationally for fast-growing small businesses, according to the annual Inc. 5000 list. This year saw 110 Chicago companies named to the list, including two in the top 10 and 16 in the top 500. These businesses account for 13,540 jobs locally.

“Small businesses are the backbone of Chicago’s economy, creating economic development in our neighborhoods and opportunities for our residents,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel. “These rankings reinforce that Chicago is a city where entrepreneurs thrive, and small businesses grow into industry leaders.”

Andrea Zapp, CEO of World Business Chicago, added that Chicago is “a city of innovators and creators where new ideas are encouraged and embraced. Our entrepreneurs have the tools to succeed and grow their ideas into viable businesses. Small businesses across Chicago provide the framework to make Chicago a global economic leader.”

The complete list will be published in Inc. magazine’s September issue.

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Paul Bubny serves as Senior Content Director for Connect Commercial Real Estate, a role to which he brings 13-plus years’ experience covering the commercial real estate industry and 30-plus years in business-to-business journalism. In this capacity, he oversees daily operations while also reporting on both local/regional markets and national trends, covering individual transactions across all property types, as well as delving into broader subject matter. He produces 15-20 daily news stories per day and works with the Connect team and clients to develop longer-form content, ranging from Q&As to thought-leadership pieces. Prior to joining Connect, Paul was Managing Editor for both Real Estate Forum and at American Lawyer Media, where he oversaw operations at both publications while also producing daily news and feature-length articles. His tenure in B2B publishing stretches back into the print era, and he has served as Editor in Chief on four national trade publications. Since 1999, Paul has volunteered as the newsletter editor of passenger rail advocacy groups (one national, one local).

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