ePrize Awarded $100,000 in Work Force Training Funds to Improve Employee Skills

PONTIAC, MICH.  — Oct. 28, 2008 —

ePrize, the Pleasant Ridge-based worldwide leader in interactive promotions, has been awarded $100,000 in work force training funds to help its employees meet the growing needs of the company.

The award, which was announced Tuesday by Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, is part of the $1 million assigned to Oakland County Workforce Development and its Michigan Works! program under the U.S. Department of Labor’s Workforce Investment Act. The Incumbent Worker Training Program helps local companies train and develop their existing employees. It will affect about 250 employees.

“This is another incentive Oakland County provides to attract and retain top notch companies,” Patterson said. “ePrize is the largest company of its kind in the world and is recognized as world leader. It’s especially important in economic times like these to assist companies like ePrize reach their full potential. We’re committed to their success in Oakland County.”

ePrize is the largest Internet company in Michigan. The company has 350 employees worldwide including 275 in Michigan. Besides its local office, ePrize has offices in New York, Chicago, Dallas, London and Los Angeles. It was recently named as one of southeast Michigan’s Top 101 Places to Work.

The company has created more than 5,000 promotions since 1999. Its clients include 74 of the top 100 brands.

“Our team members are our greatest asset and we look forward to furthering our advantage through these funds,” said Josh Linkner, CEO and Founder of ePrize.  “We are thrilled Oakland County is continuing this program and honored to be one of the recipients.”

It is the third in three years ePrize has been given work force training grants, which total about $300,000. In the past the grants have been used for leadership development, professional development and for customized training sessions tailored for the company. The training has been provided in partnership with Oakland Community College, the University of Michigan and New Horizons. The grant was made through the Ferndale Career Center.

Past topics have included:

  • Speed of Trust — Leadership Development
  • Leadership and Leadership Foundations — Leadership Development
  • Leadership: Great Leaders, Great Teams, Great Results — Executive and Vice President-level Leaders

The Oakland County Workforce Development program assisted 29 companies through its nine Michigan Works! Centers in 2008. More information about ePrize can be found at www.eprize.com.