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Lancet Named One of Venture's Top 7 Minnesota Small Companies

Lancet Named One of Venture's Top 7 Minnesota Small Companies

The Business Journal - August 2001

CityBusiness, The Business Journal and sister-publication Ventures Magazine have identified 21 companies as Minnesota's greatest places to work.

On the list of 14 large companies rated best places to work published by CityBusiness today, are:

  • Allete
  • Allianz Life Insurance Co. of North America
  • C.H. Robinson Worldwide Inc.
  • General Mills Inc.
  • Guidant Corp.
  • Cardiac Rhythm Management Group
  • Liberty Diversified Industries Inc.
  • Lutheran Brotherhood
  • Minnesota Life Insurance Co.
  • Northwestern Travel
  • Retek Inc.
  • UnitedHealth Group
  • Upsher-Smith Laboratories Inc.
  • Wells Fargo & Co.
  • Xiotech Corp.

Venture's list of seven small companies:

  • CFG Insurance Services Inc.
  • CF&G Strategies
  • Harbinger Partners
  • Lancet Software Development Inc.
  • Seward Learning Systems Inc.
  • U.S. Energy Services Inc.
  • Western Bank

The listing is based on original research by CityBusiness' and Venture Magazine's research staff. They sent survey packages to more than 770 Minnesota-based companies. Businesses were then ranked on employee benefits and employee attitudes based on the completed surveys and follow-up telephone calls.

Companies on the list have one important thing in common: "Very loyal employees," said Diane Cormany, CityBusiness project editor. "Workers at a number of winning companies described their workplace as `one big happy family.' "

"Recruiting and retaining talent is the toughest challenge facing Minnesota companies," said Beth Ewen, editor-in-chief of CityBusiness and Ventures. "We intend this project to be a powerful tool in helping visionary leaders create the best workplaces."