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Baudville named one of the "101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For" in West Michigan by Michigan Business & Professional Association

Baudville receives honors for third consecutive year

March 30, 2009

Grand Rapids, MI – Being named a "West Michigan’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For," is a designation that hundreds of companies pursue. For the third consecutive year, Grand Rapids-based Baudville, a leading provider of employee recognition and awards products, has again earned the honor.

The 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For designation is awarded by the Michigan Business and Professional Association (MBPA) on an annual basis. To be considered for the award, companies must be nominated, complete a thorough application and be evaluated by an independent research firm.

Nominated companies are assessed by reviewing a number of key measures in categories that 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 selection, recognition and awarding of West Michigan’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For allows businesses to showcase their best practices and demonstrate why each of them would be an ideal place for employees to work. This year's winning companies represent high standards and are an example for other companies to emulate," said Jennifer Kluge, MBPA chief operating officer and a veteran human resources manager.

As an employee recognition and awards provider, Baudville’s products help customers motivate, engage and retain their employees. The company also practices its business internally. "The essence of Baudville is to make a difference in workplaces. The most important element of our mission is to promote a positive and engaged workplace within our own walls," said Brad Darooge, Baudville President and CEO.

The MBPA will recognize Baudville among the other winning companies at the "West Michigan’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For" annual human resources symposium and awards program on Thurs., May 7, 2009 at the Pinnacle Center in Hudsonville, Mich. The event starts at 7:30 a.m. with registration, continental breakfast and networking. A series of interactive educational workshops on human resources practices will be presented, followed by the awards ceremony.

The event's educational component will include two sessions: "Energy, Creativity and Imagination: Creating a Sustainable Culture for Innovation and Engagement," presented by Richard Sheridan from Menlo Innovations and a panel discussion on "Sustaining Employee Connections in Changing Times," moderated by Dave Smith from The Employers' Association. The luncheon and awards ceremony will begin at 11:00 a.m. and will feature presenters Suzanne Geha of WoodTV8 and Gary Allen of Wood Radio.

Tickets for the symposium and awards lunch are $105 for MBPA members; $130 for non-members. A member table of 10 is $1,050; non-member tables are $1,350.  Sponsorships are also available. Please contact the Michigan Business and Professional Association’s events team at 888-277-6464 or visit www.101bestandbrightest.com.

About Baudville
Baudville is a leading provider of employee recognition and award products. Baudville's innovative recognition products empower managers and human resources professionals to actively practice recognition in their organizations. Baudville has been declared one of the best companies to work for in its area and strives to create the ultimate work experience for its employees. For more information, visit www.baudville.com.

About the Michigan Business & Professional Association
Based in Warren, Mich., the MBPA is the largest business organization of small to medium-sized businesses in Michigan, representing more than 20,000 members who employ more than 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). For more information, visit www.michbusiness.org

Media Contacts:
Baudville: Cori Curtis, (616) 698-0889, ccurtis@baudville.com 
Michigan Business & Professional Association: Sue Voyles (734) 667-2005 or Ed Deeb (586) 393-8800

Images and company logos can be obtained by emailing pr@baudville.com or by phone at (616) 698-0889.

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