100 fastest growing inner city businesses

18. RTL Networks
18. RTL Networks
Richard Lewis, CEO
2009 Revenues: $15.3 million
5-year Annual Growth Rate: 61%

Richard Lewis
Location: Denver, CO
Year Founded: 2002

About the business:
CEO Richard Lewis combined his 10 years of experience in the Air Force with his experience working at technology companies including Quest, Cisco and Avia to develop his business plan for RTL Networks, an IT services firm.

The company provides a range of IT services to clients across the country. Among its clients are the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Air Force and Accenture.

--By Eno Alfred and Rachel Hitch

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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