45. Orbit Media Studios
45. Orbit Media Studios
2010 Revenues: $2.4 million
5-year Annual Growth Rate: 32%

Andy Crestodina
Location: Chicago, IL

About the business:
Orbit Media Studios is a digital marketing agency in Chicago. Principal and strategic director Andy Crestodina started the company with the help of a high school friend, a combination of their 401Ks, and some credit cards. Orbit is located in a very diverse neighborhood with populations hailing from Romania, Germany, and Latin America. Crestodina and the rest of his staff are also involved in pro-bono online overhauls for local non-profit organizations.

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.