By H. Lee Murphy
The economic tumult born out of COVID-19 dominated business conditions for most companies in 2020, but for the lucky stars in Crain’s annual Fast 50 list of the area’s most rapidly growing companies, it was hardly a blip in an upward sales trajectory stretching five years and longer.
Chicago’s famously diversified economy was reflected in the list, though most of the winners had a technology edge. RedShelf shows college textbook publishers how to transition customers away from print to digital books. OSM delivers parcels, but its growing business has been fattened by e-commerce clients. Neighborhood Loans supplies mortgages, conducting the application process online. Transportation One is a brokerage steering customers to the best pricing and services for trucking and rail arranged online. CoinFlip, a seller of digital currencies through ATMs that topped our Fast 50 list, saw its revenue soar more than fivefold in 2020 to surpass $50 million. Read on for more.