14. Bevilacqua Research Corporation
14. Bevilacqua Research Corporation
2010 Revenues: $30.8 million
5-year Annual Growth Rate: 62%

Andrew Bevilacqua
Location: Huntsville, AL

About the business:
Huntsville, Ala.-based Bevilacqua Research Corporation provides scientific consulting services to government clients like the Department of Defense and NASA, having to do issues that range from electronic warfare, anti-terrorism planning, to intelligence gathering. Bevilacqua has more than 1,000 competitors, at least 100 of which are in Huntsville, so CEO Andy Bevilacqua has focused on building up a solid, talented staff to separate his business from the competition. Finding the right workers is particularly challenging in rural Warren County. The company has found more business opportunities by offering less technical scientific support services.

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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