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MasterPlans Ranks No. 111 on the 2008 Inc. 5,000 with Three-Year Sales Growth of 1,797.0%

Business planning consultancy, MasterPlans, makes Inc. Magazine's top 500 fastest growing companies list.

Portland, OR, August 26, 2008 --( Inc. today ranked MasterPlans No. 111 on its annual ranking of the 5,000 fastest-growing private companies in the country. The list is the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy – America’s independent-minded entrepreneurs. Taken as a whole, these companies represent the backbone of the U.S. economy.

“Our second annual Inc. 5000 continues the most ambitious project in business journalism,” said Inc. 5000 Project Manager Jim Melloan. “The Inc. 5000 gives an unrivalled portrait of young, underreported companies across all industries doing fascinating things with cutting-edge business models, as well as older companies that are still showing impressive growth.”

The concept of hiring a consultant to write your business plan was unheard of a decade ago. Now, business plan writing is a growing market space populated by outsourcing services, freelancers, and, at the top, a small handful of legitimate specialty businesses – none larger or more established than MasterPlans. Most boutique shops typically have one person whip up an entire plan – from the executive summary to the financial projections – despite the fact that each section calls for a different skill set. MasterPlans takes a more exacting approach. Using its unique Team Plan Model, MasterPlans employs a group of experts in their respective fields who work collaboratively on every business plan. At MasterPlans, a finance expert constructs the financial model, Masters-level English majors craft the narrative, and business majors and MBAs oversee the process.

According to Bryan Howe, the founder and CEO of MasterPlans, “The real ‘aha!’ moment though was when it occurred to us that we should use people are who are experts in their field to work on each respective section of the business plan – and that we should have them collaborate as a team.” The outcome was an unquestionable success. In 2002, MasterPlans’ market share was 5%. In 2008, it jumped to 35% – and continues to grow. “To be honored on the Inc. 5000 list reaffirms our founding vision and our dedication to helping and empowering entrepreneurs worldwide.”

The 5,000 companies that made the list reported aggregate revenue of $185 billion and median three-year growth of 147 percent. Most important, the 2008 Inc. 5000 companies were engines of job growth, having created more than 826,033 jobs since those companies were founded. Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and a list of the fastest-growing companies that can be sorted by industry and region, can be found at

About MasterPlans
MasterPlans is committed to business planning excellence at affordable prices through the use of the unique Team Plan Model. They are a team of real world professionals who have delivered results consistently in business planning. Working with companies such as Tyco, Canali, and XO, as well as with small entrepreneurs just starting out, MasterPlans has changed the way smart people get into business. Their business planning successes range from small SBA loans, to private investment transactions, to large venture capital deal procurement. Whether you are buying a franchise, opening a restaurant or store, or looking for multi-millions to launch an empire, MasterPlans has done it before, and can do it for you. For more information:

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