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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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RPC Global

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What began as a part-time college job fixing computers has turned into a rapidly growing business for RPC Global’s Founder, Abraham Gonzalez. After leaving school to focus on the business full-time, Gonzalez shifted his focus to electronics recycling and reuse. RPC Global is certified to handle sensitive data through its chain of custody management, which has helped the company grow its contract to include major corporate and governmental clients.

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Five-Year Growth Rate (%) 269%
2015 Revenues ($M) $1.38
HQ Location Houston, TX
Business Leader(s) Abraham Gonzalez
Title Founder

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