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9to5’s Trendsetter Award Honorees

In celebration of its 40th anniversary, 9to5 applauds local businesses for policies that are aligned with one or more of its three core issue areas: work flexibility, family-supporting jobs and equal opportunity. This award recognizes the efforts of these businesses that offer outstanding workplace policies in a family-friendly, fair and diverse workplace. Congratulations to the honorees!


Equal Opportunity: The Beautiful Restaurant

For more than thirty years, The Beautiful Restaurant in Atlanta has been employing individuals with criminal records, many of whom are serving the remainder of their sentences in halfway houses.  The Beautiful not only actively recruits and hires formerly incarcerated individuals, but also provides those individuals with an equal opportunity to advance within the company.



Family Supporting Jobs: Dental Associates of Wisconsin

Dental Associates is being recognized for its Family Responsibility Leave policy, which is designed to provide peace of mind and protected time off for staff who do not qualify for coverage under the Family and Medical Leave Act, generally new staff employed by the company for less than twelve months. This program grants up to six weeks of unpaid leave to staff members. In place for over 10 years, this program has proven successful in providing flexibility to new staff members while meeting today’s business needs.


Workplace Flexibility: Gate City Moving

This local moving company supported our efforts to pass paid sick days at a statewide and municipal level.  When employees are sick, injured, or need to care for a family member, Gate City Moving ensures that they have the support and flexibility they need to take care of themselves and their families, including flexible schedules, paid time off, and shifting job duties when someone is injured.


Family Supporting Jobs: Highland Smiles

Highland Smiles is a local, women-owned dentist’s office that supported the Campaign for a Healthy Denver in 2011. Dr. Kara Arnold and Dr. Jennifer Rohleder, Highland Smiles’ two dentists, are committed to offering family-supporting jobs to all of their employees. Their practice is being recognized for a number of specific policies that include: beginning wages at $15-$17/hr, health and dental benefits, paid time off, and professional development opportunities.


Workplace Flexibility: Hopewell Printing

Although Hopewell Printing is a small business with fewer than 50 employees, it offers vacation days and paid sick days that can be used for the care of family members. In addition to offering paid time off, Hopewell Printing also offers onsite child care for employees, as well as policies to ensure men and women are being paid equally for equal work at the company. Hopewell Printing demonstrates that it is absolutely possible to successfully run a small business while providing its employees with fair and family-friendly workplace policies.


Workplace Flexibility: Learning Bridges Kingdom Academy
This small business has a policy that allows employees the time they need to care for sick children or immediate family members, and go to parent/teacher conferences or other school activities, without worrying whether or not they will have a job the  next day.  Learning Bridges also encourages a diverse culture among the staff and  provides free lunch for all employees — all of which help create a family-supporting workplace.   


Workplace Flexibility: Milwaukee Advanced Foot & Ankle Clinic

9to5 is recognizing the Milwaukee Advanced Foot & Ankle Clinic for its flexible workplace policies that allow employees time off from work when needed to care for a family member, without fear of penalty or retribution. This flexible workplace practice is extended to the clinic’s student interns, as well. When it is necessary for the clinic to stay open late, employees are allowed flex-time.