At Skagit Valley Malting, Wayne Carpenter presides over a rapidly increasing assortment of squat metal silos that store the grain he buys from local farmers. Carpenter started Skagit Valley Malting to take advantage of the grain supply and to specialize in low-protein malt for craft brewers, producing custom malt on demand.

On the fifth floor of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, Dr. Jim Olson and his team are training a robot to process and purify hardy peptides known as knottins, some of which are natural compounds made by plants and animals as diverse as sunflowers and scorpions.

Seattle Business magazine's 100 Best Companies work hard, but they also know how to have fun! Check out the lip sync video we made with a few of our favorite honorees. We can't stop the feeling that they are awesome!

The results are based on confidential employee surveys as well as a company’s level of employee participation. For example, if a company scores well in the 10 categories described below but has low employee participation, it doesn’t do as well in the rankings as a company with similar scores and a much better participation rate.

“Really happy employees make really happy clients.” That’s been the working principle since Jeff Pelletier founded Board & Vellum in 2011.

Kinetic Sports Rehab blends chiropractic, physical therapy and sports medicine to give its clients “something different” in the pursuit of recovery from injury, relief from pain and improvement in athletic performance.

RealSelf, which turns 10 this fall, is an online community sharing information about elective cosmetic procedures — from breast augmentation to Brazilian butt lifts, from “mommy makeovers” to microdermabrasion, from porcelain veneers to permanent makeup.

Prime 8 provides consulting services to local giants like Amazon, Microsoft, Premera and Boeing.