The Business Journal on Wednesday announced a record 75 recipients for its eighth annual Best Places to Work.

[caption id="attachment_78229" align="alignright" width="300"] Networking in the courtyard at 2012 Best Places to Work[/caption]

"First, congratulations to all of these organizations," said Publisher Brad Bollinger. "Each and every company obviously takes being a best place to work very seriously. It showed throughout their nomination, company application and employee surveys."

Started in 2006, Best Places to Work has grown from 24 recipients to 73 in 2012 and 75 this year.

The process began with nominations starting in March, an anonymous employee survey period in June and selections by the Business Journal editorial staff in July. Employers were selected according to their employee survey score and other factors such as participation rates and balance of management and nonmanagement responses. The maximum possible employee survey score is 5.

More than 6,000 employees completed the required anonymous online satisfaction survey, and thousands of comments were collected in the process. This year's recipients include several first-time winners and the return of eight companies that have been selected every year since the program began.

"We are privileged to be able to honor these organizations, and our sincere hope is that the awards process plays a part in helping elevate the North Bay as a great place to work and live," Mr. Bollinger said. "I know our underwriters, Nelson and Wells Fargo, feel the same."

Recipients will be honored at an awards reception Sept. 18 at the Hyatt Vineyard Creek Hotel and Spa.Best Places to Work recipients

(By company size and score. Best possible score is 5.)15-50 employeesCentury 21 Classic Properties4.9O'Brien Watters & Davis4.9Scott Technology Group4.8Metier4.8Rabobank4.8Linkenheimer CPAs & Advisors4.8Kiosk4.8EPIC Insurance Brokers & Consultants4.8Codding Investments (Enterprises)4.7M.A. Silva USA4.7Bank of Napa4.7VinoPro4.7Rack & Riddle Custom Wine Services4.7Star Staffing4.7Heffernan Insurance Brokers - North Bay4.7Adobe Associates4.6Private Ocean4.6VANTREO Insurance Brokerage4.6Ghilotti Bros.4.6Carlile Macy4.6Hennessy Advisors4.5Dal Poggetto & Company4.5Smith Dollar4.5Summit Engineering4.5Burr Pilger Mayer (BPM) Accountants & Consultants4.5Pisenti & Brinker CPAs4.5Inn Marin and Rickey’s4.5Petaluma People Services Center4.5Friedemann Goldberg4.4Vionic Group4.4Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Sonoma County4.4Kurtzman Carson Consultants (KCC)4.4EcoNugenics4.4Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit District (SMART)4.4Schurter4.3Accuchex 4.3Ghirardo CPA4.3Valley Tire and Brake4.151--100 employees Golden Living Center Petaluma5.0Visiting Angels Senior Homecare4.6George Petersen Insurance Agency4.6Moss Adams4.6Wells Fargo Insurance Services4.6Sonoma Technology4.6St. Francis Winery & Vineyards4.5Marizco Landscape Management4.5First Community Bank4.5WRA Environmental Consultants4.4Summit State Bank4.4Costeaux French Bakery4.4Don Sebastiani & Sons4.2101--250 employees Embassy Suites San Rafael4.8Coldwell Banker Brokers of the Valley4.7Glassdoor4.7Nova Group4.5Petaluma Health Center4.5Northern California Medical Associates4.5BKF Engineers4.5Sonoma Bank (Argent Bank)4.5LEMO USA4.4Sequoia Senior Solutions4.3W. Bradley Electric4.3First American Home Buyers Protection4.2REACH Air Medical Services4.1IDEX Health & Science4.1251--500 employeesBradley Real Estate4.8Redwood Credit Union4.6Exchange Bank4.4La Tortilla Factory 4.2Bank of Marin4.0Becoming Independent4.0501--1,000 employeesWells Fargo4.01,001-plus employeesKaiser Permanente - Santa Rosa4.4Kaiser Permanente - San Rafael4.4Agilent Technologies4.4