The announcement of the Inner City 100 is just a few days away. Which companies made this year's list of America's fastest-growing urban businesses? Through April 21, Inc.com features a new honoree each day.
Today's Inner City 100 company...
Revenue: $2.3 million
Donna Jackson and Margie Smigel established their reputation in Chicago real estate by working with developers on the city's poor South Side. These days, the partners handle listings all over the city-from multimillion-dollar mansions to $200,000 lofts. They handle every aspect of selling a property, including appraisals, "staging" an apartment for an open house, and financing; in some cases they even offer to cover up-front expenses for sellers. Last year, they created their own radio show, a kind of Car Talk for homeowners.