Dixon Schwabl: Lauren Dixon
2009 revenue: $21.5 million
CEO: Lauren Dixon
Provides advertising, marketing, and PR services.
Dixon Schwabl's strategy for encouraging employee suggestions is elegant in its simplicity: The leaders guarantee a yes or a no on any idea—be it introducing a new product line or holding a weekly barbecue—in 48 hours or less. The company gives employees paid time off to do volunteer work of their own choosing. Employees collaborated to design their office space. As a result, it includes a metal slide between floors, a koi pond, and a primal-scream room for venting.