2nd annual list recognizes 147 private companies that put purpose before profit
Somerville, MA, December 14, 2021 — VDA has been named to the Inc. 2021 Best in Business list in the Business Products category. Inc.’s Best in Business Awards honor companies that have gone above and beyond to make a positive impact.
The list, which can be found in the Winter issue of Inc. magazine (on newsstands December 14), recognizes small- and medium-size privately held American businesses that have had an outstanding influence on their communities, their industries, the environment, or society as a whole.
Scott Omelianuk, editor-in-chief of Inc., says, “What began for us during the pandemic as an effort to showcase companies that were helping the community has grown into a recognition of social, environmental, and economic impact. The companies on this year’s list are changemakers with heart – and they’re pouring the best of their business into the people and communities around them.”
Rather than relying on quantitative criteria tied 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 49 different industries – from finance to software to engineering to fashion, and more – and in age-based and revenue-based categories. The applicant pool was extremely competitive, with around 2,700 entries and an acceptance rate in the low single digits – a huge success for these honors in the list’s second year. Honorees for gold, silver, bronze, and general excellence across industries and categories are featured online at inc.com/best-in-business.
VDA has been recognized for contributions to its gig economy associates with the establishment of a VDA Freelance Relief Fund that provided financial assistance to more than 50 partners at the beginning of the pandemic and for its support of the Greater Boston Food Bank as a sponsor and event technology partner. By facilitating immersive virtual fundraiser events and experiences, VDA helped the Greater Boston Food Bank raise enough money to provide millions of meals to people who struggle with hunger in Eastern Massachusetts.
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