Ginger Bay Salon & Spa
2009 revenue: $4.3 million
CEO: Laura A. Ortmann
Provides salon and spa services.
In an industry that largely relies on independent contractors, Ginger Bay provides stylists, masseuses, nail technicians, and others with health benefits, life insurance, and a matched 401(k). Junior stylists and masseuses are mentored by more-experienced employees and also learn about the financial side of running a salon. Employees enjoy a 30- to 34-hour workweek, and their friends and family enjoy some free services.