Inc., Winning Workplaces name 50 Small Top Company Workplaces for 2011

Inc. magazine has announced its 50 2011 Small Top Company Workplaces.

The annual contest, in connection with Winning Workplaces, recognizes the nation’s best company work environments among businesses with fewer than 500 full-time employees. The companies are listed in the magazine’s June issue.

Every year since 2003, Winning Workplaces, an Evanston-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.

G5’s unique workplace culture includes a dog-friendly office environment, a company-wide Autonomy Day, flexible summer hours and a robust health and wellness program, among other benefits.

The winners:

Akraya  Sunnyvale, Calif.

Applications Software Technology  Naperville, Ill.

Arc Aspicio  Arlington, Va.

Bersin & Associates  Oakland, Calif.  Palo Alto, Calif.

Cal-Tex Protective Coatings  Schertz, Texas

Dynamic Network Services  Manchester, N.H.

Emma  Nashville

Fire Engine RED  Philadelphia

Firespring  Lincoln, Neb.

The FruitGuys  South San Francisco, Calif.

Galileo Learning  Oakland, Calif.

G5  Bend, Ore.

Gold Eagle  Chicago

Golden Artist Colors  New Berlin, N.Y.

Harrell Remodeling  Mountain View, Calif.

Hopkins Printing  Columbus, Ohio

ImageSoft  Southfield, Mich.

ITAGroup  West Des Moines, Iowa

Kitware  Clifton Park, N.Y.

Knight Point  Systems Reston, Va.

The LaSalle Network  Chicago

Linhart Public Relations  Denver

LoadSpring Solutions  Lawrence, Mass.

M & E Painting  Loveland, Colo.

McGraw Wentworth  Troy, Mich.

Medical Present Value  Austin

Menlo Innovations  Ann Arbor, Mich.

Namasté Solar  Boulder, Colo.

n-Link  Bend, Ore.

Nukk-Freeman & Cerra  Short Hills, N.J.

One Call Now  Troy, Mich.

Projectline Services  Seattle

Quantum Health  Columbus, Ohio

rbb Public Relations  Coral Gables, Fla.

ReadyTalk  Denver

Resource  Troy, Mich.

Service Express  Grand Rapids, Mich.

Skullcandy  Park City, Utah

Sonoma Partners  Chicago

Southern Rewinding  Columbus, Ga.

The Squires Group  Annapolis, Md.

Submittal Exchange  Waukee, Iowa

Symbiont Service  Englewood, Fla.

Symmes Maini & McKee  Associates Cambridge, Mass.

Tastefully Simple  Alexandria, Minn.

TCG Washington,  D.C.

Torch Technologies  Huntsville, Ala.

TRX  San Francisco

Veson Nautical  Boston

A national panel of experts in leadership and small to mid-sized business judged the finalists.

Selections were based on specific metrics and qualitative assessments of the finalists’ success in creating the kind of workplaces that engage employees and deliver bottom-line results.

“This year’s winning firms distinguish themselves in so many ways,” said Ken Lehman, chairman of Winning Workplaces. “They are steadily growing their revenues, often outperforming their industries; have identified niches where they add unmatched value; and are guided by strong missions and values. And, they make no secret of the fact that a key driver behind their success is their engaged and committed workforces.”

“These firms represent some of the finest privately held companies in the world,” said Bob LaPointe, president of Inc. “Their stories, appearing in the June issue of Inc., clearly demonstrate that taking an innovative approach to creating the right culture — one in which human capital is embedded in a company’s value proposition — can create real competitive leadership.”