6. Neutron Interactive
6. Neutron Interactive
2010 Revenues: $14.5 million
5-year Annual Growth Rate: 93%

Dan Caffee
Location: Salt Lake City, UT

About the business:
Neutron Interactive of Salt Lake City, Utah, specializes in online lead generation and has carved out a niche in the higher education marketplace. Partners Dan Caffee and Shaun Ritchie started Neutron Interactive with a handful of initial clients and funding from their credit cards. The company originally recruited students for truck driving schools but was forced to change when the 2008 financial crisis resulted in a decline in the demand for truck drivers. So Neutron diversified its client base and now works with the insurance and trucking industries, in addition to the education world.

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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