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Compendium Recognized as One of Puget Sound Business Journal's 100 Fastest-Growing Private Companies

100-Fastest October 2012—For the sixth straight year Compendium Inc. ranks on Puget Sound Business Journal’s list of 100 Fastest-Growing Private Companies. Launched in 1995, the program recognizes companies and ranks them based on their level of revenue growth. Compendium Inc. will be listed Business Journal’s October 12 issue alongside the other companies on the list.

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Compendium Ranks on Inc. Magazine’s List of Fastest-Growing Private Companies

Inc 5000 October 2012—Inc. magazine ranked Compendium, Inc. on its sixth annual Inc. 500|5000, an exclusive ranking of the nation's fastest-growing private companies. The list represents the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy—America’s independent entrepreneurs. This will be Compendium’s fourth consecutive year on the Inc. 500/5000 list. The company joins Yelp, yogurt maker Chobani,, KIND and famed hatmaker Tilly’s, among other prominent brands featured on this year’s list.

"Now, more than ever, we depend on Inc. 500|5000 companies to spur innovation, provide jobs, and drive the economy forward. Growth companies, not large corporations, are where the action is,” says Inc. Editor Eric Schurenberg.

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Care for Our World Named “Top Toy of the Year” at Creative Child Magazine Awards

October 2012—Compendium Kids is pleased to announce that Care for Our World was honored with two Creative Child Magazine Awards for 2012: Playset of the Year (Creative Playsets category) and Top Toy of the Year (Creative Keepsakes category). Creative Child Magazine is a bi-monthly publication that focuses on raising creative and well-balanced children. The award program is unique in that all products are judged by parents, educators, and professionals – the very people who purchase children’s products for their own homes and classrooms. Along with the honor of two awards, Care for Our World will be printed in the bonus holiday issue of Creative Child Magazine and featured on their website for an entire year.

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Care for Our World Wins Mom’s Choice Award

Moms Choice Award October 2012—Known for finding and recognizing the best in family-friendly products, the Mom’s Choice Awards gave Care for Our World a gold seal in the Children’s Picture Book: Green Earth category. The award comes after careful judging by an esteemed panel that includes Dr. Twila C. Liggett (founder of PBS’s Reading Rainbow) and Julie Aigner-Clark (creator of Baby Einstein).

Author Karen Robbins responded to the honor by saying, “We created Care for Our World in hopes children will learn the importance of caring for the plants, animals, birds, fish, and people we all call home. Thank you for giving Care your prestigious gold seal of excellence. We are more than grateful. We hope the Care For Our World picture book and play set of punch out animals makes a difference in the world we all love.”

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Mom’s Choice Award Goes to Compendium’s Boogie Monster

Moms Choice Award October 2011—The Mom’s Choice Awards are among the shining stars in the world of children’s publishing, and Compendium’s latest book, Boogie Monster, has won top honors in the children’s inspiration category.

Each year, an independent panel of judges, including parents, teachers, librarians, award-winning authors, and performing artists is responsible for identifying excellence in family-friendly media and finding “the best new products and services parents should know about today.” Top finishers are awarded the coveted MCA seal

“We created Boogie Monster to help parents inspire their children to get moving, have fun, build confidence and stay healthy,” said author Josie Bissett. “To win the Mom’s Choice Award is so heart-warming because it indicates what real-life parents are saying about a book we really believe in.

”Josie’s first book, Tickle Monster, became virtually an overnight best-seller by inspiring parents to share the precious gift of laughter with their children. Like Tickle Monster, the new Boogie Monster book is available by itself or in a special “Dance Kit”. The kit combines the book, an original music CD, and a pair of plush Boogie Monster leggings, all in a delightful storage box. Kids put on the furry “Boogie Legs” and instantly become just like Boogie Monster.

“If it isn’t fun, kids won’t get off the couch,” explains Josie, “so we made sure Boogie Monster is fun for everyone.”

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Boogie Monster Dances off with a Moonbeam Gold Medal

Moonbeam Gold Medal October 2011—Compendium Kids is proud to announce that our latest children’s book, Boogie Monster, by author Josie Bissett and illustrator Kevan J. Atteberry, has won top honors in its category at the annual Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards!

According to the awards guidelines, the Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards are intended to bring increased recognition to exemplary children’s books and their creators. As Moonbeam sums it up, “Writing and publishing books that teach and inspire our children is an extremely important task, and these awards are conducted in appreciation of those efforts.”

