Manna Design Works was honored on the Philadelphia Business Journal's Top 25 Veteran Owned Business List of 2012The Manna Design team received a call today letting them know they had made the Business Journal’s Top 25 List of Veteran Owned Businesses in the Philadelphia Region.  The Philadelphia Business Journal added the category to their popular Top 25 Guides this year.  The list was compiled and published in time for release the week of Veteran’s Day as a special tribute to Veterans in the area.

…why not also recognize and honor company owners who have bravely served our country in the military?

According to Sharon Oliver, the researcher responsible for creating the lists, “During my 2011 research, I came across a veteran-owned businesses website, which featured a searchable directory of VOBs in the country. I thought to myself, of all the companies that we recognize including women- and minority-owned businesses, why not also recognize and honor company owners who have bravely served our country in the military?”

After approval to add the category to their annual collection of Top 25 Lists, she began the long process of researching and contacting eligible companies.  The resulting list recognizes and honors a total of 29 Veteran owned businesses in the Greater Philadelphia Region.

Robert Harrington, Owner of Manna Design Works was surprised but very appreciative of being included.  Robert commented, “I remember answering some questions for Sharon months ago about my service and the business in general.  When she explained what the list was going to represent, I was happy to be interviewed but didn’t expect to be included. There are a lot of great businesses owned by Veterans in the region;  many older and more established, so I basically forgot about it.  Getting the call today was a great surprise; especially coming right after Veteran’s Day.”

Robert W. Harrington the Owner of Manna Design Works a Veteran Owned, NJ Web Design Company

Robert During a NATO/Partnership for Peace Exercise, Ft Polk, LA. 1997

Manna qualified because of Robert’s service in the Army, which included over 5 years on active duty and several more years in the active reserves.  He started his military service at the Defense Language Institute; regarded as one of the finest schools in the nation for foreign language studies.  After an intense one and a half years of full-immersion classes studying the Czech and Slovak languages, he graduated fluent in both, with high honors. The remainder of his service time was spent as a Sergeant in the Military Intelligence field.  He worked in direct support of national security efforts as a voice intercept operator, then translator and later as a member of an interrogation unit.

This is the second Top 25 Listing Manna has been honored with in the last couple months.  In September, they were included in the Philadelphia Top 25 Web Design Agencies list for the fourth time in the four years the category has been published.

View the entire list below.  Please be sure to consider them for future needs in their areas of expertise.

Lexus of Cherry Hill   856-727-1111

Insinger Machine Co.   215-624-4800

McGuckin & Pyle   610-269-9770

Electro Soft Inc.   215-654-0701

Thomas Miller & Co.   215-822-3118

MasterCraft Kitchens & Bathrooms   215-362-5344

JD Bravo Co. Inc.   484-320-7600

Storti Quality Consulting Inc.   215-657-0837

Forsythe Confidential Investigations   610-827-9281

Manna Design Works   856-881-7650

Support Homeless Veterans Inc.   267-294-1191

Windshield Wonder   856-725-3905

BDF Industrial Fastners   856-963-1600

FirstLight Home Care   215-491-2525

Lance Surety Bond Associates Inc.   877-514-5146

Phoenix 21 Cleaning Service   215-303-0622

Reporting Associates   856-795-2323

Skip The Warehouse   561-291-8397

Ortiz Interpretation   484-366-7084

Piccone Financial Associates   856-630-0220

Rolling Game Station   610-906-7299

Brian Kitson and Associates   484-319-2537

Global HR Consulting and Immigration Svcs.   609-970-2471

J Dog Junk Removal   877-994-4327

Jim’s Jarhead Jerky   609-634-4332

PPC Promotional Products Co.   215-343-3499

Symmetry Consulting   610-637-9492

The SpoutOff Rain Gutter Co.   610-420-0378

Veteran Computer Consultants   484-919-400


A Surprise for Veteran’s Day