In a cavernous 17,600-square-foot space, Group Dynamix’s staff directs team-building coworkers or gaggles of youngsters through activities designed to encourage bonding and lighthearted competition. Office staffers work through tasks—such as building model covered wagons and racing them—that unite them more than playing a game of Hot Potato with a newly installed printer. Teen camps might send kids whooshing down a zip line or ascending a rock-climbing wall, and groups duck inside a dark space lined with black lights, where they can play volleyball, dodge ball, and hockey accented by crackling luminous color. Above it all, a ropes course defies gravity in the rafters of the entertainment warehouse.
Smashburger isn't just the name?it's the way chefs, otherwise known as Burger Smashers, cook every burger. First, they form never-frozen, 100% Certified Angus Beef into a giant meatball. Then they season it, place it on a butter-glazed grill, and smash it into a patty. The process caramelizes the beef, locking in flavor while keeping the meat juicy and tender. Each slab is then sandwiched in an artisan bun and is turned into one of an array of standard burgers or locally inspired specialties unique to each market.
This handcrafting approach typifies everything else the restaurant does, from blending handspun shakes to hand painting Smashburger's logo onto every beverage cup. Letting its food stand for itself and relying mostly on word of mouth for advertising, the Smashburger franchise expanded from one restaurant in 2007 to 220 today, with its swift growth from zero to 100 stores making it one of the nation's fastest-growing restaurant companies. This rapid development even caught the attention of Forbes and Inc. along the way.
As landscapers and dog owners, Ernest McCoy and Josh Cahill were well acquainted with the hardships of yard hygiene. They founded Poop Troops USA to free other pet enthusiasts from the unenticing task of waste removal. Their professional staff services both residential and commercial locales—such as apartment complexes, doggy-daycare centers, and dog-ruled planets—where they thoroughly comb the lawn for canine leavings. Their attention to detail ensures that they leave no grassy patch unexamined, whether or not the customer or pets are present. Before exiting the premises, they lock up and leave a note alerting clients of their visit.
Drs. Borhan Pajoohi and Benham Eslami work to keep patients comfortable as they refurbish mouths inside Creek 75 Dental Group. Dr. Eslami, a recipient of the Cawson Award from the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology and Advanced Graduate Presidential Scholar from Harvard University, demonstrates his expertise both in the office and as the author of several articles on dentistry and pathology. Together with Dr. Pajoohi, he pores over digital x-rays and dental interiors to determine an ideal treatment plan for each patient, whether it involves a simple cleaning, veneers, or drafting a letter of complaint to an erroneous Tooth Fairy.