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Best Service Based under 10 Employees*

A service-based business is any business that offers services to others without selling tangible products.

Best Service Based over 10 Employees*

A service-based business is any business that offers services to others without selling tangible products.

Best Retailer*

A person or business that sells goods to the public in relatively small quantities for use or consumption rather than for resale.

Best Food Service/Quick Service Restaurant

A fast food restaurant, also known as a quick service restaurant (QSR) within the industry, is a specific type of restaurant that serves fast food cuisine and has minimal table service.

Best Full-Service Restaurant

full-service restaurant is defined as a sit-down eatery where food is served directly to the customers’ table. These establishments may sell alcoholic beverages; provide takeout, delivery or present live entertainment.

Best Bar, Pub or NightClub

An establishment for primarily adult and nighttime entertainment, typically serving drinks and offering music, dancing, etc. Also known as a night spot, disco, cabaret, or club. These establishments can also serve food and be open during the day in many cases.

Best Bank or Financial Service Provider

bank is a financial institution licensed to receive deposits and make loans. Banks may also provide financial services, such as wealth management, currency exchange, and safe deposit boxes. Financial services providers can be part of a firm or individual provider known as brokers or analysts.

Best Company Culture*

Company culture is the personality of a company. It defines the environment in which employees work. Company culture includes a variety of elements, including work environment, company mission, value, ethics, expectations, and goals. … Other companies have a casual workplace without many rules and regulations.

Best Customer Service*

Customer service is the process of ensuring customer satisfaction with a product or service.

Best E-Commerce / Online Business*

Aretail entity that sells exclusively online without a brick and mortar location.

Best Community Impact/Corporate Responsibility*

Corporate impact integrates social and environmental considerations into all aspects of business operations, including relationships with employees, suppliers, consumers, and local communities.

Best Import/export company*

An import export business is a company that facilitates trades of goods and commodities between domestic and foreign companies.

Best Non-Profit organization*

A nonprofit organization is a business that has been granted tax-exempt status by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) because it furthers a social cause and provides a public benefit. Donations made to a nonprofit organization are typically tax-deductible to individuals and businesses that make them, and the nonprofit itself pays no tax on the received donations or on any other money earned through fundraising activities. Nonprofit organizations are sometimes called NPOs or 501(c)(3) organizations based on the section of the tax code that permits them to operate.

Best Manufacturer/Wholesaler/Distributor*

A manufacturing business is any business that uses components, parts or raw materials to make a finished good. These finished goods can be sold directly to consumers or to other manufacturing businesses that use them for making a different product. Wholesaling or distributing is the sale of goods or merchandise to retailers; to industrial, commercial, institutional, or other professional business users; or to other wholesalers (wholesale businesses) and related subordinated services. In general, it is the sale of goods to anyone other than a standard consumer.

Best Marketing Campaign/ or best Creative Advertising

An organized course of action to promote and sell a product or service.


An organization which exemplifies the highest standards of quality and operates using best practices in all areas of the operation.

Minority Owned Business of the Year*

A person who organizes, operates, and assumes the risk for a business venture who belongs to a group who is categorized as a minority because of race, sex, national origin or sexual orientation.

Minorities Groups include but should not be limited to members of the following groups:  Hispanic or Latino American, African American, Native American, Pacific Islander, Asian American, Arab America, Inuit or Alaska Native, LGBTQI, Disabled American.

most innovative company*

Innovation generally refers to changing processes or creating more effective processes, products and ideas. For businesses, this could mean implementing new ideas, creating dynamic products or improving your existing services.

Fastest Growing Business*

An organization who demonstrates rapid success and/or has rapid success in delivering their goods or service in the marketplace in a short period of time (under 12months).

Entrepreneur of the Year*

A person who organizes, operates, and assumes the risk for a business venture.

Young Entrepreneur of the Year (40 years of age or younger) *

A person who organizes, operates, and assumes the risk for a business venture who is under the age of 40.

Female Entrepreneur of the Year*

A person who organizes, operates, and assumes the risk for a business venture who is female or identifies as female.

Best Comeback or Turnaround Business

An organization which faced challenges and instituted innovative approaches and processes to over come obstacles and become profitable and successful.

CEO of the Year*

A chief operating officer of a company who has held the position for more than 12 months.

Best New CEO of Year

A chief operating officer that has been in the position less than 12 months.

Best New Business with under 10 Employees (under 2 years of operation)

A new organization or business which demonstrates an innovative approach in delivering their products or services to the marketplace.

Best New Business with over 10 Employees (under 2 years of operation)

A new organization or business which demonstrates an innovative approach in delivering their products or services to the marketplace.


This organization has a consistent and cohesive delivery of their brand image and messages. The campaigns which represent the brand are vibrant and eye-catching.

Best Health & Safety

The organization has high ratings with OSHA, has established methods and processes that keep accidents and work-related injuries at a minimum and exceeds it’s industry benchmarks.

Best IT Organization

An organization that is focused on harnessing technology to deliver superior products and services to the consumer.

Best Human Resources Organization

An organization which demonstrates an innovative approach to people management.

Best Support Team

A team within an existing organization who together demonstrated an innovative approach to improve the company’s overall results.

Best Sales Team

A sales team which exceed targets and goals set by the organization within a calendar year.

Best New Product Launch

A product introduced into a marketplace that solved a specific consumer need in an innovative way.

Best Green/Sustainable Business

A business who demonstrates a commitment to reducing their carbon footprint and demonstrates a sustainable approach to reduce the use of fossil fuels and natural resources.

