Boston’s Top Companies Honored with Best and Brightest Awards

The competition to become one of the Best & Brightest Companies to Work For in Boston is always strong.

And the companies vying for the honor this year didn’t disappoint, as the Best & Brightest Programs honored more than two dozen of Boston’s best companies.

Winners were honored this week at a virtual ceremony to cap off the 2021 Illuminate Business Summit hosted by Corp! Magazine, the National Association for Business Resources and the Best and Brightest Companies.

“The Best and Brightest is a powerful community of elite leaders who share ideas and practices, and have proven they are employers of choice,” said Jennifer Kluge, President and CEO, Best and Brightest Programs. “Best and Brightest winning companies have also been a voice for important actions in creating a sustainable culture that works, ensuring the wellbeing of their employees come first.”

The categories applicants were scored on include: Compensation, Benefits and Employee Solutions; Employee Enrichment, Engagement and Retention; Employee Education and Development; Recruitment, Selection and Orientation; Employee Achievement and Recognition; Communication and Shared Vision; Diversity and Inclusion; Work-Life Balance; Community Initiatives; and Strategic Company Performance.

Three companies were honored as “Elite” winners during the ceremony:

·        Best of the Best Small Business: UpperEdge, an IT sourcing, negotiation and supplier management company that maximizes the value its clients receive from their key IT supplier relationships by helping them develop and execute fact-based sourcing,
negotiation, and project execution strategies.

·     Best of the Best Medium Business: Barnum Financial Group, which provides a full range of investment and risk management products and services to individuals and their families, as well as small businesses, corporations, government entities, and not-for-profit organizations and their employees in all 50 states.

·        Best of the Best Large Business: Ameresco, a leading renewable energy company and energyefficiency company offering ESPC-funded energy solutions for public and private organizations.

With over 20 years of experience conducting the Best and Brightest competitions, the National Association for Business Resources (NABR) has identified numerous best Human Resource practices and provided benchmarking for companies that continue to be leaders in employment standards.

This competition scores potential winners based on regional data of company performance and a set standard across the nation. This program celebrates those companies that are making better business, creating richer lives and building a stronger community as a whole.

Here’s a shout-out to Boston’s Best & Brightest Companies, including:

3 Media Web Solutions, Inc.

Adviser Investments


Ameresco, Inc.


Bald Hill Builders

Barnum Financial Group

Boston Digital

Boston Direct, INC



Charles II

Clarus Commerce LLC

Digital Prospectors

Envision Technology Advisors, LLC


GiftCard Partners Inc.

Healthcare Financial, Inc.



Labur, LLC

LightForce Orthodontics

Merchants Fleet

NEI General Contracting


Peapod Digital Labs

Phaidon International

Reliant Medical Group Inc.

Reward Gateway

Service Express

Shamrock Home Loans

Starkweather & Shepley Insurance Brokerage, Inc.

The Channel Company

The Granite Group

Total Quality Logistics

UFP Technologies




Winthroop Wealth