San Antonio, TX–(HISPANIC PR WIRE – BUSINESS WIRE)–October 2, 2007–Picked from more than 435 nominations nationwide – and the only Texas company to be chosen – marketing and communications firm Guerra DeBerry Coody (GDC) was today named one of the 15 “Top Small Workplaces” by The Wall Street Journal and Winning Workplaces, a non-profit whose mission is to help the leaders of small and midsize organizations create better workplaces. The 15 winners are featured in the Journal Report on Small Businesses in today’s print and on-line editions of The Wall Street Journal.
The Top Small Workplaces list features exceptional small employers in the U.S. which include private, non-profit and publicly held organizations. The Journal Report spotlights those small businesses that have built workplace environments that encourage collegiality, professional growth and provide an atmosphere and benefits that make their employees want to stay. In additional to interviewing employees about life at GDC, representatives from The Wall Street Journal also interviewed clients to find out more about the quality of work produced at GDC and the agency-client relationship.
Employees at GDC took the initiative to nominate the agency when they saw a call for entries last fall in The Wall Street Journal. The Journal and Winning Workplaces began soliciting nominations last fall, receiving 850 recommendations. The nominees were asked to fill out full-length applications, of which 437 were completed – and culled to
35 finalists then ultimately the top 15 winners.
A national panel of small-business experts was chosen by The Wall Street Journal and Winning Workplaces to judge the finalists. The workplace winners were selected based on both metrics and qualitative assessment of their success in creating workplaces that nurture, challenge and reward employees.
“With or without this recognition we are so proud that we have the ability to offer our employees a family-friendly work environment where everyone has a vested interest in each other and in the business, caring for one another like family,” said Frank Guerra, partner and CEO of GDC.
“We have a lot to be thankful for, and we are so proud of what this agency has become,” said Trish DeBerry, partner and president of GDC. “GDC has become successful because of the work we do and because of the type of people we have working at the agency and the types of clients we have. We have a strong client-agency relationship and it shows in the passion and dedication we have for them.”
“This honor is much more meaningful not only because of what our employees did to spearhead this nomination but also because of everyone’s unwavering commitment to maintaining the agency’s flexible and family-friendly environment,” said Tess Coody partner and chief operating officer.
Recently, when GDC was challenged by the State of Texas for not being licensed as a commercial daycare facility, moms and dads at the agency took action and worked with the legislature and the state to represent small businesses and families. Michele Brown, GDC director of promotions and loyalty, added to say “that family-friendly businesses are not just important but absolutely vital to our state’s economy.”
For two years, GDC’s parents petitioned local and state government and gained support for their cause. Because of their relentless devotion to families in the workplace, House Bill 1385 became law and creates an exemption for small businesses in Texas so they can create employee childcare programs without becoming a commercially licensed daycare facility. House Bill 1385 might very well be the first of its kind, and with the growing void in America between stay-at-home and working parents, its passing creates an example that other states can follow. The agency created a Web site to support its efforts – http://www.familyfriendlyworkspaces.com.
Guerra DeBerry Coody is an advertising, communications and marketing firm located in San Antonio, Texas. Because of its progressive stance integrating work and family, GDC has been profiled by such publications as Working Mother, Southwest Airlines Spirit, and INC. For more information on GDC, call 210-223-2772 or visit http://www.gdc-co.com.