When working for a company that emphasizes employee growth and development, it makes you work all the harder. At least that’s been my experience. The company wants you to succeed, and therefore you want to succeed. But still, there are a lot of companies that don’t invest in their employees 

So the ones that do should be recognized. Helios HR, who provide outsourced human resource services focused on solutions that maximize employee productivity and retention, will present the 2007 Helios HR Apollo Awards at a breakfast ceremony this Friday to four companies who are committed to offering meaningful workplace experiences. The award winners will be chosen from the following list of 12 finalists: 

Emerging Company Finalists of 20 and fewer employees:

Arc Aspicio, LLC www.arcaspicio.com

Evans Inc. www.evolvenow.us 

Market Connections, Inc. www.marketconnectionsinc.com  

Small Company Finalists of 21-100 employees:

Engineering Management & Integration, Inc.  www.em-i.com

Mind & Media Inc. www.mindandmedia.com 

SPADAC Inc. www.SPADAC.com  

Mid-Size Company Finalists of 101-1,000 employees:

Bowman Consulting Group www.bowmanconsulting.com

Dimension Data North America www.dimensiondata.com/na/

Kadix Systems www.kadix.com 

Large Company Finalists of 1,001 or more employees:

Dewberry www.dewberry.com

ICF International www.icfi.com 

Grant Thornton LLP www.grantthornton.com 

These companies are leading efforts in establishing best practices. Our hats go off to them. For more information, go to http://www.helioshr.com/apollo/Apollo-Awards-Finalists.pdf.

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Michele Capots has been writing for various newspapers and magazines for the last 10 years. Her favorite color is purple. Currently, she works in public relations for Livingston Communications. Be sure to also check her out in the Buzz Bin.

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