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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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Seer Interactive

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Seer Interactive is a digital marketing agency providing SEO, PPC, & Analytics services to clients ranging in size from small local organizations to global Fortune 500 companies. Prior to becoming an entrepreneur, CEO Wil Reynolds managed big-name search campaigns for a large firm, but his work schedule didn’t allow him to volunteer with a nearby hospital. In 2002, Reynolds set out to create a company that would allow people to excel in the office and the community. To get there, Reynolds endured the challenge of leaving a big company with illustrious clients to going door to door to generate business. Reynolds believed that if he consistently did the right thing, big clients would find their way back to him. His persistence paid off: Today, Seer has offices in Philadelphia and San Diego, and prospective clients are lining up to sign up.

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Five-Year Growth Rate (%) 236%
2015 Revenues ($M) $12.15
HQ Location Philadelphia, PA
Business Leader(s) Wil Reynolds
Title Founder

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