13. Ortega Group
13. Ortega Group
2010 Revenues: $6.7 million
5-year Annual Growth Rate: 63%

Kirk Ortega
Location: Mount Vernon, NY

About the business:
The Ortega Group is a building design firm founded by former minor league baseball player Kirk Ortega and his brother. The brothers started the company at the height of the market, only to watch the housing industry come crashing down. Armed with an in-depth knowledge of the industry, Ortega was able to nurture business relationships and weather the economic storms.

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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