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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.

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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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DHD Films

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Colleagues of Hussain and Shezad Manjee describe the brothers as “a yin and a yang” because of their different approaches to business. Shezad, now Chief Creative Officer, founded DHD Films in 2000, and the company had four employees when he convinced his brother Hussain to come on board as Chief Success Officer in 2012. This arrangement has allowed Shezad to focus on the creative side of the business while Hussain has worked to scale it. Despite their differences, the brothers agree that the most rewarding part of the business has been the opportunity to make a difference for both their employees and their community, and DHD films has gained public recognition for its commitment to community service. Today, DHD Films not only continues to grow fast, but it has recently started a new venture with an international partner to serve Fortune 100 brands with its content deployment needs—via sister company, Videos Plus Print.

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Five-Year Growth Rate (%) 543%
2015 Revenues ($M) $1.13
HQ Location Dallas, TX
Business Leader(s) Hussain Manjee
Title Chief Success Officer

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