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WBJ picks the 2017 Best of Business winners

1/9/2017

A large part of running any business is knowing who to trust, especially when it comes to people and organizations not on your payroll.
You need to trust the accountants you hire to do your books will keep you out of tax trouble. You need to trust the restaurant you take a client for lunch won’t have mediocre service or bad food. You need to trust your IT service provider will keep your digital operations up and running.
For the fourth annual WBJ Best of Business awards, we asked our readers – the business leaders of Central Massachusetts – who they trust to provide their services in 44 different categories. After nearly 1,800 responses, we compiled the go-to list in the region for everything from Best Bank and Best Office Cleaning to Best College for a Business Education.
While all the winners are certainly the best of the area’s businesses – having been properly vetted by WBJ readers and staff – we know you have choices to make on service providers in a variety of categories and might need more than one option. This year, we expanded on our runners-up notation by providing the name of another service provider or two in nearly all categories.
Worcester Business Journal has spent the last 28 years forging its relationship with the Central Massachusetts business community, so we didn’t take it lightly four years ago when we decided to leverage that relationship to provide you with the names of area organizations you could turn to for your business needs. These are companies you can rely on.
Trust me.

  • Brad Kane, editor

*Denotes repeat winner
BEST CLIENT & EMPLOYEE SERVICES

  • BEST COLLEGE FOR BUSINESS EDUCATION - Nichols College*
  • BEST EXERCISE FACILITY/FITNESS CENTER - The Fitness Asylum*
  • BEST LUXURY AUTOMOBILE DEALERSHIP - Wagner Auto Group*
  • BEST LIMOUSINE SERVICE - Knight’s Airport Limousine Inc.*
  • BEST HOTEL FOR BUSINESS CLIENTS - Beechwood Hotel*
  • BEST NONPROFIT FUNDRAISER EVENT - Notre Dame Health Care Educational Forum

BEST FOOD

  • BEST RESTAURANT FOR BUSINESS LUNCH - The Sole Proprietor*
  • BEST RESTAURANT FOR BUSINESS DINNER - 111 Chop House*
  • BEST LOCALLY OWNED PLACE TO MEET FOR COFFEE - BirchTree Bread Company
  • BEST WORCESTER AFTER-WORK BAR - Armsby Abbey*
  • BEST METROWEST AFTER-WORK BAR - Tavern in the Square*
  • BEST NORTH COUNTY AFTER-WORK BAR - Rye & Thyme American Tavern*
  • BEST BLACKSTONE VALLEY AFTER-WORK BAR - Gray Barn
  • BEST TRI-AREA AFTER-WORK BAR - Cedar Street Grille*
  • BEST CATERER FOR A CORPORATE EVENT - Peppers Artful Events
  • BEST COFFEE SERVICE - Good As Gold Coffee*

BEST MULTIMEDIA SERVICES

  • BEST VIDEO PRODUCTION - Pagano Media
  • BEST AWARDS & PROMOTIONAL PRODUCTS - Engraveables*
  • BEST COMMERCIAL PRINTER - Curry Printing*
  • BEST IT SERVICES - Machado Consulting
  • BEST INTERNET SERVICE PROVIDER - Spectrum Enterprise*
  • BEST WEB DESIGN FIRM - Pagano Media*

BEST OFFICE SERVICES

  • BEST TRUCK DEALERSHIP - Harr Motor Co.*
  • BEST COMMERCIAL LANDSCAPER - Leone's Landscaping & Construction
  • BEST ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR - Coghlin Electrical Contractors Inc.*
  • BEST PLUMBER/HVAC CONTRACTOR - J.J. Bafaro, Inc.*
  • BEST WASTE REMOVAL - E.L. Harvey & Sons, Inc.
  • BEST OFFICE CLEANING - Eagle Cleaning Corp.

BEST OFFSITE VENUES

  • BEST PUBLIC GOLF COURSE - Green Hill Golf Course*
  • BEST PRIVATE GOLF COURSE - Worcester Country Club*
  • BEST GOLF CLUB FOR CORPORATE OUTING - Cyprian Keyes Golf Club*
  • BEST VENUE FOR A BUSINESS MEETING - Beechwood Hotel*
  • BEST VENUE FOR AN EMPLOYEE OUTING - EcoTarium*
  • BEST VENUE FOR A CORPORATE EVENT - Mechanics Hall*

BEST PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

  • BEST BANK - UniBank*
  • BEST BUSINESS INSURANCE AGENCY - Sullivan Insurance Group*
  • BEST FINANCIAL PLANNING/INVESTMENT SERVICES - Provo Financial Services, Inc.*
  • BEST CREDIT UNION - DCU – Digital Federal Credit Union*
  • BEST HEALTH INSURANCE PROVIDER - Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts*
  • BEST EMPLOYEE BENEFITS CONSULTANT - Sullivan Benefits
  • BEST LAW FIRM - Mirick O’Connell*
  • BEST ACCOUNTING FIRM - Bollus Lynch, LLP Certified Public Accountants & Consultants*
  • BEST ADVERTISING AGENCY - PENTA Communications, Inc.*
  • BEST STAFFING AGENCY - The Davis Companies*