West Michigan’s 101 Best and Brightest “Elite Winners” Announced Today

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    West Michigan's 101 Best and Brightest "Elite Winners" Announced Today

    PR Newswire

    WARREN, Mich., May 5, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — At the annual West Michigan's 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For luncheon held today, May 5, 2011, at the Pinnacle Center in Hudsonville, Mich., not only were 101 companies honored, but 11 Elite winners were also honored, representing the 11 different award categories.

    The different categories are:  Communication, Community Initiatives, Compensation and Benefits, Diversity and Multiculturalism, Employee Education and Development, Employee Engagement and Commitment, Recognition and Retention, Recruitment and Selection, Work-Life Balance, Small Business and the "Best of the Best" award.

    Of the 11 categories, one elite winning company was selected from each category.  Elite winners are selected based on their high scores and then named an Elite winner in their respective category. (See following list for the Elite winners.)

    Each company's entry was evaluated by an independent research firm.  Nominated companies are assessed by reviewing a number of key measures in each category.

    "Elite Award recipients stand out from most businesses in that they have exceeded traditional practices used to recruit, develop, motivate and retain their employees. They acknowledge the value their employees have on affecting the success of their company," said Jennifer Kluge, COO and executive vice president of the Michigan Business and Professional Association.  "We are proud to recognize this year's West Michigan Elite companies."

    Sponsors of the "West Michigan 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For" include Davenport University, Grand Rapids Business Journal, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Secur Alarm Systems, The Employers' Association, DTE Energy, Rehmann, WOOD Radio 1300 AM, Spectrum Health, Progressive AE, AT&T Michigan, WOOD TV8, Staples and Huntington Bank.

    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 2012.  Visit www.101bestandbrightest.com to obtain an application.

    West Michigan's "101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For"

    2011 ELITE AWARD WINNERS

    Category

    Company

    Communication

    American Axle & Mfg., Inc (Three Rivers)

    Community Initiatives

    Express Employment Professionals (Portage)

    Compensation and Benefits

    Ernst & Young (Grand Rapids)

    Diversity and Multiculturalism

    Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr and Huber (Grand Rapids)

    Employee Education and Development

    Deloitte LLP (Grand Rapids)

    Employee Engagement and Commitment

    Saint Mary's Health Care (Grand Rapids)

    Recognition and Retention

    Fleis & VandenBrink Engineering, Inc. (Grand Rapids)

    Recruitment and Selection

    Business Strategy, Inc. (Grand Rapids)

    Work-Life Balance

    Metro Health Hospital (Wyoming)

    Small Business

    Grand Rapids Community Foundation (Grand Rapids)

    "Best of the Best"

    Arrow Strategies (Grand Rapids)

    Based in Warren, Mich., the MBPA (www.michbusiness.org) is the largest business organization of small to medium-sized businesses in Michigan, representing more than 20,000 members who employ more than 200,000 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 and Beverage Association (MFBA) with more than 3,400 members.

    Michigan Business and Professional Association
    27700 Hoover Road
    Warren, MI  48093-6306
    (888) 277-6464 * www.michbusiness.org

    SOURCE Michigan Business and Professional Association