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Chasing Fireflies[R] Ranks Number 1 on the 100 Fastest-Growing Private Companies List Released by Puget Sound Business Journal.

Company Founded by 3 Women is #1 in Washington State

SEATTLE -- Puget Sound Business Journal announced that Chasing Fireflies([R]) ranked number 1 on the 100 Fastest-Growing Private Companies list. The 100 Fastest-Growing Private Companies were listed, with select companies profiled, in a special publication of the Puget Sound Business Journal.

The Fastest-Growing Private Companies program was launched 15 years ago by the Puget Sound Business Journal to identify and recognize companies speeding to the top of their industries. To be eligible, companies must: be privately held and headquartered in Washington; have at least $500,000 in net revenue in 2006; show an overall growth from 2006 to 2008 fiscal years; and agree to have their CPA confirm their net operating revenues with Puget Sound Business Journal and accounting partner RSM McGladrey.

Established in 2006, Chasing Fireflies is a catalog and online retailer offering magical children's products and dress-up costumes. The 3 cofounders--Dina Alhadeff, Amy Grealish and Lori Liddle--each bring over 20 years of experience to the venture, having worked for a number of nationally known catalog companies.

"We had this cute little business plan that had us at $10 million in revenue at the end of 5 years," said Liddle. They hit that figure in their first full year, and company sales broke the $22 million mark in year 3. Today, Chasing Fireflies has over 100 employees that oversee its catalog, call center and shipping operations in Seattle.

The 3 were surprised and thrilled at their company's #1 ranking. Along with a hard-working team and a passion for what they do, the cofounders credit the positive customer response to their product assortment. "To be successful doing what you love is really the icing on the cake," said Alhadeff.

The 100 Fastest-Growing Private Companies program is presented by the Puget Sound Business Journal; co-presented by RSM McGladrey; and sponsored by KeyBank, Lane Powell and Robert Half International.

About Chasing Fireflies

Chasing Fireflies([R]) offers magical children's products that will charm, surprise and delight. It celebrates childhood, yes--but it also celebrates parenthood. Do you remember the first time you ever rode a bike? Swam across the pool? Chased fireflies? It's even more special the second time around when you share your child's firsts. We invite you to explore our collections at or call 1-888-700-WISH.

About Puget Sound Business Journal

The Puget Sound Business Journal is the region's premier source of business information, serving an unparalleled audience of business and community leaders. In addition to the weekly newspaper, the Business Journal provides daily updates via its web site and email alerts. The company also plays a vital role in bringing the area's leadership community together by hosting a wide variety of events throughout the year, from the Washington's Best Workplaces event at Safeco Field to the Women of Influence awards event. Puget Sound Business Journal is a unit of American City Business Journals, which operates 41 local business newspapers throughout the United States. Visit Puget Sound Business Journal on the web at
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Date:Oct 28, 2009
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