46. Apto Solutions
46. Apto Solutions
2010 Revenues: $18.9 million
5-year Annual Growth Rate: 31%

Jeffrey Jones
Location: Atlanta, GA

About the business:
Apto Solutions, founded in 2001, is an IT asset disposition business with clients like Fujitsu and Dell. The company started out as a bankruptcy practice in the basement of James Kilkelly's home in Atlanta. Apto's growth is correlated with the rate of growth in the information technology and enviro-technology industries and has been robust over the last decade. With a preference for hiring locally, the company has helped enrich the economic vitality of its West Atlanta neighborhood and also has locations in Austin and Silicon Valley.

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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