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The Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC), founded by Harvard Business School Professor Michael E. Porter in 1994, defines inner cities as core urban areas with higher unemployment and poverty rates and lower median incomes than their surrounding metropolitan statistical areas. Every year, ICIC identifies, ranks, andspotlights the 100 fastest-growing businesses located in America’s inner cities. In 2015, companies were ranked by revenue growth over the five-year period between 2010 and 2014.

ICIC relies on a national network of nominating partners, including city offices, economic development organizations, and small business development corporations, to find many of the businesses that appear on this list. Key partners in 2015 were Staples, Chevron, City of Oakland, Detroit Economic Growth Corporation,JumpStart, and World Business Chicago. This list was audited by the independent accounting firm Rucci, Bardaro, and Falzone, PC.

From a Philadelphia glass blowing outfit, to an Oakland-based 3D printing shop, and a high-end Brooklyn chocolatier, America's urban core is filled with a wildly diverse array of fast-growing businesses. Here are this year's 100 fastest-growing inner city companies, as ranked by the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City.

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Concrete Constructors, Inc.

Dee Brown knows when to make business a family affair. As he was building a team for the company that would become Concrete Constructors (formerly known as IBC, Inc.), he enlisted his father-in-law, an industry veteran whose knowledge of government contracts complemented Brown’s own commercial experience. Headquartering in the central Mississippi city of Jackson gives Concrete Constructors a hub to reach key markets in nearby states, including Louisiana, Tennessee and Texas. CCI works primarily with government agencies to improve infrastructure, a business that Brown predicts will only grow in the coming decade as more roads and bridges age.

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Five-Year Growth Rate (%) 1194%
2014 Revenue $1.56 million
HQ Location Jackson, MS
Company Owner Dee Brown
Owner Title President & CEO

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