America's 5,000 Fastest-Growing Private Companies Include Chicago Based Sonoma Partners

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Sonoma Partners Ranks No. 1841 on the 2008 Inc. 5,000 With Three-Year Sales Growth of 205%.

The Inc. 5000 gives an unrivalled portrait of young, underreported companies across all industries doing fascinating things with forward-looking business models, as well as older companies that are still showing impressive growth.

Inc. today ranked Sonoma Partners No 1841 nationally and 71st locally on its annual ranking of the 5,000 fastest-growing private companies in the country. The list is the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy - America's independent-minded entrepreneurs. Taken as a whole, these companies represent the backbone of the U.S. economy.

"Our second annual Inc. 5000 continues the most ambitious project in business journalism," said Inc. 5000 Project Manager Jim Melloan. "The Inc. 5000 gives an unrivalled portrait of young, underreported companies across all industries doing fascinating things with forward-looking business models, as well as older companies that are still showing impressive growth."

"We are excited to be included in the national rankings, let alone in the top half of fastest-growing companies. The growth of Microsoft Dynamics CRM coupled with our hard-working, dedicated team has proven to be a recipe for success," said Mike Snyder, Principal at Sonoma Partners. "Even more exciting is that we feel this is just the starting point and look forward to even more success in upcoming years."

Chicago placed fifth in metro areas with 189 companies making the top 5000 and Sonoma Partners ranked 71st on the Chicago area list. Sonoma Partners also beat the IT Services and Software industry average with a growth rate of 205% compared to the average of 187% growth of other companies on the list.

The 5000 companies that made the list reported aggregate revenue of $185 billion and median three-year growth of 147 percent. Most important, the 2008 Inc. 5000 companies were engines of job growth, having created more than 826,033 jobs since those companies were founded. Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and a list of the fastest-growing companies that can be sorted by industry and region can be found at http://www.inc.com/inc5000/. The Sonoma Partners profile can be found at http://www.inc.com/inc5000/2008/company-profile.html?id=200818410.

Methodology
The 2008 Inc. 5000 list measures revenue growth from 2004 through 2007. To qualify, companies must be U.S.-based and privately held, for profit, independent - not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies - as of December 31, 2007, and have had at least $200,000 in revenue in 2004, and $2 million in 2007.

About Sonoma Partners
Chicago-based Sonoma Partners LLC sells, customizes and implements Microsoft's Customer Relationship Management (Microsoft CRM) software for mid-size and enterprise companies throughout the United States. Founded in 2001, it has worked exclusively with Microsoft CRM since the Beta release of version 1.0, winning the Global Microsoft CRM Solution Developer of the Year Award and twice winning the Global Microsoft CRM Partner of the Year Award. Sonoma Partners has also been ranked on the 2008 Chicago's 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For and the 2008 Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Private Companies list.

The company's unmatched expertise in Microsoft Dynamics CRM offer a rapid path to value and return on investment. In addition, Sonoma Partners has extensive experience in several vertical industries, including franchises, real estate, healthcare, professional services, and finance.

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