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By Spencer Myers
Editor

It has always been Pennsylvania Business Central’s pleasure to welcome the new year by honoring 100 organizations in our readership that continue to strengthen our region’s B2B marketplace.

This year, we saw a record amount of nominations come in from every corner of our readership. While this makes it harder for us to decide on the final 100, it lets us rest easy in knowing that the final list better represents the businesses serving our readership.

The companies and organizations were selected based on three core components: consistent growth, commitment to honest business practices and community giving.

Simply put, the company or organization must be an asset to the community. Sometimes that stems from a commitment to charity and volunteering, as you’ll find with companies that require volunteer hours or organize charitable events. Sometimes its from creating a strong base of employment for a region, as you’ll find with the large manufacturers, healthcare networks and financial centers featured. Or sometimes it’s from attracting other businesses to the area by maintaining, as you’ll find with chambers of commerce and other area associations.

When put together, all three kinds of organizations are responsible for and proud of growing the economy of the Commonwealth, and that is what makes them a Top 100 Organization.

When crafting the profiles for this edition, we asked each company or organization what they felt their responsibility to their community was and what they consider to be their proudest moment. Interestingly enough, the answers to both questions often aligned. The old adage goes, “choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” I think this year’s Top 100 Organizations proves that being proud of fulfilling your responsibility to the community is an important component of that love.

Although, as in years previous, we feature a few promising, emerging start- ups, I view this edition as a chance to honor the established institutions in our readership that provide that bedrock for the entrepreneurial ecosystem to grow up out of. The manufacturers that prove, “yes we do still make things in America” and the community banks that prove the financial sector can care about the people it does business with.

We hope that the final list represents the wide array of businesses and organizations that keep our state moving forward.

Looking forward, the editorial team at the Pennsylvania Business Central, along with the Marcellus Business Central and Women in Business, is excited to continue to be at the center of it all. 

2017-02-24 / Top 100 Organizations

Best Line Equipment

State College
Est. 1985

Best Line has been at the foundation of all things construction, industrial, professional lawn care and powersports throughout Pennsylvania for over 30 years. Many are mistaken to think equipment is their primary focus, where in fact their employees are not only the backbone of their business, they are their biggest strength. Their goal is to provide a higher standard of service and equipment through a diverse, trained workforce.

First and foremost, the employees at Best Line believe they have a responsibility to those who serve them. It’s also been the equipment company’s pleasure to be consistent contributors to organizations such as Toy’s for Tots, Youth Services Bureau, Endurance Organization and PA Wounded Warriors.

Their proudest moment is repeated yearly when not only do they have the opportunity to donate money to charitable causes but also have an opportunity to give back a portion of their profits to their employees. The company shoots to improve the amount yearly.

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