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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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On-Demand Group (ODG) prides itself on bringing passion, commitment, and fun to the world of IT consulting. A Minnesota-based IT consulting firm founded in 1996, ODG is an organization that thrives on creating genuine partnerships and working with clients whose morals and ethics align with their own. A family-owned and operated business, ODG is deeply invested and committed to the company’s long-term success. ODG specializes in mid- and senior level IT consultant in the following roles: development, security, QA, BA, project/program management, infrastructure, data warehousing, BI—all within a variety of applications/platforms. Their forward-moving use of technology, reputation for outstanding service and exceptional results enable them to attract top talent while growing organically with their clients. ODG also provides offshoring services in the Philippines for QA, Development, Infrastructure and BPO needs.

Company Information

Five-Year Growth Rate (%) 108%
2015 Revenues ($M) $7.43
HQ Location Minneapolis, MN
Business Leader(s) Heather Manley
Title CEO

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