Company Profile

InStride

Delivers enterprise education programs to help clients' employees develop new skills and earn degrees that can advance their careers.

Company Information
All of Inc.'s Best in Business honorees started 2020 as private, U.S.-based, independent (non-subsidiary) companies and, in the opinion of Inc.'s editors, made a best-in-class impact (on society, the environment, their industries, their immediate communities, or even the lives of their workers) in 2020.
Data as of Publication on Dec 11, 2020
Industry
Education
Year Founded
2019
Location
Los Angeles, California
Leadership
Vivek Sharma, Ray Mabus
Data as of Publication on Dec 11, 2020
Inc. Honors
Inc. Best in Business
Education (2020)

InStride promotes progress through workforce education and lifelong learning. When Arizona State University partnered with Starbucks in 2014 to help its employees acquire college and graduate degrees relevant to their work, the program was so successful it spun off InStride. Today, the company works with 30 corporate clients to offer their employees more than 1,500 complementary degree programs, credentials, and courses through a global academic network, all at minimal or no expense to employees. Additional universities in their academic network include Harvard Business School Online and the University of Wisconsin. So far InStride's programs have helped more than 26,000 learners and their families.

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Pine Gate Renewables

A leader in solar energy, with solar farms and storage projects to generate renewable energy and connect to utility grids.

Company Information
All of Inc.'s Best in Business honorees started 2020 as private, U.S.-based, independent (non-subsidiary) companies and, in the opinion of Inc.'s editors, made a best-in-class impact (on society, the environment, their industries, their immediate communities, or even the lives of their workers) in 2020.
Data as of Publication on Dec 11, 2020
Industry
Energy
Year Founded
2014
Location
Asheville, North Carolina
Leadership
Ben Catt
Data as of Publication on Dec 11, 2020
Inc. Honors
Inc. Best Workplaces
2021
Our culture is rooted in being thoughtful about our work and how we work with one another. We are transparent and regularly engage in direct and open dialogue at all levels of our organization. Our managers and leaders seek feedback at all levels, and we have the drive to challenge ourselves and get better. We care about the community, enhancing environmental stewardship, and promoting sustainable agriculture through initiatives including planting pollinator habitats. We are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion and believe that valuing the diverse backgrounds and experiences of all people makes us a better company.
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Inc. Best in Business
Energy (2020)

In June, Pine Gate Renewables became the first solar developer to secure a 10-year Purchase Power Agreement with Duke Energy, one of the largest power-holding companies in the country, for its Green Source Advantage program, which will provide 45 percent of all Bank of America’s electricity consumption in North Carolina. In August, Pine Gate’s Duke University partnership represented the first with a higher education institution that will cover roughly half of its electricity needs. Pine Gate is developing more than 500 Megawatts of projects in Michigan, which will make it the largest solar developer in the state. The company also makes contributions to charitable organizations including the Manna Food Bank in Asheville, the Red Cross, Sierra Nevada Restaurant Coalition, Midland Community Foundation, and Campaign Zero.

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Inc. 5000
No. 84 (2018)

EV Connect

Offers a management platform for electric vehicle charging networks.

Company Information
All of Inc.'s Best in Business honorees started 2020 as private, U.S.-based, independent (non-subsidiary) companies and, in the opinion of Inc.'s editors, made a best-in-class impact (on society, the environment, their industries, their immediate communities, or even the lives of their workers) in 2020.
Data as of Publication on Dec 11, 2020
Industry
Energy
Year Founded
2010
Location
El Segundo, California
Leadership
Jordan Ramer, Patrick Macdonald-King, John Karambelas
Data as of Publication on Dec 11, 2020
Inc. Honors
Inc. 5000 Regionals: California
No. 99 (2021)
Inc. Best in Business
Energy (2020)

By installing electronic charging stations nationwide, EV Connect is effectively building the low-emissions highway of tomorrow. The launch of its Partner Program and its open-source partnership with competitor Greenlots demonstrates EV Connect’s desire to improve the experience of both site owners and electric vehicle drivers. The company is working toward building relationships with charging station manufacturers, bundling charging solutions, and giving drivers access to charging stations across North America. EV Connect also participated in Time to Vote, a nonpartisan, business-led initiative that helps ensure U.S. employees don't have to forgo their pay to vote.

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Inc. 5000
No. 882 (2020)

Bright Power

An energy and water management company serving real estate owners, investors, and operators.

Company Information
All of Inc.'s Best in Business honorees started 2020 as private, U.S.-based, independent (non-subsidiary) companies and, in the opinion of Inc.'s editors, made a best-in-class impact (on society, the environment, their industries, their immediate communities, or even the lives of their workers) in 2020.
Data as of Publication on Dec 11, 2020
Industry
Energy
Year Founded
2004
Location
New York, New York
Leadership
Jeffrey Perlman
Data as of Publication on Dec 11, 2020
Inc. Honors
Inc. 5000 Regionals: New York
No. 189 (2021)
Inc. Best in Business
Energy (2020)

In 2020, Bright Power helped its clients reduce their carbon emissions by 356.6 million pounds, which is equivalent to taking nearly 33,000 cars off the road for one year. It also helped its clients reduce their water consumption by more than 2.2 billion gallons, enough water to fill 4,000 Olympic swimming pools. Bright Power works to ensure affordable and safe housing for low-income residents by working with building owners to provide energy- and water-efficient buildings and reduce operating expenses.

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Inc. 5000
No. 1503 (2020), No. 2137 (2019), No. 1720 (2018), No. 3438 (2016), No. 3150 (2015)

Cascade Engineering

Specializes in large-part plastic injection molding for a variety of industries.

Christina Keller
Company Information
All of Inc.'s Best in Business honorees started 2020 as private, U.S.-based, independent (non-subsidiary) companies and, in the opinion of Inc.'s editors, made a best-in-class impact (on society, the environment, their industries, their immediate communities, or even the lives of their workers) in 2020.
Data as of Publication on Dec 11, 2020
Industry
Engineering
Year Founded
1973
Location
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Leadership
Christina Keller
Data as of Publication on Dec 11, 2020
Inc. Honors
Inc. Best in Business
Engineering (2020)

This female-run plastic-mold-injection manufacturer and certified B Corp has racked up accolades for its commitment to making plastics environmentally sustainable. An early adopter of antiracist hiring and management practices, Cascade has also become a community leader in equitability--even hiring professional actors from Grand Rapids, Michigan, for regular, instructional reenactments of racial bias occurring at the company. The company recruits from nontraditional talent pools, including the young and the formerly incarcerated, to populate its staff, now at 800-plus workers.

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