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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- October 1, 2013

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      15 Small Businesses Recognized for Creating an Outstanding Culture

After receiving more than one hundred nominations from across the country,
turnstone, a Steelcase brand, in partnership with Wharton management professor
and human resource expert Peter Cappelli, today announced the inaugural 2013
Best Young Companies to Work for. The list recognizes innovative and
forward-thinking young companies that demonstrate excellence in a number of
areas, including positive work culture, forward-thinking leadership, talent
retention, business innovation, community outreach and an intentionally
designed workspace.

To be considered, nominated companies had to be no more than 10 years old and
employ no more than 100 people. Companies were not eligible to nominate
themselves. Evaluation was based on four main criteria, each given equal
weight: Business Goals / Societal Impact; Outstanding Leadership; Positive
Culture / workspace design; and Success Potential.

“An intentionally designed workspace can bring people together to foster
collaboration, attract and retain top talent, build a brand and culture and
ultimately promote growth,” said Kevin Kuske, general manager and chief
anthropologist for turnstone. “These 15 companies have created environments
which embrace the company’s personality by vividly representing their culture,
fostering a tight community and exuding fun. We’re thrilled to honor these 15
Best Young Companies to Work for.”

From Portland, OR to Boston, MA and ranging from social media to IT staffing,
the 15 companies were discovered through a nationwide search and selected by
an esteemed panel of judges, including Marc Nager, President/CEO of UP Global;
Lesa Mitchell, Vice President of Innovation and Networks at Ewing Marion
Kauffman Foundation; Peter Cappelli, Professor of Management at the Wharton
School of the University of Pennsylvania; and Kevin Kuske, General Manager and
Chief Anthropologist at turnstone.

“What sets ‘Best Young Companies to Work for’ apart from the countless other
listings out there is that there were no self-nominations,” said Peter
Cappelli, Wharton professor of management and director of the Center for Human
Resources. “These companies were nominated by industry leaders and peers,
partners, customers or other professionals who witnessed their success in
building a place where everyone wants to work.”

The full listing of young companies that excel in the award criteria and have
successfully differentiated themselves from other young companies include:

  *Chalkfly (Detroit, MI) – an e-commerce office and school supply company
    that gives 5% of all sales directly back to teachers
  *Cloudability (Portland, OR) – a cloud cost analytics company that lets
    users monitor, manage and communicate cloud spending
  *Fanology (Los Angeles, CA) – through the power of storytelling, Fanology
    Social is dedicated to building the social media influence of celebrities
    & brands; cultivating meaningful relationships with fans and consumers
    that drive real world tangible results
  *Greatist (New York, NY) – a fitness, health and happiness Internet media
  *Groove Commerce (Baltimore, MD) – a creative digital agency with a focus
    on eCommerce, web design, inbound marketing, and branding
  * (Kansas City, KS) – formerly called Local Ruckus, an event
    marketing platform and syndication network powering local event discovery
  *nexus IT group (Overland Park, KS) – an IT staffing agency
  *Parking Panda – (Baltimore, MD) an OpenTable + ITA for the parking
    industry, allowing consumers to find, reserve, and pay for parking from
    their computer or mobile phone
  *Privy (Boston, MA) – an online platform that helps local business
    marketers acquire customers and harness customer data to make retention
    marketing more relevant and effective
  *SocialRadar (Washington, DC) mobile applications that give you real-time
    information about the people around you
  *SpareFoot (Austin, TX) – online marketplace for self-storage, making it
    easy to find, compare and book the best storage space in one simple place
  *Sparkhouse (Costa Mesa, CA) – a video production and marketing studio
  *Sprout Social (Chicago, IL) – a social media management platform that
    provides businesses with three key social media capabilities: engagement,
    publishing and analytics
  *Sputnik Creative (Austin, TX) – a full service digital and branding studio
  *Thanx Media (Glen Ellyn, IL) – an enterprise technology company delivering
    fully-integrated, web-based e-commerce solutions

About turnstone

turnstone is a Steelcase Inc. brand inspired by the spirit of small business.
The company designs solutions that help create great work environments that
are easy to own and exhilarating to use. We provide ideas and attainable
solutions that help our customers stay focused on what’s most important to
them – their exciting journey through business and life. Running a small
business is hard enough— having a great space to work in should be easy. For
more information, visit

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