origin women lead seven of the 50 fastest-growing women-owned or
women-led companies in North America, according to the non-profit
group the Women Presidents' Organization (WPO) and American
In the US alone there are an estimated 8.1 million women-owned
businesses that contribute $1.3 trillion to the national economy
and employ 7.7 million people, US business magazine Forbes noted
citing the list.
The companies that made the top 50 generated an astounding $4.1
billion in combined revenues last year.
Leading the Indian contingent is Himanshu Bhatia of Rose
International, Montana, Contingent Workforce Services, in the
Ranjini Poddar of Artech Information Systems, New Jersey, IT
Consulting in the seventh place comes next followed by Rachna
Agarwal of Expedien, Texas, Business Intelligence in the 12th
Gloria Rajkumar (16) of SIMAC Canada, Ontario, Coordinate
Independent Medical Assessments, Kiran Gill (21) of PARS
Environmental, New Jersey, Environmental consulting firm and
Anjali "Ann" Ramakumaran (26) of Ampcus, Virginia, Consulting
services take the next three places.
Sonu Ratra of Akraya, California, IT & Marketing staffing in the
37th place brings up the rear.
Shelly Sun led the fastest-growing company on the list, BrightStar
Care, a home healthcare and medical staffing company based in
Illinois, which quadrupled its revenue in just two years to $100
To qualify for the list, companies were required to be privately
held, woman-owned or women-led, and located in the US or Canada.
They were ranked according to a sales growth formula that combines
percentage and absolute growth.
(Arun Kumar can be
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