Small firms are no longer flying under the radar.
In these uncertain times, that much we can be
sure of. In many ways, Consulting magazine’s
Seven Small Jewels is a wonderful reflection of
the profession itself, and this year’s winners repre-
sent the best small, niche firms of the profession.
These “little firms that could” are having a big
impact on the entire industry. In perhaps the most
challenging economy the profession has ever wit-
nessed, all seven of our Small Jewels managed to
grow revenue in 2008, and all are projecting more
growth for 2009. One firm even tripled its revenue
last year and is anticipating another 75 percent
growth for 2009. How’s that for a success story?
And for many of the 2009 Seven Small Jewels,
the economy may actually be helping: It’s leveling
the playing field and affirming their leaner and