Three Cleveland Companies Land on Bloomberg Inner City 100 Rankings

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  • Hot cards in a hot building. Yeah, buddy. (printing), Jakprints (printing), and Talan Products (metal, fabrication) were featured in the special Inner City 100 Rankings produced by Bloomberg Businessweek.

What's the Inner City 100? How is it chosen? Who could possibly have answers to these questions?

We do, of course. And we have pastries. We're pretty helpful all around.

This year's Inner City 100 ranking of the fastest-growing inner-city businesses in the U.S. The list—based on five-year compound annual growth rate—is a Who's Who of high-potential private ventures in downtrodden urban areas.(Bloomberg Businessweek is the media partner.) Think multimillion-dollar manufacturers and construction companies (these industries make up 31 percent of the 2010 ranking), not mom-and-pop bodegas.The annual roundup is compiled by the Boston-based not-for-profit Initiative for a Competitive Inner City, founded in 1994 by Harvard Business School competitiveness guru Michael Porter. The ICIC's goal is to show that not only can companies thrive in the inner city, but there are also competitive advantages to locating there. Over the past 12 years, winners have created 71,000 new jobs and employed 40,000 inner-city residents.

The full Inner City 100 list can be found here. Answers to your printing needs can be found at and Jakprints, metal needs at Talan Products. And, as always, apple danish at Scene's office.

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Vince Grzegorek

Vince Grzegorek has been with Scene since 2007 and editor-in-chief since 2012. He previously worked at Discount Drug Mart and Texas Roadhouse.
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