Small Business is Big Business: Fastest Growing Small Businesses in Nation Recognized

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The Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC), a nonprofit research and strategy organization, released its annual Inner City 100 this week citing PMG Project Management Group as the fastest-growing company in Houston and the 21st in the nation with revenues of $5.2 Million in 2012.

PMG joins a roster of 100 high-profile companies that generated combined revenue of $3.2 Billion in 2012. Happy Family, an organic baby food company started in 2006, takes the top spot in the nation with sales of $63 Million in 2012. InGenesis, a healthcare staffing company, was ranked no. 1 in Texas with sales of over $60 Million in 2012. For a full listing of companies, go to

PMG was founded in 2006 by Vladimir Naranjo and Ben Mendez. “Our continued growth is a result of us expanding our services to include not only project management, but also construction and energy efficiency services. In the last few years there has been a major initiative to GO GREEN. Making our homes and businesses energy efficient is a priority for many us now. Through PMG we wanted to capitalize on this and it has proofed successful”, said Vladimir Naranjo.

Currently, PMG has a staff of 35. Their list of clients is impressive and includes: the Houston Police Department, Houston Parks Department, Houston Airport System, Port of Houston, Houston Independent School District, Houston Community College System, Harris County Housing Authority, Fort Bend Independent School District, State of Texas, FEMA, HUD, American Airlines, Continental Airlines, Parson, Jacobs, Chevron, and many more.

Mendez attributes their success to the relationships they have fostered over the years beginning at the City of Houston, where he served as the manager of the Capital Improvement Plan (CIP). “Early in my career, I managed the construction dollars for the City of Houston via the CIP…..$1.4 Billion to be exact. My business partner served as the Chief Engineer for the Design and Construction Division. This gave us great insight as to how city government really works and introduced us to decision makers working for the contractors doing business with the City”, said Ben Mendez.

Naranjo currently serves as the President of the National Association of Minority Contractors in Texas, while Mendez serves as the Chairman of the Texas Association of Mexican American Chambers of Commerce (TAMACC), an advocacy organization for 500,000 Hispanic owned businesses.

This is the second year in a row that PMG has been recognized for its tremendous growth. Big things are expected from this dynamic duo in the near future.

About the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City
The Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC) 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 expands inner city economies by providing businesses, governments and investors with the most comprehensive and actionable information in the field about urban market opportunities. ICIC’s unique knowledge and expertise about inner city success factors and thriving companies is developed from specialized urban networks and path-breaking research. For more information, visit:

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