Fast-Growing Companies Call These 10 Cities Home

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Los Angeles, 249 companies

Full of entrepreneurial spirit, Los Angeles is also a large manufacturing center. Three of the top 10 fastest-growing companies in the city are in retail, including vintage clothing company Nasty Gal and online shoe store ShoeZoo.com. L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa believes that small business is the backbone of L.A.’s economy and, to help it, put in place a number of cost-saving tools such as credit repair services, entrepreneurial workshops, and procurement assistance.