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Bambee Named to Inc.’s Inaugural Power Partner Awards

Bambee | November 07, 2022 | Read time : 05:00 min

Bambee Named to Inc.’s Inaugural Power Partner Awards
Bambee, the company that makes human resources affordable for small to medium-sized businesses, announced today that it has been selected for Inc. Business Media’s inaugural Power Partner Awards. This roundup honors B2B organizations across the globe with proven track records in supporting entrepreneurs and helping startups grow. The list recognizes 252 firms in marketing and advertising, health and human resources, financial planning, engineering, logistics, and security, as well as other areas of business.

All 252 companies received top marks from clients for being instrumental in helping leadership navigate the dynamic world of startups. These B2B partners support entrepreneurs across various facets of the business, including hiring, compliance, infrastructure development, cloud migration, fundraising, and more, allowing founders to focus on their core missions.

“Trusted B2B partners provide guidance and expertise that founders rely on at various steps of their organization’s journey. Partners that possess a demonstrated ability to deliver quality support are at the core of entrepreneurship and help bring big ideas to life,”

- Scott Omelianuk, Editor-in-Chief of Inc. Business Media

Allan Jones, Bambee CEO & Founder, states: We are thrilled to be honored by the world's most trusted business-media brand, Inc. And we have our clients to thank for this.

Ranked by Forbes as one of America’s best startup employers in 2020, 2021, and 2022, Bambee is a venture-backed Series C business. Investors include SoftBank, QED Investors, Greycroft, Alpha Edison, Mucker Capital, and Ken Chenault (prev. 20-year CEO, American Express).

Bambee’s team is developing and deploying best-in-class human resources technology and services, with the aim of completely reshaping the employment dynamic for America’s small businesses. Its flagship HR Manager product aims to serve those businesses that need HR but often lack the resources to afford it. Bambee solves that problem by offering HR at prices as low as $99/month.

Inc. partnered with leading global social and media intelligence platform Meltwater to develop a proprietary methodology that uses sentiment from online conversations about organizations and translates it into numerical scores. Companies were evaluated on commitment, reliability, trust, creativity, supportiveness, and other virtues that offer value to clients. Inc. also conducted surveys to gather client testimonials as part of the process.

About Bambee
Allan Jones founded Bambee in 2016. Bambee has been at the forefront of solving HR problems for small businesses since its inception. Bambee puts their customers HR on autopilot, starting with a dedicated HR manager and smart automation. Bambee helps each company navigate the complex regulatory world of compliance, HR policy, employee relations, and HR strategy -- including internal investigations, hires, furloughs, and return to work procedures. The combination of a real HR manager coupled with an intelligent software platform gets Bambee customers to HR compliance and helps keep them compliant. In October 2021, Goldman Sachs celebrated Jones as one of the 100 most intriguing entrepreneurs, at their Builders + Innovators Summit. For three years running, Forbes has named Bambee a top startup employer in the U.S., and in 2022 listed Bambee as top 5 in Los Angeles.

About Inc. Business Media
The world’s most trusted business-media brand, Inc. offers entrepreneurs the knowledge, tools, connections, and community they need to build great companies. Its award-winning multiplatform content reaches more than 50 million people each month across a variety of channels including websites, newsletters, social media, podcasts, and print. Its prestigious Inc. 5000 list, produced every year since 1982, analyzes company data to recognize the fastest-growing privately held businesses in the United States. The global recognition that comes with inclusion in the 5000 gives the founders of the best businesses an opportunity to engage with an exclusive community of their peers, and the credibility that helps them drive sales and recruit talent. The associated Inc. 5000 Conference is part of a highly acclaimed portfolio of bespoke events produced by Inc.

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LumApps Advances Conversational AI Development Strategy with Acquisition of Vizir

LumApps | December 15, 2022

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UKG Announces 2022 Innovation Award Winners at UKG Aspire

UKG | November 25, 2022

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UKG | December 07, 2022

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HiBob | December 08, 2022

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