Black Enterprise magazine's fortieth anniversary issue hit stands not long ago, marking the continuation of an annual tradition for the publication: The BE100s, a "comprehensive analysis [that] includes a total of 230 companies broken down into seven categories."
Anyway, companies from all across the country were assessed by "collecting surveys from companies and gathering information from government agencies, professional organizations, industry associations, business information services and corporations." Long story short is that, of these findings, nearly 20 of the nation's top-grossing black-owned businesses are right here in the Chicagoland area -- and they all fall in a number of categories, too, from Harpo and Johnson Publishing to many, many others. Here's the publication's list:
Industrial/Service Companies (revenues in millions)
Auto Dealers (revenues in millions)
Advertising Agency (revenues in millions)
Financial Services Companies
Banks (assets in millions)
Asset Managers (assets under management in billions)
Investment Banks (lead issues in millions)
Taxable Securities Ranking
Tax-Exempt Securities Ranking
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David Wolinsky is a freelance writer and a lifelong Chicagoan. In addition to currently serving as an interviewer-writer for Adult Swim, he's also a comedy-writing instructor for Second City. He was the Chicago city editor for The Onion A.V. Club where he provided in-depth daily coverage of this city's bustling arts/entertainment scene for half a decade. When not playing video games for work he's thinking of dashing out to Chicago Diner, Pizano's, or Yummy Yummy. His first career aspirations were to be a game-show host.