Honored to be recognized, both as individuals and as a team, for our work, dedication and commitment to excellence.

Chicago’s Best and Brightest 2018

May 2018 – For the second consecutive year, The Steely Group was named one of Chicago’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For®.


Key measures used to evaluate nominated organizations include Compensation, Benefits and Employee Solutions; Employee Enrichment, Engagement and Retention; Employee Education and Development; Recruitment, Selection and Orientation; Employee Achievement and Recognition; Communication and Shared Vision; Diversity and Inclusion; Work-Life Balance; Community Initiatives; and Strategic Company Performance.

Inc. 500 Fastest-Growing Companies in America

August 2017 – With a three-year growth rate of 2,494.2%, The Steely Group has earned the position of #166 on the 2017 Inc. 500 List of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies.


Additional Inc. 500 rankings for The Steely Group include #5 Top Human Resource company, #12 Top Illinois company, and #12 Top Chicago company.


According to Inc., the 2017 Inc. 5000 is the most competitive crop in the list’s 36-year history. The average company on the list achieved a three-year average growth of 481% and the aggregate revenue is $206 billion.

Chicago’s Best and Brightest 2017

July 2017 – The Steely Group was honored to be among 88 companies from the Chicago area to be named one of Chicago’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For®.


The Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® is a program of the National Association for Business Resources — an organization that provides the business community with the opportunity to gain recognition, showcase their best practices and demonstrate why they are an ideal place for employees to work.

Best Places to Work in Illinois 2017

May 2017 – The Steely Group was among 75 companies from the city, suburbs and throughout the state to receive the 2017 Best Places to Work in Illinois honor. The Steely Group is ranked #2 out of 29 companies in the Small Companies (15-99 U.S. Employees) category.


Now in its 11th year, The Best Places to Work in Illinois program is hosted by the Daily Herald Business Ledger in partnership with the Human Resources Management Association of Chicago, the Illinois State Chamber of Commerce and the Small Business Advocacy Council and MRA — The Management Association.

2017 Enterprising Women of the Year

April 2017 – Julie Heneghan, The Steely Group’s Founder and President, has received the 2017 Enterprising Women of the Year Award from Enterprising Women Magazine.


This award is an annual tribute to the world’s top women entrepreneurs and is widely considered one of the most prestigious recognition programs for women business owners. Nominees must demonstrate that they have fast-growth businesses, mentor or actively support other women and girls involved in entrepreneurship, and stand out as leaders in their communities.

Influential Women in Business

October 2016 – Julie Heneghan, The Steely Group’s Founder and President, was honored to receive the 2016 Influential Women in Business Award. Now in its 19th year, this award is presented to outstanding women executives who excel in business, civic and personal arenas. Julie was one of 18 local executives recognized.


The Annual Influential Women in Business Awards are presented in partnership with the National Association of Women Business Owners – Chicago Area Chapter.