Now in its tenth anniversary year, the Inner City 100 list provides unmatched original data on the fastest growing inner-city businesses in the U.S. For the 2008 list, over 6500 new nominations were received, the most in the program's history. The 2008 Inner City 100 winners grew at a compound annual growth rate of 47 percent and an average rate of 472 percent between 2002 and 2006. Collectively, the top 100 inner city businesses have employed nearly 21,500 people and created over 15,000 new jobs over the past five years; both of these employment figures are the highest in the program's history and show signs of continued growth.
Eighty-one percent of companies expect steady growth, 12 percent expect their revenues to double, three percent expect their revenues to triple, and a mere two percent expect their revenues to decline in 2008. Individually, the average Inner City 100 company's revenues were $23 million.
"We are delighted to celebrate businesses like White Construction that are playing a critical role in urban communities throughout the country," said David G. Latimore, president and chief executive officer of the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City. "These high-growth businesses help create jobs, income, and wealth for local residents, and they prove our belief that the most effective way to create economic equality in America's inner cities is to focus on sustainable business growth and investment."
Established in 1980, White Construction is a Detroit based Minority Owned Construction Management and General Contracting firm that employs over 30 talented individuals. Focused on providing a quality construction experience for their clients, White Construction delivers over $50 million in construction volume within the automotive, commercial, institutional, municipal, and healthcare markets.
The 2008 Inner City 100 winners operate from 58 cities in 31 states. Nineteen companies on the list are based in California, the most ever for a single state; Texas and Massachusetts each have seven, and New York and Maryland each have five. Six states (Pennsylvania, Oregon, Missouri, Michigan, Illinois, and Indiana) have four companies on the list. San Francisco has six winning companies; Boston and Baltimore each have five, and Detroit, Los Angeles, Oakland, and Portland each have four companies listed on the Inner City 100.
The list is proof of concept that doing business in an inner city area holds a distinct competitive advantage. ICIC has been studying the economic condition of the largest 100 American cities for more than a decade and is working to revitalize inner cities across the country.
The 2008 Inner City 100 winners are attending the Inner City 100 Summit in Boston for a two-day event featuring seminars for Inner City 100 owners and managers at Harvard Business School, a reception at the Beehive restaurant, and a gala awards dinner at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center that is expected to draw more than 1,000 guests.
Highlights of the 2008 Inner City 100 list include:
Inner City 100 companies are 33 percent minority-owned. Nationally, just 8 percent of companies with annual revenues over $1 million are minority-owned.
The 2008 Inner City 100 companies are 19 percent owned by immigrants to the United States.
Twenty-six percent of the 2008 Inner City 100 are women-owned, the highest representation of women on the list to date. Nationally, only 10 percent of companies with over $1 million in annual revenues are women-owned.
The 2008 Inner City 100 boasts an average workforce that is 52 percent minority.
The 2008 Inner City 100 pay an average of over $15.00 per hour to hourly employees and $51,000 per year to salaried employees.
The 2008 Inner City 100 employs inner city residents who held 43 percent of all Inner City 100 jobs. According to ICIC's State of the Inner City Economies project, just 23 percent of all inner city jobs nationwide are held by inner-city residents.
The record number of new nominations received this year was largely due to the Inner City 100 National Program Sponsor Merrill Lynch and Staples and nominating partners such as the SBA and the U.S. Conference of Mayors. For more information about the 2008 Inner City 100 list contact Deirdre Coyle at 617 292-2363 ext.242. The list can be found at www.icic.org