In 2012, the BE100s turned 40—-that is, Black Enterprise marked 40 years of chronicling the largest black-owned businesses in the country. Each year we welcome new companies to our annual lists.
Here are the 13 companies who joined our ranks for the first time this year.
Coming in at No. 4 on the BE100s Industrial/Service list is Modular Assembly Innovations LLC. Headed by Billy R. Vickers (pictured), Modular Assembly Innovations is an auto parts manufacturing and assembly company in Dublin, Ohio.
Harry Martin (pictured) heads Intelligent Decisions Inc., an information technology company in Ashburn, Virginia. Intelligent Decisions debuted at No. 7 on the BE100s Industrial/Service list.
No. 78 on the BE100s Industrial/Service list is Porter-Walker LLC, a supply chain services and products company in Columbia, Tennessee. Porter-Walker is led by CEO Douglas C. Venable (pictured).
The Che International Group takes the No. 85 spot on the BE100s Industrial/Service list. Che International, a paper and packaging, and printing company is headed by Christopher Che (pictured) and is based in Cincinnati, Ohio.
At No. 93 on the BE100s Industrial/Service list is Victory Personnel Services Inc. Victory Personnel is a full-service employment staffing company in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Joseph A. Tucker Sr. (pictured) is the company’s CEO.
Abdulhamid Ali (pictured) is the CEO of DAAR Engineering Inc., the company that holds the No. 94 spot on the BE100s Industrial/Service list. DAAR Engineering is an engineering services company in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Debuting on the BE100s Industrial/Service list at No. 97 is Powerlink Facilities Management Services out of Detroit, Michigan. Powerlink Facilities, led by Link Howard III (pictured) is in the business of property and facilities management.
Black Enterprise welcomed Bernard E. Robinson (pictured) and his company, Networking Technologies and Support Inc., to the BE100s Industrial/Service list this year. Networking Technologies is a high-technology integration services business and came in at No. 99.
Rounding out the BE100s Industrial/Service list at No. 100 is RYCARS Construction LLC. Headed by co-CEOs, Ryan and Stephanie Burks (pictured), RYCARS is a commercial roofing and construction services business in Kenner, Louisiana.
commonground marketing is No. 8 on the BE100s Advertising Agencies list. commonground operates out of Chicago, Illinois and is headed by co-CEOs Sherman Wright (left) and Ahmad Islam.
Advantage Communications Inc. holds the No. 10 spot on the BE100s Advertising Agencies list this year. Michael Steele (pictured) is the CEO of the agency based in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Company: Cannon Industries
Rank: No. 83 on the BE100s Industrial/Service list
CEO: Jack Cannon
Business: Metal fabrication, metal stampings, machining
Location: Rochester, New York
Company: Leader Communications Inc.
Rank: No. 95 on the BE100s Industrial/Service list
CEO: Michael Lyles
Location: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma