Is your startup culture award-worthy ?

    By Adrienne Burke | Small Business

    Think your startup company is a great place to work? If you’ve created a business culture that demonstrates excellence in talent retention, forward-thinking leadership, innovation, community outreach, workplace wellness, space planning, or design, here’s an opportunity to be recognized for that achievement. As long as you can find someone outside of your company who agrees strongly enough to nominate you, that is.

    The office furniture and design company turnstone has teamed up with Wharton School management professor Peter Cappelli to host a Best Young Companies to Work For contest. Nominations are being accepted through August 23 for businesses no older than 10 years and with fewer than 100 employees. Companies cannot nominate themselves.

    Cappelli, turnstone, and judges from the EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women Program and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation are looking for workplaces that consistently “show that they’ve connected the dots between positive office culture and success in the marketplace, that they are able to hire and retain the best talent, and that they’ve pulled away from the crowd and differentiated themselves from others in their market.”

    In addition to public relations and marketing support from turnstone to announce the prize, winners—to be revealed in September—will be awarded an office party and a custom table designed by turnstone and the glass photo company Fracture.

    Nomination forms, due August 23, can be found on the turnstone website.

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