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Inc. Magazine Names Smith-Dahmer Associates to List of America's Fastest-Growing Private Companies

NEW YORK, Oct. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Inc. magazine named Smith-Dahmer Associates LLC to its fourth annual Inc. 5000, an exclusive list of the nation's fastest-growing private companies, for the second time in three years.  The list represents the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy — America's independent-minded entrepreneurs.  "The leaders of the companies on this year's Inc. 5000 have figured out how to grow their businesses during the longest recession since the Great Depression," said Inc. president Bob LaPointe.  "The 2010 Inc. 5000 showcases a particularly hardy group of entrepreneurs."



Smith-Dahmer Associates LLC (SDA), a 19 year-old consulting and market research firm, grew during the economic downturn through a focus on innovation and strategic consulting relationships.  SDA built upon their broad offering of research methodologies through the launch of innovative products like eStudio™, a suite of online and technology-based research tools that capture in-the-moment experiences and greater geographic breadth of respondents.  Additionally, SDA has continued to grow strong client relationships across industries including durables, health care, consumer packaged goods, education and retail.

"We are honored to have been named to the Inc. 5000 again," said Ellen Taaffe, President, Smith-Dahmer Associates.  "Our team's innovative thinking and creative problem solving have driven us forward and will continue to drive success for our company and our clients in the years to come."

Despite the fact that most of this year's measuring period of 2006-2009 took place during the latest recession, aggregate revenue among the companies on the list actually increased to $321.6 billion, up more than 50 percent from last year.  This year's Inc. 5000 employ a record 1.4 million people, up from one million on last year's list.  With unemployment remaining stubbornly high, policymakers and business leaders will do well to look to the Inc. 5000 companies for fresh ideas on achieving growth and creating jobs.

About Inc. Magazine

Founded in 1979 and acquired in 2005 by Mansueto Ventures LLC, Inc. ( is the only major business magazine dedicated exclusively to owners and managers of growing private companies that delivers real solutions for today's innovative company builders.  With a total paid circulation of 712,647, Inc. provides hands-on tools and market-tested strategies for managing people, finances, sales, marketing and technology.  Visit us online at

About Smith-Dahmer Associates

Established in St. Joseph, Mich., in 1991, Smith-Dahmer Associates LLC is a privately held marketing research consultancy that applies innovative technology and creative problem solving to customers in both the considered purchase and consumables sectors.  The firm employs 36 associates in St. Joseph, Minneapolis, Chicago, Washington D.C., Santa Barbara, and Rochester, New York.  For more information, visit the website at

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For further information: Ellen Taaffe, President of Smith-Dahmer Associates LLC, +1-269-983-4748,