Dawn Of The Black Millennium

The B.E. 100s have ridden the wave of economic prosperity to great heights, but will the good times continue into the next century?

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2400

70

1:29

H.J. Russell & Co. N=”TOP”>Atlanta, GA

1862

155.3

1:83

Lundy Enterprises LLC./Pizza Hut New Orleans, LA

1710

26

1:15

The Bartech Group Livonia, MI

1640

62

1:38

Active Transportation Louisville, KY

1600

250

1:156

Barden Companies Inc. Detroit. MI

1,600

110.000

1:69

Philadelphia Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Inc New York, NY

1,500

357.000

1:238

* In millions of dollars, to the nearest thousand.
** In thousands of dollars, as of December 31, 1996
Prepared by B.E. Research. Reviewed by Mitchell & Titus, L.L.P.
TOP TEN GROWTH LEADERS

COMPANY

LOCATION

1996
SALES*

1997
SALES*

PERCENT
INCREASE

Simi Valley Pontiac GMC Buick Simi Valley, CA

4.913

95.009

1833.8

Fidelity Group Great Neck, NY

6.000

18.000

200.0

Davis Automotive Inc. Dallas, TX

23.375

64.293

175.1

Ray Wilkinson Buick-Cadillac Inc. Racine, WI

39.679

107.804

171.7

Adams McClure Inc. Denver, CO

7.800

20.100

157.7

United Communications Systems Inc. McLean, VA

10.400

24.000

130.8

Barnett Pontiac-Buick-GMC Fredericksburg, VA

8.448

19.201

127.3

Calhoun Enterprises Montgomery, AL

39.841

79.800

100.3

V&J Foods Milwaukee, WI

36.000

70.000

94.4

Rodgers Chevrolet Woodhaven, MI

19.815

37.194

87.7

* In millions of dollars, to the nearest thousand.
Prepared by B.E. Research. Reviewed by Mitchell & Titus, L.L.P.

Eligibility for the B.E. 100s
The BE 100s are comprised of the BE INDUSTRIAL/SERVICE 100 and the BE AUTO DEALER 100. Yo be eligible for the INDUSTRIAL/SERVICE 100, a company must have been fully operational in the previous calendar year and be at least 51% black-owned. It must manufacture or own the product it sells or provide industrial or consumer services. Brokerages, real estate firms and firms that provide professional services ( accountants, lawyers, etc.) are not eligible. To qualify for the AUTO DEALER 100, a dealership must have been fully operational in the previous year and be at least 51% black-owned.

BLACK ENTERPRISE consults industry analysts and other sources to verify the information contained in the list. All data are reviewed by the accounting firm Mitchell & Titus, L.L.P.. Companies not appearing on this year’s list (but previously listed) have been excluded because they are no longer black -owned or their gross sales have dropped below the minimum level required to make

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