Last Thursday I attended the 2013 Fastest Growing Companies event put on by the Portland Business Journal and I must say it was a great evening, except for the food. Why all the deep-fried delicacies?

Of all the Business Journal events, this one is hands down my favorite.  It’s always a fun, party-like atmosphere where people feel relaxed and ready to recognize some of the most exciting companies in Portland. It was great being able to celebrate two clients that made the list – DataSafe and ProKarma. Congratulations!

I also want to send a shout out to my friends at Kinesis and The Good for staking their claim in the Top 100. Beyond the companies I know, I realize there are many more that I don’t and am left to speculate about what makes them tick. Don’t we all want to know the secret behind the Ruby Receptionists mojo? Or how about the swankiness that Securus Payments brought to the party? I appreciated that they had the NBA Finals Game 7 playing on an iPad at one of their tables. Making the list is no small feat – especially in a year like this past one when the economy started heading in the right direction and business growth was on the rise. Congrats to all of the 2013 Fastest Growing Companies and here’s to another great year!