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The Principal Financial Group Celebrates Growing Businesses, Presents Inc. 500/5000 Conference

Fastest-growing companies recognized as they work to rebuild nation's economy

September 8, 2009 (Des Moines, IA) — The nation's fastest-growing companies – the backbone of the nation's economy – will soon gather in Washington, D.C., to celebrate the entrepreneurial spirit. Presented by the Principal Financial Group®, the 28th Annual Inc. 500/5000 Conference and Awards, Sept. 23-25, recognizes the 5000 fastest-growing, privately-held companies in America. This marks the seventh year The Principal® has served as a major sponsor.

"The economy has taken a toll on all companies, but the Inc. 500 represents a true bright spot in this fast-changing environment. We are proud to support Inc. magazine in recognizing growing businesses and the significant role they play in rebuilding the future," said Mary O'Keefe, senior vice president and chief marketing officer, the Principal Financial Group. "We also extend a special congratulations to all Inc. 500/5000 winners we have the privilege to call our customers."

Each year, the Inc. 500/5000 Conference brings together the nation's fastest-growing companies for three days of networking, keynote sessions from leading entrepreneurs and business celebrities, breakout presentations on all aspects of running a successful business, and recognition of top achievements. Since 1982, Inc. magazine has published a special "Inc. 500" issue devoted to the compelling success stories on winning companies. Past Inc. 500 honorees have grown into today's leading firms, including Microsoft, Oracle, Timberland and Morningstar.

At the conference, The Principal will spotlight employee benefit solutions designed to help business owners start rebuilding retirement for themselves and for their employees.

Former Principal Financial Group Chairman, President and CEO J. Barry Griswell will be a main stage speaker, presenting, The Adversity Paradox, his recently released book profiling business leaders who overcame adverse circumstances to survive and thrive in the business world.

About the Principal Financial Group

The Principal Financial Group® (The Principal ®)[1] is a leader in offering businesses, individuals and institutional clients a wide range of financial products and services, including retirement and investment services, life and health insurance, and banking through its diverse family of financial services companies. A member of the Fortune 500, the Principal Financial Group has $257.7 billion in assets under management[2] and serves some 18.8 million customers worldwide from offices in Asia, Australia, Europe, Latin America and the United States. Principal Financial Group, Inc. is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol PFG. For more information, visit


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