34. Federated IT
34. Federated IT
2010 Revenues: $12.3 million
5-year Annual Growth Rate: 39%

Kyle von Bucholz
Location: Washington, DC

About the business:
After retiring from the military in the late 1990s, former U.S. Army Special Operations Communications Officer Kyle von Bucholz and former U.S. Marine Corps Officer Matthew Bucholz were not finished working on U.S. security issues. The result of their efforts was Federated IT, a Washington D.C.-based company that specializes in all aspects of building and maintaining IT networks for commercial, federal, and intelligence clients. Founded in 2002, they are involved in local charitable initiatives like the Wounded Warrior Project and Toys for Tots.

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.
@FortuneMagazine - Last updated May 11 2012: 10:59 AM ET
Join the Conversation
How small businesses grow, even in a tough economy

This year's Inner City 100 companies have fought off a sluggish economy through a combination of smart investment and savvy strategy. Here's how they are doing it.