41. Mainstream Global
41. Mainstream Global
2010 Revenues: $13.2 million
5-year Annual Growth Rate: 34%

Juan Yepez
Location: Lawrence, MA

About the business:
Mainstream Global is a distributor of used and refurbished computer equipment in Lawrence, Mass. The company's target market is Latin America and its customers include manufacturers, resellers, e-tailers, retailers, and independent distributors. CEO Juan Yepez founded the company after working as a bilingual sales representative for a similar firm. Mainstream Global uses the Merrimack Valley Career Center to hire new employees to sustain the company's growth as well as create jobs in a largely economically depressed city.

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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