Number of companies: 48

Total employment: 4,436

Total revenue: $88:3 million

Median revenue: $10.5 million

Median growth rate: 877.5 percent

Fusion Solutions NO. 5 9,301.7% Three-Year Growth REVENUE: $22 million EMPLOYEES: 155 FOUNDED: 2002 Addison, Texas

What it does: Staffing and consulting for clients in the telecom industry, including Ericsson, Alcatel-Lucent, and MetroPCS. Why it’s growing: Wireless technology is booming in popularity–and growing more complex by the day. That’s sparked demand for workers who understand things like WiMax (which provides wireless data over long distances) and IPTV (digital television over the Internet). “We’re focused on niche areas where clients have difficulty finding people,” says founder and CEO Tahir Hussain.

Callaway Partners NO.14 5,533.9% Three-Year Growth REVENUE: $84.8 million EMPLOYEES: 303 FOUNDED: 2002 Atlanta

What it does: Provides extra accounting help when companies need to increase staff temporarily–say, preparing for an audit, filing for bankruptcy, or gearing up for an IPO. “We’re an alternative to the Big 4 accounting firms,” says CEO Bruce Cox. Why it’s growing: The M&A boom and regulatory changes like Sarbanes-Oxley have boosted demand, as has a steady stream of referrals from existing clients, helping the company expand nationally and internationally in Europe and Asia. Boon for boomers: Many accounting firms hire people right out of school; Callaway prefers hiring baby boomers. “We find them to be highly technically skilled and to have the best work ethic,” Cox says.

e-IT Professionals NO. 24 3,166.5% Three-Year Growth REVENUE $6.8 million EMPLOYEES: 91 FOUNDED: 1999 Canton, Mich.

What it does: Provides IT professionals and consultants for large companies, including General Motors and other automakers. Why it’s growing: The hard times in Detroit have spelled opportunity for e-IT Professionals. To control costs, car makers are using temps or contractors rather than hiring full-timers; they’re also looking for tech experts who can streamline design and manufacturing processes. “There have been a lot of cutbacks, but the auto industry needs more tech people,” says CEO Nalamothu P. Rao.

Vaco NO.33 2,836.4% Thr4e-Year Growth REVENUE: $63.8 million EMPLOYEES: 109 FOUNDED: 2002 Brontwood, Tenn.

What it does: Provides full-time or project-based financial professionals, IT specialists, and clerical-level employees to more than 650 clients, including high-growth start-ups and large companies. Why it’s growing: Each of the company’s 16 offices nationwide is run by an employee who has equity in the company. That makes them hungrier and more productive, says founding partner Jerry Bostelman. It’s also helped the company keep turnover to 5 percent, compared with an industry average as high as 60 percent.

Accolo NO. 42 2,564.8% Three-Year Growth REVENUE: $5.3 million EMPLOYEES: 36 FOUNDED: 2000 Larkspur, Calif.

What it does: Recruitment process outsourcing. In other words, the company places recruitment professionals in companies with between 100 and 3,000 employees. Why it’s growing: Most of Accolo’s rivals serve large corporations. But as the labor market has tightened, more small companies are relying on professional recruiters.

Nextaff NO. 58 2,189.6% Three-Year Growth REVENUE: $5.8 million EMPLOYEES: 20 FOUNDED: 2002 Shawnee, Kansas

What it does: Recruiting and HR consulting and outsourcing services. Clients include Marriott hotels, TD Ameritrade, and Union Pacific Railroad. Why it’s growing: Co-founders James Windmiller and Cary Daniel scan census data for population growth and open new offices in cities with five-year growth rates of at least 10 percent. Then they target fast-growing industries: The Omaha office, for example, specializes in IT staffing, while the Orlando branch works in hospitality. The company has seven offices nationwide.

Virpie NO. 68 1,969.7% Three-Year Growth REVENUE: $8.2 million EMPLOYEES: 9 FOUNDED: 1997 Southbury, Conn.

