For the third year, the Dakota-Scott Workforce Development Board (WDB) is sponsoring the “Employers of Excellence” program in the two counties as part of its efforts to help area organizations attract and retain a skilled workforce.  The FREE program is open to business, nonprofit and government organizations.

As part of the program, participating organizations receive a confidential, personalized report that analyzes data such as turnover rates, growth percentages, promotion percentages, and benefit packages for each company. A total of 37 different measurements will be analyzed and compared against aggregate data of other participants.

A select few organizations will be recognized at an Awards Banquet being held at the Workforce Summit at the Best Western-Burnsville on Thursday, September 27, which is great recognition, however the real value is the benchmark data you receive for participating.

Previous participants said:

  • “The Employers of Excellent program recognition helped my company find qualified individuals to satisfy our open positions. We promoted the fact that we won the award which was very impressive to potential employees. They are now very happy working for us. Even if you don’t use the workforce programs, the fact that they recognize your talent is key to hiring!  Great group.”  Michael Esch, Custom Drapery and Blinds.
  • “Employers of Excellence gave us great survey information that compared our company to other companies of the same size. The award we were presented gave our company a great deal of pride and we are looking forward to participating again this year.” Kevin Hubbard, Bankers Equipment Services

There is no cost to employers.

To learn more and apply visit: It typically takes about 1-2 hours to complete (a lot goes into the 37 different measurements being analyzed!) but you do have the ability to save the application and return to it later. Submission deadline is July 31.