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The Commonwealth Institute, in partnership with the Boston Globe, today announced that the Northeast Arc, took the number two spot in its 18thannual list of the Top 100 Women-Led Businesses in Massachusetts.
The Northeast Arc, a not-for-profit organization that helps children and adults with disabilities become full participants in the community, is led by Jo Ann Simons of Swampscott, who has dedicated her career to helping people with disabilities.
Last year the Northeast Arc ranked ninth on the list.
“It is an honor to be included on the list of the Top Women-Led Businesses again this year and to rank so highly is a testament to the incredible effort everyone at the Northeast Arc puts in every day to ensure people with disabilities have every possible opportunity to succeed,” said Jo Ann Simons, CEO, Northeast Arc.  “This recognition reflects a true team effort and I’m very proud of the accomplishments we are making every day to help change lives.”
The list of the Top 100 Women-Led Businesses in Massachusettsis created by looking at revenue or operating budget and other variables, including number of full-time employees in the state, workplace and management diversity, and innovative projects.
According to the Commonwealth Institute, the response to this year’s survey was overwhelming.  Past honorees have come from fields ranging from biotechnology to architecture to retail, illustrating the diversity of women-led organizations across the Commonwealth.