The 2009 Black Enterprise 100s

Our 37th Annual Report on Black Business, featuring the nation's largest black-owned companies

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The world’s most comprehensive overview of the state of America’s black-owned enterprises, Black Enterprise’s 37th Annual Report on Black Business features lists of the largest black-owned businesses, including industrial/service companies, auto dealerships, advertising agencies, banks, private equity firms, asset managers and investment banks. (Rankings are based on gross revenues, billings or assets as of December 31, 2008, for companies with at black ownership of at least 51 percent.)

You’ll also find overviews detailing the health and performance of each industry, as well as profiles of the 2009 BE 100s Companies of the Year: PRWT Services Inc., Sanders/Wingo Advertising Inc. and Legacy Bank. Each year, the Black Enterprise 100s is recognized as the best-known and most reliable barometer of black economic peril, progress, and performance. We also list newcomers to the BE 100s across all industries.

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  • I have been wondering about the importance of quantifying the value of African American cultural organizations as economic engines in our community. With the loss of several institutions and still more in critical care, there needs to be an economic case made for their survival in the same way that African American tourism was the rationale for building many of our art and historical museums the last few decades. A big deficit is the competition for Black executives to join, support and help maintain professional oversight the way other cultures do with their institutions. The challenge of trying to compete with mainstream institutions for Black executives Board leadership is unfulfilled because they tend not to see the leveraging ability in terms of education, cultural legacy and economic benefits when they engage with us versus large, mainstream cultural institutions. Does Black Enterprise see a role they might play in exposing executives and business owners to the needs and benefits of supporting such institutions before we loose them, the employment and career opportunities they generate and a vital part of our legacy? Allan L. Edmunds, president, Brandywine Workshop, Philadelphia, PA