Northeast Arc Ranked #3 In The Top 100 Women-Led Businesses In Massachusetts

Thursday November 03, 2022

Courtesy Photo. Jo Ann Simons (left), President & CEO, Northeast Arc celebrates ranking third in the Women’s Edge’s 22nd annual list of the Top 100 Women-Led Businesses in Massachusetts with the First Lady of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Lauren Baker.

DANVERS — The Women’s Edge, in partnership with the Globe Magazine, recently announced that Northeast Arc, took the third spot in its 22nd annual list of the Top 100 Women-Led Businesses in Massachusetts. This is the fifth year in-a-row that Northeast Arc ranked in the top ten on this prestigious list.

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. 

“It is an honor for Northeast Arc to be recognized alongside so many successful organizations and companies contributing to our communities. The Women’s Edge is bringing important recognition to women leaders. To be ranked #3 is a testament to the tireless effort everyone, of all genders, at the Northeast Arc puts in every day to ensure people with disabilities have every possible opportunity to succeed,” said Jo Ann Simons, President & CEO, Northeast Arc.

Simons attended a breakfast honoring the top businesses alongside other women leaders from Northeast Arc, representing the diverse range of programs and services offered to individuals and families.

The Women’s Edge, formerly The Commonwealth Institute, is a nonprofit that propels women leaders to achieve personal and professional success and deliver positive impact within their businesses and communities. It creates the annual list of the Top 100 Women-Led Businesses in Massachusetts by examining revenue or operating budget as well as other variables, including number of full-time employees in the state, workplace and management diversity, and innovative projects. 

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, which opened the Center for Linking Lives at Liberty Tree Mall in Danvers in 2020, serves thousands of people in nearly 200 Massachusetts cities and towns each year. NeArc is the largest Arc in the state of Massachusetts and one of the largest in the country. Services include: Adult Family Care, the ArcWorks Community Art Center, Autism Services, Black Box Theater, Breaking Grounds Café, Continuous Care Nursing Services, Day Habilitation, Deaf Services, Early Intervention, Employment Services, Family Support, The Learning Center Childcare and Preschool, parcels retail store, Personal Care Assistance, Recreation, Residential, Shared Living and Transition, and Skilled Intermittent Home Health Care. Learn more at

About The Commonwealth Institute

The Women’s Edge is a non-profit organization devoted to advancing businesswomen in leadership positions in Massachusetts and Florida. We focus on collaborating and connecting extraordinary women at all stages of their careers – from next generation leaders to CEOs, continually building a pipeline of high performing women leaders, and delivering relevant leadership programs, events, and perspectives with actionable insights. We incorporate diversity, inclusion, and belonging to foster gender and racial equality while leveraging technology to expand reach and amplify impact.

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