January 8, 2018
WBJ 2018 Best of Business

Best of Business: Best Multimedia Services for 2018

Sunshine Sign Company won the Best Sign Company for 2018. Here, the company's crew puts up the sign for The Edge at Union Station housing complex.

Best IT Services

Cinch IT, Inc.

Worcester, www.cinchit.com

Top executive: President Rick Porter

Founded: 2004

Employees: 24

Read more: Cinch IT fixes problems before they arise

Notable runner-up: Machado Consulting

Best Awards & Promotional Products

Engraveables*

Marlborough, www.engraveablesma.com

Top executive: Lou Papile, Jr., president

Founded: 1984

Employees: 3

Engraveables prides itself on its willingness to engrave not only the products it sells, but its clients' products as well. The company can always meet a deadline for customers in need of a fast turnaround.

Best Sign Company

Sunshine Sign Company Inc.

North Grafton, www.sunshinesign.com

Top executive: David R. Glispin, president & owner

Founded: 1980

Employees: 29

Sunshine's motto is to "Sweat the details" as the company's employees agonize over details as little as an 16th of an inch. Its products are built to create signature signage, and the company delivers as is dictated by clients' needs.

Notable runners-up: Serrato Signs, Fast Signs

Best Commercial Printer

Curry Printing*

Westborough, CurryPrinting.com

Top executive: President Peter Gardner

Founded: 1978

Employees: 35

With a strong understand on clients' needs, Curry helps them save time and be more efficient in their print communications. The company operates 24 hours a day, with competitive prices, to provide convenience for clients of all sizes.

Best Internet Service Provider

Spectrum Enterprise*

Worcester, enterprise.spectrum.com

Top executive: Tom Rutledge, president & CEO

Founded: 1993

Employees: 92,000

Spectrum Enterprise is a part of Fortune 100 company Charter Communications, which focuses on serving the unique needs of large organizations. Knowing the capability of all its business clients to drive growth and innovation rests with their connectivity, Spectrum pushes to create strong internet connections.

Notable runner-up: Verizon FIOS

Best Video Production

Pagano Media*

Worcester, paganomedia.com

Top executive: President Joe Pagano

Founded: 1981

Employees: 8

Pagano brings together a team of multi-faceted people under one roof who ensure quality while staying within budget and deadline.

Notable runner-up: Applied Interactive

Best Web Design Firm

Applied Interactive

Worcester, appliedinteractive.com

Top executive: Joshua Rothschild, president & CEO

Founded: 2008

Employees: 9 full-time (plus freelancers)

Combining web technology and communication strategies, Applied Interactive surpasses the one-size-fits-all marketing agencies by working with clients to achieve their specific goals, prioritizing growth and return on investment.

Notable runners-up: Pagano Media, PENTA Communications

Click below to see the other 2018 Best of Business winners:

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*

* Denotes repeat winner

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