Inc. Magazine and Winning Workplaces Awards Namasté Solar as a 2011 Top Small Company Workplace

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Inc. magazine and Winning Workplaces awards Namasté Solar in the 2011 Top Small Company Workplaces competition — an annual contest that recognizes the nation’s best small and mid-sized company work environments — in Inc.’s June issue.

Inc. magazine and Winning Workplaces awards Namasté Solar in the 2011 Top Small Company Workplaces competition—an annual contest that recognizes the nation’s best small and mid-sized company work environments—in Inc.’s June issue. Every year since 2003, Winning Workplaces, an 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.

The 2011 Top Small Company Workplaces are compelling examples of successful organizations with unique, exceptional cultures. Winning Workplaces and Inc. received nearly 350 completed applications for the contest. 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 award is particularly meaningful to us because we all truly love working together at Namasté Solar, and we put a lot of thought and effort into making that so. We believe that the main reasons behind our success are our democratic, employee-owned business model and the amazing people it has attracted. This combination has resulted in an inspiring and wonderful place to work," states Blake Jones, President & CEO of Namasté Solar.

“This year’s winning firms distinguish themselves in so many ways,” asserts 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,” states 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. Each of these Top Small Company Workplaces offers an environment in which people flourish and, as a result, profit follows.”

About Namasté Solar
Namasté Solar is an employee-owned cooperative whose mission is to propagate the responsible use of solar energy, pioneer conscientious business practices, and create holistic wealth for their community. It is dedicated to bringing clean, reliable, and affordable renewable energy technologies to homes, businesses, and nonprofits in Colorado and beyond. Namasté Solar has installed more than 1500 PV systems totaling over 10 MW since 2005. Its unique, values-based business model includes employee ownership, democratic decision-making, community collaboration, an innovative solar grant program, zero-waste initiatives, educational programming, and holistic profit measurement.

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