"We broke almost every rule in starting a new business," says Robert Eisiminger, one of the five co-founders of Knight Point Systems. "We worked with friends and relatives and began with no customer base." It turns out that the family-friendly atmosphere made all the difference. Employees can take advantage of the company's tuition reimbursement program and pet insurance. Outstanding performance will get employees nominated for the $1,000 4C Award or the Employee of the Year Award, for which the prize is a trip to exotic destinations such as Cancun and Jamaica.