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Schaumburg, IL (August 27, 2012) – In addition to being named one of Chicago's 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For in July, Assurance was also honored by the National Association for Business Resources with an Elite Award for Employee Education and Development. This is the company's fourth consecutive year earning an Elite Award, which are only presented to 12 companies in the competition. The 101 Best and Brightest provides the business community with an opportunity to gain recognition, showcase their best practices and demonstrate why they are an ideal place for employees to work.

In the Employee Education and Development category, Assurance has excelled through its formalized training, learning lunches, advanced designation courses, as well as on-the-job mentoring, career path development and continued education reimbursement programs. Currently, 84% of employees participate in these courses and programs. Assurance University was formalized in 2004 and is another offering that has educated thousands of business professionals through its 40+ webinars and seminars each year.

"Receiving this honor four consecutive years is a great testament to Assurance's commitment in continuing to invest and provide the foundation for employee development,” said Lisa Pinion, Senior Vice President of Human Resouces. She continued, "We're truly fortunate to be named among very elite and innovative companies when it comes to employee practices.”

The 2012 winners were honored at an awards gala on August 20, 2012, at the DoubleTree Chicago-Oak Brook. Judy Hsu of ABC 7 Chicago News and Pat Cassidy from WBBM News Radio 780 emceed the ceremony.

About NABR

The National Association for Business Resources (NABR) advocates and represents small and medium-sized businesses throughout the United States. NABR specializes in providing businesses the benefits, programs, services, and assistance required to operate as efficiently and successfully as possible. Best practice solutions are available to members in the areas of human resources, healthcare, legal, transaction, compliance, marketing, and office services. For more information about NABR and its offerings, please visit www.nationalbiz.org or call 1-866-321- 1822.