Just two years ago, Josie and Kevan debuted Tickle Monster, a story created to inspire children and parents to share the precious gift of laughter. Tickle Monster became an almost-instant best seller and garnered multiple awards for excellence in children’s literature. Now, we’re pleased to celebrate Boogie Monster—a story that inspires kids to get moving, have fun, and express themselves.

“Winning the Moonbeam Gold Medal is especially meaningful to Josie, Kevin, and to all of us at Compendium, because this award honors inspiration in children’s literature,” says Compendium President and CEO, Kobi Yamada. “That’s exactly what our Compendium Kids division stands for—inspiration. And what could be more inspiring or important to the world than kindling the hopes, dreams, and aspirations of our children?”

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Compendium Ranks on Puget Sound Business Journal's 100 Fastest-Growing Private Companies

100-Fastest October 2011—Puget Sound Business Journal announced that Compendium ranked on its list of 100 Fastest-Growing Private Companies. The 100 Fastest-Growing Private Companies were listed, with select companies profiled, in a special publication of the Business Journal on Oct. 14.

The Fastest-Growing Private Companies program was launched 17 years ago by the Puget Sound Business Journal to identify and recognize companies speeding to the top of their industries. Compendium received further recognition for appearing on this list for 5 consecutive years—an excellent indicator of consistent growth.

"The companies that make this list are, by definition, among the most dynamic in our region," said Business Journal Publisher Gordon Prouty. "Especially this year, they have beaten the odds imposed by the Great Recession, making membership on this elite list all the more impressive. These companies are showing all of us what qualities it takes to grow in challenging times."

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Compendium Named One of Puget Sound Business Journal's 100 Fastest-Growing Private Companies

100-Fastest October 2010—Compendium is honored to be ranked among the fastest-growing private companies in the Puget Sound area. This program,launched 16 years ago by the Puget Sound Business Journal, recognizes companies that are quickly moving to the top of their industries.

“The companies that make this list are, by definition, among the most dynamic in our region,” said Business Journal Publisher Emory Thomas Jr. “Especially this year, they have beaten the odds imposed by the great recession, making membership on this elite list all the more impressive. These companies are showing all of us what qualities it takes to grow in challenging times.”

Compendium’s “ONE” Book Awarded the Living Now Gold Medal

May 2010—Compendium, Inc. has received the Gold Medal in the category of Motivation and Inspiration for our best-selling book, “ONE”, How Many People Does it Take to Make a Difference?

Living Now focuses on celebrating books that enrich the lives of readers. Since its publication, “ONE” has helped to inspire thousands of people to believe in themselves, seek their purpose, and remember how important an individual’s contribution can be for the world.

“The Living Now Award means a lot to us because it celebrates books that inspire people to more fulfilling lives,” says Dan Zadra, founder of Compendium and author of ONE. “It’s natural for people to ask, ‘What can I get from life?’ But the ONE book challenges and inspires people to ask, ‘What can I give?” Answer that question, and your life will become a wonderful romance and adventure.”

Compendium is excited to be receiving Living Now’s Gold Medal for the second year in a row—the company’s book “FIVE,” Where Will You Be Five Years from Today? was a gold-medal recipient in 2009.

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Tickle Monster author interviewed on King 5 News

APRIL 2010—Compendium author Josie Bissett was interviewed on Seattle’s King 5 news studios talking about her bestselling children’s book Tickle Monster. The Hollywood star best known for her role as Jane Mancini on Melrose Place is still a familiar TV presence, but she places a high priority these days on spending time with her family. She created the Tickle Monster book and mitts to encourage families to take time for one of the most precious activities—laughing together. Josie is a longtime friend of Compendium, and we’re thrilled that the Tickle Monster book, with its mission of love and laughter, has been such an overwhelming success.

Tickle Monster has been awarded the PTPA (Parent Tested Parent Approved) Media Inc.’s Seal of Approval for excellence in parenting products, and is also the recipient of the Mom’s Choice Award.

Video link: see Josie's interview here.

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Compendium Honored for Giving Back to the Community

APRIL 2010—Compendium Inc. is among the Top 75 Corporate Philanthropists in the Puget Sound region.

The list of honorees is compiled by Puget Sound Business Journal (PSBJ) and highlights companies and their levels of philanthropy. The goal is to shine the spotlight on businesses that do well by doing good.

