The Commonwealth Institute, in partnership with the Boston Globe, announced on October 26, 2018 that the Northeast Arc, took the number two spot in its 18th annual 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 Massachusetts is 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.

About The Northeast Arc
Northeast Arc (NeArc) changes lives for people with disabilities — and children at risk of developing them — and their families. The agency serves more than 10,000 people in 190 Massachusetts cities and towns each year. NeArc is the largest Arc in the state of Massachusetts and the 2nd largest (of 700) in the country. Services include: Adult Family Care, the ArcWorks Community Art Center, Autism Services, Breaking Grounds Café, Continuous Care Nursing Services, Day Habilitation, Deaf Services, Early Intervention, Employment Services, Family Support, First Steps Childcare & Preschool, Fiscal Intermediary, Personal Care Assistance, Recreation, Residential, Shared Living and Transition, and Skilled Intermittent Home Health Care.

About The Commonwealth Institute
The Commonwealth Institute (TCI) is a non-profit organization devoted to advancing businesswomen in leadership positions in Massachusetts and Florida. We are ambitious, success-oriented women committed to growing our respective organizations and to supporting each other as we accomplish our individual goals. Our membership includes CEOs, senior corporate executives, entrepreneurs, executive directors of nonprofits and solo professionals who are committed to building successful businesses, organizations and careers. We come from a range of industries and from a variety of backgrounds. We run large companies, we lead small companies, we manage nonprofits, we work as sole proprietors. We are a community of women offering a collaborative brain trust for fellow members and a platform for each of us to achieve our goals.