What it does: IT staffing for large U.S. companies. Why it’s growing: U.S. tech spending is booming and larger companies that can’t find the expertise they need overseas are increasingly turning back to local techies who will work on a project basis. Strategy: Virpie convinces clients to let contractors work remotely from home. Then, because geography isn’t an issue, it’s better able to match the candidate to the project. It also keeps overhead lower and cuts commuting costs and travel time. What’s next: The company plans to remotely staff U.S.-based techies to Dubai, where, according to CEO Srinivas Thammana, Western companies opening offices can’t locally hire the sophisticated IT help they need.

Northpointe Personnel NO. 69 1,943.2% Three-Year Growth REVENUE: $5.8 million EMPLOYEES: 6 FOUNDED: 2003 Hoboken, N J.

What it does: Provides temporary administrative and back-office employees to a variety of industries in New Jersey. Clients include Cablevision, Morgan Stanley, and Goldman Sachs. Why it’s growing: Soaring New York City rents and the events of 9/11 compelled many companies, including a number of major financial services firms, to move to New Jersey, which offered attractive tax breaks. Northpointe’s Hoboken location, meanwhile, is convenient for temps from throughout the region, who not only come to the office to register but return for client-specific orientation and training.

Intrepid Learning Solutions NO. 79 1,818.7% Three-Year Growth REVENUE: $21 million EMPLOYEES: 236 POUNDED: 2000 Seattle

What it does: Provides consulting services and creates training programs for large aerospace, high tech, and financial services firms. Clients include Boeing and Autodesk. Why it’s growing: More companies are outsourcing their training efforts and taking advantage of Web-based learning programs. Next life: Founder Chris Hedricks, who was a Peace Corps volunteer in Senegal from 1988 to 1992, is retiring from Intrepid this fall to become the corps’ Senegal country director. “It’s what I’ve wanted to do for20 years,” he says.

Talent Connections NO. 86 1,728,2% Three-Year Growth REVENUE: $5.0 million EMPLOYEES: 11 FOUNDED: 1999 Atlanta

What it does: Provides recruiting services to midsize and large organizations, including Coca-Cola, Microsoft, Habitat for Humanity, and Children’s Health Care of Atlanta. Why it’s growing: Three years ago, a rebranding consultant helped CEO Tom Darrow narrow the company’s focus to just four core areas: executive search, contract recruiting, recruitment consulting (that is, helping companies fix broken recruitment processes), and outsourcing. In 2005, the company changed its name from the more cumbersome HR Connections and Consulting. These two major changes have boosted growth, Darrow says,

Xsell Resources NO.97 1,545.2% Three-Year Growth REVENUE: $5.9 million EMPLOYEES: 15 FOUNDED: 2002 Willow Grove, Pa.

What it does: Recruits IT professionals for large companies. Why it’s growing: The rebounding tech market has been a key factor. But so has smart niche marketing. Soon after founding the company, CEO Colleen Haviland put the focus on strong sectors like mortgage financing and health care, scoring clients like Independence Blue Cross/Blue Shield, which has grown to be one of her largest clients. Xsell also specializes in products from SAP, the world’s largest business software company.

KnowledgeBank NO. 123 1,420% Three-Year Growth REVENUE: $3.4 million EMPLOYEES: 38 FOUNDED: 2002 McLean, Va.

What it does: Provides outsourced human resources services–that is, it runs all or part of the HR departments for large and small companies. Why it’s growing: The outsourcing trend. After contracting with outsiders to do everything from data entry to tech support, large corporations are doing the same for HR positions.

Capital H Group NO. 134 1,387.3% Three-Year Growth REVENUE: $21 million EMPLOYEES: 150 FOUNDED: 2001 Chicago

What it does: Human resources consulting–everything from leadership training to recruiting to succession planning. Why it’s growing: Demand for succession planning services by companies concerned about the impending retirement of baby boomers. What’s new.” The company recently raised $25 million from FT Ventures, a San Francisco-based private equity firm. Capital H has used some of this money to fund expansion into new locations. Track record: CEO Dan Weinfurter’s previous company, Parson Group, a staffing business, landed the No. 1 spot on the Inc. 500 in 2000.

