100 fastest growing inner city businesses

24. E-storm International
24. E-storm International
2009 Revenues: $9.8 million
5-year Annual Growth Rate: 52%

William Gaultier
Location: San Francisco, CA
Year Founded: 1998

About the business:
When CEO William Gaultier and Nancy Riveong founded E-storm in 1998, they struggled to convince clients that online marketing would become the wave of the future. They also had to make sure that clients could put their trust in a two man operation. The company has since been vindicated and has acquired big brand clients -- including Microsoft, Verizon, Wells Fargo and Bank of America, among others -- over the last couple of years.

--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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