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The North Bay Business Journal has selected a record 88 companies for its ninth-annual Best Places to Work.

"These are exemplary companies," said Brad Bollinger, publisher of the Business Journal. "Their leaders show us how to establish and maintain workplaces where morale is high and employees are engaged."

The 2014 recipients include eight companies returning for their ninth year. "And we are particularly pleased to have nearly 20 new recipients," said Mr. Bollinger.

The Journal's Best Places to Work has become an annual performance benchmark for many companies who use the employee survey data to identify both positives in the workplace and areas to improve, according to Mr. Bollinger. The entire process from nomination to awards takes about six months and includes an anonymous employee survey and other submissions from the companies.

"People frequently ask how is a company selected as a best place to work," Mr. Bollinger said. "The answer is: employees choose you."

The recipients will be honored at a gala awards reception Sept. 18 at the Hyatt Vineyard Creek Hotel & Spa in Santa Rosa. The winners will be profiled in a September issue.

The companies are listed below by size category and then by their employee survey score, highest to lowest, with a maximum score of 5.

15–50 employees

The Center for Social and Environmental Stewardship

DH Wine Compliance

Linkenheimer

Kiosk

Metier

O'Brien Watters & Davis

Edgewood Partners Insurance Cener (EPIC)

Codding

Smith Dollar

Private Ocean

PEP Housing (Petaluma Ecumenical Properties)

Century 21 Classic Properties

Marizco Landscape Management, Inc

M.A. Silva USA

Hogan Land Services

Scott Technology Group

Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce

Midstate Construction Corporation

Schurter

TLCD Architecture

VANTREO Insurance Brokerage

Rack & Riddle Custom Wine Services

Inn Marin and Rickey's Restaurant

Ghilotti Bros.

Adobe Associates

Sonoma Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART)

Woodruff-Sawyer & Co.

Hennessy Advisors

Chop's Teen Club

Friedemann Goldberg

Rabobank

Bank of Napa

Ghirardo CPA

Dal Poggetto & Company

Mr. Rooter Plumbing

Small World Trading Company, makers of EO and Everyone products

Carlile Macy

Summit Engineering

Sonoma County Children's Village

Burr Pilger Mayer (BPM)

Quattrocchi Kwok Architects

The Republic of Tea

Star Staffing

Pisenti & Brinker CPAs & Advisors

Valley Tire & Brake of Santa Rosa

51–100 employees

VinoPRO

St. Francis Winery & Vineyards

George Petersen Insurance Agency

RE/MAX Full Spectrum

Sonoma Technology

Moss Adams

First Community Bank

Health Services Integration

Council on Aging

Petaluma People Services Center

Vionic Group

The Hitmen Termite & Pest Control

Costeaux French Bakery

Visiting Angels Senior Homecare

Don Sebastiani & Sons

Filtration Group

Summit State Bank

101–250 employees

Golden Living Center Petaluma

AUL Corp.

Duckhorn Wine Company

Nova Group

Sonic.net

Bear Republic Brewing Company

Whistlestop

LEMO

Petaluma Health Center

Community Child Care Council of Sonoma County

Sequoia Senior Solutions Inc.

Boisset Family Estates

W. Bradley Electric

O'Reilly Media

251–500 employees

Bradley Real Estate

Glassdoor

Redwood Credit Union

Exchange Bank

BKF Engineers

Sutter Novato Community Hospital

Bank of Marin

Becoming Independent

La Tortilla Factory

501–1,000 employees

Wells Fargo

1,001-plus employees

Keysight Technologies

Kaiser Permanente, San Rafael Medical Center

Kaiser Permanente, Santa Rosa Medical Center