With the 20th anniversary of the Inner City 100 (IC100) program taking place this year, it’s a perfect time to look back at past IC100 winners and see how their participation impacted their lives, careers and communities. The broad range of individuals represented in the IC100 list is ever-changing, but they all have a few things in common: a commitment to smart growth, dedication to improving their businesses, and a strong obligation to improving their communities through creating opportunity.
IC100’s top alumni demonstrate these traits and more, and their inclusion on the IC100 list has affected both the success of their businesses, as well as their personal brands.
Robert L. Wallace previously participated in Inner City Capital Connections (ICCC), creating a winning plan for his company as he strove to create environmental equality through the use of green energy by helping businesses reduce energy usage and achieve cost savings.
In 2015, his was the fastest-growing inner city business in America and he received the Staples Business Growth Award in recognition of this extraordinary achievement. BithEnergy’s success continues as Wallace uses the connections he formed to leverage resources and keep growing. Wallace has continued to help other entrepreneurs by publishing five books on wealth creation, strategic partnerships, emerging markets, and entrepreneurship along with serving as a mentor to high school and college students and as Affiliate Professor of Business at the Loyola University Sellinger School of Business.