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100 Fastest-Growing Inner City Businesses

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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, and spotlights the 100 fastest-growing businesses located in America’s inner cities. In 2016, companies were ranked by revenue growth over the five-year period between 2011 and 2015.

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 2016 were Staples, Chevron, JumpStart, Kaiser Permanente, New York City Department of Small Business Services, and World Business Chicago. This list was audited by the independent accounting firm Rucci, Bardaro, and Falzone, PC.

From a high-tech commercial fishing outlet in Boston to a socially responsible apparel company in Oakland, there’s great variety in the types of businesses thriving in America’s urban centers and creating jobs where they are needed most. Here are this year's 100 fastest-growing inner city companies, as ranked by the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC).

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Vivax Pros

As a former U.S. Marine, Rajendra Hariprashad used his spare time to teach fellow Marines how to drive. Upon completion of his service, he saw a business opportunity and founded Ena’s Driving School, naming it after his mother. The company’s well-trained instructors and high-quality fleet of cars have helped Ena’s Driving School land several institutional […]
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Vivax Pros Founder and CEO Jeremiah Owen strives to create a culture of “integrity and intensity” at his company. After a few lean early years, Owen says that his major goal now is to develop new leadership from within. He founded Vivax Pros, which specializes in painting, roofing, solar and windows, in 2004, and the company’s focus on reliability and customer service has helped propel the company’s high growth. Today, Vivax Pros operates in markets across Colorado, and Owen is proud of the fact that he has managed to cultivate a workforce focused on the “big vision” of improving cities across Colorado, one home at a time.

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Five-Year Growth Rate (%) 211%
2015 Revenues ($M) $19.28
HQ Location Denver, CO
Business Leader(s) Jeremiah Owen
Title Founder and CEO

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