BEST COLLEGE FOR BUSINESS EDUCATION
Top executive: President Susan West Engelkemeyer
Nichols offers a career-focused and leadership-based approach to learning, both in and out of the classroom, weaving its professional development program throughout its college experience. The school offers personalized academic and career advising and a professional development seminar.
Notable runners-up: Assumption College, Worcester State University
BEST HOTEL FOR BUSINESS CLIENTS
Top executive: Sayed M. Saleh, asset manager & managing director
The only four-diamond, boutique hotel in Central Massachusetts, the Beechwood sets itself apart by providing a memorable guest experience with a preserved elegance in its antique art displays, mahogany gas fireplace and stained glass.
BEST NONPROFIT FUNDRAISER EVENT
Notre Dame Health Care Annual Educational Forum
Top executive: CEO Karen M. Laganelli
While raising funds for Notre Dame's Educational Bridge Center – including continuing healthcare education, free programs for seniors, adult basic education, and citizenship preparation – the forum serves as an educational experience itself. The 2016 event featured a talk by Lisa Genova, author of the bestselling book "Still Alice."
Notable runners-up: YOU Ball Gala for Kids; 15-40 Mark & David Ungerer Gala, Auction & Golf Tournament
BEST EXERCISE FACILITY/FITNESS CENTER
The Fitness Asylum*
Shrewsbury & Boylston, fitness-asylum.com
Top executive: Owner Bonnie Lefrak
All the Fitness Asylum instructors were once clients themselves, so they strive to provide classes that are challenging but accessible to anyone at any fitness level, focused on delivering results.
Notable runner-up: Worcester Fitness
BEST LUXURY AUTOMOBILE DEALERSHIP
Wagner Auto Group*
Top executive: President Mark Wagner
Wagner offers a variety of luxury cars, including Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Audi and Jaguar, setting itself apart with a welcoming, family atmosphere.
Notable runner-up: Lexus of Northborough
BEST LIMOUSINE SERVICE
Knight's Airport Limousine Inc.*
Top executives: Owners Michael and Thomas Hogan
Knight's sports the largest luxury vehicle fleet west of Route 128 with 60 town cars, passenger vans, executive vans and mini-buses, relying on highly skilled employees – from salespeople to drivers – to keep customers coming back.
Notable runners-up: Joey's Limousine Service, Worcester Limo Service
*denotes repeat winner