The list-makers are chosen based on their growth in revenue over a 5-year period. However, Inner City 100 companies exemplify more than outstanding growth. They are forces of opportunity, optimism and transformation in their communities. Their successes are an inspiration to other inner-city business owners and entrepreneurs. Their stories prove what is possible in our urban communities.
Click below to learn about past Inner City 100 successes and the visibility they earned after making the list. If you are or know a company that should be on the next list, then apply or nominate today!
Opened on Mother’s Day in 2006, Shazi Visram began selling organic, nutrient-enhanced baby food in pouches, not glass. This New York-based food company is a woman- and minority-owned business that topped the list in 2013 with a 205% 5-year growth rate. Since this achievement, they’ve continued to grow through their acquisition by Danone. Read more on Fortune: Nobody puts baby food in the corner
Bo Menkiti, CEO of The Menkiti Group, and Antwanye Ford, CEO of Enlightened, Inc., now share more than an entrepreneurial spirit and Washington D.C. as their company headquarters. At the 2014 Inner City 100 awards, the two CEOs quickly bonded and set the stage for a $25 million venture together. Read more on ICIC’s blog: The Inner City 100 Awards leads to a friendship and then a $25 million joint venture
Launched in 2001, this company focuses on recycling and upcycling trash to create new products. They’ve made the Inner City 100 list multiple times, and have garnered press coverage – including a reality TV show – and partnerships with larger consumer product companies. Read more on Fortune: One man’s rubbish is Terracycle’s bounty
A leading mid-Atlantic construction company based in Philadelphia and working on some of the largest projects in the region, Perryman Construction has grown under several generations of family leadership. In 2016, Perryman ranked #29 on the Inner City 100 list with a 5-year growth rate of 381%. Read more on ICIC’s blog: Pray, Plan and Proceed: How a Mother’s Advice has Guided the Perryman Family Business
Owned by Jennifer Pinck and based in Boston, MA, the firm has sustained exceptionally high growth rates, making it onto the Inner City 100 list five times since 2011. Pinck’s team specializes in “owner’s project management,” working on an owner’s behalf to ensure that all players, from architects to contractors, work smoothly together. Read more on the ICIC blog: Pinck & Co.: Building a Better Future for Women in Construction