Giving is part of Compendium’s core values and the company donates 10% of profits from its award winning card line Positively Green to organizations that fight global warming and help save our environment.

In 2009, Compendium donated thousands to local organizations such as People for Puget Sound and The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

“We credit our retail partners and customers for making it possible for us to support important causes and feel honored to be recognized for giving back” said President and CEO Kobi Yamada. “We are grateful to be a part of such a wonderful community.”

PSBJ will honor Compendium and the other local companies that made the list at a special Corporate Citizenship luncheon on May 14th.

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We’ve Been Named a 2009 LOUIE Award Finalist!

MARCH 2010—The International Greeting Card Association has named four of Compendium’s “Positively Green” greeting cards as finalists for the prestigious 2010 Louie Awards. The Louies are the “Academy Awards” of the Greeting Card industry. Last year Compendium won “Card of the Year” in a competition that included nearly 800 entries from 140 companies worldwide, including giants such as Hallmark and American Greetings. This year there were nearly 900 entries for the judges to rate. The cards are judged on the established criteria of imagination, impact, artistry, harmony, sendability, and value. Winners will be announced May 17th at the 22nd Annual Louie celebration in New York.

Louie Finalist: Kite Louie Finalist: Penguins Louie Finalist: Salmon Louie Finalist: Bench
I made you a kite...
New Baby/Pregnancy
Having a baby can...
Thank You
When I count my blessings...
They lived and laughed...

Find out more about the LOUIE awards here. See our finalist and winner from last year here.

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I Love Monkey Honored for “Excellence in Family Products”

PTPA Media Inc. Seal of Approval Moms Choice Award JANUARY 2010—Compendium, Inc. is proud to announce that our newest children’s book, I Love Monkey, by Suzanne Kaufman has been awarded PTPA Media Inc’s Seal of Approval for “Excellence in Family Products.”

PTPA stands for “Parent-tested and Parent-approved.” Books bearing the PTPA Media Winner Seal are carefully selected in a process designed to “find the best new products and services parents should know about today.” A panel of independent parents evaluate products in their own homes, and PTPA winners are chosen based on merit and consumer experience—not on commercial considerations.

“This award is especially significant to us because it indicates what real-life parents are saying about a children’s book that we truly believe in,” says Compendium President and CEO, Kobi Yamada.

I Love Monkey was one of many entries from across North America competing to win the coveted PTPA Media Seal of Approval. Upon hearing that I Love Monkey had won, author and illustrator Suzanne Kaufman said, “This is great. I set out to create a special book that parents could read aloud with their kids—a book that helps each child appreciate and celebrate their own wonderful individuality. It means a lot to me that parents themselves designated this award.”

I Love Monkey is also the recent winner of the Mom's Choice Award (MCA). The book was the gold recipient in the Values and Life Lessons category because of its message that every child is special and worth celebrating.

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Compendium Honored with Alfred P. Sloan Award for Workplace Flexibility

AUGUST 2009—Compendium, Inc. has received the Alfred P. Sloan Award for Business Excellence in Workplace Flexibility. The prestigious award is part of the national project on workplace effectiveness, When Work Works. The award is granted to companies that stand out by going above and beyond in using workplace flexibility to meet both employer and employee goals. All the winners of this award rank in the top 20%—the 80th percentile—of employers nationally in terms of flexible work programs, policies and culture.

Compendium’s programs and office space are among the winning aspects of this award. Employees enjoy a fully stocked latte machine, twice monthly massages, and are encouraged to bring their dog to work. They also enjoy an unusual extended holiday vacation each December. Compendium’s office space is open, bright and colorful. The kitchen and common area include a pool table, a comfortable seating and meeting section, and a swing made out of a recycled skateboard.

All of these elements help create personal and professional flexibility that enable employees to achieve balance in their lives and inspires them to do great work. “We are very proud to be on the cutting edge of creating a flexible work environment for our employees,” said Kobi Yamada, CEO. “We are honored to be recognized by When Work Works and the organizers of the Sloan Award. We want to thank the Seattle Chamber of Commerce and the Workforce Development Council of Seattle for sponsoring such a progressive award.”

