WARREN, Mich., March 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Only companies with the highest quality human resources initiatives can be named "West Michigan's 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For." This honor is highly sought after by competing companies throughout the region. These select companies will be honored by the Michigan Business and Professional Association (MBPA) on Thurs., May 6 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 Communication, Community Initiatives, Compensation and Benefits, Diversity and Multiculturalism, Employee Education and Development, Employee Engagement and Commitment, Recognition and Retention, Recruitment and Selection, Small Business and Work-Life Balance.
The winning 101 companies also vie for 10 elite awards, one granted for each category. Also an overall winner, who has excelled in all categories, will be honored with a "Best of the Best" award. The award winners will be announced during the luncheon.
The annual human resources symposium and awards program will begin with registration, networking and an exhibit gallery at 7:30 a.m. Educational workshops will follow at 8:00 a.m. The topics of this year's sessions will include "Moving Towards a Knowledge-Based Economy, " and "Changing Culture through Employee Engagement." The luncheon and awards ceremony begin at 11:00 a.m.
"The selection, recognition and awarding of this year's 101 companies allows our organization to showcase their best practices. The honorees have clearly demonstrated why each of them would be an ideal place for employees to work. Companies that capitalize on their greatest resource - their employees - know how to attract and retain top talent," said Jennifer Kluge, MBPA chief operating officer and executive vice president.
Tickets for the symposium and awards lunch are $110 for MBPA members; $130 for non-members. A member table of 10 is $1,100; non-member tables are $1,300. 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 Davenport University, Grand Rapids Business Journal, WOOD TV8, WOOD Talk Radio, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, The Employers' Association, AT & T Michigan, DTE Energy, Spectrum Health, Staples, McGraw Wentworth, TowerPinkster, Rehmann and Progressive AE.
The "101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For" a program of the Michigan Business and Professional Association is presented annually in three markets: Metro Detroit, Chicago and West Michigan. Nominations are now being accepted for 2011. Visit www.101bestandbrightest.com to obtain an application.
Based in Warren, Mich., the Michigan Business & Professional Association (MBPA) is the largest business organization of small to medium-sized businesses in Michigan, representing more than 20,000 members who employ over 200,0000 persons. Members include attorneys, physicians, architects, accountants, construction companies, banks, retailers, wholesalers, manufacturers and the like. Member businesses receive numerous benefits including free legal and financial consultations; discounted technology, automotive and office products; employee training and recruitment assistance; and competitive insurance rates. The MBPA is a sister association to the Michigan Food & Beverage Association (MFBA) with more than 3,400 members. Visit them online at www.michbusiness.org or www.michfood.org.
THE 101 BEST AND BRIGHTEST COMPANIES TO WORK FOR IN WESTERN MICHIGAN
THE 2010 WINNERS
A PROGRAM OF THE MICHIGAN BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION
Acoustics by Design, Inc.
Advantage Health Physician Network
American Axle & Mfg., Inc. - Three Rivers
Andy J. Egan Company, Inc
Aspen Surgical Products
Baker Spindler Holtz
Battle Creek Health System
BDO Seidman, LLP
Beene Garter LLP
Blue Care Network of Michigan
Borgess Health Alliance
Business Strategy, Inc.
Clark Construction Company
Clark Retirement Community
Coldwell Banker AJS-Schmidt
Cole's Quality Foods, Inc.
CompHealth Grand Rapids
Crowe Horwath LLP
DanVos Construction Company
Easter Seals West Michigan Therapy Center
Elzinga & Volkers Construction Professionals
Ernst & Young, LLP
Express Employment Professionals
Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber, Inc.
Fleis & VandenBrink Engineering, Inc.
Gerber Memorial Health Services
Grand Rapids Community Foundation
Harold Zeigler Auto Group
Hastings City Bank
Herman Miller, Inc.
Holland Home of Grand Rapids
Home Care of Holland Home
Hospice of Michigan
Hungerford, Aldrin, Nichols & Carter, PC
Jackson National Life Insurance Co.
Kendall Electric, Inc.
L-3 Avionics Systems, Inc.
Lake Michigan Credit Union
Landscape Forms, Inc.
Law Weathers & Richardson PC
Leisure Living Management, Inc.
Life EMS Ambulance
LifeHOUSE Management Services, LLC
Marquette General Health System
Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital
Mercantile Bank of Michigan
Mercy Health Partners
Mika Meyers Beckett & Jones PLC
Mill Steel Company
NTH Consultants, Ltd.
Nucraft Furniture Company
Omni Community Credit Union
Pennock Health Services
Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services
Plante & Moran, PLLC
Porter Hills Retirement Communities and Services
Renovo Services, LLC
Rockford Construction Company
Saint Mary's Health Care
Schupan & Sons, Inc.
Seaman's Air Conditioning & Refrigeration, Inc.
Service Express, Inc.
Smith, Haughey, Rice & Roegge
Sparrow Health System
Specialty Heat Treating, Inc.
Spectrum Health Hospitals
The Campbell Group
Triangle Associates, Inc.
Trillium Staffing Solutions
United Bank of Michigan
Valley Oak Financial, PLC
Warner Norcross & Judd LLP
Willis & Willis PLC
Yeo & Yeo , PC, CPA's and Business Consultants
Zeeland Community Hospital
SOURCE Michigan Business and Professional Association