Seven Oakland businesses have won prestigious spots on the annual Inner City 100 list, a list that identifies and ranks the 100 fastest-growing businesses located in America’s inner cities. The list is compiled by the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City [ICIC], a nonprofit organization focused on developing inner-city economies and businesses and is published in Fortune. So far in the competition’s 16-year history, 53 Oakland businesses have made it onto the list.

Here are this year’s winners:

The digital manufacturing company FATHOM won second place on the overall list and first place in the manufacturing category with an astounding 1785% growth rate.

Boasting a growth rate of 479%, Revolution Foods took 19th place on the overall list and second place in the food and beverage category. Founded by two moms who wanted to see American children eating healthy meals, Revolution Foods now serves up 1 million healthy and affordable meals a week to K-12 students across the nation.


Oaklandish” by Thomas Hawk is licensed under CC 2.0

The ubiquitous Oaklandish came in at 33 on the main list and took first in the retail category. And with good reason. The clothing and community-outreach company grew 337% and continues to inspire Oakland pride across our fair city.

Architecture firm ArcSine, which has designed the likes of Duende, Rudy’s Can’t Fail Café and the Oakland Convention Center, took 48th on the list and fifth in the professional services category. The company grew 256% this year.

Premier Organics, makers of a variety of raw, organic, locally sourced and sustainable nut, seed and coconut butters, grew 241% this year, landing them in 51st place overall and fourth in the food and beverage category.

Number 63 on this list, office furniture and supply company Blaisdell’s Business Products, grew 191% this year and landed third in the retail category.

Family-owned since 1924 and located in Oakland since the late 1930s, Veronica Foods Company, makers of fine olive oils, is still going strong. With the granddaughter of the original founder at the helm, the company grew 61% and landed at number 94 overall and eighth in the food and beverage category.

While having seven Oakland companies featured on this list is reason enough to brag, it’s also gloat-worthy to note that two of these companies took first place in their respective categories (FATHOM and Oaklandish), two have appeared on the list before (this is Premier Organic’s fourth consecutive year on the list and Revolution Foods’ third), six out of the 11 CEOs running these companies are women, and of all the cities represented, Oakland had the second largest number of businesses featured on the list, behind Chicago.

Oakland, show your pride.

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