Keep in mind these criteria are not hard and fast. These are just guidelines. Diversification is important when building a dividend growth portfolio. You should be looking not only at sector diversification (Tech vs. Telecom vs. Healthcare vs. Industrials), but also growth diversification (Low vs. High Growth). You want to have those companies that will do your heavy lifting and provide you some solid income (Trunk), as well as those companies that will give you some exciting growth (Leaves). If I were starting a Dividend Growth Portfolio all over again, I would start with the following nine companies:

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