The Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC) released its 2011 Inner City 100 list and NFF, Inc. is ranked 72nd on the list of more than 2,000 fastest-growing inner-city companies in America that were evaluated. The Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC) defines inner cities as core urban areas with higher unemployment and poverty rates and lower median incomes than their surrounding metropolitan statistical areas.

Companies were ranked by compound annual growth rate (CAGR) based on their revenue over a five-year period. The Inner City 100 Companies are producing jobs in their local communities, competitive advantage for their business partners and profits for their investors. Across all sectors, Inner City 100 firms are more productive than their sector peers throughout the U.S., according to U.S. Census data. Five times NFF has received this award. In 2016 NFF became a Hall of Fame Recipient for the 2016 Inner City 100 List, in 2017 made the Hall of Fame list for the second time.