Inc. magazine’s Hire Power Awards recognizes Orion Associates and its related companies 28th leading job creator in the U.S.

Organizations honored as Minnesota’s #1 private business job creators over the past 18 months

 Golden Valley, MN (October 24, 2013) – Orion Associates has been featured in the 2nd annual Inc. Hire Power Awards, recognizing the private businesses that have generated the most jobs in the past three years.

Orion Associates and its related companies generated 417 jobs from January 1st, 2012 to June 30th 2013, placing the group as the number one private business job creator within the state of Minnesota and the 28th  private business job creator in the country. Orion Associates and its related companies are among the 437 private growth companies that are HIRE POWER AWARDS honorees, leading the way in creating more American jobs.

“Being a value-centered organization is the key to growing a company and adding new jobs,” said CEO of Orion Associates Dr. Rebecca Thomley. “Our commitments to the highest quality of service, to a culture of volunteerism and to providing a healthy workplace for our employees have been a major reason why Orion Associates continues to prosper.”

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that only 222,000 full-time jobs were added in 2012—compare those numbers to the honorees of the Inc. magazine’s HIRE POWER AWARDS, which created 69,182 jobs between January 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013.

“For the second year in a row, we are pleased to recognize the employers who are putting Americans back to work for a second time,” says Eric Schurenberg, Editor-in-Chief of Inc. “The HIRE POWER AWARDS are the only awards that single out job creators. We think it’s fitting to pay tribute to company founders not just for their business prowess but also for their immense contribution to the welfare of U.S. workers and the vitality of the U.S. economy.”

While the honorees are found across the country in 25 categories, industries with the most Hire Power companies include health, financial services, software, human resources and IT services. States with the most honorees include California, Florida, Texas, Ohio, New York, Massachusetts, Illinois and Utah.

Eligibility

The Inc. Hire Power Award is for US-based, private companies (both for profit and non-profit). Companies must have been founded in 2011 or earlier and have employed at least 10 full-time US-based employees as of December 31, 2012. Companies must complete the Employee Verification Report. Top award finalists may also be asked to provide their 2012 EEO Employer Information Report.

Award categories include most jobs created in the US, most jobs created by state, most jobs created by industry and highest employee growth percentage,). Companies featured in Inc.’s November issue represent the top tier winners for the Higher Power Award and a complete list of the winners can be found on www.Inc.com.

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