No. 3: Agora Inc.

Agora Inc. is a holding company for publishers of more than 300 books and 40 newsletters on topics both practical and abstract, from how to get the best price on a flight to the relationship between man and the state. Agora has outposts in Johannesburg, South Africa; Mumbai, India; and other far-flung locales, but its company headquarters is in Baltimore, where its 427 employees work in nine elegant 19th-century mansions in Mount Vernon. The company's employee benefits package includes company-matched 401(k) and Roth retirement accounts as well as a self-directed brokerage account. Employees can take advantage of personal training at the company's on-site gym and attend company-sponsored events at some of the neighborhood's most beautiful spots, such as the Engineer's Club and the Mount Vernon Club.

( Doug Kapustin, Special to The Baltimore Sun / December 1, 2012 )

Agora Inc. is a holding company for publishers of more than 300 books and 40 newsletters on topics both practical and abstract, from how to get the best price on a flight to the relationship between man and the state. Agora has outposts in Johannesburg, South Africa; Mumbai, India; and other far-flung locales, but its company headquarters is in Baltimore, where its 427 employees work in nine elegant 19th-century mansions in Mount Vernon. The company's employee benefits package includes company-matched 401(k) and Roth retirement accounts as well as a self-directed brokerage account. Employees can take advantage of personal training at the company's on-site gym and attend company-sponsored events at some of the neighborhood's most beautiful spots, such as the Engineer's Club and the Mount Vernon Club.

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