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WBJ names the 2018 Best of Business Award winners

BY Brad Kane

1/8/2018

For the past five years now, Worcester Business Journal has asked its readers for the best companies to do business with. And each year, since 2014, the end result is this WBJ Best of Business list.

Compared to other Best of… lists where editorial staffs carefully vet winners using their own expertise and opinions – notably, Boston Magazine's Best of Boston ascribes to this strict standard – the WBJ Best of Business is a popularity contest. It is our equivalent to walking in a room full of your business leader peers and asking, “Hey, do you know of a good office cleaning company?” or “Where do you take clients out for a drink?” or “Who's your accountant?” or “Where can I get a solid website designed?”

We ask as many WBJ readers who are willing to take our online survey at the end of the year, double-check the results for any chicanery (multiple votes all from the same internet address all at the same time are particular red flags) and declare the top vote-getters as the WBJ Best of Business for 2018. And, as always, because we know the most popular may not be the best for everybody, we included notable runners-up who received a significant amount of votes, already had sterling reputations, or both.

This year, we had a record 2,155 voters recommend their top companies in at least 10 of the categories. We included a record number of categories – 49, up from 44 last year – adding new options like Best Local Brewery, Best Architectural Firm and Best Young Professionals Network.

So, if you're looking for good companies and organizations to help your business prosper, we recommend you take a look at this list. And if you're looking to celebrate some of the best business in Central Massachusetts, we invite you to attend our WBJ Best of Business Awards event at 5 p.m. Jan. 25 at the Beechwood Hotel in Worcester.

Best Professional Services

  • Best Bank - UniBank*
  • Best Architectural Firm - Lamoureux Pagano & Associates
  • Best Credit Union - DCU – Digital Federal Credit Union*
  • Best Business Insurance Agency - Sullivan Insurance Group*
  • Best Law Firm - Mirick O’Connell*
  • Best Accounting Firm - Bollus Lynch, LLP Certified Public Accountants & Consultants*
  • Best Advertising Agency - Davis Advertising
Best Employee Services
  • Best College for Business Education - Nichols College*
  • Best Financial Planning/Investment Services - Provo Wealth Management Group*
  • Best Employee Benefits Consultant - Sullivan Benefits*
  • Best Luxury Automobile Dealership - Wagner Auto Group*
  • Best Limousine Services - Knight’s Airport Limousine Service*
  • Best Health Insurance Provider - Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts*
  • Best Young Professionals Network - YPWA (Young Professional Women's Association) of Worcester
Best Food & Entertainment
  • Best Restaurant for Business Lunch - The Sole Proprietor*
  • Best Restaurant for Business Dinner - 111 Chop House*
  • Best Caterer for a Corporate Event - Pepper's Artful Events*
  • Best Coffee Service - Good as Gold*
  • Best Exercise Facility/Fitness Center - Worcester Fitness
  • Best Public Golf Course - Green Hill Golf Course*
  • Best Private Golf Course - Worcester Country Club*
Best Office Services
  • Best Commercial Real Estate Brokerage - NAI Glickman, Kovago & Jacobs
  • Best Commercial Landscaper - Cheaper than the Kid Next Door Landscaping
  • Best Electrical Contractor - Coghlin Electrical Contractors Inc.*
  • Best Plumber/HVAC Contractor - JJ Bafaro Inc.*
  • Best Waste Removal - E.L. Harvey & Sons, Inc.*
  • Best Office Cleaning - Eagle Cleaning Corp.*
  • Best Staffing Agency - The Davis Companies*
Best Places for Drinks
  • Best Locally Owned Place to Meet for Coffee - BirchTree Bread Co.*
  • Best Local Brewery - Wormtown Brewery
  • 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 - Hunter's Grill & Tap
  • Best Central Mass. South After-Work Bar - The Cedar Street Grille*
Best Events & Venues
  • Best Golf Club for Corporate Outing - Cyprian Keyes Golf Club*
  • Best Venue for a Business Meeting - Beechwood Hotel*
  • Best Venue for a Corporate Event - Mechanics Hall*
  • Best Event Production Company - Revelation Productions
  • Best Nonprofit Fundraiser Event - March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction
  • Best Hotel for Business Clients - Beechwood Hotel*
  • Best Venue for an Employee Outing - EcoTarium*
Best Multimedia Services
  • Best Awards & Promotional Products - Engraveables*
  • Best Sign Company - Sunshine Sign Company
  • Best Commercial Printer - Curry Printing*
  • Best IT Services - Cinch IT
  • Best Internet Service Provider - Charter Spectrum*
  • Best Web Design Firm - Applied Interactive
  • Best Video Production - Pagano Media*
* Denotes repeat winner