LAST CALL: Harrison & Shriftman sheds lightweight image and lands in Inc rankings

Not all the high-profile women of the publicity world are having as bad a time as Lizzie Grubman, who has traded smoking for kick-boxing to gear up for her 30-day prison sentence.

Not all the high-profile women of the publicity world are having as bad a time as Lizzie Grubman, who has traded smoking for kick-boxing to gear up for her 30-day prison sentence.

In fact, fellow celeb boutique Harrison & Shriftman beat out industry Goliaths to earn some ink as the only PR firm in Inc magazine's annual tally of America's 500 fastest-growing private companies.

The 20-year-old firm has been dismissed by some as a supercilious perch for publicity lightweights, but how they'll be looking down their noses at them now. The leisure specialist, which has offices in New York, LA, and Miami, placed 347th - just behind market-research firm Flake Wilkerson and ahead of IT consultant ITS - with sales growth of 488% over the past two years.

Harrison's staff of about 40 saw sales of nearly $3 million for 2001, up from a mere $384,246.

Plucky, smaller agencies and boutiques are seldom at an advantage in PR, but against all odds, little Harrison & Shriftman has pulled in some big accounts - and the respect of the business press.

So please accept Last Call's congrats. And have a celebratory smoke for poor Lizzie in lock-up.

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