Small C&E Firms (less than $20 million)


Gold MedalBioengineering Group (Salem, MA;, a woman-owned science and engineering, consulting, and design firm, for doubling revenue and employee count for the second straight year during 2009. Revenue almost doubled to well over $8 million in 2009, while the number of employees grew from 39 in 2008 to 74 as of December 2009. For this growth and comparable growth in 2008, Bioengineering Group was honored as the fastest growing company of 2009 at the sixth annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business this past November. Current projects include the provision of engineering, program management, and construction management services, in partnership with ARCADIS, for the largest design-build civil works project in U.S. history-the $1.3 billion Inner Harbor Navigation Channel that will provide hurricane and flood protection for the city of New Orleans.

Silver MedalMarstel-Day, LLC (Fredericksburg, VA; for continuing its sustained record of strong growth through 2009. Marstel-Day is woman-owned, HUBZone small business enterprise providing scientific and consulting services to federal agencies in the areas of environmental resource, habitat, and open space conservation; global environmental monitoring and intelligence; water resources conservation and planning; stakeholder communication, engagement, and facilitation; encroachment control planning; and strategic planning. Marstel-Day received numerous task order awards from U.S. government clients at the end of the federal fiscal year, more than doubling its open task order value over the previous year to $13.8 million on the books on October 1, 2009. Marstel-Day's 2009 revenue, estimated at $6.4 million, represents a 21% increase over 2008 revenue of $5.3 million, and a 130% increase. Marstel-Day's staff increased from 35 to 50 employees in 2009, an increase of 43%.

Bronze MedalSustainable Business Consulting (Seattle, WA; for growing revenue and employ count by 200% since 2007, when the company made a major shift in the direction of climate change-related services. The company has focused on helping companies, from Fortune 500 firms to renewable energy startups, find ways to increase profitability through enhanced environmental and climate practices. Sustainable Business Consulting co-created a carbon inventory tool that over 100 businesses have used to measure and reduce their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The firm's Return on Sustainability (ROS) framework helps companies calculate the financial, brand, and sustainability benefits of potential actions. The firm has used ROS tools to help remove thousands of tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, including helping an eco-tourism company turn a loss into an $80,000 profit in one year.

Bronze MedalMabbett & Associates, Inc. (M&A; Bedford, MA; for growing by 245% over the past four years. M&A, a multi-disciplinary environmental, health and safety, and sustainable energy consulting and engineering and a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs certified service-disabled veteran-owned small business, enjoyed sales in excess of $4.3 million during its 2009 fiscal year, compared with $1.8 million during the 2006 fiscal year. Mabbett's growing federal sector now accounts for 43% of firm's total revenue, up from less than 2% in 2006. M&A believes its growth to be sustainable based on the following factors: a multi-faceted marketing and business development program; multi-year major contracts from U.S. EPA, the Army Corps of Engineers, the General Services Administration, the Veterans Administration, and other federal agencies; expanding service reach through continued geographic expansion; enhanced proven relationships; and an excellent track record with federal agencies, private clients and project partners.

Honorable MentionHart & Hickman (Charlotte, NC;, a 40-person environmental consulting firm focused predominantly on assessment and remediation, for substantial revenue growth and sustained after-bonus profitability from 2007 through 2009. Gross revenue increased from $6.6 million in 2007 to $10.3 million in 2009, while after-bonus profit, as a percent of net service revenue, held steady at 30.6%. The company is now focusing on developing the next generation of leaders to facilitate further growth and to allow ownership transition within the next eight to ten years. Hart & Hickman has built systems to promote rapid growth in its staff's technical and business decision-making judgment, and it is providing a more structured policy and written guidance to allow staff to make more independent decisions. The company says that this decentralized decision-making has greatly improved the quality of its recruits and improved its employee mentoring and review process.

Honorable MentionES&H, Inc. (Knoxville, TN; for growth from a single employee with revenue of less than $100,000 in 1997 to a team of 50-plus employees with an average revenue run rate of $9 million over the past three years. The company performs work in all 50 states, U.S. Territories, and several foreign countries. ES&H is a small minority-owned, SBA-certified 8(a), small disadvantaged business specializing in environmental, health, and safety (EHS) consulting and training, construction, engineering, facility management and disaster response. In 2009, ES&H identified key management personnel and implemented a top-grading strategy to identify individuals that exemplified the companies core values. It has received several awards, such as Business TN magazine's "Hot 100 Companies" award in 2008 and 2009 and placement on Hispanic Business magazine's "500 Top Hispanic-owned Companies" list for 2009.

Honorable MentionWalker Consultants, Inc., dba Benchmark Environmental Consultants (Dallas, TX;, a full-service environmental consulting firm, for increasing revenue by 45% from $1.6 million in 2003 to $2.9 million in 2009. Despite the downturn in the U.S. economy, Benchmark recorded its best revenue year in company history in 2009, increasing revenue by more than 17% over 2008. This significant growth was fueled by expansion of transportation services through a large contract with Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) and expansion of telecommunications services throughout the Gulf Coast region into Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. Kelly Walker, president and CEO, attributes Benchmark's success to top-quality, hard-working employees. Benchmark was ranked No. 7 by CE News on the list of the Best Environmental Service Firms to Work For, as well as having the Best Employee Recognition Program. Ms. Walker was also honored with a 2009 Woman in Business: Woman to Watch award from the Dallas Business Journal.