NFF Hall of Fame Recipient for the 2016 Inner City 100 List
The Inner City (ICIC) and FORTUNE announced that Networking For Future, Inc. (NFF) was selected for the 2016 Inner City 100 list, a list of the fastest-growing inner-city businesses in the U.S. Inner City 100 winners are ranked according to revenue growth against their industry peers, as well as overall growth.
Of particular note, ICIC inducted 14 businesses into the Inner City 100 “Hall of Fame” as an homage to these companies’ successive growth achievement of five or more years. Since this is NFF’s 5th appearance on the Inner City 100 list, we’ve now become a member of the distinguished Hall of Fame.
The Inner City 100 program recognizes and supports successful inner city business leaders, and celebrates their role in providing innovation and job creation in America’s cities. These companies strengthen local American economies, provide job opportunities for underrepresented communities, and drive forward economic and social development.
“It’s an honor to be recognized for both business success and driving economic growth within the DC Metro area,” said Hess Fatemi, CEO of NFF. “Since its inception in 1996, it’s been a part of NFF’s mission to create an environment where people can grow and pursue their careers while delivering extraordinary services to our clients. We’re excited to continue to grow NFF to be an even more rewarding place for people to work, and deliver solutions bridging the gap between traditional networking and emerging technologies.”
The full list of winners can be viewed at Fortune.com
NFF Once Again Named to the Inc. 5000 List of Fastest-Growing Companies in America!
NFF is honored to be acknowledged for the 7th time on the Inc. 5000 list, ranking No. 2658 with a three-year sales growth of 132%. Only the very best are awarded the distinction of being named to the Inc.500|5000, the gold standard of entrepreneurial success.
"We are delighted to rank among the Inc. 5000 again this year," says NFF’s CEO Hess Fatemi. "The growth we've sustained and our clients' continued satisfaction is a reflection of the dedication and talent of our staff. Our passion for helping organizations transform their technologies has led us to this achievement, and we will use this recognition for our continued success."
The Inc. 5000's aggregate revenue is $200 billion, and the companies on the list collectively generated 640,000 jobs over the past three years, or about 8% of all jobs created in the entire economy.
"The Inc. 5000 list stands out where it really counts," says Inc. President and Editor-In-Chief Eric Schurenberg. "It honors real achievement by a founder or a team of them. No one makes the Inc. 5000 without building something great – usually from scratch. That's one of the hardest things to do in business, as every company founder knows. But without it, free enterprise fails."
More NFF team members volunteering at SOME
Recently, another group of NFF staff volunteered at SOME. SOME is an interfaith, community-based organization helping the poor and homeless of our nation’s capital. They serve food, and offer clothing and health care, on a daily basis. They help break the cycle of homelessness by offering services, such as affordable housing, job training, addiction treatment, and counseling, to the poor, the elderly and individuals with mental illness. Each day, SOME is restoring hope and dignity one person at a time.
This time, our president Majid Saadat (on the far right) joined the team. "I was very impressed with the professional, organized approach to guide the volunteer teams, and enjoyed the interaction with everybody present, including staff and the many people who are depending on this service." NFF will continue this new tradition, and hopefully initiate new volunteering activities in the near future.
NFF Client DC Health Benefit Exchange Authority Receives 2016 Amazon Web Services “City on a Cloud” Award
The DC Health Benefit Exchange Authority (DCHBX) won the Best Practices award for the 2016 Amazon Web Services “City on a Cloud” Innovation Challenge. This challenge is a global competition of local/regional government and technology partners using AWS to deploy innovative solutions to move government forward on behalf of their citizens. NFF together with its partner IdeaCrew, Inc., is honored to be part of DCHBX's technology team and has supported DCHBX since 2013.
DCHBX is responsible for the online health insurance marketplace in the District of Columbia for small businesses and residents. District residents and businesses can shop and enroll in affordable, quality health, dental, and vision insurance through DC Health Link. DC Health Link also allows residents to get eligibility determinations for public insurance (Medicaid) and federal tax credits to reduce private health insurance premiums.
Together, NFF engineers and IdeaCrew’s DevOps teams architected, implemented and continue to operate a flexible, secure infrastructure that hosts DCHBX mission-critical Enrollment Application in the Amazon Web Services cloud. The infrastructure design enables software deployment with zero downtime, auto-scaling based on traffic load, real-time performance, and error monitoring/recovery and automated deployment.
“Our success is in large part due to the leadership of our Chief Information Officer, Suzanne Peck, and the talented IT team she assembled – part of the talent pool in the District’s hi-tech corridor,” said Mila Kofman, JD. Executive Director at DCHBX.
Read more about our dedicated Staffing Services and clients like DCHBX we’ve provided with higly skilled IT professionals.
For information about the Amazon “City on a Cloud” winners go here.
Volunteering for NFF Team Members
Several NFF team members recently volunteered at SOME (So Others Might Eat). Kristy Creagh, Enisha Shrestha, Elliott Jones, and Josh Brush helped to bag groceries for the different homes that SOME supports in the area and delivers to once a week. “It is a humbling experience,” said NFF’s Human Resources Manager Kristy Creagh. “Companies are essential to creating meaningful change because they have resources governments and nonprofits do not.”
SOME is an interfaith, community-based organization that exists to help the poor and homeless of our nation’s capital. They meet the immediate daily needs of the people they serve with food, clothing, and health care. They help break the cycle of homelessness by offering services, such as affordable housing, job training, addiction treatment, and counseling, to the poor, the elderly and individuals with mental illness. Each day, SOME is restoring hope and dignity one person at a time.
Over the next couple of months, NFF will coordinate multiple volunteer opportunities at SOME.