Culture Shift Labs Is Named to Inc.'s Inaugural ‘Best in Business’ List

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Culture Shift Labs, a diversity and innovation consultancy, has been named to Inc.’s inaugural “Best in Business 2020” list in the Business Services category.

Culture Shift Labs, a diversity and innovation consultancy, has been named to Inc.’s inaugural “Best in Business 2020” list in the Business Services category. Inc. created the “Best in Business” awards to honor companies that have gone above and beyond to make a positive difference.

The list, which can be found in the winter issue of Inc. (on newsstands December 29, 2020), recognizes small- and medium-size privately held American businesses that have had a superlative impact on their communities, their industries, the environment or society as a whole.

Scott Omelianuk, editor-in-chief of Inc., said, “It's been an incredibly challenging year for companies. Across industries, businesses have had to make brutally tough decisions and face unprecedented uncertainty. That's why we knew 2020 called for a new recognition program, something to complement our annual ‘Inc. 5000’ list of the fastest-growing private companies in the country. For ‘Best in Business,’ companies have prioritized tackling today’s problems to lead us to a better future, even if they’ve struggled to stay in the black.”

Instead of relying on quantitative criteria linked to sales or funding, Inc.'s editors reviewed the companies' achievements over the past year and noted how they made a positive difference in the world. They then selected honorees in more than 30 different industries – health, software, retail, business services, and more – and in age- and revenue-based categories. The applicant pool was very competitive, with around 2,700 entries and an acceptance rate in the low single digits – a huge success for these honors in their inaugural year.

Andrea Hoffman, founder and CEO of Culture Shift Labs, said, “It is an incredible honor to be named to Inc’s first ‘Best in Business’ list, along with so many other trailblazing businesses that are committed to positive change. Our mission is to drive impact and outcomes for our clients and to enable financial and economic inclusion for our #cultureshifting community (over 10,000 Black subject matter experts) while achieving visible results in racial equality. Our annual summit, Culture Shifting Weekends, is dedicated to narrowing racial inequality gaps providing access and opportunities to Black executives, venture investors, entrepreneurs, and nonprofit leaders and include allies that care about racial equality. For the past 17 years, the summit has helped enable over $410 million in deals and collaborations for attendees and our goal is to get $1 billion into the hands of this community by 2025.”

‘Best in Business’ honorees for gold, silver, bronze, and general excellence across industries and categories are featured online at


The world's most trusted business-media brand, Inc. offers entrepreneurs the knowledge, tools, connections, and community to build great companies. Its award-winning multiplatform content reaches more than 50 million people each month across various channels, including websites, newsletters, social media, podcasts, and print. Its prestigious Inc. 5000 list, produced every year since 1982, analyzes company data to recognize the fastest-growing privately held businesses in the United States. The global recognition that comes with inclusion in the Inc. 5000 allows these founders a chance to engage with their peers' in an exclusive community with the credibility to help drive sales and recruit talent. The associated Inc. 5000 Conference is part of a highly acclaimed portfolio of bespoke events produced by Inc. For more information, visit

Culture Shift Labs is a diversity and innovation consultancy that provides services under three pillars: Advising, Strategy, and Activation. Since 2006, the firm has been a recognized leader in integrating social and financial returns in ways that improve businesses and society. Its Knowledge + Network Formula powers those outcomes in tangible ways. Culture Shift Labs serves F500, Tech Companies, Investors (Private Equity, Venture Capital, Impact, Family Offices), and Nonprofits. Its range of services support and accelerate board, leadership, workforce, business and corporate development, and corporate social responsibility. The Katapult Talent Community of 10,000+ Black / Latinx experts fuels results. This private network grows daily and allows clients to move the needle in tangible ways. For more information see

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