5 Chattanooga companies make Inc.com 5000 list

Five local companies made Inc.com's list of the 5

Authored By Chloé Morrison

Five local companies made Inc.com’s list of the 5,000 fastest-growing companies in the nation. (Screenshot: Staff)

Five Chattanooga-area businesses made the Inc.com 5000 list of the country’s fastest-growing private companies.

Two local companies—Steam Logistics and Reliance Partners—ranked in the top 500.

Steam Logistics 
This international freight forwarder and customs house broker came in at No. 254.

The company, which has between 25 and 49 employees and was founded in 2013, has seen strong three-year growth and made between $10 and $20 million in revenue in 2016.

The company finds unique ways to motivate its employees. Earlier this year, after losing a bet to his employees, the company’s president ran down Market Street in a black men’s bikini.

Reliance Partners
This company is a provider of commercial insurance focused on the transportation and logistics space. It ranked at No. 461 on Inc.com’s list.

Reliance Partners has been recognized by numerous publications for its growth and top work environment.

In July, the business expanded by adding an office in Buffalo, New York.

Formerly Spartan Systems, software product development and venture firm Very came in at No. 1,146.

The company rebranded last summer to reflect the company’s growth and the way the team serves clients.

After years of developing platforms and software, the team has learned how to focus on outcomes, not only products, according to Nooga.com archives.

Conversant Group 
IT solutions and technology consulting firm Conversant Group has been on the list before and came in at No. 1,671 this year.

President and CEO John Smith started the company after he sold another business, Net Alliant Technologies.

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This construction company, which has offices in Chattanooga and Nashville, came in at No. 2,180.

The company specializes in “restoration and value enhancement” of residential and commercial properties, according to its website.

Disclaimer: Nooga.com is affiliated with Lamp Post Group, which has a business relationship with Steam Logistics and Reliance Partners. Editorial decisions for this publication are made independently of Lamp Post, Steam and Reliance.