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
Best In Business: Industry Winner
Year Founded
2019
Location
Los Angeles, California
Leadership
Vivek Sharma, Ray Mabus
Data as of Publication on Dec 11, 2020
Company Description

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.

Pine Gate Renewables

Provides strategic development, financing, construction, and operational management for large-scale renewable energy projects.

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
Best In Business: Industry Winner
Year Founded
2014
Location
Asheville, North Carolina
Leadership
Ben Catt
Past Inc. 5000 Rankings
No. 84 (2018)
Data as of Publication on Dec 11, 2020
Company Description

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.

EV Connect

Manages customized electric vehicle charging station networks to optimize drivers’ charging experiences and provide cost-effective solutions to site owners.

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
Best In Business: Industry Winner
Year Founded
2009
Location
El Segundo, California
Leadership
Jordan Ramer, Patrick Macdonald-King, John Karambelas
Past Inc. 5000 Rankings
No. 882 (2020)
Data as of Publication on Dec 11, 2020
Company Description

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.

Bright Power

Provides energy and water management services for real estate owners, investors, and operators, helping to reduce carbon emissions and improve building performance.

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
Best In Business: Industry Winner
Year Founded
2004
Location
New York, New York
Leadership
Jeffrey Perlman
Past Inc. 5000 Rankings
No. 1503 (2020), No. 2137 (2019), No. 1720 (2018), No. 3438 (2016), No. 3150 (2015)
Data as of Publication on Dec 11, 2020
Company Description

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.

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
Best In Business: Industry Winner
Year Founded
1973
Location
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Leadership
Christina Keller
Data as of Publication on Dec 11, 2020
Company Description

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.