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Aug. 28 - Step Up and Nominate a Business by Friday

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Deadline to nominate a business for workplace innovation Aug. 31

Aug. 28, 2012 — The Workplace Innovator Award, given each year by Step Up Savannah, recognizes a business that pursues innovation in the workplace for its lower-wage workers. The selected business understands the value in assisting their lower-wage employees (defined as those earning at or below $12 an hour) and has implemented creative programs or procedures to support their development.

For profit and non-profit companies are encouraged to self-nominate. The winner is presented the award at the Step Up Annual Meeting at a breakfast scheduled for Oct. 23 at Savannah Technical College.

What types of employer practices will be considered for the award?
The award seeks to recognize employers that are implementing a wide array of creative processes or programs to develop their low-wage workforce professionally and personally, ultimately providing tools to increase their income. These practices must add value to the employer and the employee.

How does my organization apply?
Nominations are due on Aug. 31 and will be evaluated by a team of judges; find the “2012 Workplace Innovator Nomination form” on Step Up’s Web site: http://stepupsavannah.org/employersupport or call 912-232-6747 to request a copy of the nomination form.  Nomination forms may be submitted by e-mail to Shawnte Tyler at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

The annual meeting will feature Steven McCullough, chief operating officer of the Safer Foundation of Chicago.  For 40 years Safer Foundation has provided a holistic approach to coaching formerly incarcerated individuals to become reliable employees. In the last year alone Safer placed more than 3,000 individuals into jobs.

For more information about Step Up Savannah, please visit its Web site at http://stepupsavannah.org/ To find out more about Step Up’s annual meeting, please call Suzanne Donovan at 912-232-6747.
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