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Best Companies to Work for in Colorado: Small

4) R.A. Nelson & Associates Inc.


Founded: 1976 | Location: Avon
CEO: Chupa Nelson | 2010 revenue: 
Colorado workers: 60
IN A NUTSHELL: R.A. Nelson & Associates specializes in building mountain resort communities, with a focus on green practices, community amenities, recreational facilities, luxury ski-in/ski out condos, custom homes and affordable local housing.
WHAT'S SPECIAL: To promote wellness, RANA has a massage therapist do 15-minute chair massages in the main office every Friday, and the company has installed a shower facility to encourage bike commuting and lunchtime workouts.
VALUES: The company supports a number of Affinity Groups, including a grassroots "Green Team" for employees who are passionate about making environmental changes within the organization and within their own lives, and an eight-week series of Spanish classes (for all English speakers) that focuses on learning construction-related Spanish and simultaneously promotes the company's diversity.

2010 rank: No. 7 

5) Anton Collins Mitchell LLP
Founded: 2002
Location: Denver
CEO: Greg Anton
Colorado workers: 80
IN A NUTSHELL: Public accounting and consulting firm capable of offering services to clients of virtually any size.
WHAT'S SPECIAL: Two walls in the office are dedicated to recognizing firm/client accomplishments along with individual accomplishments.
VALUES: The company's coaching/mentoring program provides a dedicated person for each employee to assist in career development, organizational integration, guidance and support.

2010 rank: Not ranked

6) Crestone Capital Advisors LLC
Founded: 1991
Location: Boulder
CEO: Eric Kramer
Colorado workers: 43
IN A NUTSHELL: Crestone Capital Advisors is a wealth management firm for high net-worth
entrepreneurs, their families and their foundations.
WHAT'S SPECIAL: To promote team spirit, the company sponsors a January getaway to Steamboat Springs for its employees for a day of backcountry skiing.
VALUES: The entire company meets every Tuesday morning for a roundtable update meeting, where associates are encouraged to report on client
meetings, travel and initiatives.

2010 rank: No. 15

7) Insperity
Founded: 1986 | Location: Denver
CEO: Paul J. Sarvadi
2010 revenue: $1.7 billion
Colorado workers: 26
IN A NUTSHELL: Insperity provides an array of human resources and business solutions designed to help improve business performance.
WHAT'S SPECIAL: Insperity's annual incentive bonus program rewards employees for longevity and their contributions toward meeting established corporate, division and individual performance objectives.
VALUES: Management answers questions
during monthly company meetings that employees submit questions anonymously to the "Ask Insperity" section on the company Intranet. The company online newsletter includes a "Question of the Month" to encourage employees to share
their thoughts and ideas.

2010 rank: No. 10

8) Applied Control Equipment LLLP

Founded: 1963
Location: Centennial
CEO: Randy Schrader
Colorado workers: 70
IN A NUTSHELL: Applied Control Equipment serves the process control needs of the Rocky Mountain region as the sales and service representative of Fisher Controls and Emerson Process Management. The company serves industries involved in mining, power generation, refining, chemical, food and beverage, oil and gas production, as well as gas distribution.
WHAT'S SPECIAL: The 9/80 schedule, where employees work
80 hours in nine days and take off every other Friday or Monday.
VALUES: Every other month, President Randy Schrader invites six employees to Breakfast with Randy, where they chat with him in a small, open forum.

2010 rank: No. 8

9) Maptek
Founded: 1981
Location: Lakewood
CEO: Barry Henderson
Colorado workers: 67
IN A NUTSHELL: Maptek is the premier provider of technology solutions to the global mining industry. For 30 years, Maptek has provided the standard in mining tools through Vulcan Software, the I-Site Laser Scanner, and the expert employees who support these products.
WHAT'S SPECIAL: Maptek offers a sick-bank donation pool that can be utilized for up to seven days if an employee exhausts all vacation and sick time.
VALUES: Every six months, employees rate their managers. Part of each manager's performance evaluation is dedicated to scores from these worker surveys.

2010 rank: New to list

10) Adperio
Founded: 1994 | Location: Denver
CEO: David Asseoff
2010 revenue: $36.8 million
Colorado workers: 48
IN A NUTSHELL: Adperio is a performance-based, Internet marketing firm dedicated to connecting advertisers with their customers. "With 15 years of online marketing experience, we have built relationships with Fortune 500 companies and top-tier publishers, providing us with a global reach that cannot be beaten by our competitors."
WHAT'S SPECIAL: The Adperio Office Olympics began as a survey distributed to all employees, asking for feedback about favorite activities, games and willingness to participate. Goals for the Office Olympics included positive competition, "teamsmanship," creativity and making new friends. 
VALUES: "Our employees enjoy a workplace committed to integrity, innovation and quality of life, the company says."

2010 rank: No. 11

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