Top Company 2011 winner: Linhart Public Relations
Linhart Public Relations
Years in business: 15
CEO: Sharon Linhart, managing partner (Watch an interview on ColoradoBiz TV.)
Company snapshot: Linhart Public Relations tackles everything from media relations to employee engagement to corporate reputation and brand-building. Its clients consist of top national and international companies, including such brands such as Chipotle Mexican Grill, Crocs, Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Tiffany & Co. and Southwest Airlines.
Outstanding achievement: In the past two years, Linhart has hired nine employees and had zero turnover. It was just named one of only 50 winners nationwide of the 2011 Top Small Company Workplace award sponsored by Inc. magazine and Winning Workplaces. The award recognizes the best of the best among small- to mid-sized businesses when it comes to exemplary people, practices and outstanding workplace cultures. Linhart PR was named the 2011 Small Business of the Year by the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, which recognized the firm for its outstanding business practices, community involvement, entrepreneurship, sustainability and productivity.
Community involvement: In 2010, Linhart PR provided $121,500 in pro-bono public relations services. Its work promoting the Boulder International Film Festival and director Oliver Stone's appearance this year helped attract 17,000 attendees and increased ticket sales by 9 percent. The firm also landed local and national coverage for the Colorado-based Wings Over The Rockies air museum.