Top 10 Black Entrepreneurs

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Leah Brown, CEO

A10 Clinical Solutions
Cary, N.C.

No. 328
2010 Revenue: $19.7 million
Three-Year Growth: 1,011%

Leah Brown tells the story of her maternal great-grandfather, Allen “Papa” Carney, a free African-American man who had 18 children and insisted his sons become entrepreneurs. “I didn’t know until recently that I came from a long lineage of entrepreneurs until my family history was explored, but it helped me understand where my entrepreneurial drive comes from,” says Brown, who founded A10 Clinical Solutions, a clinical research firm.