Places The rents are low, the transportation is convenient, and the tax breaks are often generous. But some inner-city CEOs reap other benefits from their locations as well. Fish Fry Clearwater Fisheries (#21) Border Fulfillment Miratek Corp. (#22) My Customer's Customer, Myself Integrated Packaging Corp. (#75)
Plans Some ambitious entrepreneurs hope to make their inner-city communities -- maybe all inner-city communities -- better places to live and do business. Take My Franchise, Please Candy Bouquet International Inc. (#37) After-School Special GreatAmerica Leasing Corp. (#27) All About Eaves Aztec Roofing & Sheetmetal Corp. (#58)
The Inner City 100
Comeback Markets Most companies have taken a pass on the huge inner-city service market. Some smart CEOs are eagerly filling the void. Curricular Extras SuccessLab shores up the academic moorings of kids in poor school districts Doctors Without Orders Molina Healthcare gives physicians freedom to match the treatment with the culture. These Old Houses Rego Realty brings dilapidated buildings back to life -- and livelihood. Mother's Giant Helper Allegheny Child Care lifts a burden from welfare-to-work moms.
City Lights There are a million stories in the inner cities. These are some of them.
LEIGH BUCHANAN is an editor at large for Inc. magazine. A former editor at Harvard Business Review and founding editor of WebMaster magazine, she writes regular columns on leadership and workplace culture. @LeighEBuchanan