Berkeley, CA, April 10, 2016 --(PR.com
)-- Silicon Valley tech companies get a lot attention for their free micro-kitchens, extended parental leave and on-site barber shops. For local businesses and nonprofits, it can feel hard to compete.
The Work Local Awards shines the spotlight on the boutiques, cafes, nonprofits, startups, and all the local employers that make our community great.
The awards are presented by Localwise, the local job community in the Bay Area, in partnership with the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, Kiva Zip, and other notable community organizations.
Over 1,000 nominations were submitted for the best employers and 3 finalists were selected in each category. Check out the list of the 47 finalists below.
The goal of the awards is to not only celebrate the best local employers, but also share best practices that can help other local businesses become great employers.
So what makes a great local employer?
"It's not about the perks; it's about the people. When employees enjoy being around their co-workers and have a manager who respects and empowers them, they are more excited to come into work every day," said Maya Tobias, Co-founder of Localwise.
That's good news for local businesses. You don't need a big budget to create a happy staff, you just need to foster the right sense of community among your team members.
The winners in each category will be announced at the Work Local Awards Celebration Party on April 28th at The Port Kaiser Center in Oakland. The party will bring together local business owners, employees, nonprofits, and community members. Join the fun! Get your tickets athttps://www.localwisejobs.com/2016-work-local-awards.
Best Employer: Food & Drink
Freeland Foods, Inc.
The Hidden Vine
Best Employer: Retail
The Local Butcher Shop
Best Employer: Education
YMCA-PG&E Teen Center
Best Employer: Startup
Best Employer: Nonprofit
San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center
Computer Technologies Program (CTP)
Best Employer: Health & Fitness
The Source Chiropractic
Urban Fitness Oakland
Best Employer: Salon & Spa
On Edge Beauty Studio
Best Employer: Professional Services
Montclair Veterinary Hospital
Lake Merritt Dental
Advent Properties Inc.
Bonnee and Abraham Elterman, As You Wish Frozen Yogurt
Amy Brueggemeyer, FB Design Build
Kyra Worthy, For Richmond
Annmarie Skin Care
Horizons Unlimited of San Francisco
San Francisco Suicide Prevention
Most Diverse Team
Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center
Brothers on the Rise
Most Community-Oriented Employer
The Town Kitchen
Root & Stem Integrative Chinese Medicine
Most Fun Place to Work
Blue Door Beads
The Companion Group
Best Employee Perks
Albert Nahman Plumbing and Heating
Brooklyn Academy Roots
Best Business Pet
Simon, The Party Staff