Top Workplaces in Hampton Roads

SteelMaster Buildings was awarded a Top Workplaces 2021 honor by The Hampton Roads Top Workplaces, ranking sixth out of the 22 companies in the small business category. The list is based solely on employee feedback gathered through a third-party survey administered by employee engagement technology partner, Energage.

The anonymous survey uniquely measures 15 culture drivers that are critical to the success of any organization: including alignment, execution, and connection, just to name a few.

Best Places to Work in Virginia
This statewide survey and awards program is designed to identify, recognize, and honor the best places of employment in Virginia, benefiting the state’s economy, workforce, and businesses. SteelMaster ranked 43rd out of the 63 companies selected in the Small Employers (up to 99 employees) category. The award was based on an evaluation of each nominated company’s workplace policies, practices, philosophy, systems, and demographics and an employee survey to measure the employee experience.

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The UPS Growth through Global Trade Award  
Recognizes the company as the top U.S. business with fewer than 500 employees that most effectively exports to international markets.  UPS created the award in 2010 while conducting a series of export seminars targeting small- and medium-sized businesses established to encourage participation in President Barack Obama’s National Export Initiative (NEI) to double U.S. exports by 2015—an increase that will support two million jobs in America

  • Award featured in World Trade Magazine and Metal Construction News
  • Recognition letter received from Governor McDonnell

Inc. 5000 – Fastest-Growing Private Companies in America
SteelMaster was named by Inc. Magazine as one of America’s fastest-growing privately held companies.

Top 10 Companies to Watch in Hampton Roads
Hampton Roads Chamber’s Top 10 to Watch award was presented to ten rising new companies or companies that have entered a new market or introduced a new product.

  • Award featured in Inside Business.
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12 To Watch Small Businesses in Virginia
The “12 to Watch” is an initiative of the United States Senate Productivity and Quality Award Program for Virginia (Virginia SPQA). The criteria to become one of the twelve considers—among other factors—a small business’s position today relative to high-level requirements of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Baldridge Criteria for Performance Excellence, as articulated through Virginia SPQA’s Discovery Program. Small businesses selected to be one of the twelve are considered to be those poised for positive and sustainable job growth in the Commonwealth. This initiative supports and recognizes their abilities.

  • Award featured in a press release from Virginia Department of Business Assistance, United States Small Business Administration, National Federation of Independent Business, Office of the Lieutenant Governor, and Commonwealth of Virginia.

Commonwealth of Virginia Compass Award
SteelMaster Buildings was awarded the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Compass Award for Excellence in International Trade. The Compass Award was presented by Paul H. Grossman Jr. from the Virginia Economic Development Partnership.  The purpose of the award is to recognize companies that have excelled in global trade while promoting the best interests of its employees and surrounding community, contributing to the economic health and quality of life of Virginians while positively representing the Commonwealth in the international arena.

The Roaring 20
Award to 20 Hampton Roads’ fastest-growing, most dynamic businesses that have shown determination, perseverance and fortitude even in challenging economic times.  The companies must be headquartered in the Hampton Roads area and established prior to the fiscal year 2008, realized gross revenues of at least $2 million in 2011 and experience three years of growth.

  • Award featured in Inside Business.

SBA / VISA Export Video Contest – 1st Place Winner
The Export Video Contest promoted the advantages of exporting and increase awareness of government assistance available to small business exporters. VISA, which co-sponsored the contest, provided the funding for the cash award to the winners.

The contest was open to small businesses that had completed at least one export transaction. Each participant submitted one educational video of three minutes or less, highlighting how they had ventured into and achieved success with exporting.

2012 Virginia Exporter of the Year
Awarded by the Small Business Administration, SteelMaster received the honor of being named the 2012 Virginia Exporter of the Year recognizing the contributions of small business contributions to the American economy.

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Fantastic 50 – Vanguard Winner for the Retail/Wholesale Category
The Virginia Chamber of Commerce selected SteelMaster Buildings as one of Virginia’s fastest-growing companies and the top company in Virginia for the Retail/Wholesale Category.