4. CSI
4. CSI
CSI CEO Ken Novotny
2010 Revenues: $24.3 million
5-year Annual Growth Rate: 104%

Ken Novotny
Location: Oklahoma City, OK

About the business:
Located within the Brick District of inner city Oklahoma City, CSI is an IT and engineering contractor for the U.S. Department of Defense. The firm, which topped the Inner City 100 ranking in 2011, is Native American-owned and boasts a 98% employee retention rate. Over the last five years, CSI has created 210 jobs, and CEO Ken Novotny mentors several small, up-and-coming firms in his spare time.

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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