16 North Bay companies make Inc. 5000 fast-growing list

The executive team of San Rafael's CleanFund: John Kinney, founder and executive chairman; Greg Saunders, CEO; Joe Euphrat, managing director. (COMPOSITE OF IMAGES FROM CLEANFUND.COM)

JEFF QUACKENBUSH,

NORTH BAY BUSINESS JOURNAL

Sixteen North Bay companies made Inc. magazine’s annual list of 5,000 fast-growing U.S. companies, released Wednesday, Aug. 16, and of them, one debuted in the top 500 and seven were newcomers.

All together, the North Bay enterprises that made the cut from tens of thousands of applicants had $794.9 million in revenues last year and employed 7,194, according to the Inc. 5000 company profiles. The rankings are based on firms that took in more than $2 million a year and revenue growth for fiscal 2013–2016.

New to the Inc. 5000 list from Sonoma, Solano, Marin and Napa counties were Sausalito’s CleanFund (No. 331), Novato’s The ExecRanks (591), San Rafael’s Email Aptitude (1,037), Novato’s Patra (1,622), Santa Rosa’s The Engine Is Red (3,118), Petaluma’s Solairus Aviation (3,294) and Santa Rosa’s M.A. Silva USA (4,605).

CleanFund started in 2009 and is a financier of commercial property-assessed clean energy, or (C-PACE) loans, akin to what Petaluma-based Ygrene Energy Fund does with residential PACE financing programs.

Started in 2008, advertising and marketing agency The Engine Is Red, named from an inside joke among the founders, has been getting a spurt of growth in the past three years from expansion of clients outside the North Bay, according to founder Chris Denny. The firm currently has a staff of 20, with 12 inhouse and the rest as contractors.

“We want to create a creative hub in Sonoma County that does not just serve Sonoma County,” he told the Business Journal. “We are drawing attention from traditional creative centers in New York City and San Francisco.”

Currently, half the agency’s clients are based outside the North Bay, and the firm has expanded from financial and nonprofit clients to biotechnology and life sciences as well as wine.

Sonoma-based Bolt Staffing Service returned to the list this year at No. 3,745 with 79.4 percent growth to $9.5 million last year. It previously ranked in 2003 at No. 364.

North Bay companies on the Inc. 5000 list

Rank Company City 2016 revenue 3-year revenue growth Founded Employees Times on the list 2016 rank
331 CleanFund Sausalito $2.3m 1,344.28% 2009 25 1x
591 The ExecRanks Novato $11.6m 765.49% 2012 113 1x
1,011 Moore Solar / Heating / Cooling Santa Rosa $16.4m 428.59% 2007 87 4x 467
1,037 Email Aptitude San Rafael $4.0m 411.66% 2010 39 1x
1,622 Patra Novato $28.3m 243.38% 2009 1,821 1x
1,815 Free Flow Wines Napa $4.9m 212.72% 2009 47 3x 1,064
1,845 OneHope Rutherford, Napa $11.2m 208.17% 2007 41 5x 2,354
2,557 ProTransport-1 Cotati $107.5m 137.79% 2000 1,939 7x 2,894
2,587 EO Products San Rafael $33.0m 135.80% 1995 103 7x 2,257
3,028 Star Staffing Petaluma $25.5m 109.63% 1998 41 3x 2,127
3,118 The Engine Is Red Santa Rosa $2.0m 105.52% 2008 15 1x
3,294 Solairus Aviation Petaluma $246.0m 97.01% 2009 600 1x
3,583 Before The Movie Fairfield $5.5m 85.61% 2008 15 4x 2,943
3,745 BOLT Staffing Service Sonoma $9.5m 79.39% 1994 1,769 2x
4,487 Nelson Sonoma $245.1m 55.26% 1977 490 2x
4,605 M.A. Silva USA Santa Rosa $42.1m 51.76% 2000 49 1x
Source: Inc.com/inc5000

Correction, Aug. 24, 2017: There are 16 North Bay companies on the Inc. 5000 list this year, not 17.