On Tuesday, November 28th, over 100 people gathered at Hilton Naples to attend the Family Friendly Business Awards networking breakfast and presentation ceremony hosted by Collier Child Care Resources. Attendance included notable guests like Representative Byron Donalds, Council Members Reg & Sandra Buxton, and Commissioner Burt Saunders, among others.
The event opened with a speech from Mayor Bill Barnett, who spoke on the value of family friendly businesses for our community, as well as the current state of commerce in Collier County and what can be expected in the future. CCCR’s Director of Development JoAnn Lawrence says, “This award program enlightened me to so many innovative and creative ways businesses offer family supportive benefits to their employees. I can see how these practices increase morale and company loyalty, and help employees perform their best work.”
The award ceremony followed, during which all forty-six businesses crossed the stage to receive their framed award that can be displayed at their place of business to honor their dedication to family friendly practices. Special recognition was given to Bonita Bay Club and Arthrex who tied as Employer of the Year in the Large Business category as well as Fun Time Early Childhood Academy for Employer of the Year in the Small Business category. Collier County Public Schools and Golisano Children’s Museum were runner-ups in their respective categories.
CCCR’s Executive Director Niccole Howard says, “Many companies today desire a win-win situation in which they help people generate their best work, attract and retain top talent, while allowing employees greater flexibility and support. We want to encourage this trend by recognizing a company’s dedication to the well-being of their employees.”
Since this event also fell on Giving Tuesday, the globally recognized day of giving following Black Friday and Cyber Monday, CCCR hosted a book drive to help provide holiday gifts for the children at their development centers, the majority of which are economically disadvantaged and whose parents especially struggle during this season. A total of 35 books were donated throughout the event.