In brief

Burton’s Best contest gets under way

BURTON — Vote for the 2012 Burton’s Best online at Vote for the best restaurant, best credit union/bank, best florist/nursery, best community volunteer, best business, best public official, best customer service, best non-profit organization/service club and best children’s menton. Voting is from Aug. 16-Sept. 13. — G.G.

Healthcare magazine lauds McLaren Health Plan

FLINT — McLaren Health Plan (MHP) has been named one of the Best Places to Work in Healthcare by Modern Healthcare Magazine for the third year in a row. The award recognizes health care organizations that maintain an engaged and successful workforce based on employee satisfaction surveys.

“Being recognized for the third year in a row as one of the best places to work in health care embodies the employee leadership goals we strive for every day at MHP,” president and CEO of McLaren Health Plan Kathy Kendall said. “Each employee is held in such high regard as a crucial component to the company, and I am so pleased that we are being acknowledged once again for their accomplishments and teamwork.”

Employees responded to an internal engagement and satisfaction survey, in which they answered questions regarding leadership and planning, culture and communications, work environment and overall satisfaction.

The list of Best Places to Work winners was published on Modern Healthcare’s website at the end of July. On Oct. 9, specific rankings of each organization will be announced at an awards gala in Nashville, Tenn. Last year, McLaren Health Plan received a ranking of 15th in the nation, a leap from 57th in 2010. — G.G.

Genesee Regional Chamber launches speakers bureau

FLINT — The Genesee Regional Chamber of Commerce announced the formation of a Speakers Bureau as part of its community outreach efforts.

The primary goals of the Speakers Bureau are to provide information on available programs and services; promote positive news happening in the community; increase the visibility of our work in the community; report the organization’s performance results; and communicate how the public can get involved in revitalizing the Flint-Genesee region.

The Speakers Bureau provides Genesee Regional Chamber staff as speakers on topics including business services, economic development, employer and youth education, reinvention of Flint and Genesee County, government contracting, business and community engagement (how to get involved), and tourism and business networking.

To request a speaker visit news_ room/? page_ id= 576. D etails: E-mail or — G.G.

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