Across the US, new small businesses are popping up every day. And they’re rapidly revolutionizing areas like transportation, food, fashion and beauty, and gaming.
We scoured the web and asked our readers to identify some of their favorite small businesses (which the US government defines as employing 500 people or fewer). Below, we’ve listed 15 of the most innovative.
Since we’re largely highlighting reader-nominated businesses, the companies on the list below aren’t definitively the coolest small businesses in the country, but they are some of the coolest. Our criteria for inclusion, aside from having fewer than 500 employees, was that the companies had to improve society at large, meaning they make people healthier, wealthier, smarter, or happier. The businesses are not ranked.
Read on to learn about the small businesses that are making the world a better place to live.