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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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John Pomp Studios

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John Pomputius has built a thriving business out of his longtime passion for glass blowing. He opened John Pomp Studios in Philadelphia in 1999 and debuted a lighting product line in 2008, followed by furniture with elements of fine, handcrafted glass. From the processing of raw materials to the creation of the final product, the company manufactures all of its products in one facility. Pomputius hires locally and has built a team of 25 full-time artisans and craftspeople. He sells his distinctive products exclusively to interior designers and architects through 12 showrooms in the U.S., Europe, and Canada.

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Five-Year Growth Rate (%) 857%
2014 Revenue $3.59 million
HQ Location Philadelphia, PA
Company Owner John Pomp
Owner Title Founder & Principal

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