Hope College has been named one of the "101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For" in West Michigan for 2006.

The competition is a program of the Michigan Business and Professional Association (MBPA) and the National Association for Business Resources (NABR). Hope and the region's other 2006 winners were recognized during an awards luncheon at The Pinnacle Center in Hudsonville on Wednesday, May 3.

Businesses are evaluated in eight categories: diversity and multiculturalism; work-life balance; communication; compensation and benefits; employee education and development; recruitment and selection; recognition and retention; employee engagement and commitment; and community initiatives. Considerations within each category include a unique thought process with top support from senior management and policy makers, and the quality of programs, services and solutions for employees.

The West Michigan honorees were selected from nominations in a region running from Traverse City in the north, to Kalamazoo in the east and New Buffalo in the south. Separate competitions are also held for companies based in Chicago, Ill., and metropolitan Detroit.