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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 2013 and 2017. 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 this year were Staples, Chevron, FedEx, Kaiser Permanente, City of Oakland, Baltimore Development Corporation, Blackstone Entrepreneur’s Network, and Urban League of Louisiana. This list was audited by the independent accounting firm AAFCPAs.

This year's 100 fastest-growing inner city companies, as ranked by the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City.

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Sandstorm Design

Dave was a tech industry veteran serving as an assistant coach on his son’s lacrosse team when he realized that the youth sports world was really disorganized. In 2009, he founded Team Snap to facilitate communication and organization across all sports organizations. Today TeamSnap provides mobile and web applications that help 20 million organizers, coaches, […]
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Sandstorm is an insights-driven marketing, technology and UX agency located in Chicago. They’re highly collaborative, analytical, and nimble in their approach to brand strategy, user experience design (UX), marketing, data analytics and web development. With 3000+ user interviews and usability studies under their belt, they have mastered the art of uncovering insights within multiple industries including technology, healthcare, financial services, associations, CPG and retail.

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Five-Year Growth Rate (%) 82.53%
2017 Revenues ($M) $5156944.00
HQ Location Chicago, Illinois
Business Leader(s) Sandy Marsico
Title CEO

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