(INDIANAPOLIS) — Hoosier companies can now apply for the Indiana Chamber of Commerce’s annual Best Places to Work in Indiana program.

Marking its 15th year, this program honors top organizations in the state as determined through employer reports and comprehensive employee surveys.

Companies need to have at least 15 employees in Indiana to be eligible. Out-of-state parent companies are also eligible to participate if at least 15 full-time employees are in the state.

“We know employers from all over the state strive to be the best in their respective industries while fostering an inclusive environment for their workforces,” says Indiana Chamber President and CEO Kevin Brinegar. “We are urging these companies to participate in the Best Places program so they can be recognized for their accomplishments, as well as learn valuable confidential information from their team to further strengthen their culture.”

How it works: Employers complete a questionnaire and employees fill out an anonymous engagement and satisfaction survey. All companies that apply will receive a thorough report analyzing strengths and opportunities for improvement in their workplace culture.

The Best Companies Group, which oversees similar programs in other states and large cities, is responsible for the selection process.

Winners are chosen in four groups: small companies of between 15 and 74 U.S. employees; medium companies of between 75 and 249 U.S. employees; large companies of between 250 and 999 U.S. employees; and major companies with 1,000 or more U.S. employees.

The application deadline is Friday, November 15. To apply, visit www.bestplacestoworkin.com.

The selected companies will be honored on Thursday, April 30, 2020, at the Best Places to Work awards dinner at the Indiana Convention Center in downtown Indianapolis. Winners will also be recognized via a special supplement to the Indiana Chamber’s bimonthly BizVoice® magazine and through Inside INdiana Business with Gerry Dick – both of which reach statewide audiences.

Program partners with the Indiana Chamber and BizVoice® are Inside INdiana Business with Gerry Dick, the Best Companies Group, HR Indiana SHRM and Wellness Council of Indiana.

The Best Places to Work in Indiana dinner is sponsored by Ivy Tech Community College; platinum sponsor is Moser Consulting; silver sponsor is CLA; visibility sponsor is Protective Insurance. Additional sponsorships are available by contacting Tim Brewer at [email protected] or call (317) 496-0704.

Top Best Places to Work in Indiana winners for 2019 in the small, medium, large and major categories were, respectively: JA Benefits, LLC, a Bedford-based employee benefits company; Moser Consulting, an IT consulting firm on the northeast side of Indianapolis; Group Management Services, Inc., a professional employer organization in Indianapolis; and Microsoft, a technology company with local offices in Indianapolis.