Winners Announced Today in The Wall Street Journal
New York, NY, September 28, 2009 – The Wall Street Journal today recognizes the Top Small Workplaces in its third annual report featuring some of the best small employers in the U.S. The Journal Report on Small Business features the 15 winners in today’s print and online editions.
The Top Small Workplaces report, compiled in partnership with Winning Workplaces—a nonprofit whose mission is to help small and midsize organizations create better workplaces— highlights those small businesses and nonprofits who continue to invest in their people, and illustrates the practices they use to create successful organizations. Many of these employers continued to bolster their hiring, recruitment and professional development efforts to emerge from the recession an even stronger organization. The average annual growth rate from 2007 to 2008 for the fifteen winners was 18%. Two of the three highest growth rates were in companies tied to the commercial and residential construction industry.
The Journal and Winning Workplaces received nearly 630 nominations and 330 completed applications, which were pared down to 35 finalists. A national panel of management and small business experts chosen by the Journal and Winning Workplaces 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.
The 2009 Top Small Workplace winners include the following:
- Advanced Technology Institute, North Charleston, S.C.
- Analytical Graphics Inc., Exton, Pa.
- Anthony Wilder Design/Build Inc., Cabin John, Md.
- Bailard Inc., Foster City, Calif.
- Barfield, Murphy, Shank & Smith PC, Birmingham, Ala.
- Censeo Consulting Group, Washington, D.C.
- Heavy Construction Systems Specialists Inc., Sugar Land, Texas
- Mike’s Car Wash Inc., Indianapolis
- Radio Flyer Inc., Chicago
- Root Learning Inc., Sylvania, Ohio
- Skyline Construction Inc., San Francisco
- Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Chicago
- The Railroad Associates Corporation, Hershey, Pa.
- Tohono O’odham Nursing Care Authority, Sells, Ariz.
- Woodmeister Master Builders Inc., Holden, Mass.
To read the 2009 Top Small Workplaces report, please go to www.wsj.com/smallbusiness.
About The Wall Street Journal
Founded in 1889, The Wall Street Journal, the flagship publication of Dow Jones & Company is the world’s leading business publication and holds 33 Pulitzer Prizes for outstanding journalism. The Wall Street Journal has a print and online circulation of more than 2 million, reaching the nation’s top business and political leaders, as well as investors across the country. The Wall Street Journal boasts the largest individually paid circulation out of the top 25 U.S. newspapers. Other publications that are part of The Wall Street Journal franchise, with a global audience of 3.8 million, include The Wall Street Journal Asia and The Wall Street Journal Europe. The Wall Street Journal Online at WSJ.com is the leading provider of business and financial news and analysis on the Web with more than one million subscribers and 26 million users per month.
WSJ.com is the flagship site of The Wall Street Journal Digital Network, which also includes MarketWatch.com, Barrons.com and AllThingsD.com. In 2009, the Journal was ranked No. 1 in BtoB’s Media Power 50 for the 10th consecutive year. The Wall Street Journal Radio Network services news and information to more than 350 radio stations in the U.S.
About Winning Workplaces
Winning Workplaces 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 Workplaces initiative