WARREN — Hundreds of competing companies all over the Detroit area vie for a 101 best and brightest designation, but 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 101 companies will be honored by the Michigan Business and Professional Association on Thursday, Sept. 27 at the Henry Hotel located at 300 Town Center Drive in Dearborn.

An independent research firm evaluates each company’s entry based on key measures in various categories. They include compensation, benefits, 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 “best of the best small business.”

The winning 101 companies also compete for 11 elite awards, one granted for each category. Also, an overall winner that has excelled in all categories will be honored with a “Best of the Best Overall” award. The elite award winners will be revealed 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 8:30 a.m. The topics of this year’s sessions will include “Building Your Team to Support Your Corporate Culture,” “Bridging The Talent Gap: Considerations and Solutions,” “Engaging the Cross Generational Workforce” and “Building the Bridge to Success: How HR and Marketing can Dance Together to Enhance Brand and Win Talent.” The keynote address by Lance Richards of Kelly Services, luncheon and awards ceremony begins at 11 a.m.

Admission for the awards luncheon and symposium for members is $185; non-members, $195. Tables for 10 are also available for $1,800 for members and $1,900 for non-members. If you are interested in attending the conference, contact the MBPA at (866) 321-1822 or visit www.101bestandbrightest.com.

The Best and Brightest Companies to Work For is a program of the Michigan Business and Professional Association and is presented annually in several markets including Detroit, Chicago, Atlanta, Houston, Grand Rapids and now nationally. Nominations are now being accepted for 2013. Visit www.101bestandbrightest.com to obtain an application.

Based in Warren, the Michigan Business & Professional Association 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. More at www.michbusiness.org or www.michfood.org.

The winners are:

A.E. Mourad Agency Inc.
Amerisure Mutual Insurance Co.
Angott Search Group
Applied Imaging
Arrow Strategies
ASG Renaissance
Austin Financial Group LLC
Barton Malow Co.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
Bridgewater Interiors LLC
Broder & Sachse Real Estate Services
Brown & Brown of Detroit
Cambridge Consulting Group
Clayton & McKervey P.C.
Community Financial Credit Union
Computer and Engineering Services Inc.
Computer Consultants of America Inc.
Computerized Facility Integration LLC
Conway MacKenzie
Coretek Services
Credential Check Corp.
Credit Acceptance
DeMaria Building Co. Inc.
Detroit Athletic Club
DFCU Financial
DTE Energy
E&A Credit Union
Easter Seals
Michigan Educational Data Systems Inc.
Enterprise Rent-A-Car
ePrize LLC
Etkin Equities LLC
Express Employment Professionals
Family Home Health Services
Farbman Group
Fifth Third Bank Eastern Michigan
Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber Inc.
Gallagher Benefit Services Inc.
Ghafari Associates LLC
Gongos Research
Grant Thornton LLP
Greenleaf Trust
G-Tech Services Inc.
Harada Industry of America Inc.
Harley Ellis Devereaux
Health Management Systems of America
Henry Ford Health System
Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP
Image One ImageSoft Inc.
Inergy Automotive Systems (USA) LLC
Marketing Associates
McGraw Wentworth
Meadowbrook Insurance Group Inc.
Menlo Innovations LLC
Meridian Health Plan
Michigan Financial Companies
Michigan First Credit Union
Mipro Consulting
Nemeth Burwell P.C.
Oakwood Healthcare Inc.
OpTech LLC
Orchard, Hiltz, & McCliment Inc.
OtterBase Inc.
Plex Systems Inc.
Plunkett Cooney
Red Level Networks
Rehmann Ryan LLC
Sachse Construction
Seco Tools Inc.
Secure-24 Inc.
Service Express Inc.
Soil and Materials Engineers Inc.
Stout Risius Ross Inc.
Strategic Staffing Solutions
The Epitec Group Inc.
The University of Michigan Health System
Turner Construction Co.
UHY Advisors MI Inc.
United Shore Financial Services
University of Michigan Athletics Department
US Foods
w3r Consulting
Warner Norcross & Judd LLP
Yeo & Yeo, CPAs and Business Consultants


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