Only companies with the highest quality human resources initiatives can be named “Metropolitan Detroit’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For.” These select companies will be honored by the Michigan Business and Professional Association (MBPA) on Wednesday, Sept. 22 at the Marriott Dearborn Inn.

This year’s winners practice innovative strategies and represent best practices in human resources in industries as diverse as automotive, insurance, hospitality, communications and nonprofits.

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 the “Best of the Best” award. The elite 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 a.m. The topics of this year’s sessions will include “Growing Pains in a Cautious Economy: How Does a Team Transition from a Slow Economy to Cautious Optimism; Leveraging Collaboration and Team Building to Grow your Business and Engage your Team; Looking to the Future: Understanding the New Era of Employee Enrichment and Leveraging a Digital World: The Advantages and Pitfalls of Social Media.” The luncheon and awards ceremony begins at 11 a.m.

“The selection, recognition and awarding of this year’s 101 companies allows our organization to showcase their best practices,” said MBPA executive vice president and COO Jennifer Kluge. “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.”

Tickets for the symposium and awards lunch are $165 for MBPA members, $195 for non-members. A member table of 10 is $1,650; non-member tables are $1,950. Sponsorships are also available.

Contact the Michigan Business and Professional Association at (586) 393-8800 or visit to register or for more information.

Metro Detroit’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For is sponsored by: AT&T Michigan, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Corp! Magazine, Davenport University, DTE Energy, Strategic Staffing Solutions, HRAGD, Detroit Athletic Club and McGraw Wentworth.

The “101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For” a program of the Michigan Business and Professional Association, is presented annually in four markets: Metro Detroit, Chicago, Atlanta and West Michigan. Nominations are now being accepted for 2011. Visit to obtain an application.

Based in Warren, the 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 with more than 3,400 members. Visit them online at or

The winners are Ajilon Consulting, Altair Engineering Inc., Altarum Institute, Arrow Strategies, Atlas Oil Co., Baker Tilly, Barton Malow Co. BDO USA LLP, Bill Highway, Blue Care Network of Michigan, Bridgewater Interiors LLC, CFI, Cintas Corp., Clayton & McKervey P.C., Community Choice Credit Union, Community Financial,  Computer and Engineering Services Inc., Computer Consultants of America, Inc., Compuware Corp., Conlin Travel, Coretek Services,  Delta Staffing, DeMaria Building Co. Inc., Detroit Athletic Club,   Digitas, Domino’s Pizza, DTE Energy, Easter Seals – Michigan,   Educational Data Systems Inc., Employees Only, Enterprise Holdings Inc., Ernst & Young, eTitle Agency Inc., Etkin Equities,   Eview 360, Family Home Health Services, Farbman Group, Fifth Third Bank Eastern Michigan, Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber, Inc., Flagstar Bank, Gallagher Benefit Services Inc., Garden City Hospital, Ghafari Associates LLC, Global Tooling, Gordon Advisors P.C., Grant Thornton LLP, GreenPath Inc., G-Tech Services Inc.,   Harada Industry of America Inc., Harley Ellis Devereaux, Henry Ford Health System, Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP, Human Capital LLC, Huntington National Bank, Image One, ImageSoft Inc.,   Inergy Autmotive Systems USA, JARC, KPMG LLP, McGraw Wentworth, Meadowbrook Insurance Group, Menlo Innovations LLC,  Michigan Financial Cos. Inc., Michigan First Credit Union, MiPro Consulting, MTU Detroit Diesel,, Nemeth Burwell P.C., Netarx LLC, New Horizons Rehabilitation Services Inc.,  NTH Consultants Ltd., Oakwood Healthcare Inc., OHM, PCGCampbell, Peoples State Bank, Plex Systems Inc., Plunkett Cooney, Quest Diagnostics, Red Level Networks, REDICO LLC,   Rehmann, RelWare, Resource, Seco Tools Inc., Service Express Inc., Shazaaam!/Buzzphoria, Skanska, Soil and Materials Engineers Inc., Stout Risius Ross Inc., Strategic Staffing Solutions, The Bower Cos., The Epitec Group Inc., The Harvard Drug Group LLC, The Taubman Co., Turner Construction Co., UHY Advisors MI Inc.,   University of Michigan Health System, US Army Garrison – Detroit Arsenal, Visiting Nurse Association of Southeast Michigan, w3r Consulting, Walbridge and Warner Norcross & Judd LLP.

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