The Quest Group NO. 135 1,386.3% Three-Year Growth REVENUE: $8.7 million EMPLOYEES: 24 FOUNDED: 2002 Frisco, Texas

What it does: Recruits nurses for acute-care hospitals. Why it’s growing: A nationwide shortage of nurses. “Demand was through the roof from day one,” says founder Neil Brady. “As baby boomers age, it will get worse.” Quest also uses a computerized call center that makes recruiting quicker and easier for clients.

Epic MedStaff Services NO. 140 1,354% Three-Year Growth REVENUE: $14.4 million EMPLOYEES: 323 FOUNDED: 2001 Callas

What it does: Recruits nurses and other health care personnel for hospital and in-home staffing, with a focus on intensive pediatric care. Why it’s growing: By participating in a Medicaid waiver program, Epic MedStaff has developed strong relationships with foster family associations throughout Texas. Relatively low rates from the state make it a high quantity, rather than a high margin, business, says CEO Trey Price.

NStar Global Services NO. 163 1,232.4% Three-Year Growth REVENUE: 86.6 million EMPLOYEES: 97 FOUNDED: 2003 Clayton, N.C.

What it does: Provides semiconductor companies with engineers to fill temporary and permanent positions. Why it’s growing: A downturn in the semiconductor industry after the bursting of the Internet bubble created the need for an outsourced work force. Companies like NStar filled the need for less expensive labor as the industry found its footing. Now, as the industry rebounds, CEO Randy Nelson predicts a boost in permanent placements.

LGC Associates NO. 182 1,138.3% Three-Year Growth REVENUE: $4.5 million EMPLOYEES: 25 FOUNDED: 2001 Indianapolis

What it does: Recruits and places full-time and temporary workers in the business administration and hospitality fields. LGC has nine locations in seven midwestern states. Why it’s growing: Low unemployment is prompting more companies to hire recruiters. While many firms focus on finding people available to work full time, LGC also targets students and stay-at-home parents–quality candidates who need part-time jobs with flexible hours.

Emerald Health Services NO. 185 1,122.7% Three-Year Growth REVENUE: $54.3 million EMPLOYEES: 50 FOUNDED: 2002 Marina Del Rey, Calif.

What it does: Supplies traveling nurses for acute care hospitals. Why it’s growing: Hospitals are scrambling to find skilled nurses. Emerald Health Services recruits RNs from all over the U.S. to work mostly in California and Florida, arranges for their housing, and pays their benefits and 401(k).

Innovar Group NO. 198 1,072.9% Three-Year Growth REVENUE: $3.3 million EMPLOYEES: 34 FOUNDED: 2000 Greenwood Village, Colo.

What it does: Permanent and temporary IT staffing, mostly for companies based in the Colorado area. Why it’s growing: Flexibility. Rather than charging the typical recruiter’s fee (a percentage of a hire’s annual salary), Innovar works on a project basis, which saves clients money. Innovar also will handle any single part of the hiring process–say, finding candidates or performing background checks–rather than insisting on handling everything.

Insight Global NO. 224 1,010.7% Three-Year Growth REVENUE: $99 million EMPLOYEES: 200 FOUNDED: 2001 Atlanta

What it does: Recruits short-term technical staff, primarily for Fortune 1,000 companies. Why it’s growing: Insight Global has capitalized on the outsourcing trend through a rapid geographic expansion. The company now has 15 offices nationwide and plans to have a presence in most major U.S. cities within five years.

First Tek Technologies NO. 234 1,000.3% Three-Year Growth REVENUE: $18.7 million EMPLOYEES: 300 FOUNDED: 2001 North Brunswick, NJ.

What it does: Recruits IT consultants and provides staffing and software development for large companies. Why it’s growing: Demand for trained IT staffers has been booming. To stay ahead of the curve, CEO Kumar Bhavanasi has focused on predicting what technologies will become popular in 12 to 24 months, then recruiting and training individuals to prepare.

The CPI Group NO. 242 966.8% Three-Year Growth REVENUE: 829.8 million EMPLOYEES: 14 FOUNDED: 1983 Columbus, Miss.

