26. Atomic Data
26. Atomic Data
Atomic Data CEO James Wolford
2010 Revenues: $5.1 million
5-year Annual Growth Rate: 48%

James Wolford
Location: Minneapolis, MN

About the business:
Atomic Data offers customers a whole slew of IT services, including an asset that's becoming increasingly important for companies: digital storage space. As businesses amass more and more digital information, Atomic Data helps its customers migrate content to the cloud.

The company also manages data storage centers all over the world: two are in the company's hometown of Minneapolis, but others are as far away as Madrid and Hong Kong. Atomic Data tries to distinguish itself as a more ethical IT company -- for example, CEO Jim Wolford traveled to Uganda this past April to try to figure out how to improve communication technologies at African refugee camps.

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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