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Detroit's VisionIT Tops the BusinessWeek SmallBiz/Initiative for a Competitive Inner City Ranking of the 'Inner City 100'Annual list ranks the fastest growing inner city businesses nationwideNEW YORK, June 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Detroit's VisionIT ranks No.

1 on the BusinessWeek SmallBiz/Initiative for a Competitive Inner City ranking of the "Inner City 100." Published for the first time in BusinessWeek SmallBiz, the 11th annual list ranks the fastest growing inner city businesses nationwide, based on the five-year compound annual growth rate of their sales.

Rounding out the top five are Pinnacle Technical Resources in Dallas, Sensis in Los Angeles, Red Door Interactive in San Diego, and NewBath in New Orleans.The Inner City 100 list calls out more vibrant sectors of the economy, as service companies take over the dominant position once held by construction companies.

Most of the companies on the list focus on business-to-business products and services, rather than serving a consumer niche.

But perhaps surprisingly, more than half of Inner City 100 CEOs say they have plans to add staff in the first half of 2009, and nearly the same amount say they expect steady growth.

Only 11% expect a decline in sales.

"The Inner City 100" list is produced by the Boston-based not-for-profit Initiative for a Competitive Inner City, founded in 1994 by Michael E.

Porter, the Bishop William Lawrence University Professor at Harvard Business School.

The ICIC's aim is to foster economic growth in inner cities, and identifying high-growth inner city companies is one way it showcases the competitiveness of these areas.

The ICIC has pinpointed 172 inner cities, ranging from lesser-known enclaves such as Abilene, Tex., and Joliet, Ill., to more familiar places such as Chicago and New York City.

Each inner city is defined as a central city area with a population greater than 100,000.

On average, the poverty rates and unemployment rates in the inner cities are more than twice that of the surrounding city populations, and median household incomes are just half those of surrounding areas.

Even a cursory consideration of these statistics makes clear the impact that a fast-growing company can have on its neighborhood.

"The Inner City 100" ranking is featured in the June/July 2009 issue of BusinessWeek SmallBiz and is available online at

Rank Company Name/City 1 VisionIT Detroit 2 Pinnacle Technical Resources Dallas 3 Sensis Los Angeles 4 Red Door Interactive San Diego 5 NewBath New Orleans 6 FutureNet Group Detroit 7 Global Technology Resources Denver 8 Navigator Management Partners Columbus, Ohio 9 AEP Books Buffalo, N.Y.

10 Ascellon Corp.

Baltimore 11 Kauffman & Associates Spokane, Wash.

12 EnviroWaste Services Group Miami 13 Avencia Inc.

Philadelphia 14 PepperDash Technology Allston, Mass.

15 SLR Contracting & Services Co.

Buffalo, N.Y.

16 ARS International Port Allen, La.

17 Horizon Staffing Services East Hartford, Conn.

18 Tucker Technology Oakland, Calif.

19 Yerba Buena Engineering & Construction San Francisco 20 Percipio Consulting Group Portland, Ore.

21 comCables Denver 22 Ellicott Dredge Enterprises Baltimore 23 Xantrion Oakland, Calif.

24 Melissa Joy Manning Oakland, Calif.

25 Numi Organic Tea Oakland, Calif.

26 e-Storm International San Francisco 27 Tech Networks of Boston South Boston 28 Pittsburgh 29 Voxitas St.

Louis 30 Angie's List Indianapolis 31 Digitaria San Diego 32 Cellular Specialties Manchester, N.H.

33 Madeline Anz Slay Architecture San Antonio 34 Auction Systems Auctioneers & Appraisers Phoenix 35 Bankserv San Francisco 36 TECHEAD Richmond, Va.

37 Commonwealth Worldwide Chauffeured Trans.

Boston 38 New Era Portfolio Austin, Tex.

39 Net Health Systems Pittsburgh 40 Sacred Power Corp.

Albuquerque 41 Two West Kansas City, Mo.

42 Gestra Engineering Milwaukee 43 Hendrickson Custom Cabinetry Bronx, N.Y.

44 Raining Rose Cedar Rapids, Iowa 45 Ruiz Protective Service Dallas 46 The Warrior Group DeSoto, Tex.

47 ARGUS Boston 48 ABC Towing Seattle 49 Academic Network Portland, Ore.

50 KIRA Miami 51 Amuneal Manufacturing Corp.

Philadelphia 52 eXcellon Technologies Fort Wayne, Ind.

53 Central Packaging Kansas City, Kan.

54 Long Wave Oklahoma City 55 Pacific Outdoor Living Sun Valley, Calif.

56 Express Kitchen Hartford 57 W Industries Detroit 58 iSi Environmental Services Wichita 59 Park Inc.

Charlotte, NC 60 Pro-Liquitech Louisville 61 Spectrum Hampton, Va.

62 Stroll Philadelphia 63 DocuVault Denver 64 QSR St.

Louis 65 Tri-Borough Home Care Ltd.

Brooklyn, N.Y.

66 NFF Washington, D.C.

67 Sanco Industries Fort Wayne, Ind.

68 MobilityWorks Akron 69 Talan Products Cleveland 70 Extreme Pizza San Francisco 71 Roxbury Technology Jamaica Plain, Mass.

72 International Medical Group Indianapolis 73 YourTel America Kansas City, Mo.

74 Anamarc Enterprises El Paso 75 A.M.E.'s Uniforms Fort Lauderdale 76 A-1 Fire Equipment Miami 77 CAM Services Denver 78 Court Square Data Group Springfield, Mass.

79 Gunther Douglas Denver 80 WhiteSpace Creative Akron 81 Santa Fe Protective Services Albuquerque 82 Four Hands Austin, Tex.

83 El Clasificado Los Angeles 84 All Copy Products Denver 85 Spex-Precision Machine Technologies Rochester, N.Y.

86 Neil Kelly Portland, Ore.

87 CrunchTime! Information Systems Boston 88 Panther Graphics Rochester, N.Y.

89 American Christmas Bronx, N.Y.

90 Bevilacqua Research Corp.

Huntsville, Ala.

91 Voss Industries Cleveland 92 Talon/LPE Amarillo, Tex.

93 Montbleau & Associates San Diego 94 Perryman Building & Construction Services Philadelphia 95 Postmodern Co.

Denver 96 Green Farms Los Angeles 97 (add) ventures Providence 98 Tenable Protective Services Cleveland 99 Desert Fleet-Serv Phoenix 100 Publishing Solutions Group Boston Website:
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