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Inc. Magazine & Winning Recognize Employers

Inc. magazine and Winning Workplaces today announce the winners of the 2010 Top Small Company Workplaces competition – the best small and mid-sized places to work in the country – in Inc.’s June issue. The magazine features the 20 winners, which range from the New York Jets professional football team to A Yard and a Half landscaping company to Patagonia, the outdoor clothing designer and retailer. A list of the 20 finalists also is included. This is the eighth consecutive year that Winning Workplaces, the Evanston, IL-based nonprofit organization, has recognized those firms that attribute much of their business success to their commitment to exemplary people practices and outstanding workplace cultures. Optimax Systems, Inc., of Ontario, NY, ranked #12 on the list. The review Inc. magazine gave the company said, “A lean manufacturer, the firm emphasizes continuous improvement, documenting and tracking standardized processes and empowering its 131 employees to make decisions with minimal supervision. As a result, several cost cutting measures have been implemented and rework has substantially reduced. Leadership’s investment in the workforce paid off as the firm is enjoying it’s highest bookings in the history of the company.”The common characteristics of the Top Small Company Workplaces include a commitment to aligning their workforce with a clear vision, mission, and values; communicating with openness and trust; and investing in employees’ continuous learning and development. These practices were maintained or strengthened as a means to weather the recession. Further, many winners chose to share the pain rather than lay off colleagues. Salary reductions were taken across the organization, starting with the CEO. Winning Workplaces and Inc. received nearly 500 completed applications for the contest. A national panel of experts in leadership and small to mid-sized business judged the finalists based on specific metrics and qualitative assessments of their success in creating the kind of workplaces that engage employees and deliver successful results.”This year’s winners show that the quality of the workplace can be a competitive advantage. I’m amazed at how well they have come through the recession. Clearly, their commitment to their values and people practices are an important part of this success,” said Gaye van den Hombergh, President of Winning Workplaces. “People want employers who care for and challenge them. And they want those employers to be financially healthy so they can keep caring for and challenging them far into the future. The 2010 Top Small Company Workplaces do just that. Their stories, in the June issue of Inc. magazine, are models of smart management and enlightened leadership,” said Jane Berentson, Editor-in-Chief of Inc. magazine.The 2010 Top Small Company Workplaces winners include:• A Yard & A Half Landscaping LLC – Waltham, MA • All4 Inc. – Kimberton, PA • Alternate Solutions HomeCare – Kettering, OH • Biomark Inc. – Boise, ID • Chroma Technology Corp – Bellows Falls, VT • Daphne Utilities – Daphne, AL • Dealer.com – Burlington, VT • Dixon Schwabl – Victor, NY • Ginger Bay Salon & Spa – Kirkwood, MO • MAYA Design Inc. – Pittsburgh, PA • NY Jets – Florham Park, NJ • Optimax Systems Inc. – Ontario, NY • Patagonia – Ventura, CA • PortionPac Chemical Corporation – Chicago, IL • Red Door Interactive Inc. – San Diego, CA • Return Path Inc. – New York, NY • Tarlton Corporation – St. Louis, MO • Tasty Catering – Elk Grove Village, IL • The Sky Factory LC – Fairfield, IA • Van Meter Industrial – Cedar Rapids, IATo read the 2010 Top Small Company Workplaces report, please go to www.inc.com. ###About Inc. Magazine Founded in 1979 and acquired in 2005 by Mansueto Ventures, Inc. magazine (www.inc.com) is the only major business magazine dedicated exclusively to owners and managers of growing private companies that delivers real solutions for today’s innovative company builders. With a total paid circulation of 724,110, Inc. provides hands-on tools and market-tested strategies for managing people, finances, sales, marketing and technology. About Winning WorkplacesWinning Workplaces (www.winningworkplaces.org) is an Evanston, IL-based not-for-profit, whose mission is to help the leaders of small and midsize organizations create great workplaces. Founded in 2001, Winning Workplaces serves as a clearinghouse of information on workplace best practices; provides seminars and workshops on workplace-related topics; and, inspires and awards top workplaces through their annual Top Small Company Workplaces initiative.

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