18. Dean Media Group
18. Dean Media Group
Dean Media Group CEO Jon Dean
2010 Revenues: $9 million
5-year Annual Growth Rate: 56%

Jon Dean
Location: Chicago, IL

About the business:
With funding from grassroots efforts, founder Jon Dean started his company as a marketing agency for financial firms. The company has grown and now includes media and creative services as well as an advertising network, but it maintains its focus on finance clients only. It pays to serve a niche industry with significant demand for what you are offering. The firm has been profitable from its first month in business.

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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