What it does: Recruits white- and blue-collar workers for employers in Mississippi. Why it’s growing: Hurricane Katrina. CPI is a subcontractor on a $32 million Department of Labor contract to recruit workers to rebuild businesses and residences. “The coastal communities were wiped off the map, and they needed a way to get people back to work,” says CEO Mark Smith. “It’s been one of the largest staffing ramp-ups in history.”

Relevante NO. 268 905.1% Three-Year Growth REVENUE: $8.6 million EMPLOYEES: 120 FOUNDED: 2002 Horoham, Pa.

What it does: Provides consultants, contractors, and permanent staff to finance departments in large companies. Why it’s growing: Thanks to the difficulty of complying with Sarbanes-Oxley regulations, and the current rash of mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance departments are bulking up or seeking outside expertise. Many baskets: Three years ago, Relevante depended on one client for 80 percent of revenue. Today, none of its 150 clients accounts for more than 10 percent.

Incendia Partners NO. 284 877.6% Three-Year Growth REVENUE: $4.2 million EMPLOYEES: 15 FOUNDED: 2002 Framingham, Mass.

What it does: Recruits IT professionals for companies in the Boston area. Why it’s growing: When Boston’s once-sizzling technology market slowed, Incendia Partners stayed hot by building relationships with companies looking to cut costs and hire short-term contract employees for tasks such as building websites and installing computer networks.

Crescent Solutions NO. 285 877.3% Three-Year Growth REVENUE: $22.1 million EMPLOYEES: 40 FOUNDED: 2001 Lake Worth, Fla.

What it does: Recruits staff and places contract workers for IT, engineering, and finance jobs. Clients include Yahoo, Northrop Grumman, NBC, and Sun Microsystems. Why it’s growing: A growing market for IT jobs, inside and outside of the tech industry. Recruiting is a high-turnover industry, but Crescent has lost just two employees, and not a single client, over the past five years, says CEO Brian Fischbein. Hot seat: With no money to spare when the firm was just getting going, the founders kept the air conditioning turned off in their California and Florida offices. “It was a little warm, but we weren’t sure we could pay the bill,” says Fischbein.

Salo NO. 301 858.1% Three-Year Growth REVENUE: $32.1 million EMPLOYEES: 36 FOUNDED: 2002 Minneapolis

What it does: Provides senior-level finance and human resources professionals and staff-level accounting personnel to Minneapolis-based companies. Why it’s growing: Where most employment agencies treat temps like commodities, Salo pampers its contract workers, offering them above-market wages, benefits (including a continuing education program), even a retirement plan. Those perks attract “the cream of the crop,” says founding partner Amy Langer.

Burlington Healthcare Providers NO. 304 856.1% Three-Year Growth REVENUE: $4.2 million EMPLOYEES: 8 FOUNDED: 2002 Franklin, Wis.

What it does: Recruits physicians, primarily radiologists, for temporary positions at hospitals and medical groups nationwide. Why it’s growing: Doctors are using more MRIs, CAT scans, and other diagnostic imaging tools, which has increased demand for radiologists. Meanwhile, more radiologists–younger doctors seeking work-life balance, women returning to the work force, boomers who aren’t quite ready to retire–are interested in temp work.

Victory Personnel Services NO. 317 841.2% Three-Year Growth REVENUE: $25.7 million EMPLOYEES: 12 FOUNDED: 1991 Milwaukee

What it does: Provides professional, administrative, and technical personnel to large and midsize companies in 38 states. Clients include Harley-Davidson and Miller Brewing. Why it’s growing: The company was originally founded to provide entry-level jobs for unemployed individuals in Milwaukee. After years of financial struggle, CEO Joe Tucker shifted the focus to more highly skilled employees, and landed a major contract with Manpower. That helped give Victory broader geographical reach and new credibility with large corporate clients. Tucker says the company’s certification as a Minority Business Enterprise and an Emerging Business Enterprise has also helped fuel growth.

