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America's Best: Cerner Corporation, Kansas City, MO

In 1979 the three founders, Neal Patterson, Cliff Illig and Paul Gorup, sat around a picnic table and decided to create a company. Today, Cerner Corporation is an industry leader in medical system design. In 1983 Cerner received a $200,000 7(a) loan and an SBA-licensed SBIC financing of $630,000 in 1986.