WARREN, Mich., March 15, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Great companies that shine at employee relations will be recognized by the Michigan Business and Professional Association (MBPA) as "West Michigan's 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For™." This is a highly sought after honor by competing companies throughout the region. These select companies will be honored by the Michigan Business and Professional Association (MBPA) on Thursday, May 2 at The Pinnacle Center in the Grand Rapids area.
This year's winners practice innovative strategies and represent best practices in human resources in industries as diverse as the automotive, insurance, hospitality, communications and nonprofit. (See the attached list of honorees.)
An independent research firm evaluates each company's entry based on key measures in various categories. They 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; Strategic Company Performance and the Best of the Best Small Business.
The winning 101 companies also vie for 11 elite awards, one granted for each category. Also, an overall winner that excelled in all categories will be honored with a "Best of the Best Overall" award. The elite award winners will be announced during the luncheon.
The annual symposium and awards program will begin with registration, networking and an exhibit gallery at 8:00 a.m. Educational workshops will follow at 8:30 a.m. The luncheon and awards ceremony begin at 11:00 a.m.
"Profitability and stability is essential for businesses in today's economic climate. Companies that recognize that their employees are the key to their success, achieve staying power. Our 2013 winners style their business standards to ensure employee satisfaction and they set standards for every business to aspire toward." said Jennifer Kluge, MBPA president. "We are very impressed by the commitment that they have demonstrated to their employees."
Tickets for the symposium and awards lunch are $115 for MBPA members; $135 for non-members. A member table of 10 is $1,150; non-member tables are $1,350. Sponsorships are also available.
Contact the Michigan Business and Professional Association at 586-393-8800 or visit www.101bestandbrightest.com to register or for more information.
Sponsors of the "West Michigan's 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For™" include
Grand Rapids Business Journal, WOOD Radio, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, The Employers' Association, DTE Energy, Staples, Davenport University, McGraw Wentworth, Spectrum Health and Spartan Stores.
The "101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For™", a program of the Michigan Business and Professional Association is presented annually in several markets: Metro Detroit, Chicago, Atlanta, Houston, West Michigan and Nationally. Nominations are now being accepted. Visit www.101bestandbrightest.com to obtain an application.
The Michigan Business and Professional Association boasts a statewide sphere of influence that no other organization of its kind can claim, leveraging a depth of programs and community initiatives that positively impact more than 150,000 businesses. Visit them online at www.michbusiness.org.
THE WEST MICHIGAN 101 BEST AND BRIGHTEST COMPANIES TO WORK FOR™ THE 2013 WINNERS
A PROGRAM OF THE MICHIGAN BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION
a.j. Veneklasen, Inc.
Acoustics By Design, Inc.
Allied Business Services, Inc.
American Axle & Manufacturing
Andy J. Egan Company
Baker Holtz, CPAs and Advisors
Barnes & Thornburg LLP
BDO USA, LLP
Beene Garter LLP
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
Carson City Hospital
Clark Retirement Community
Coldwell Banker AJS Schmidt
Consumers Credit Union
Crowe Horwath LLP
Dan Vos Construction Company, Inc.
Deloitte, LLP and its subsidiaries
DK Security & Investigations
Dominion Systems, Inc.
Easter Seals Michigan
Elzinga & Volkers Construction Professionals
Employment Plus, Inc.
Ernst & Young
Express Employment Professionals
Fleis & VandenBrink Engineering, Inc.
Goodwill Industries of Grand Rapids
Grand Rapids Community Foundation
Grand Rapids Label Company
Greenleaf Hospitality Group
Harold Zeigler Auto Group
Hastings City Bank
Hastings Mutual Insurance Company
Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP
Hungerford, Aldrin, Nichols & Carter, PC
Kendall Electric, Inc.
Lake Michigan Credit Union
Lamar Construction Company
Law Weathers & Richardson PC
Life EMS Ambulance
Marquette General Health System
Mercantile Bank of Michigan
Mercy Health Partners
Mercy Health Physician Partners
Metro Health Hospital
Michigan Office Solutions
Mill Steel Company
Mindscape at Hanon McKendry
MSU Federal Credit Union
Next Generation Enrollment, Inc.
Open Systems Technologies
Orthopaedic Associates of Michigan
Pennock Health Services
Plante & Moran, PLLC
Porter Hills Retirement Communities and Services
Professional Benefits Services, Inc.
Regal Financial Group, LLC
Rockford Construction Company, Inc.
Saint Mary's Health Care
Schupan & Sons, Inc.
SecurAlarm Systems, Inc.
Service Express, Inc. (SEI)
Soils & Structures
Southwest Michigan First
Spartan Stores Inc
The Campbell Group, A division of Acrisure
Triangle Associates, Inc.
Warner Norcross & Judd LLP
Yeo & Yeo, CPAs & Business Consultants
CONTACT: Sue Voyles, +1-734-667-2005, or Jennifer Kluge +1-586-393-8800
SOURCE Michigan Business and Professional Association