Forbes: The Best Small Companies of 2018

Forbes Small Giants
Forbes, May 2018

The third annual Small Giants list celebrates 25 standout businesses that favor greatness over growth... The companies are all privately owned, profitable, at least ten years old and were selected based on factors including community involvement, commitment to staff and industry excellence. ...

UNCOMMONGOODS
BROOKLYN, NY
FOUNDER: DAVE BOLOTSKY (CEO)
2017 REVENUE: MORE THAN $60 MILLION
EMPLOYEES: 200
In 1999 Dave Bolotsky, a former Goldman Sachs managing director, launched UncommonGoods, an online retail platform that sells gifts, jewelry and home accessories made by independent artists and designers. It has enjoyed 13 straight years of profits. ... The company's lowest-wage earners take home double the federal minimum, college coursework and professional training expenses are reimbursed, and fiscal reports are available to all employees. ...

CAMBRIDGE NATURALS
CAMBRIDGE, MA
FOUNDERS: Michael Kanter (CEO), Elizabeth Stagl
2017 REVENUE: $4.4 million
EMPLOYEES: 24
Back in the 1970s, Michael Kanter says, there were many stores in the Boston area selling health and wellness products. Today Cambridge Naturals is among the oldest, thriving on customers who seek more than just a transaction. Kanter says his employees research not just the products and their ingredients but also the vendors, to make sure they behave ethically and treat employees well ...

VITAL FARMS
AUSTIN, TX
FOUNDER: MATT O'HAYER
2017 REVENUE: $100 MILLION
EMPLOYEES: 110
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