The 25 Best Small-Company Cultures in 2015

From startups to growing businesses and established companies, having a high-performance company culture helps drive a mission, achieve goals, provides support and creates the foundation for employee growth. It provides a productive, engaged work environment that exceeds expectations and gets results.

Entrepreneur, in partnership with CultureIQ®, a culture-management software and service provider, has released its premier Top Company Cultures list. The list recognizes businesses that have successfully instilled a high-performance culture in their workplace.

For our small-company category (companies with 25-49 employees), the industries spanned across the board -- from PR to real estate and everything in between. All 25 companies featured scored above a 92, with church-staffing service Vanderbloemen Search Group taking the coveted number-one spot. Companies were scored in 10 core categories -- collaboration, innovation, mission and value alignment, agility, communication, support, wellness, work environment, responsibility and performance focus -- on a scale of zero to 100. The scores along with a Net Promoter Score were combined to create a cumulative CultureIQ Score. For the full methodology behind the list, see below.

Without further ado, we present you our small-company category for our Top Company Cultures list.

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Vanderbloemen Search Group

Church-staffing company

Year Founded: 2010

CIQ Score: 100.00/100


Hughes Marino

Commercial real-estate firm

Year Founded: 2011

CIQ Score: 98.31/100



Company providing user-experience management platform

Year Founded: 2013

CIQ Score: 98.15/100


Rustic Cuff

Retailer specializing in cuff jewlery

Year Founded: 2011

CIQ Score: 97.60/100


Uproar PR

Full-service public relations agency

Year Founded: 2011

CIQ Score: 96.64/100


Kalos Services

Contracting company specializing in construction, air conditioning, electrical and pool heating

Year Founded: 2005

CIQ Score: 95.52/100



Business providing DMV-related content and services

Year Founded: 1999

CIQ Score: 95.43/100


Ytel, Inc

Software company helping businesses communicate with leads and customers

Year Founded: 2012

CIQ Score: 95.33/100



Business providing enterprise goal-setting software

Year Founded: 2013

CIQ Score: 95.21/100


Grow Marketing

Marketing firm focusing on brand experience

Year Founded: 2001

CIQ Score: 95.20/100


Henson Consulting

Full-service boutique PR agency

Year Founded: 2001

CIQ Score: 95.10/100



Provider of sales-acceleration software

Year Founded: 2002

CIQ Score: 95.03/100



Internet marketing company

Year Founded: 2008

CIQ Score: 94.56/100



Provider of job-service platform for telecommuting, part-time and other flexible jobs

Year Founded: 2007

CIQ Score: 94.27/100



Chargeback management company

Year Founded: N/A

CIQ Score: 94.17/100



Provider of software directories to help businesses find the right solutions for their needs

Year Founded: 1999

CIQ Score: 94.15/100


InCrowd, Inc.

Marketing research firm for life-science industry

Year Founded: 2010

CIQ Score: 93.62/100



Influence marketing company

Year Founded: 2012

CIQ Score: 93.33/100


O3 World

Digital-product design and development agency

Year Founded: 2005

CIQ Score: 93.20/100



Software company for television-advertising industry

Year Founded: 2012

CIQ Score: 92.93/100


Bateman Group

Integrated public relations and social-media communications firm

Year Founded: 2003

CIQ Score: 92.77/100


Approved Mortgage Corporation

Mortgage company

Year Founded: 1994

CIQ Score: 92.70/100


Help Scout

Company providing customer-support software

Year Founded: 2011

CIQ Score: 92.32/100



Business providing recruiting software

Year Founded: 2012

CIQ Score: 92.29/100


Kona Ice Corporate Headquarters

Franchise of shaved ice and ice-cream truck

Year Founded: 2007

CIQ Score: 92.23/100

Click below to see what companies made our medium-sized and large-company categories.


The full list presents a total of 75 companies categorized as small, medium-sized or large companies (25-49 employees; 50-99 employees; and more than 100 employees) broken up into three distinct lists based on company size.

The rankings for all companies were determined using CultureIQ's methodology for measuring high-performance cultures. Employees at each company received a survey of multiple-choice questions. The answers were used to assess a company's strength across 10 core qualities of culture. These quality strength scores, along with the employee Net Promoter Score were combined to create a cumulative CultureIQ Score. The companies with the highest CultureIQ Scores became the Top Company Culture list in ranking order. To be considered for the ranking, a company must have at least 25 employees, have been founded before Jan. 1, 2014, and be headquartered in the U.S. Here are more details about the methodology.

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