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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

Empire

Altoona

Certified in a wide array of systems, including Avaya, Empire is a company with integrated technologies in voice, data, audio-visual, infrastructure and security. Empire is able to design systems, install infrastructure and equipment, and provide round-the-clock security for businesses or organizations. The company has a commitment to exemplary customer service, including the option for 24/7 technical support and service for all of the systems they install. Partnerships with premier telecommunications providers allow Empire to offer organizations products that are the best in the business.

Empire’s dedicated team of specialists works with its clients to understand business communication needs and design individualized solutions. The company also offers versatile solutions for educational organizations, private enterprises, hospitals, non profit organizations, government agencies and more. They pride themselves in completing continual training to keep their representatives on the cutting edge of the ever-changing field of data and telecommunications.

Empire’s distinctions include “Avaya Enterprise Business Partner SME Expert,” “Authorized Aruba Networks dealer,” with RCDD on staff. The team at Empire maintains professional certifications, including BICSI RCDD, to ensure that jobs are done right the first time with the highest quality products available. They value customer support and provide knowledgeable staff to help understand any system they implement and provide them with support even after a sale has been made.

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