VP/Director/Department Head of the Year

An individual in the organization who demonstrates leadership qualities that help transform their teams and gain greater results.

Employee of the Year

An individual contributor who demonstrates outstanding initiative and goes above and beyond their normal work requirements.

Best Website/Mobile Site

The organization whose website or mobile site is dynamic, customer focused and delivers superior content and an enhanced user experience.

Special Awards

Favorite Neighborhood Business (Main Street USA Award)

This award is open to any type of business, anywhere. No matter the size or the type of business, if you have a “favorite” hangout or service provider in your area this special award recognizes the company’s impact on everyday lives in their community.

Best Pet Friendly Business (The Spot on Award)

This special award is open to a business that has a focus on providing not only you but your fur family member a great experience. If you shop or frequent a company that has a pet-friendly policy or environment and/or supports animal rights and causes, this award recognizes their commitment to animals.

Best Child Friendly Business (The Kiddo Kudos Award)

Any business which caters to or has special services or products designed to delight your children and is focused on making the little ones in our lives feel special.

New Business HUB Awards

This NEW segment of awards is dedicated to those who support business, give business a voice and make growing your business their business.
Nominate your favorite today!

Best Business Blogger

A business blogger who has a strong, unique and influential voice in the business community and consistently publishes thought-provoking content focused on important, relevant, innovative business topics and issues.

Best Business Influencer

Business influencers have a significant impact on how business is carried out today. Influencers motivate business owners to dream big and believe in themselves. They teach crucial lessons to help owners, entrepreneurs and seasoned professionals succeed in business.

Best Business Podcast

Pre-recorded or Live audio online program that is focused on compelling business topics, presents informative business guests and provides the listener fresh ideas and relevant and useful business tips, resources and motivational content.

Most Influential Business Guru

A business guru is someone who imparts deep knowledge, new concepts and often disrupts the status quo thinking. This person influences others in the business community to change behaviors, adopt theories, and implement the strategies they espouse.

Best Business Journalist (Print or Broadcast)

A reporter who tracks, records, analyzes and interprets the businesseconomic and financial activities and changes that take place in societies.  This journalist focuses on topics widely covering the entire purview of all business topics, providing a voice and spotlighting the important issues facing business with regularity locally, regionally or nationally.

Best Business Publication

Magazine, newspaper or online newsletter that covers business topics which are critical to success nowadays. In a world filled with unlimited content, it is imperative to stay up-to-date on business trends, entrepreneurial tools and new technologies that could help your business. The publications in this category are examples of excellence.

Best New Business Book of the Year

These new books, published within the last 12 months focus on a business topic. Whether customer services, marketing, sales, growth strategies, investing or team building the nominees in this category provide thought-provoking concepts and insight for any entrepreneur, business owner or professional looking to up their game.

Best Business Author

Choose the Author of the business book that has made the biggest impact on your business. As long as the book was published within the last 12 months, any topic is eligible as long as it has business implications and application.

Best Business Speaker or Presenter

You’ve seen this dynamo on stage, watched their videos, subscribed to their YouTube Channel. You can’t get enough of their Facebook Live sessions. If you are a devotee of a business speaker or presenter that moves you to action, nominate them in this category.

Best Business Software or APP

The Business APP or business Software that saves you time, money and makes your business run smoother and more efficiently. Whether PC or Mobile based, this tech is a gamechanger and you just can’t do business without it.

Best Digital Media Company

A modern-day marketing/advertising company is one that develops and delivers both content and functionality defined as text, video, graphics, code and applications to customers across all electronic media, from online to mobile. This one-stop-shop makes your business’ digital footprint a reality.

Best PR/Social Media Agency

This company specializes in public relations and social media management. They are experts in getting publicity and blasting the social media universe with your messaging. They set strategy, create content and deploy it across multiple platforms.

Best Branding or Marketing Agency

This company is focused on creating the most stunning branding and corporate image packaging. From the logo to the letterhead, the agencies nominated in this category create brands that will stand the test of time.

Best Social Media Strategist

These specialists are tweeting, posting, following, liking and snapchatting your business’ messaging and cleverly communicating your brand’s USP on multiple platforms every day. They help you keep track of your friends, followers, engagements and make sure your social media game is on point.

Best Video Production

These video wizards, shoot, direct and edit video that captures your business’ products, services and messages in creative formats that tell visual stories you use to grow your business.

Best SEO Strategist/Provider

Your website reach and traffic would be a trickle without the help of this nominee. These search engine experts maximize the number of consumers that see and visit your website by deploying coding wizardry and programming magic!

Best Business CRM or Database Management System

Managing your customer base would be impossible without this tool. It helps you keep your customers’ records organized, allows you to communicate with them and keeps data for you to build strategies to further attract new consumers and keep your customers coming back for more.

Best IT Systems/Software Provider/Consultant

This Information Technology resource provider is essential to your business success. They assist with online security, electronic communication, sales processing, ordering services and fulfilment needs of your business. They maintain systems and data storage, trouble shoot glitches and fix bugs to keep your company fully optimized.

Best Website Designer

They have created your website and developed a highly responsive, attractive and functional platform to represent your company’s brand.

Best Business Support Service Provider

(can include Virtual Assistant services, Payroll process, HR Administration, Legal Services, Bookkeeping)

This outsource service not only fills a gap in your company, but offers you cost savings and efficiencies that make you more productive and profitable.

*Denotes Awards that are recognized at Award Gala
Subject to change without notice.

These awards are for entertainment purposes only.