Pittsburgh Internet Marketing Agency, Elliance, Receives Inc. Inner City 100 Award for Second Consecutive Year

April 23, 2002

Elliance has been named by Inc. Magazine as one of the top 100 fastest-growing companies located in America's inner cities for the second consecutive year. Elliance was ranked 76th on the list with a compound annual growth rate of 31 percent. They were one of only seven other companies in the state of Pennsylvania who received this award.

The Inner City 100 is a joint project of Inc. Magazine and the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC), a non-profit organization founded in 1995 by Harvard professor Michael E. Porter. The list will be published in the May issue of Inc. Magazine which is read every month by 2.2 million business readers.

The Inner City 100 celebrates business leaders who had the incredible foresight to build vital companies in America's inner cities. "Pittsburgh is the ideal place for a high-tech company," says Abu Noaman, president of Elliance, "because high-speed Internet access is essential to our success. In addition, our location provides access to Pittsburgh's centers of knowledge, including Carnegie Mellon, Duquesne, and the University of Pittsburgh. It also provides Elliance with a wide radius from which to attract labor, and it is proximate to downtown and the airport."

Eligible companies are ranked according to their five-year sales growth. The 2002 Inner City 100 is ranked according to company growth rates between the fiscal years 1997 and 2001. Neither profitability nor number of employees enters into the equation.


In order to qualify for the 2002 Inner City list, a company must have met the following criteria:

  • For-profit corporation, partnership or proprietorship

  • Have headquarters in the inner city or have 51 percent or more of physical operations in the inner city

  • Employ 10 or more employees at year-end 2001

  • Have a five-year operating sales history that includes at least $50,000 sales revenue in 1997 an increase in 2001 sales over 2000 sales, and sales of at least $1 million in 2001.

  • Holding companies, regulated banks and utilities are not eligible for the list.

Elliance is a Pittsburgh-based internet marketing company with extensive experience in search engine optimization, eCommerce applications and eMarketing. Elliance has designed web sites for Pennsylvania companies such as; Carnegie Mellon, Respironics, Mellon Financial Corporation, Pittsburgh Regional Alliance, Thermal Industries, Inc., Allegheny Technologies, Inc. and Pittsburgh Mercy Health System. In its 10+ years of business, Elliance has been recognized by Business 2.0, Inc. Magazine, the eMarketing Association and the Web Marketing Association amongst others for the creation of outstanding interactive web experiences and smart search engine strategies.