Gorilla Commerce Named ICIC Inner City 100 Winner

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The Initiative for a Competitive Inner City has recognized Gorilla Commerce as an Inner City 100 winner, awarded to the fastest growing companies in America's urban centers. Gorilla ranked number 65 on this year’s list.

Gorilla Commerce, an award winning, full-service ecommerce solutions provider, has announced that the nonprofit Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC) has named Gorilla an Inner City 100 winner. Based on certified revenue growth over a five year period, Gorilla ranked number 65 on this year’s list of the fastest growing companies located in America’s inner cities out of the more than 450,000 companies, which are eligible for consideration nationally.

“Being named to the Inner City 100 list is one of the most significant awards Gorilla has received. It speaks directly to our deep Chicago roots and commitment to hiring local talent to support our business goals and growth. We are extremely proud to have been selected,” said Brian Grady, Principal at Gorilla Commerce.

As a byproduct of achieving the annualized revenue growth rate necessary for selection to the Inner City 100, Gorilla has increased staffing at its Chicago headquarters by nearly 400% since 2008. Building internally has been a key component of the company’s growth strategy and a major factor in its success.

Gorilla’s Chicago team currently numbers over 70 full-time employees, with virtually all team members recruited from the greater Chicagoland area. These highly skilled positions, including interactive designers, website developers, and consultants, have made a significant economic impact on the local community and contribute to Chicago’s position as a leading high tech center.

With corporate sponsors including Goldman Sachs, Bank of America, Chevron and Fortune, The Inner City 100 brings together the entrepreneurs behind the winning companies for a day-long educational and networking symposium, in addition to the awards ceremony. Featuring a keynote presentation by ICIC founder Harvard Business School Professor Michael Porter, the Inner City 100 is now in its 14th year of recognizing high growth companies, and their CEOs, as role models for entrepreneurship, innovative business practices and job creation.

About the ICIC: The Initiative for a Competitive Inner City is a nonprofit research and strategy organization and the leading authority on U.S. inner city economies and the businesses that thrive there. Founded in 1994 by Harvard Business School Professor Michael Porter, ICIC strengthens inner city economies by providing businesses, governments and investors with the most comprehensive and actionable information in the field about urban market opportunities.

About Gorilla: Since 1994, leading brands, retailers, manufacturers and wholesalers have turned to Gorilla to solve their toughest ecommerce challenges and innovate solutions that elevate their businesses across sales channels. Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, Gorilla offers a complete range of solutions, including award-winning website design, development, strategy, and post-launch managed services that combine to create a smarter species of commerce. gorillagroup.com

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