This award is one of many that the company has received. Most recently, Compendium was the recipient of the Corporate Citizenship Award presented by Puget Sound Business Journal. Compendium was also the winner of the City of Seattle Mayor’s Small Business Award, and is a multiple winner of Seattle Business Monthly’s Best Places to Work.

Video links: see our office here.

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Positively Green Wins Card of the Year from the International Greeting Card Association

Goldfish Card Takes Thank You/Appreciation Category and Card of the Year Honors

MAY 2009—Sponsored by the Greeting Card Association, the LOUIEs recognize the “most outstanding greeting cards marketed in the U.S.” each year. But this marks the first year in the 21-year history of the event that a first-time entrant like Compendium has taken “Card of the Year.” In the greeting card industry, that’s the equivalent of a small, independent movie studio winning “Best Picture” at the Academy Awards.

“Winning the LOUIE for Positively Green has special meaning for everyone in our company,” said Compendium CEO Kobi Yamada. “We didn’t set out to win an award. We set out to prove that our industry can create environmentally-friendly products without sacrificing quality, style, value or significance. To be honored with the LOUIE on top of that is so affirming—not just for our company, but for our whole industry. We are grateful to the Greeting Card Association for helping to convey a great message.”

At a time when more and more retailers and consumers are actively searching for eco-friendly products, Positively Green features several innovations that have helped make it one of the most sought-after and fastest-selling greeting card lines in the nation, including:

The blue-ribbon judging panel for this year’s LOUIEs included creative and marketing professionals from both GCA member and non-member publishers, industry suppliers, and retailers. Positively Green was evaluated on the basis of six criteria: Imagination, Impact, Artistry, Harmony (the blend of visual and verse), Sendability, and Value (the balance of quality and price).

See the winning card here.

Read more about the award and the ceremony here.

Read more about the awards at: Special supplement from Greetings Etc.

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Compendium Earns “Corporate Citizenship” Honors

MAY 2009—“You make a living by what you get, but you make a life by what you give.” That’s a thought from Alfred J. Balfour, a colleague of Winston Churchill’s—and it holds a lot of meaning for us here at Compendium.

Recently, we were honored by the Puget Sound Business Journal’s Corporate Citizenship program for donating a significant portion of our profits to various causes in 2008. The program “highlights companies and their levels of philanthropy, and shines the spotlight on businesses that do well by doing good,” and we are so proud to be included among the honorees.

On a rainy May afternoon, we headed to Bellevue for the awards ceremony that gave special recognition to the top three corporate philanthropists in Washington state in three categories: small, medium and large. In our small company category, we were ranked 11th in corporate giving alongside such notable philanthropic companies as Rainier Pacific Bank, Argosy Cruises, Canlis Restaurant, James Alan Salon and others. Congratulations to the top 3 large companies: Microsoft, Boeing, and KeyBank. And the 3 medium companies: Sterling Savings Bank, McKinstry Co., and HomeStreet Bank.

In all, Compendium was able to give more than $56,000 in 2008 to organizations and nonprofits, with an additional $7,500 of in-kind giving. Here in Washington State our beneficiaries included First Tee of Seattle, PAWS (Progressive Animal Welfare Society), FamilyWorks, Make-a-Wish Foundation, and Cascade Land Conservancy.

Thank you to all our customers for making it possible for us to give back.

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Compendium Celebrates Earth Day at Marra Farm

APRIL 2009—This year, Compendium celebrated Earth Day by serving as volunteer farmers at Seattle's historic Marra Farm. This beloved farm is one of the last two remaining pieces of original agricultural land left over from the days of Seattle's Italian immigrant truck farmers. Today, Marra serves as a model urban community farm, growing tons of fresh organic produce that is then donated to local food banks and senior lunch programs. We were proud to till the ground, spread compost and pick weeds for Marra Farm (and had a good time while making great memories too). Happy Earth Day everyone. Let’s make every day Earth Day!

See more photos from Compendium's day at Marra Farm (link to Flickr photoset)

For more information about Marra Farm go to or email

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We’ve Been Named a 2008 LOUIE Award Finalist!!

MARCH 2009—The LOUIE Awards are the greeting card industry’s Annual International Greeting Card competition. The competition drew over 800 entries from nearly 140 companies worldwide. Our specific finalist categories are:

Louie Finalist: Peacock Louie Finalist: Fish Bowl Louie Finalist: Penguins
Thank You
Fish Bowl

We are in good company: other finalists include American Greetings, Madison Park Greetings, The Museum of Modern Art to name a few. Winners will be announced at the LOUIE celebration in New York during the National Stationery Show. Wish us luck!

