National Association for Business Resources

2019 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For in the Nation

The National Association for Business Resources (NABR) named starrdesign as one of the Best and Brightest Companies To Work For in the Nation. The 2019 national winning companies were assessed by an independent research firm, which reviewed a number of key measures relative to other nationally recognized winners.

American Society of Business Publication Editors

2018 Azbee Awards of Excellence

Steve’s column, One Problem, Three Solutions, in Restaurant Development + Design received the National Bronze Award in the “Blog – How-to Tips/Services” category. The column was also awarded the bronze award in the same category for the Upper Midwest Region. Steve has continued to contribute to the RD+D blog since it commenced in 2017.

ARE Design Awards

In-store Communication Award & Lighting Award

Zoës Kitchen received two design awards from the Association of Retail Environments in 2013. The In-Store Communication Award was granted based on the use of signs as part of the design within the space.

The Lighting Award was received due to the upscale ambiance created in the restaurant.

Smart CEO

Corporate Culture Award

This program honors companies that foster a creative, collaborative workplace culture. Culture is a company’s greatest asset and should be actively and intentionally cultivated. Corporate Culture Awards winners have championed for a positive, productive culture in their organization and have worked with employees to develop successful cultural practices.

Crowns of Enterprise

Charlotte’s Small Business Enterprise of the Year

We won the 2013 Crowns of Enterprise award and were named Charlotte’s Small Business Enterprise of the Year. This annual award celebrates small businesses that are creating significant impacts in the Queen City and beyond. The achievement recognizes exemplary leadership and sound business strategies in small, minority and women-led companies.


40 under 40 designers

Our very own Ashlee Jones was named one of design:retail’s 40 under 40 designers in 2018. Ashlee is the lead Senior Interior Designer at starrdesign and is responsible for managing the interior work. She starts each project by understanding the brand DNA and the motivation behind the concept, which allows her to tailor the design and create a significant impact in the brand’s image.

Charlotte Business Journal

Best Places to Work

We have received Charlotte Business Journal’s Best Places to Work award multiple years. We truly believe that it all comes back to loving what we do – and being fully authentic, invested and responsible.

  • 2018: #5 best place to work
  • 2017: #11 best place to work
  • 2015: #12 best place to work