A.wordsmith and three of our clients brought home hardware from the Portland Business Journal’s Fastest-Growing Private 100 Companies event on Thursday, June 7.

We were thrilled for our own #54 spot on the list, and proud to have supported UnoSquare, TerraFirma Foundation Systems and Propeller Consulting in earning their rankings on this year’s list, which is based on percentage of growth over the last three years.

Here’s a little more about our three winning clients:


The software development consulting and staffing company took home the #27 spot. We work with CEO Michael Barrett and his team to develop thought leadership pieces and nab speaking opportunities, awards, and earned media placements (including a bi-monthly column with CIO Magazine) designed to showcase the company’s innovative approach.

From left to right: UnoSquare CEO Michael Barrett, A.wordsmith’s Ann Smith, Unosquare Chairman and CIO Mario Di Vece, and A.wordsmith’s Hailey Paquette at last week’s pirate-themed Portland Business Journal event.


TerraFirma #31

Boasting a three-year growth rate of nearly 132% TerraFirma has established a solid foundation for continued growth. We’re partnering with the foundation experts to boost their regional presence through media relations, thought leadership and content development.

A.wordsmith’s Natalie O’Grady with TerraFirma Director of Marketing Nathan Rupert.


Propeller Consulting  

One of our original clients, A.wordsmith has supported Propeller’s thought leadership and content development work for more than five years. This group of consultants, fixers and change makers took home the #52 spot.

Ann Smith congratulates Propeller Director Evan Downey on the company’s 90.5% three year growth rate.

Congrats to all of this year’s winners, and cheers to the ongoing growth of Portland’s private businesses.