ALABAMA

Barfield Murphy Shank & Smith, Birmingham, was named a finalist in the 2009 Best in Business Awards by the Birmingham Business Journal.

CALIFORNIA

Hedman Partners, Valencia, is celebrating its 15th anniversary. Launched in 1994 with five staff, it now has 25 employees serving clients throughout Southern California.

COLORADO

Ehrhardt Keefe Steiner & Hottman PC, Denver, has been named one of the 25 Best Medium-Sized Companies to Work For in America in 2009 by the Society for Human Resource Management and the Great Place to Work Institute.

GERMANY

GDS Unternehmensgruppe, Cologne, has joined Enterprise Network Worldwide.

ILLINOIS

Crowe Horwath LLP, Oak Brook, has been named a Best Place to Work in a number of areas: It was named one of the Best Places to Work in Tampa by the Tampa Bay Business Journal; one of West Michigan's 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For by the Michigan Business and Professional Association; one of Chicago's 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For by Business Resources for the fifth consecutive year; one of the Best Places to Work in Indiana by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce for the fourth consecutive year; one of the Best Places to Work in Kentucky by the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce and the Kentucky Society for Human Resource Management State Council for the fifth consecutive year; one of the Best Employers in Tennessee by Business Tennessee for the third consecutive year; and one of the Best Employers in Ohio by the Society for Human Resource Management - Ohio State Council for the fourth consecutive year. ... Mueller Financial Services Inc., Elgin, was recognized for its achievements in wealth management at 1st Global's inaugural Eagles Executive Forum.

MASSACHUSETTS

Moody, Famiglietti & Andronico, Tewksbury, has been named one of the Top 50 Best Small and Medium-Sized Companies to Work For in America by the Society for Human Resource Management and the Great Place to Work Institute Inc. for the third consecutive year. ... The staff of Gray, Gray & Gray LLP, Westwood and Framingham, has raised over $8,000 for the American Cancer Society in that organization's annual Greater Norwood Relay for Life. The team, known as "Gray Walkers for a Cure," was recognized for raising the second largest amount among all teams participating in the Greater Norwood Relay For Life. Staff member Susan Farris, a cancer survivor, served as team captain and Publicity Chair of this year's Relay for Life.

MINNESOTA

RSM McGladrey and McGladrey & Pullen Inc., Bloomington, have received an Excellence in Achievement Award as Tax Consultant of the Year from Boardroom Magazine.

MISSOURI

Brown Smith Wallace LLC, St. Louis, has successfully completed its most recent peer review, receiving the best possible rating for the third consecutive time. ... Conner Ash PC, St. Louis, has formed CA Advisory Group LLC, to deliver wealth management services to clients. Jim Myers will serve as lead investment advisor.

NEW YORK

The American Institute of CPAs, New York, has won an American Business Awards "Stevie" for Communications Team of the Year.

NORTH CAROLINA

Cherry, Bekaert & Holland LLP, Raleigh, was recognized as a Gold Level sponsor by Meredith College as they celebrated the completion of the first Meredith-sponsored Habitat for Humanity home. ... Breslow Starling, Greensboro, has become a member of the American Institute of CPAs' Employee Benefit Plan Audit Quality Center.

OHIO

SS&G Financial Services Inc. has been named one of the Best Employers in Ohio for the fourth consecutive year by the Ohio Chamber of Commerce and the Society for Human Resource Management. ... Sikich LLP, Aurora, has been named to the Microsoft Dynamics Inner Circle for the fourth time in five years.

TEXAS

UHY Advisors has been ranked No. 3 on the Houston Business Journal's list of Best Places to Work with headquarters outside of Houston.

WASHINGTON

Clark Nuber, Bellevue, has been named a 2009 Best Company to Work For among midsized companies by Seattle Business. It was also named one of the Top 50 Best Small and Medium-Sized Companies to Work For in America by the Society for Human Resource Management and the Great Place to Work Institute.

WISCONSIN

Kolb+Co. SC, Brookfield, has been selected as a finalist for the 2009 Alfred P. Sloan Awards for Business Excellence in Workplace Flexibility in the greater Milwaukee area. The firm has also been named a Top Milwaukee Workplace by The Business Journal.

CALIFORNIA

Burr, Pilger & Mayer, San Francisco

Burr, Pilger & Mayer has received the California Society of CPAs' first Public Service Award for Firms, in recognition of its annual "Because People Matter" Day, in which staff volunteers participate in activities that improve their communities, and the firm hosts a fundraiser in connection with the opening of the San Francisco Giants' baseball season. Since 1998, the firm has raised more than $250,000 for charitable organizations.

OHIO

Maloney + Novotny LLC, Cleveland

Maloney + Novotny LLC, Cleveland, has received a Marketing Achievement Award for its Web site (www.maloneynovotny.com) from the Association for Accounting Marketing. Among other things, the new design is credited with almost tripling page views and more than doubling the amount of time that users spend on the site.

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