Top Black Entrepreneurs of the 2012 Inc. 5000

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Mariama Levy, Founder and CEO

Verdi Consulting
McLean, Va.

No. 322
2011 Revenue: $4.2 million
Three-Year Growth: 1,181%

Mariama Levy never imagined herself as an entrepreneur, but in 2002, she founded Verdi Consulting. The company, which moves up the list from No. 409 last year, provides auditing, federal accounting, and systems support to large companies. Surprised at her own success, Levy keeps her "small but nimble" company growing through unrelenting hard work. "As a small business owner, you are always working," says Levy. "Nothing is impossible, you just have to get it done."