Tasty Catering: Thomas J. Walter
Elk Grove Village, Ill.
2009 revenue: $5.3 million
CEO: Thomas J. Walter
Provides corporate catering services, including food, décor, entertainment, and staff.
Tasty Catering's employees participate in virtually all important decisions, including those involving company structure and health care policy. The company encourages an entrepreneurial spirit among employees: Anyone with an idea for a new business can pitch it to management, and if the idea flies, the company provides various forms of support. Recently, an employee wanted to create an environmentally friendly gift-basket company. Tasty Catering helped with the business plan and provided the funding. It now runs out of Tasty Catering's facilities as a sister business.