WASHINGTON, Oct. 19, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC) and FORTUNE announced that Enlightened, Inc. was selected for the 2015 Inner City 100, a list of the fastest-growing inner city businesses in the U.S.
ICIC's Inner City 100 program recognizes successful inner city businesses and their CEOs as role models for entrepreneurship, innovative business practices and job creation in America's urban communities. Each year, ICIC works with a national network of nominating partners to identify, rank and spotlight rapidly-growing urban businesses, and the top 100 – determined by revenue growth – are honored on the Inner City 100 list published in FORTUNE magazine.
Enlightened, Inc. ranked 82 overall on the list of 100. Enlightened reported a five-year growth rate of 105 percent from 2010-2014. "In an ever changing economy the ability to not only maintain a presence in the competitive markets in which we play, but to also expand in scale and size speaks volumes to the abilities of our team of professionals. We are dedicated every day to becoming a better company; which in turn, challenges me daily to become a better leader. I am honored to share this award with our 160+ employees nationwide and our clients over the years that have shared success as we have continued to expand our business," says CEO and President of Enlightened, Inc., Antwanye E. Ford.
The full list of award recipients may be viewed on the FORTUNE website, here.
"These entrepreneurs are strong community leaders and industry game changers," ICIC CEO Steve Grossman said of the 2015 Inner City 100 winners. "Their businesses are critical drivers of economic development and job creation. Together, they demonstrate the competitive advantages of doing business in our inner cities."
The rankings for each company were announced at the Inner City 100 Conference and Awards on Wednesday, October 7, 2015 in at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston, MA. The list provides unmatched insight into the impact that entrepreneurship can have on underserved communities. In the last 17 years, over 800 unique companies have earned positions on the Inner City 100 list, and alumni include Pandora, JP Licks and Angie's List. Chevron Corporation and Staples, Inc. are long-time sponsors of ICIC and the program.
ICIC is a national nonprofit founded in 1994 by Harvard Business School professor Michael E. Porter. ICIC's mission is to promote economic prosperity in America's inner cities through private sector investment that leads to jobs, income and wealth creation for local residents. Through its research on inner city economies, ICIC provides businesses, governments and investors with the most comprehensive and actionable information in the field about urban market opportunities. The organization supports urban businesses through the Inner City 100, Inner City Capital Connections and the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses programs. Learn more at www.icic.org or @icicorg.
Enlightened is an award winning company that provides Cyber Security, IT and management solutions to resolve complex business problems for federal, state, and local government agencies. Enlightened holds GSA IT-70 and MOBIS schedule contracts, HUBZone and Small Business certified by the U.S. Small Business Administration, and rated CMMI-DEV Level 3 and CMMI-SVC Level 2 by the CMMI Institute. For more information please visit www.enlightened.com.
SOURCE Enlightened, Inc.