Company Culture That’s to Die For

What turns a good job into a great one? It’s all about the culture. For three years in a row, we’ve been named one of the best companies to work for in San Diego by the San Diego Business Journal, due largely in part to our dedication to company culture.

After working in a variety of different office environments, joining the team at was a breath of fresh air. Yes, the company was doing exciting things and the job itself was an incredible opportunity. But the culture was something totally unique. puts heavy emphasis on commitment, hard work, and collaboration, but we’re also dedicated to encouraging fun and getting to know each other. As our CEO Tony Uphoff put it to me in my interview with him, business IS personal, and your coworkers are much more than just that.

In addition to weekly happy hours, quarterly offsites and company-wide competitions like Cube Wars, we like to go all out for holidays—and Halloween is no exception. Dressing up is strongly encouraged, and to sweeten the pot, we have a costume contest that awards the most creative getups.

Below are some’s festive team members from today’s Halloween celebrations. Tell us your favorites in the comments below. Read the full entry

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Free Online Resources for Small Business

Here at What Works for Business, we’re always hunting for new web-based resources that can help your small business grow and prosper. If those resources are free — as many are — so much the better. Along comes newly-launched (itself a free service) that provides a first-of-its-kind searchable online directory of only the truly free web-based business resources.  This is good.

The Freesourcing site (in beta) is bare bones, but skips the frills (not to mention the annoying pop-ups and paid ads) in favor of function, letting you easily find helpful freebies from what promises to be a growing list of options. You can search the directory using common terms, or click on one of the 14 categories such as analytics, CRM, marketing or software to reveal a list of offerings with a brief description and user ratings.

Absent from the list are all of those “temporarily-free” and “not-quite-totally-free” resources that are really just marketing come-ons. The site’s professed mission is to “Provide businesses with easy, clutter-free access to the best free web-based resources.” And so far it seems to deliver just that.