23. TCG
23. TCG
2010 Revenues: $10.1 million
5-year Annual Growth Rate: 53%

Daniel Turner
Location: Washington, DC

About the business:
One survival tactic for many companies since the recent recession was to have a business model that thrives on government spending. Lucky for IT company TCG, it does. TCG helps detangle information technology issues, and 98% of its business comes from the federal government. Specifically, the company manages government grants and other services, such as building custom IT systems. Going forward, federal agencies may need TCG's cost management services to use technology to keep projects running on tight budgets.

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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