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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 2017, Companies were ranked by revenue growth over the five-year period between 2012 and 2016.

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 2017 were Staples, Chevron, FedEx, Kaiser Permanente, City of Oakland, Baltimore Development Corporation, Blackstone Entrepreneur’s Network, Urban League of Louisiana, World Business Chicago, Team JXN, and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Greater Kansas City. This list was audited by the independent accounting firm Rucci, Bardaro, and Falzone, PC.

From an organic candy shop in Oakland, Calif. to a towing company based in Texas, there is a wide swath 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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Our people, excellence in execution, customer satisfaction, and integrity are the core values that govern how CBS conducts business and establishes relationships with employees, strategic partners, and valued customers. CBS is a national award-winning management and information technology firm that was founded in 2007 and is headquartered in Washington, D.C. CEO and Founder Robert Palmer seeks to engage professionals, including military veterans, interested in applying their skills in one of CBS’ five core capability areas: financial management, program and project management, acquisition lifecycle management, logistics and operations management, and information technology (IT). As the company continues to grow, the CBS leadership team is focusing on supporting customers’ IT requirements such as cybersecurity, collaborative environments, and web capabilities.

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Five-Year Growth Rate (%) 636.32%
2016 Revenues ($M) $23.45
HQ Location Washington
Business Leader(s) Robert C. Palmer
Title CEO

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