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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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Scott, Vicknair, Hair & Checki

Six years ago, Lauren Checki set out to create a law firm that would provide clients with all of the resources and advantages of a large firm, while maintaining the high-degree of personal attention typically only found in boutique firms. Started in a one-room office with only $14,000 in the bank, Checki and her partner Galen Hair quickly established a reputation for offering forward-thinking and unique solutions to legal problems while maintaining superior customer service. Today, Scott, Vicknair, Hair & Checki has matured into a mid-size law firm serving clients across the United States and internationally. As its growth continues, Lauren and Galen remain committed to putting clients first, as well as volunteerism and pro bono work within the New Orleans community.

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Five-Year Growth Rate (%) 566.88%
2016 Revenues ($M) $1.79
HQ Location New Orleans
Business Leader(s) Lauren E. Checki, Esq.; Galen Hair
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