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Inc. magazine has ranked five Evanston businesses among the 5,000 fastest growing companies in the nation in its sixth annual ranking. Inc. says the median growth rate of the 5,000 companies on the list is 97 percent, and the companies created over 400,000 jobs in the past three years.

The five Evanston businesses and their rankings are:

Iconic Development – a real estate firm specializing in environmentally friendly development and revitalization of niche real estate including student housing and housing in predominantly Hispanic neighborhoods: 6 employees, No. 407.

Consumer Base – a source for online and offline consumer data, it provides mailing lists as well as email marketing services designed to help companies acquire and retain customers: 42 employees, No. 1570.

Converged Communication Systems – specializes in IP, traditional, VoIP, and hybrid and hosted telephone systems in addition to session initiation protocol, unified communication, and unified fax and messaging systems: 44 employees, No. 2088.

Acquirent – hires, trains, and manages sales teams to be a part of clients’ sales infrastructure or their entire sales force: 65 employees, No. 2162.

The Evanston Group – attracts and brokers independent management consulting talent in the major areas of IT expertise, including business process, data management, ERP and CRM: 11 employees, No. 2901.

Inc. ranked companies according to their percentage growth in revenues between 2008 and 2011. In addition, the companies had to have been founded and generating revenue by March 31, 2008, and had revenues exceeding $2 million in 2011.