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For the past six years, Inc. and the Initiative for a Competive Inner City (ICIC) have teamed up to recognize America's fastest growing urban businesses through the annual Inner City 100 list.
This year, despite their challenging work environments, the members of the 2004 Inner City 100 list have thrived during the recent economic slowdown, in poor urban areas no less. Between 1998 and 2002, the companies created more than 11,600 new jobs. And the companies experienced an average growth of 872% over five years.
Here, discover who made the list, their stories, and more information on what it takes to be a thriving inner city business.
By Bobbie Gossage
Her Kind of Town Landscaper Christy Webber (Left) mowed her way into the hearts of Chicago's elite and into the No. 54 spot on this year's Inner City 100 List. By Jonathan Black
Q&A with Michael Porter The top Harvard professor charts the larger story behind the Inner City 100.
The 2004 List From inventing cool products to tapping underserved markets, we offer a chart of all 100 success stories.
Concrete Tips for Urban Pioneers Ten tactics for doing business in an inner city neighborhood.