The Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC) and FORTUNE announced that Xantrion Inc. was selected for the 2013 Inner City 100, a list of the fastest-growing inner city companies in the U.S. The Inner City 100 program recognizes successful inner city companies and their CEOs as role models for entrepreneurship, innovative business practices and job creation in America’s urban communities. Xantrion Inc., a leading provider of personalized IT services for small and midsized companies in the San Francisco Bay Area, grew 56% between 2007 and 2011. The full list can be viewed at Fortune.com.
The Inner City 100 list provides unmatched original data on the fastest-growing inner city businesses in the U.S. In the last 15 years, 750 unique companies have earned positions on the Inner City 100, collectively generating more than $2.1 billion in annual revenues and creating over 76,000 new jobs. Chevron Corporation, Staples and Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses are long-time sponsors of the program.
For the 2013 list, winners represent a wide span of geography, operating in 48 cities and 27 states. The 2013 Inner City 100 winners grew at a compound annual growth rate of 36 percent and an average standard growth rate of 411 percent between 2007 and 2011. Collectively, the top 100 inner city businesses employ 10,391 employees and have created more than 5,863 new jobs between 2007 and 2011. Not only are the winners powerful job creators in their communities, but they also help grow their employees – 56% provide onsite training programs.
“We are excited to celebrate inner city businesses like Xantrion Inc. whose success stories are not told nearly enough,” said Mary Kay Leonard, ICIC President and CEO. “These entrepreneurs are driving economic forces in America’s urban cores, growing their communities along with their businesses.”
Highlights of the 2013 Inner City 100 include:
- Employ 10,391 workers (48% inner city residents; 20% immigrants; and 37% minorities).
- Created 5,863 new jobs in the last five years.
- 28% are woman-owned. Nationally, only 10% of companies with over $1 million in annual revenues are woman-owned.
- 35% are minority-owned. Nationally, only 21% of all companies are headed by minorities.
- Median company age is 14 years.
- Companies generated $23.4 million in revenues on average and $2.3 billion in the aggregate.