Even during the recession, these inner city businesses found ways to grow. Topping this list is the inspiring small business success story of Ken Novotny of CSI. Selling IT services alone is hard enough, doing it in Oklahoma City and to the Federal Government must be a lot tougher. So when Ken decided to start his business in 2004, no bank would lend him the money he needed to fund his idea.
A small loan from his father and 6 years later, Ken and his company who made $14M in revenues last year tops the list from this year’s CNN Money’s list of ‘Fastest Growing Inner City Businesses in America 2011.‘ Congrats Ken, you’re an inspiration to us all.