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Bethesda, Chevy Chase companies make fastest growing list

By Aaron Kraut

Tuesday - 9/2/2014, 1:15pm  ET

Inc5000 logoA one-man Chevy Chase marketing company that sells health supplements, electronics and other consumer goods is the No. 39 fastest growing private company in the country, according to Inc. Magazine.

Inc. recently came out with its annual list of the 5,000 fastest growing startups and it includes repeat appearances from area companies such as Bethesda-based Wellness Corporate Solutions (No. 702) and Chevy Chase-based WeddingWire (No. 741).

But leading the pack of fastest growing privately owned companies in the area and state was Team Extreme Marketing International, a Chevy Chase-based company owned and operated by Alex Swenson. Swenson began selling a variety of goods on daily deals sites in 2011, then pivoted to become a design and marketing firm.

According to Inc., it made $6.8 million in revenue in 2013, up from $104,694 in revenue in 2010.

It’s the only Maryland company to make it into the top 100 on the list and one of eight to make it into the top 500.

At No. 228 is Strategi Consulting, a Chevy Chase IT consulting firm that has grown nicely since it was founded in 2008. It now employs 14 people and had a 2013 revenue of $3.5 million.

Wellness Corporate Solutions appears on the list for the third straight year, and for the first year since moving from Glen Echo to a bigger office in downtown Bethesda. The company creates and implements wellness programs for corporate clients and government agencies.

It’s added 60 employees over the last three years and brought in $12.6 million in revenue last year.

WeddingWire, the website that hooks up wedding vendors and professionals with couples planning for their special day, also appears on the list for the third straight year. The company is based in Friendship Heights and has provided quite a boost to the area with 236 new employees over the last three years.

It’s also expanded into other event types. There’s now a PromWire.com. That helped the company generate $34 million in revenue in 2013.