These top 10 companies come from all across the U.S., from Boston to San Diego. They’re leaders in a diverse range of industries, including construction, IT, and retail. And they’re young–the majority have been in business for just five years or less. One such company is already nearing household-name status–among celebrities. Without further ado, here are Inc.’s fastest-growing women-led businesses from this year’s Inc. 500|5000.


10. Pure Incubation
3-year growth rate: 2,427.78%
2013 revenue: $4.7 million
Inc. 5000 rank: No. 170

The 10th-fastest-growing company led by a woman is the Topsfield, Massachusetts-based marketing firm Pure Incubation. The company operates two distinct businesses: PureB2B is a lead-generation platform, and MedData Group publishes Medical Product Guide, a vendor search tool for health care professionals. Melissa Changand and chairman Barry Harrigan attribute much of their success to an ethos of transparency–weekly town hall meetings invite open dialogue–and an extremely loyal team. “Company turnover has been nearly zero during the last three years of fast growth,” Harrigan says.

9. Paradigm Mechanical
3-year growth rate: 2,439.54%
2013 revenue: $5.3 million
Inc. 5000 rank: No. 168

Paradigm Mechanical designs and builds mechanical systems for medical, commercial, and government facilities. CEO Melinda Dicharry founded the company in Lemon Grove, California, in 2010. “We work a lot in medical facilities and hospitals as well as occupied facilities that require little to no interruption while we work,” Dicharry says. So Paradigm Mechanical’s coordination between crews and subcontractors must be flawless. Last year, Dicharry’s leadership earned her recognition from the San Diego Business Journal, which named her a finalist in the annual Women Who Mean Business Awards in 2013.

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