100 fastest growing inner city businesses

16. Network Deposition Services
16. Network Deposition Services
2009 Revenues: $1.8 million
5-year Annual Growth Rate: 64%

CEO:
Terri Urbash
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Year Founded: 2005

About the business:
Prior to launching her very own court reporting and legal videography company, CEO Terri Urbash was a full-time court reporter with a firm. She wanted to spend more time with her family, so she became an independent court reporter. With all the equipment she needed and $100 in the bank to buy custom-made letterhead paper, Urbash took the plunge and started her own court-reporting firm.

The combination of Urbash's experience in court reporting and her network of talented reporters that she could bring into the firm made it too good of an opportunity to pass up. Her staff was evidently versatile as well as skilled as they doubled as the company's sales force! The company also produces verbatim transcripts -- a rarity in the world of court reporting -- and operates a number of programs with local community colleges to teach court reporting.

--By Eno Alfred and Alex Rodriguez


The Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC) defines inner cities as core urban areas with higher unemployment and poverty rates and lower median incomes than their surrounding metropolitan statistical areas. For the 2011 list, ICIC received more than 2,000 solicited nominations using its database of small businesses and through the support of its nominating partners, including the U.S. Conference of Mayors, Staples, and the Small Business Administration. Companies were ranked by compound annual growth rate (CAGR) based on their revenue over the five-year period between 2005 and 2009 (the last year for which complete data was available).
Last updated May 18 2011: 5:14 PM ET
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