Find out more about the LOUIE awards here.

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5: Where will you be five years from today? Wins Top Honors with Living Now Books’ Gold Medal

Living Now Book Award SealMARCH 2009—Compendium, Inc. received top honors in the Living Now Book Awards contest sponsored by Independent Publisher. Our 5: Where will you be five years from today? won the gold medal in the Personal Growth/Motivation category.

“We’re thrilled and honored to be recognized a winner,” commented Kobi Yamada, President & CEO. “Our 5 book was created with great intention to provoke personal thought about all areas of your life. Written as more of a guide book, 5 takes you on a journey of self-discovery, asking important questions and offering quotes and stories for personal inspiration.”

Dan Zadra, Compendium founder and 5 author agrees. “The purpose of this book is to stir your creative juices and to inspire you to really get in touch with your dreams.”

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Tickle Monster Has Won the PTPA Media Inc. Seal of Approval

PTPA Media Inc. Seal of Approval Moms Choice Award MARCH 2009—Compendium, Inc. announces that it has been awarded the PTPA (Parent Tested Parent Approved) Media Inc.’s Seal of Approval for excellence in parenting products for Josie Bissett’s children’s book entitled Tickle Monster.

Being honored with an award from PTPA Media Inc. is a huge achievement for a product geared to babies, children and parents. “We are thrilled to be recognized by PTPA as a winner for 2009,” said Kobi Yamada, President/CEO. “This is our first foray into children’s books and we’re pleased that we’ve earned the respect of our most important audience—parents.”

Tickle Monster was among many entries competing to win the PTPA Media Seal of Approval for the Winter 2009 campaign. PTPA Media’s mission is to discover and appraise new products designed for children and families. Companies throughout North America submitted samples of their parenting products and they were matched with PTPA Media’s large database of parents. The products were tested by savvy parenting reviewers, and professionals and the results were compiled for PTPA Media Inc.’s review committee for the final decision. The winners of the prestigious Seal of Approval from PTPA Media are selected based on value, functionality, quality and appeal of the product.

“The best sound in the world is the glorious sound of my children laughing. Children love playfulness. They love silliness and they LOVE being tickled! Laughing together creates a bond like no other. To me, there is no greater gift than the gift of shared laughter and memories. I feel so honored that PTPA supports this notion with awarding Tickle Monster their seal of approval,” commented Josie Bissett, author and actor.

Tickle Monster is also the proud recipient of the Mom's Choice Award (MCA).

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Compendium Named Small Business of the Year

SEPTEMBER 2008—Compendium is one of 10 small companies located in the city of Seattle recognized as a 2008 Mayor's Small Business Award winner. Employees were on hand for an evening reception on Sept. 11 at which a three-minute vdeo about Compendium was presented and senior management accepted the award in front of an estimated 500 people.

These awards honor the diversity and excellence of Seattle's small businesses, and their contribution to the city's economic vitality and quality of life. Ten winners are selected each year on the basis of excellence in management, entrepreneurial spirit, customer service, and community involvement.

"Small businesses provide innovative products, services and jobs in our communities—they're the local gathering places that add such character to our neighborhoods," said Mayor Nickels. "This award helps highlight the importance of all these small businesses to our community."

This is the 24th year of the Mayor's Small Business Awards program. Over the last two decades, the awards program has recognized more than 230 small businesses, many of which have gone on to experience significant growth.

"This award is a tribute to our customers and our employees, who day in and day out help us prove that even small businesses can make a difference in the world at the same time they continue to grow and operate profitably," said company founder Dan Zadra, who began Compendium in the mid-1980s in a tiny, alley-way office just a block from its current offices.

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Positively Green in Gift Shop Magazine Winter 2011 Number Books in Do It Yourself


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Special Supplement to Greetings Etc. Country Business May/June 2009 Fit Parent April 2009 The Seattle Times Cover Tea Time Cover Greetings Etc. Cover

The Tickle Monster Laughter Kit was featured on The Today Show’s 2009 Holiday Gift Guide.
Kobi Yamada, CEO, discussed Compendium’s positive message with KIRO radio’s Jason Brooks in August 2009.
The South Florida Today Show reviewed Tickle Monster on March 26, 2009.


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