Inc. 5000 names CMRignite as one of the fastest-growing private companies in the nation  


Nation’s largest Black woman-owned cause marketing and social impact agency makes 2023 list for the fourth consecutive year 

(Washington, D.C.) August 17, 2023

CMRignite, the nation’s largest Black woman-owned cause marketing and social impact agency, has earned a spot on the 2023 Inc. 5000 list of fastest growing private companies in the United States for the fourth consecutive year. This prestigious ranking provides a data-driven look at the most successful companies within the economy’s most dynamic segment: independent, entrepreneurial businesses. 

“This recognition is a testament to our talented team of professionals who create and implement campaigns that connect with diverse audiences and positively impact communities,” said David Bowles, president of CMRignite. “Earning a spot on the Inc. 5000 list is truly an honor because we’ve worked hard to build an award-winning team that reflects the diversity of our country. I couldn’t be more excited about CMRignite’s future and our continued growth.” 

The agency, which serves government agencies, Fortune 500 companies and national nonprofits, grew exponentially after being selected as part of the team of agencies hired to develop and implement the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ national COVID-19 Public Education Campaign. CMRignite was responsible for leading all efforts targeting Black/African American populations, including earned media, research and strategy, creative development, media planning and buying, and partnership development. 

Today, CMRignite has 60 full-time staff, 70% of whom are Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC), LGBTQ+ and/or people with disabilities. 

“It takes special skill, serious determination and smart operating to reach this milestone,” said Scott Omelianuk, editor-in-chief of Inc., in a recent video congratulating Inc. 5000 winners. “It’s an achievement that is truly inspiring to the entire business community.” 

Founded in 1995, CMRignite is a full-service, strategic communications agency that provides: creative development; diversity, equity and inclusion consulting; media planning and buying; public relations; research; social media management; and website design. The agency specializes in cause marketing and social impact campaigns in the following industries: 

  • Public health equity and access 
  • Workforce development and labor 
  • Financial services
  • Housing
  • Education
  • Corporate social responsibility campaigns 

CMRignite’s client list includes the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the United States Patent and Trademark Office, General Electric, Northwestern Mutual, Harley Davidson and the National Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Association. 

About CMRignite

Founded in 1995, CMRignite is a full-service, strategic communications agency that specializes in developing cause and behavior change marketing for Fortune 500 companies, major nonprofits and government agencies. The agency's mission is to develop innovative, cross-cultural marketing campaigns that lead to real, positive change. With a team of 60 employees, 70% of whom are BIPOC, CMRignite's client roster includes the City of Milwaukee Health Department, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, the CDC, SAMHSA, NIH and several others. Recently named to the Inc. 5000 list of fastest growing companies in the country, the agency is Wisconsin's leading multicultural marketing agency. In addition, the company is a certified Minority Business Enterprise and Woman-Owned Business. For more information, please visit or call (414) 247-9898.