BE 100s: The 2008 Report

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When BLACK ENTERPRISE first compiled its Top 100 in 1973, combined sales for the component companies (which comprised an array of industrial/service firms and auto dealers) totaled $473 million. Today, the top 100 African American industrial/service companies and 100 leading auto dealers the core of our BE 100′s collectively grossed more than $28 billion.

The phenomenal growth of these companies and the business-altering developments among the nation’s largest black advertising agencies and financial services companies mark the evolution of black business over the past four decades. And these companies will need to demonstrate even greater dexterity in the years ahead as BE 100s CEOs face the competitive pressures, shifting consumer demands, and sweeping industrial changes of an unmerciful environment. Their business mandate: adapt or die.

B.E. 2008 Company of the Year»

BE 100s SALES BY INDUSTRY

Auto Dealers 31.1% $8,931.575
Other 13.8% $3,958.298
Manufacturing 13.7% $3,941.299
Technology 11.2% $3,227.371
Food & Beverage 9.2% $2,660.434
Energy 6.1% $1,753.862
Media 4.5% $1,304.107
Construction 3.4% $973.085
Transportation 2.9% $827.534
Computer/Office Products 1.8% $509.239
Security or Janitorial Maint. 0.9% $271.148
Telecommunications 0.5% $152.707
Entertainment 0.4% $105.000
Healthcare 0.3% $98.928
Healthcare & Beauty Aids 0.2% $48.000
In millions of dollars to the nearest ten thousandÂ

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