11. Hillard Heintze
11. Hillard Heintze
2010 Revenues: $6.9 million
5-year Annual Growth Rate: 71%

Arnette Heintze
Location: Chicago, IL

About the business:
Hillard Heintze provides security and investigative services primarily to Fortune 500 companies and governments. It was founded in 2004 by two former law enforcement professionals: Arnette Heintze, former head of the Chicago Secret Service, and Terry Hillard, the former superintendent of Chicago's police department. Each partner put in a mere $3,000 to start the business. The investment was a sound one. The company brought in an impressive $6.9 million in revenue in 2010.

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 2012 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. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Staples, New York City Department of Small Business Services, and the U.S. Conference of Mayors. Companies were ranked by compound annual growth rate (CAGR) based on their revenue over the five-year period between 2006 and 2010, the last year for which complete data was available. This list was audited by the independent accounting firm of Rucci Bardaro and Barrett, PC.
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