Hall Of Fame

Five great companies that started anywhere:

Wal-Mart ($137.6 billion sales): The Benton, Arkansas, consumer goods giant makes suppliers come to them.

Gateway ($2.3 billion sales): The PC maker with the cow on the box was born in Sioux City, South Dakota.

Wendy's ($1.9 billion sales): The Dublin, Ohio, hamburger chain shows there ain't no reason to go elsewhere.

LL Bean ($1.1 billion sales): Freeport, Maine, is home to this catalog clothing giant, which makes downeasterners mighty proud.

CNN ($201 million operating revenue): Started in Atlanta, far from the media capitals of New York; Washington, DC; Los Angeles; and Chicago.

Contact Sources

William Bygrave, bygrave@babson.edu

Economy Research Service, (202) 694-5416, cbeale@econ.ag.gov

Service Corps of Retired Executives, (808) 522-8130, http://www.score.org

Andrew Zacharakis, (781) 239-4497, zacharakis@babson.edu

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This article was originally published in the March 2000 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: Out-Of-Towners.

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