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Who can participate:

• Publicly or privately held organizations

• Nonprofit organizations and government entities/municipalities(1)

• Organizations with offices in Montgomery County, MD and/or Upper Northwest DC (20015 and 20016)

• Organizations with a minimum of 15 full-time or part-time employees(2) working in Montgomery County, MD and/or Upper Northwest DC

• Organizations that have been operating for a minimum of one year


(1) Major departments of government entities and municipalities such as Departments of Transportation, Parks & Recreation, or Police may enter separately. For additional eligibility information or clarification, please contact Gemise James at Best Companies Group at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 717-323-5214.

(2) To ensure credibility, organizations with 15-24 employees working in Montgomery County, MD and/or Upper Northwest DC must have an 80% or better response rate on the employee survey. Temporary, per diem, PRN, seasonal, 1099 employees, independent contractors, non-employee real estate agents, consultants, interns and volunteers are not counted in the number of Bethesda employees or included in the survey process. For staffing companies, employees that are placed with other organizations are not eligible.


How to enter your organization

All organizations will participate in one of three ways:

1. As an individual organization possessing one Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN).

2. As the parent/holding company of multiple organizations with one FEIN for all subsidiaries. The parent/holding company must register with all eligible employees working for that parent/holding company.

3. Subsidiaries of a parent/holding organization may register separately if each subsidiary organization possesses a separate FEIN. If the organization has multiple facilities, branches, factories, offices or stores, all locations must be included in the survey if they operate under the same FEIN.

Which employees to include

Include all current, full- and part-time Bethesda employees in the survey process, from the CEO, partners, all the way to line-level employees, including remote employees. Remote employees are defined as employees that work from home or on the road who directly report to a supervisor in Bethesda.

Exclude all temporary, seasonal or per diem employees, PRN, 1099 employees/independent contractors, volunteers, interns, outside consultants or staffing employees placed by other organizations.

Common industry-specific eligibility questions

Consulting: Include full- and part-time employee consultants working at client sites.

Hotels: Please keep the following in mind when providing your U.S. employee count: What company owns and operates your hotel? What company name is on employees’ paychecks? Do you share the same FEIN as the large hotel corporation? If the name is the same for all these questions, please enter the U.S. employee total of the hotel corporation. If not, please enter the U.S. count of your location only.

Real Estate: Real estate agents are independent contractors (1099) and are therefore not eligible for the survey.

Staffing: Include only full- and part-time employees of the staffing agency working in-house. Exclude employees working at a client site.


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