The Michigan Business and Professional Association has named West Michigan's 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For. Some big names -- like Michigan Blue Cross and Blue Shield and Metro Health with hundreds of employees to smaller companies like Baudville Inc with less than 100 -- companies that deliver exceptional human resources practices.

Beene Garter is West Michigan's largest independently owned accounting firm and was honored as on of the Best and Brightest. Tom Rosenbach, Managing Partner tells, WOOD Radio his company rewards accountants with three day weekends -- aside from vacation days -- as a thanks for the long hours during tax season. Wth everyone sharing in the best and brightest award.

"For us it is a way to show our employees that we can compete, that it is a good place to work. We try to do a celebration around the award. We'll have a catered event, maybe lunch or a breakfast, as a way to say thank you and congratulate them for the award."

Rosenbach says Beene Garter expects its accountants to work hard and serve their clients needs but family comes first.

In our firm, their family and children comes first, everything else comes second. If there is a ballgame or a school event, we tell our employees they have to be at those."

The Best and Brightest Companies to Work For™ competition identifies and honors organizations throughout the regions that display a commitment to excellence in their human resource practices and employee enrichment. Organizations will be assessed based on categories such as communication, work-life balance, employee education, diversity, recognition, retention and more.

"The selection, recognition and awarding of this year's Best and Brightest 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. The companies that we are recognizing this year are an example of exceptional human resource practices and represent high standards in today's economic climate," said Jennifer Kluge, MBPA president.