Inc. Magazine and Winning Workplaces Recognize Red Door Interactive Among Top Small Employers with Exceptional Workplaces

~Winners Announced Today in Inc. Magazine~

New York, NY, June 8, 2010 – 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. 

“We’re honored by this award, and impressed with the caliber of organizations in which we’re keeping company,” said Reid Carr, President of Red Door Interactive. “The credit goes entirely to our dedicated teams in Denver, San Diego and our newest operations in Carlsbad, Calif. They are committed to one another as much as they are to our clients in delivering real, measurable business value every day, and I couldn’t be more proud of them.”

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.

Red Door Interactive is also a current Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM) San Diego Chapter Workplace Marble Award winner for Small Businesses, marking the second such accolade that the organization has given the company in the past three years. Red Door was also a finalist for the 2010 San Diego Business Journal’s Best Places to Work award after being listed as such by the publication for the previous three years.

"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 other 2010 Top Small Company Workplaces winners are:

  •                     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
  •                     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, IA

To read the 2010 Top Small Company Workplaces report, please go to www.inc.com.    

About Red Door Interactive

Headquartered in San Diego, Red Door Interactive Inc. manages clients' online presence by analyzing their unique challenges, advising them on Internet-based solutions and implementing strategies to help them along their path toward e-business. Clients include Rubio's, Souplantation & Sweet Tomatoes Restaurants, eSet, Cricket Communications, and California Avocado Commission. Find out more about Red Door Interactive at http://www.reddoor.biz

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 Workplaces

Winning 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.

Media Contacts:

David Oates
Stalwart Communications (for Red Door Interactive)

Inc. Magazine
Lindsay Silberman

Winning Workplaces
Richard Melcher, Anne Tucker
Melcher+Tucker Consultants
312-795-3550, 312-795-3556

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