SALEM, Ore.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Bookbyte, a trusted e-commerce pioneer and online bookstore, today announced Bookbyte Founder and CEO, Steven Gross has been selected by the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce as the 2010 Employer of the Year. Bookbyte was recognized during the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce’s 2010 Business of the Year Awards Luncheon on Sept. 20, 2010.
Each year the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce honors excellence in business by recognizing and praising employers in the Salem area that are doing amazing things for their employees. Bookbyte was selected for its continued dedication to its employees and the greater community.
“It is an honor to be recognized by the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce as the 2010 Employer of the Year. Bookbyte’s success and growth during the past eleven years is a direct reflection of the dedication and commitment of the Bookbyte family,” stated Steven Gross, founder and CEO, Bookbyte. “Each individual contributes to our success and I am grateful to work with such a creative, innovative and caring group of folks.”
Bookbyte was founded in 1999 by Steven Gross with a belief that healthy employees equal a healthy company. Given that belief, the company covers a significant portion of the health premiums for its employees, provides each employee with a $4,000 health reimbursement account and offers an on-premise kitchen with healthy eating options that employees can purchase at cost.
Bookbyte also celebrates its employees by hosting two annual events. During the summer picnic, Bookbyte employees are treated to a fun day away from the office and provide each child in attendance with a gift. At the end of the year the company hosts a holiday party where Gross personally recognizes and celebrates each individual employee. Based in Salem, Oregon, the company employs 80 people full time.
In addition to Bookbyte’s dedication to its employees, the company also gives back to the Salem community through participation in local food drives, and has donated books to the United Way and the Rotary Club Books for the World program in Uganda. The company has donated more than 65,000 books to Uganda in the past two years in an effort to ensure students have much needed books.
Furthermore, the company aggressively recycles books in order to save trees and reduce landfill. To date, Bookbyte has recycled more than 7.2 million books, which if stacked would be 347 miles high and would reach the international space station. If those books were placed end to end it would be about 2,000 miles long, which is about the length from Los Angeles, Calif. to New York, NY.
Founded in 1999, Bookbyte is a trusted e-commerce pioneer that offers students affordable textbooks with multiple options to acquire books based on their needs. Our goal is to help students find the economical way to reach their educational goals. To learn more, please visit www.bookbyte.com.