Liberty Personnel Services NO. 321 832.9% Three-Year Growth REVENUE: $7.1 million EMPLOYEES: 43 FOUNDED: 2002 King of Prussia, Pa.

What it does: Recruits permanent professional employees for companies of all sizes in the mid-Atlantic region. Why it’s growing: CEO Boyd Kelly and his five partners founded the company at a low point for the recruiting industry. “1 felt I would like to grow with the market instead of against it; I thought it was the lowest it would be.” He was right, and the company has grown as the local economy has improved. Kelly also credits Liberty’s growth to the company’s practice of paying its recruiters 10 to 15 percent more in commissions than other search firms do.

Worldwide Travel Staffing NO. 335 807.7% Three-Year Growth REVENUE: $7.2 million EMPLOYEES: 162 FOUNOED: 1993 Tonawanda, N.Y.

What it does: Places American nurses on temporary assignments in hospitals in the U.S. and around the world, including the Virgin Islands, the Middle East, New Zealand, Australia, and the United Kingdom. Why it’s growing: The nursing shortage is an obvious reason. The company also offers an excellent benefits package for a temporary staffing company; every nurse is eligible for health insurance, dental, and a 401(k) on his or her first day of work. And international destinations appeal to nurses looking to travel, says CEO Leo Blatz.

JSMN International NO. 341 801.9% Three-Year Growth REVENUE: $18 million EMPLOYEES: 275 FOUNDED: 1998 Jersey City

What it does: Provides short-term staffing of computer programmers for large companies that need custom software development. Why it’s growing: Demand for skilled tech people is surging. CEO Ravinder Thota has a large network of programmers, including many from India, Singapore, and Thailand, who are experts in complex enterprise software systems like SAP, Oracle, and PeopleSoft–an expertise that has led to repeat business on large projects with clients such as American Express.

Beyond.com NO. 345 794.5% Three-Year Growth REVENUE: $8.7 million EMPLOYEES: 28 FOUNDED: 1898 King of Prussia, Pa.

What it does: Operates a network of 15,000 niche career sites–everything from ITworld.com and RetiredBrains.com to BlueCollarJobs.com and ArtsGigs.com. Companies pay Beyond.com fees to find employees. Why it’s growing: The vast network of sites lets job posters and seekers hone their searches with more specificity than is possible on large national boards like Monster.com. Practice what you preach: All but one of Beyond.com’s employees have come through the company’s own career matching services. “We have one guy we got through Career Builder,” admits CEO Rich Milgram. “We make fun of him every day.”

Adayana NO. 347 793.7% Three-Year Growth REVENUE: $12.9 million EMPLOYEES: 187 FOUNDED: 2001 Minneapolis

What it does: Training and work force development for clients in the food and agriculture, automotive, defense, and health care industries–including Monsanto, NATO, Firestone, and the Department of Agriculture. Why it’s growing: “There’s a shortage of trained personnel,” says CEO Rajiv Tandon. “Our school systems are not producing people who are employable.” He says that Adayana’s computer-based tools help companies train workers such as mechanics and food handlers more efficiently, What’s new: Going global. The company just landed a contract with the Society of Indian Automotive Manufacturers to train 2.5 million people in India over the next 10 years.

HealthCare Support Staffing NO. 369 764.3% Three-Year Growth REVENUE: $16.6 million EMPLOYEES: 62 FOUNDED: 2002 Orlando

What it does: Recruits health care employees–from medical billers to pharmacists–for hospitals, doctor’s offices, pharmaceutical companies, and other health care organizations in Florida, Why it’s growing: Nationwide, there’s a shortage of health care workers, including non-clinical professionals. That shortage is exacerbated in Florida, where growing numbers of elderly retirees translate into ever-increasing demands for health care. Struggling to find enough qualified workers, hospitals and other health care organizations are using every means possible to recruit workers.

Clovis NO. 381 745.3% Three-Year Growth REVENUE: $10,5 million EMPLOYEES: 69 FOUNDED: 2000 Bethesda, Md. PAST HONOREE 2006

What it does: Recruiting and staffing services, primarily for large and midmarket Washington, D.C.-area companies in the IT, accounting, and finance industries. Why it’s growing: Washington’s job market has been tight, with government spending fueling growth among Clovis’ clients.

