About the business:
In 2004, CEO Ken Novotny couldn't find a bank that would extend him the credit he needed to get his IT consulting business off the ground. Thanks to a loan from his father, seven years later, CSI rules the Inner City 100 list. With headquarters in Bricktown, Oklahoma City, CSI has 240 employees in 17 states.
It's safe to say the federal government keeps coming back for more, as CSI's loyal customers include the Army and the Air Force. With a 158% annual growth rate over the past five years, it's been a smooth ride upwards for CSI, even during the recession. At the end of 2009, they raked in $14 million in revenue. However, expectations are still higher -- the company speculates that total annual sales to reach $50 to $100 million.
--By Ashley Bush and Daron Sharps
The companies on this year's Inner City 100 have managed to build fast-growing businesses in economically depressed cities. Here's how they are doing it. More
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