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Rockin’ In Rockville Award

The award was created in 2014 to highlight Rockville-based companies that are making a difference in the local economy and community as a whole through their success, community engagement, and innovative practices. The award is presented annually at the REDI Resource Meetup (R2M) Event held during Maryland’s Economic Development Week in the fall.


To nominate a company for this year’s Rockin’ in Rockville award, click here.


Kalibri Labs

Our 2017 “Rockin’ in Rockville” award winner, Kalibri Labs, has doubled in size over the last 18 months to 30 employees, increased their revenues annually, and is poised to continue that growth as they bring new products to market. A ‘big data’ company focused on the hospitality industry, they set themselves apart from the competition by allowing hotels to track their NET revenue after acquisition costs so they have a better sense of their bottom line, versus most other systems which solely focus on top line revenue, which is less accurate.   In addition to traditional employee benefits like a 401k plan, health/vision/and dental coverage, etc., they have a collaborative work environment that allows for cross training and promotion opportunities, fun company outings, casual dress, and free snacks!!


Mike’s Locksmith (Rockin’ Small Business)

With just 2 employees, our Rockin’ Small Business has increased revenues by approximately 30% every year since they’ve opened! They put their customers first and treat them like family. Their philosophy is that the small things make a big difference. They help make Habitat for Humanity homes more secure, and teach financial literacy through Junior Achievement. They volunteer regularly with Community Ministries, Habitat for Humanity and the Friendship Circle, and if that isn’t enough, one of the principals of the firm established a support and social group at Winston Churchill High School for families of children with autism. They are also a top-rated firm on Angie’s List, Yelp, and many other sites.



2016 – Apex Home Loans

An independent and community-drive mortgage lender, Apex Home Loans employs over 100 professionals in its Rockville headquarters. Since 2013 the number of employees has grown by 70%, which has been mirrored by strong revenue growth.  The company has been recognized for its employee programs, as it earned recognition in January as one of the top ten mortgage employers in the Mid-Atlantic. Apex even has its own community outreach program that has provided over 2,000 snack packs for in-need children over the past year.

2016 – Thrive Yoga (Special Retailer Award)

Offering more than 55 wellness classes, workshops, and retreats, Thrive Yoga has been a staple in the local yoga community for over 13 years. This year has been an outstanding one, as revenue has grown over 30% from 2015 and they redesigned their space to accommodate more clients. The business is heavily involved in the community including clean up projects, discounted/free classes, and various holiday drives.

2015 – NIKA Architects + Engineers

With revenue growth exceeding 375% in the past three years, NIKA is revolutionizing how governments design, build, and manage real property. Since 2013 the company has also more than doubled its workforce to reach 140 worldwide, with 60 employees in the Rockville office. NIKA has become increasingly active in the community by supporting organizations such as Toys for Tots. Their employees are given top of the line benefits along with fun perks including raffles for tickets to sporting events.

2015  Community Ministries of Rockville (Special Nonprofit Award)

With a team of 65 full- and part-time employees, CMR is making a meaningful difference in the community by operating five programs (healthcare, financial assistance, elderly home care, citizenship assistance, and homeless shelter) for the most vulnerable populations. In the coming year, the organization hopes to add dental services to their impressive list of offerings. Beyond its core programs, CMR also has been a key organizer of the Taste of Rockville and several other local events.

2014 – The EMMES Corporation

With more than 400 employees, EMMES is a professional partner to clinicians, scientists, and program leaders around the world by providing scientific and technical support for clinical research studies. Headquartered in Rockville, EMMES encouraged participation in the nomination process from their employees and the feedback unveiled common themes about the company’s impact on public health, their healthy and positive work environment, and their community outreach programs including school supply drives.

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