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By Spencer Myers

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

Mined Minds

Est. 2015

Mined Minds started with the goal of helping one person transition to a new career, a coal miner who worried about how he would feed his family if the mine where he worked closed. He was one of many living in coal towns that had an uncertain future ahead. Also during this time, the software development industry in the United States was expanding with overpriced and scarce talent as hard to come by. Billions of dollars of software development was being outsourced every year in an attempt to find an affordable solution.

By creating tech hubs in rural areas of economic need, Mined Minds harnessed the power of a huge pool of talented and dedicated workers with potential to solve the tech industry resource issue. To develop this skilled workforce of software developers, Mined Minds continues to offer boot-camp-style computer-coding training and paid apprenticeships.

This hands-on training gives students the fundamental knowledge they need to start a career in the tech industry. Mined Minds allows for stackable credentials to be obtained through collaborations with Community College of Allegheny College (CCAC) and Clarion University. Given the financial uncertainty that many students face, Mined Minds seeks to offer full scholarships through both private and public partnerships, including a TechHire program in Pittsburgh with Partners4Work. As well as training unemployed and underemployed adults, Mined Minds offers opportunities to at-risk youth through the West Virginia Mountaineer Challenge Academy.

Mined Minds also runs a software development consultancy, with offices in Pennsylvania and West Virginia to employ graduates and provide quality, affordable software solutions to businesses and government.

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