NORTH BAY -- The Business Journal has selected 55 businesses and organizations as honorees in its fifth-annual Best Places to Work in the North Bay.

Profiles of the winners will appear in a special publication supplementing the Sept. 27 issue, and winners will be honored at a gala reception Sept. 23 at the Doubletree Hotel in Rohnert Park. For more information, call 707-521-5264.

The winners were selected from nearly 100 nominees by the Business Journal editorial department based on several criteria, including the results of an anonymous employee survey and a company application that provided information on issues such as diversity, benefits and community involvement.

The companies range in size from 20 employees – the minimum required – to 4,500. The contest has grown from 24 winners in 2006. Nearly 4,900 employees participated this year in the anonymous online survey that is part of the competition. The participating companies represented more than 13,000 employees.

Eight outstanding companies will be honored for being selected as five-time winners.

“Of all the years we have been conducting this program, this year the competition was the toughest. All of the nominees were very good, excellent, really. So these winners are the best of the best,” said Business Journal Associate Publisher and Editor in Chief Brad Bollinger. “What this competition clearly demonstrated for all that participated is that being a great place to work is part of the culture of this special place we call the North Bay.”

The winners, starting with first-time honorees and ending with five-time winners, are (listed alphabetically):

First-time winners

Bank of Napa

Codding Enterprises

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

Frank Howard Allen Realtors

Ghilotti Bros. Inc

Golden Living Center of Petaluma

Innovative Business Solutions Inc.

Napa Community Bank, A Division of Rabobank N.A.

Optio Solutions LLC

Panamax LLC

Scott Technology Group

Smith Dollar PC

Summit State Bank

Umpqua Bank

Vintage SonomaTwo-time winners

Audubon Canyon Ranch (ACR)

Becoming Independent

Bradley Real Estate

Coast Landscape Management

Coldwell Banker Brokers of the Valley

Embassy Suites Hotel

Linkenheimer LLP CPAs & Advisors

Nova Group Inc.

O'Brien Watters & Davis LLP

Woodruff-Sawyer & Co.Three-time winners

Accuchex Payroll Management Services

Environmental Resolutions Inc.

Filtration Group Inc.

Inn Marin

Marizco Landscape Management Inc.

Moss Adams LLP

Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Sonoma County

Petaluma People Services Center

Quattrocchi Kwok Architects

REACH Air Medical Services

Vantreo Insurance BrokerageFour-time winners

Bank of Marin

Carlile Macy

Circle Bank

Dal Poggetto & Company LLP

Edward Jones

IDEX Health & Science

La Tortilla Factory

Schurter Inc.

Sonoma Technology Inc.

Summit Engineering Inc.

Winzler & KellyFive-time winners

Burr Pilger Mayer Inc.

Charter Oak Bank

Exchange Bank

First Community Bank

Ghirardo CPA

Kaiser Permanente Santa Rosa & San Rafael Medical Centers

Redwood Credit Union

Valley Tire & Brake