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Chicago's MSDSonline Among ICIC and FORTUNE's Inner City 100 Winners

CHICAGO, May 23, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC) and FORTUNE announced that MSDSonline (Rank # 43) was one of 11 Chicago companies selected for the 2013 Inner City 100, a list of the fastest-growing inner city companies in the U.S. The Inner City 100 program recognizes successful inner city companies and their CEOs as role models for entrepreneurship, innovative business practices and job creation in America's urban communities.

The full list can be viewed at Fortune.com.

"The Inner City 100 recognizes growth measured over a five year period and speaks to the long term success of our people and solutions," said Glenn Trout, MSDSonline president and CEO. "Being included on the list of award winners is truly an honor and a credit to everyone in our organization as well as to the vibrancy of Chicago as a technology leader."

"We are excited to celebrate inner city businesses like MSDSonline whose success stories are not told nearly enough," said Mary Kay Leonard, ICIC President and CEO. "These entrepreneurs are driving economic forces in America's urban cores, growing their communities along with their businesses."

The rankings for each company were announced at the Inner City 100 Awards on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Awards marked the Inner City 100 program's 15th year and launched a formal alumni network of Inner City 100 winners. Preceding the Awards celebration, winners attended a two-day small business Symposium featuring business management case studies presented by Harvard Business School professors and peer-to-peer learning sessions led by CEOs of fast-growing firms. Keynote speakers included Harvard Business School Professor Michael E. Porter; Tim Westergren, Founder and Chief Strategy Officer of Pandora Media; Tom Szaky, CEO of TerraCycle; and Hamdi Ulukaya, Founder, President and CEO of Chobani.

The Inner City 100 list provides unmatched original data on the fastest-growing inner city businesses in the U.S. In the last 15 years, 750 unique companies have earned positions on the Inner City 100, collectively generating more than $2.1 billion in annual revenues and creating over 76,000 new jobs. Chevron Corporation, Staples and Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses are long-time sponsors of the program.

For the 2013 list, winners represent a wide span of geography, operating in 48 cities and 27 states. The 2013 Inner City 100 winners grew at a compound annual growth rate of 36 percent and an average standard growth rate of 411 percent between 2007 and 2011. Collectively, the top 100 inner city businesses employ 10,391 employees and have created more than 5,863 new jobs between 2007 and 2011. Not only are the winners powerful job creators in their communities, but they also help grow their employees – 56% provide onsite training programs.

The list is proof of the concept that doing business in an inner city area holds a distinct competitive advantage. ICIC has been studying the economic condition of the largest 100 American cities for more than a decade and is working to revitalize inner cities across the country.

Highlights of the 2013 Inner City 100 include:

  • Employ 10,391 workers (48% inner city residents; 20% immigrants; and 37% minorities).
  • Created 5,863 new jobs in the last five years.
  • 28% are woman-owned. Nationally, only 10% of companies with over $1 million in annual revenues are woman-owned.
  • 35% are minority-owned. Nationally, only 21% of all companies are headed by minorities.
  • Median company age is 14 years.
  • Companies generated $23.4 million in revenues on average and $2.3 billion in the aggregate.

Notes:

To qualify for the Inner City 100 list, companies were required to have at least 51 percent of their operations located in an economically distressed urban area; have at least 10 full-time employees; and a five-year operating sales history that includes at least $200,000 in revenues in the first year of consideration, an increase in year five sales over year four sales, and fifth-year sales of at least $1 million. For the 2013 list, ICIC looked at total revenue growth from 2007 to 2011 and the specific rankings were based on these growth rates. An economically distressed urban area is defined by ICIC as having a 50 percent higher unemployment level, 50 percent higher poverty level, and 50 percent lower median income than the metropolitan statistical area.

Inner City 100 Sponsors:

Chevron Corporation, Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses, and Staples Inc.

MSDSonline

Founded in 1996 and based in Chicago, MSDSonline is a leading provider of cloud-based EH&S compliance solutions, offering products and services for managing safety data sheets, reporting workplace incidents, training employees and administering other critical EH&S information. The company's mission is to provide sustainable solutions that help customers improve employee safety, streamline compliance recordkeeping and reduce potential exposures to workplace hazards and risks. MSDSonline has been recognized for the last six years on Inc. magazine's list of America's 5,000 fastest-growing private companies. More information is available online at www.MSDSonline.com and on the official company blog at http://www.msdsonline.com/blog/. MSDSonline is an ICG (Nasdaq:ICGE) company.

Initiative for a Competitive Inner City

ICIC is a nonprofit research and strategy organization and the leading authority on U.S. inner city economies and the businesses that thrive there. Founded in 1994 by Harvard Business School Professor Michael Porter, ICIC expands inner city economies by providing businesses, governments and investors with the most comprehensive and actionable information in the field about urban market opportunities. ICIC's unique knowledge and expertise about inner city success factors and thriving companies is developed from specialized urban networks and path-breaking research. www.icic.org

CONTACT: Mary Duggan (617) 777.0606 mduggan@icic.org Brad Harbaugh (312) 881.2855 bharbaugh@msdsonline.comSource: MSDSonline