First Western Bank & Trust has been named one of Prairie Business’s 50 Best Places to Work for the fourth year in a row. 

Employees throughout the region nominated their companies, highlighting some of the reasons they believe make their place of business a great place to work. Among the topics were workplace culture, opportunities for employee growth, teamwork and individual responsibility, and employee morale, among others.

In all, Prairie Business received 1,476 nominations.

“We are very happy with the number of nominations we received this year,” said Andrew Weeks, editor of Prairie Business. “Learning about the successes of these companies is even more meaningful when the employees announce them – and this year they announced them enthusiastically.”

Weeks said employees respond positively when they feel they are valued by their employer and have the opportunity to grow.

“Business is a two-way street. It’s easy for employees to go the extra mile when they feel appreciated by their employers,” he said. “And from the nominations Prairie Business received this year, it’s easy to see that the selected companies truly do value their employees, and vice versa.”

The winners are featured in the September issue of the magazine, which also is available as an e-edition at