DiscoverThis.com Ranked Fastest Growing Independent Retailer in Oregon, According to Inc.com

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Local mom-owned business recognized on the magazine's 2007 list of the 5,000 fastest growing private companies in the country.

Discover This, Inc made Inc.com's first ever list of the 5,000 fastest-growing private companies in the country. The Clackamas-based online retailer of science kits, early childhood education products, vintage toys and art supplies for kids showed an increase of 287.5 percent over 2003 revenues.

Inc. magazine expanded its annual Inc. 500 list this year to include many successful businesses too large to grow at the pace required to make top 500 as well as numerous smaller firms. "The Inc. 5,000 provides the most comprehensive look ever at the most important part of the economy - the entrepreneurial part," said Inc. 5,000 Project Manager Jim Melloan.

Discover This, Inc founder Marianne Cursetjee's story is a prime example of that entrepreneurial spirit. When Cursetjee left the corporate world to start a family, she decided to create what she thought would be a part-time home-based business. She launched DiscoverThis.com in October 2001 and has since expanded her company with additional websites including BabyClassroom.com, BudgetArtKids.com, NewHorizonToys.com, and others.

Cursetjee is proud of Inc.com's recognition and hopes her success will inspire other women as well as her own young daughters. "I'd like my daughters to know that moms can do anything they want to, that girls can do anything," she said. "I think it gives them a broader perspective about the possibilities they can have in their lives."

The 2007 Inc. 5,000 list measures revenue growth from 2003 through 2006. To qualify, companies had to be privately held, U.S.-based and independent (not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies) as of December 31, 2006, with at least $200,000 in revenue in 2003 and $2 million in 2006. DiscoverThis.com is the highest ranked Oregon retailer on the list, placing 18 overall in the Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton metro area and 70 in the nation in retail.

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