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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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Unique System Skills

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Unique System Skills (USS)—an IT recruiting, training, and consulting company—has corporate locations in Nashua, NH, and Pune, India, and currently works with clients in the U.S., India, and the UAE. The company has been recognized for several achievements such as the excellence award from USPAAC in 2016. USS is committed to maintaining a culture of integrity, diversity, and ethics, and the company places great value on providing professional, high quality services. Santosh strives to hire staff with strong software skills and is willing to train those that don’t have strong IT backgrounds. The company’s IT training division has also experienced great success in both locations. Despite their global reach, Santosh says the company’s urban location has attracted staff who want to live in smaller cities. This has been key for Santosh, who says, “The business is not run by one person; it’s run by multiple people with the same interest in creating opportunity.”

Company Information

Five-Year Growth Rate (%) 875%
2015 Revenues ($M) $2.08
HQ Location Nashua, NH
Business Leader(s) Santosh Salvi
Title Founder and CEO

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