Urooj NO. 399 730.1% Three-Year Growth REVENUE: 22.6 million EMPLOYEES: 37 FOUNDED: 2002 Rutherford, N.J.

What it does: Provides short- and long-term IT staffing. Why it’s growing: Many search firms put their energy into sales, constantly hunting for new clients. Urooj takes a different approach, spending less than the industry average on sales and more on finding high-quality IT consultants–and focusing on generating referrals and repeat business. Of course, it hasn’t hurt that demand for IT professionals has been red hot the past three years.

IT Ascent NO. 401 726.9% Three-Year Growth REVENUE: $37.7 million EMPLOYEES: 61 FOUNDED: 2000 San Francisco

What it does: Recruits IT professionals for large corporations worldwide. Why it’s growing: Technical savvy. These days, large corporations use electronic procurement systems to purchase everything–including temps. Ascent has fine-tuned its operations to work with these complex systems, which gives it a leg up on its rivals.

SpringBoard NO. 423 680.1% Three-Year Growth REVENUE: $5.4 million EMPLOYEES: 15 FOUNDED: 2002 Phoenix

What it does: Places radiation/oncology and radiology professionals on a contract and permanent basis at hospitals and cancer centers nationwide. Why it’s growing: SpringBoard has a narrow focus on meeting the demand for highly trained health care workers. “Define a niche and stick within that,” says CEO Gavin Hays. “Don’t be tempted to please everyone.” SpringBoard recruits get paid vacation and other benefits of a staff job, and typically earn 30 percent more for traveling out of state.

HumCap NO. 431 666% Three-Year Growth REVENUE: 23.3 million EMPLOYEES: 20 FOUNDED: 2002 Dallas

What it does: Handles recruitment and HR functions for companies with 25 to 250 employees and places contract professionals at companies of all sizes. Major clients include Siemens Telecommunications and the Staubach Co. Why it’s growing: A tight labor market for skilled professionals. Also, more companies are auditioning employees as temps before offering full-time positions. HumCap targets VC-backed emerging companies that can’t, or don’t want to, hire full-time HR employees and offers to serve as their part-time recruiters and HR execs. Previous life: Founder and CEO Tad McIntosh, a West Point grad and former Army Honor Guard member, was head usher at Bill Clinton’s first inaugural.

TekPartners/MedPartners NO. 435 660.1% Three-Year Growth REVENUE: 210.5 million EMPLOYEES: 35 FOUNDED: 2002 Coral Springs, Fla.

What it does: Recruiting and staffing, primarily for clients in technology and health care. Why it’s growing: Employee turnover is a problem throughout the staffing industry, particularly for companies that simply “put bodies in seats,” says co-founder Vito Scutero. A robust compensation plan keeps TekPartners’ staff turnover to a low 10 percent, providing stability of account servicing to its clients and candidates and helping the company expand its business with existing clients. It’s also followed clients as they expanded, opening offices in new cities to satisfy client demand.

Convergenz NO. 436 659.3% Three-Year Growth REVENUE: $43.8 million EMPLOYEES: 400 FOUNDED: 2000 McLean, Va. PAST HONOREE 2005 2006

What it does: Helps large corporations in 35 states staff up on technical and financial talent. Why it’s growing: A tight labor market for skilled IT and accounting workers. Convergenz has placed about 400 contract workers this year alone, says Greg McGuire, one of the firm’s three managing partners. The company has also continued to expand its client base by partnering with third-party companies that specialize in managing contract labor.

HireSynergy NO. 441 652.6% Three-Year Growth REVENUE: $10.6 million EMPLOYEES: 34 FOUNDED: 2001 Houston

What it does: Places permanent and contract financial and technology employees in Houston-area companies and consults on hiring and retention practices. Why it’s growing: Houston’s economy is expanding at a good clip, about 3 percent annually. HireSynergy has ridden that growth, expanding its client base almost entirely through referrals. Local heroes: HireSynergy helped axed Enron and Arthur Andersen employees polish their job search skills, no charge.

