Top Black Entrepreneurs of the 2012 Inc. 5000

William Bailey (Far Left) Courtesy Company
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William Bailey, Founder and CEO

Rapier Solutions
Matthews, N.C.

No. 142
2011 Revenue: $3.6 million
Three-Year Growth: 2,336%

While on active duty, William Bailey decided he wanted to start an IT company. So after 13 years on active duty and 13 years in the reserves, Bailey founded Rapier Solutions in 2002—a consulting and outsourcing company for information technology and logistics services. Veterans like Bailey make up 50% of Rapier's workers.