By Cynthia E. Griffin
Rusty Jackson Productions (RJP), with four employees and $300,000 in annual sales, could not be described as a big business. But Rusty Jackson (pictured at right) is determined to create a company that takes care of her employees the way a major corporation would.
The primary method she's using? "I started my 401(k) at the beginning of 1997, because as I get older, retirement is a concern for me. It's important to offer that benefit to those who work for RJP for the same reasons," says Jackson, who started her event management firm in 1996 with money from savings.
Although the cost to start a 401(k) plan initially gave Jackson pause, she was able to find a plan with a mere $300 annual fee. The result, says the Mitchellville, Maryland, entrepreneur, is happy, satisfied employees, which translates to a healthy and growing company.
2K Productions, 2812 Arnold Dr., Charlotte, NC 28205, (704) 568-7396
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Rusty Jackson Productions, 1502 Fairlakes Pl., Mitchellville, MD 20721, (301) 333-0003
Strategic Advantage Inc., (816) 246-0399, http://www.strategic-advantage.com
Mac Willet, (704) 529-0099, email@example.com