12. Sunset Healthcare Solutions
12. Sunset Healthcare Solutions
2010 Revenues: $3.2 million
5-year Annual Growth Rate: 66%

Chris Slosar
Location: Chicago, IL

About the business:
Sunset Healthcare, located in downtown Chicago, sells post-respiratory medical products for patients who need home oxygen and sleep apnea treatments. Co-founder Chris Slosar worked for a competitor for five years before he decided go out on his own. Instead of outsourcing its sales operations, like many of its competitors, Sunset has opted to take care of sales as a means to develop solid relationships with customers. Sunset sells it wares to home medical equipment suppliers across the globe.

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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