Jobing.com NO. 449 644.9% Three-Year Growth REVENUE: $22.7 million EMPLOYEES: 276 FOUNDED: 1999 Phoenix

What it does: Hosts local online help-wanted advertising for employers, most of them small businesses, in eight states. “Our goal is to replace the newspaper,” says Aaron Matos, the company’s 35-year-old founder, Why it’s growing: A strong niche. Smaller employers often don’t find it cost effective to advertise on the “big three” job search sites–Monster, CareerBuilder, and Hot Jobs. Jobing specializes in serving companies that want to hire locally; it also helps employers write compelling job postings and hosts local job fairs. High profile: Jobing.com owns the naming rights to the former Glendale Arena in Phoenix.

Beacon Hill Staffing Group NO. 467 629.7% Three-Year Growth REVENUE: 229.1 million EMPLOYEES: 72 FOUNDED: 2000 Boston PAST HONOREE 2005 2006

What it does: Provides technology, legal, administrative, human resources, and financial employees for contract, temporary, and full-time placements. Why it’s growing: Beacon Hill has grown by launching new lines of business, like placing legal professionals, as well as adding new markets. Over the past two years, the company has expanded beyond its Boston base by opening new offices in Cleveland, Chicago, Minneapolis, and Washington, D.C. Beacon Hill now places workers in some 22 states. “We are expanding wherever or however our clients are asking us to,” says founder and CEO Andrew Wang.

FGP International NO. 478 617.8% Three-Year Growth REVENUE: $10.8 million EMPLOYEES: 40 FOUNDED: 1982 Greenville, S.C. PAST HONOREE 2006

What it does; Places temporary employees and permanent executives. Customers range from small, privately held firms to global corporations like Wal-Mart. Why it’s growing: Thanks to a tight labor market and high health care costs, more companies are using temps to fill highly specialized positions, especially in finance and technology departments. Locating and placing those kinds of workers is FGP’s specialty.

Cascade Health Services NO. 480 615.9% Three-Year Growth REVENUE: $7 million EMPLOYEES: 21 FOUNDED: 1988 Kansas City, Mo. PAST HONOREE 2006

What it does: Places temporary and permanent nurses, medical technicians, and physical therapists in hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, and prisons in Kansas and Missouri. Why it’s growing: With nurses in short supply, Cascade attracts workers by beefing up benefits. It pays 100 percent of insurance premiums for personnel who work 32 hours or more a week and offers them a 401(k) plan. “I would rather spend money on positive things like that than on recruiting and advertising,” says CEO Jonna Weissenbach, who bought the company with her brother Kellen in 2003.

Brian Cork Human Capital NO. 481 615.1% Three-Year Growth REVENUE: $10.8 million EMPLOYEES: 12 FOUNDED: 2002 Roswell, Ga.

What it does: Provides executive search and recruiting services, business coaching, and human resources consulting to companies in the United States, Hong Kong, and Great Britain, including Georgia-Pacific and Conde Nast. Why it’s growing: During his previous career as a venture capitalist, founder and CEO Brian Cork developed a knack for spotting talent–not to mention a substantial Rolodex. In fact, Cork is so confident that he offers a guarantee to his clients: If a recruit quits in less than a year, he’ll find another one at no cost. Bookworm: Cork is writing three books. The titles? CEO Handbook, This Would Be Jefferson’s View, and Dear God,” I am Dancing in My Head.

Saicon Consultants NO. 487 611.6% Throe-Year Growth REVENUE: $12.6 million EMPLOYEES: 130 FOUNDED: 1998 Overland Park, Kansas PAST HONOREE 2006

What it does: Technology consulting and staffing for barge corporations and government agencies. Why it’s growing: More large companies are running their organizations with complex enterprise software systems such as SAP, PeopleSoft, and Oracle; working with such systems is Saicon’s expertise. Two years ago, the company became a certified 8(a) woman/ minority owned business and has begun diversifying into government contracts, including one with the Los Angeles school


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