BuzzBee Wins 2011 Better Workplace Award for Excellence in Job Training and Advancement

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BuzzBee, a leader in strategic marketing and consulting in Seattle, is the recipient of the Association of Washington Business (AWB) Better Workplace Award for Excellence in Job Training and Advancement. The award was accepted on February 3, 2011 by BuzzBee Marketing Manager Amber Kercmar and CEO Michele Keeffe during AWB’s Annual Legislative Day at the Red Lion Hotel in Olympia. AWB President Don Brunell and Governor Christine Gregoire presented the awards along with event sponsor Tom Lemly of Davis Wright Tremaine.

BuzzBee’s unique approach to staff development and focus on creating an environment of opportunity allows it to shine as a leader in the Job Training and Advancement category. “One of our firm’s mandates is to develop the right talent,” said Michele Keeffe, CEO. “Our staff leads the charge and finds new ways every day to contribute to the success of the business through their own growth.”

BuzzBee provides job training and advancement options that have increased morale and productivity, and ample opportunities for individual growth. “Our entire team is excited to be involved in every aspect of the business,” said Amber Kercmar, Marketing Manager. “This hands-on interaction allows us to grow specific skills while having the benefit of on-the-job mentors.”

The Association of Washington Business celebrated 10 Washington state employers for their excellence in protecting, training and compensating their employees. “Each year, we are honored to recognize companies for their efforts to make their workplaces among the very best in the state. This year’s crop of winners continues that tradition,” said Don Brunell, AWB President. “The 10 businesses we celebrate today have made an ongoing commitment to providing quality products and services while also tending to the needs of their employees. We are honored to count these companies among our members and to recognize the innovative ideas they bring to the Washington state workplace.”

An independent panel of judges reviews all the nominees and evaluates the programs based on a variety of criteria, including their impact on employee morale, increases in worker productivity, improvements in recruitment and retention and reductions in the cost of worker training. The AWB honors Washington companies that have set the bar for workplace safety, job training and advancement, and innovative benefit and compensation programs. To view the submission, please see for more information.

About BuzzBee
Established in 1998 by CEO Michele Keeffe, BuzzBee is a strategic marketing and consulting firm located in Seattle’s historic Pioneer Square. Specializing in Planning, Research and Competitive Strategy, and Marketing and Sales Tools, BuzzBee was founded on the belief that one firm could provide the strategic council of a consulting firm while also providing execution tactics that come from creative, technology, and PR firms. It is comprised of a growing team of talented, dedicated, professional consultants, marketers, and storytellers—all with a passion for making an impact on client business and the community. For more information about BuzzBee, please visit

About the Association of Washington Business (AWB):
Formed in 1904, the Association of Washington Business is Washington’s oldest and largest statewide business association, and includes more than 7,300+ members representing 650,000 employees. AWB serves as both the state’s chamber of commerce and the manufacturing and technology association. While its membership includes major employers like Boeing, Microsoft and Weyerhaeuser, 90 percent of AWB members employ fewer than 100 people. More than half of AWB’s members employ fewer than ten. For more about AWB, visit


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