Tuesday, October 22, 2019
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Hilton Naples, 5111 Tamiami Trail N., Naples
With Emcee, Sue Huff
Keynote Speaker, Michael V. Martin, Ph.D., President of Florida Gulf Coast University
$50 per person
About the Family Friendly Business Awards
For the past 20 years, the Family Friendly Business Awards program has acknowledged local businesses that put family first. Nominations and applications are now being accepted. Any business which offers benefits that assist employees in raising their children–such as flex time, health insurance or childcare reimbursement–may be eligible to be recognized as a “Family Friendly Business”. Organizations are encouraged to apply directly for an award between August 1st and September 13th. The public can nominate a business by emailing Laura Bidireanu at Laurab@collierchildcare.org. All applicants with family-friendly business practices will be recognized at an Awards Luncheon slated for Tuesday, October 22, 2019.
Employer of the Year Award
The most outstanding family friendly business in their category will also receive an Employer of the Year Award. An Employer of the Year will be chosen in the following categories: Small Business (2-24 employees), Medium Business (25-99 employees), Large Business (100+ employees) and Nonprofit Organization (must have a 501(c)(#), tax-exempt designation). A runner-up in each category will also be recognized. Employer of the Year Awards recognize organizations that model best practices and innovation to support work/life balance for employees with families. A panel of judges select these winners.
Sponsor the Event
Event sponsorships are available and start at $200. At minimum, all event sponsorships include a vendor table, tickets, and the opportunity to include promotional items in the event swag bags. For more information about the awards or sponsorship levels, call 239-643-3908 or email Laura Bidireanu at Laurab@collierchildcare.org.
Family Friendly Business Awards Luncheon
The Family Friendly Business Awards will be presented on Tuesday, October 22, 2019, from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the Hilton Naples. Cost is $50 per person. The luncheon includes time for networking, a keynote address, plated lunch, raffle, the presentation of certificates designating Family Friendly Businesses and the Employer of the Year Awards.
“Celebrate the local businesses that put family first! A growing number of businesses are developing family-friendly policies to reduce friction between family and work responsibilities. Ultimately, these policies help companies attract and retain top talent. As a society, we are learning that what is good for families is good for business.”
–Niccole Howard, CCCR’s Executive Director/CEO
Michael V. Martin, Ph.D., President of Florida Gulf Coast University, will deliver the keynote address: “The importance of being family friendly and how high-quality early education and childcare affect and support the workplace“. President Martin came to FGCU from the Colorado State University System, where he served most recently as Chancellor Emeritus and Senior Fellow following three years as Chancellor. Prior to this, he was Chancellor of Louisiana State University; President of New Mexico State University; Vice President for Agriculture and Natural Resources at University of Florida; Vice President for Agricultural Policy at University of Minnesota; and served 15 years on the faculty, including a term as Faculty Senate president, at Oregon State University.
A native of Crosby, Minnesota, Dr. Martin earned a bachelor’s degree in business and economics and a master’s degree in economics at Mankato State College (now Minnesota State University). He received his Ph.D. in applied economics from the University of Minnesota in 1977. His areas of specialization are prices, international trade, public policy, transportation, and business logistics. His membership on local, state and national boards and organizations spans decades of service, and currently includes the Farm Foundation Board of Trustees, and the International Agricultural Trade Research Consortium.
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Questions: Please email Laura Bidireanu at Laurab@collierchildcare.org.
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