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Page 3 Perks

Have a good idea? Get a trip to Monte Carlo. Adopt a child – here's $5,000. These benefits go way beyond free coffee and a 401(k) match.

Page 4 The rankings

The list of the top 100 workplaces. Also, how the list was made.

Page 6 Growing fast

Be Bold. Be Great. Have Fun. The simple mission statement at Grow Financial Federal Credit Union, this year's No. 1 large workplace.

Page 8 Selling through the storm

Century 21 Beggins Enterprises has hit back against the housing crisis, and kept its employees happy along the way, rising to No. 1 among midsize workplaces.

Page 10 Trigaux's take

Times columnist Robert Trigaux explains what makes a great workplace, and why every businesses owner should pay attention.

Page 13 Insuring success

At BKS-Partners, language matters. It's a firm, not an agency. It doesn't do "insurance quotes" — it performs "lifestyle diagnostic analyses" for clients. Meet the No. 1 small workplace.

Page 14 Newcomers

Check out the 47 newcomers to the list, including a workplace where employees' decisions can have life or death consequences.

Page 18 Special awards

The Beck Group emerged from the construction collapse younger, leaner and full of ideas. It's just one of the workplaces that scored a special award, from best new ideas to top managers to strong ethics.

Page 20 Powering on

You probably haven't heard of St. Petersburg electrical contractor Power Design, but you may have had a hands-on experience with its work.


Page 21 Everyone's a guest

At the Tampa Airport Marriott, every worker must have an "internal hospitality radar" and know the importance of the "15/5 rule."


Page 23 Secure engagement

At Vanguard Protex Global, a laser focus on delivering the best customer service in the retail security systems market keeps its workers engaged and happy.


Page 25 'We're always happy'

Working at St. John's Episcopal Parish Day School is more of a calling, than a job, which helps explain why it placed No. 2 among small workplaces.


The staff

Business editor

Graham Brink

Primary photographer

Cherie Diez

Print design

Terry Chapman

Web design

Lee Glynn


Jeff Harrington, Drew Harwell, Curtis Krueger, Ivan Penn, Marlene Sokol, Jamal Thalji,

Susan Thurston, Robert Trigaux

Cover illustration

Matt Decker

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