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The Booksource: Sandy Jaffe

The Booksource

The Booksource
St. Louis

Founded: 1974
Employees: 172
2009 revenue: $35.5 million
booksource.com

The Booksource sells discounted books for use in schools.

Employees describe this 36-year old family-run business as exactly that—a family. Weekly bingo nights, bowling outings, and the annual company picnic (which was held at a winery last year) create a true sense of community among co-workers. The 'Baby Policy' allows parents to bring their newborns to work for up to six months, or employees can choose to receive a $50 weekly reimbursement for day care. When gas prices skyrocketed in 2008 and 2009, The Booksource gave employees $50 gas cards to subsidize their commuting costs.

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