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January 18, 2016 Best of Business

Best of Business 2016: Offsite Venues

The EcoTarium was voted best location for an employee outing.

The 2016 Best of Business winners in this category include everything from employee outings to meeting space.

Best Venue For An Employee Outing


222 Harrington Way, Worcester

Top Executive: Joseph P. Cox, president

Signature Business Product: New England's leading museum for science and nature offering hands-on exhibits, indoor and outdoor explorations, daily science discovery programs, summer camp, field trips, education programs, birthday parties and facility rentals.

The EcoTarium offers three floors of interactive exhibits, exciting shows in the Alden Digital Planetarium, a National Geographic theater, live animal habitats, nature trails, tree canopy walkway (seasonal), train ride around the grounds (back in service 2016) and an expansive outdoor exhibit, Nature Explore.

Notable Runner-up: Kimball Farm,

Best Venue For A Business Meeting

Beechwood Hotel

(repeat winner)

363 Plantation St., Worcester

Top Executive: Sayed M. Saleh, asset manager and managing director

Signature Business Product: Full-service hotel, banquet facility and restaurant

With 8,500 square feet of function space and the state-of-the-art equipment in its banquet and conference rooms, the Beechwood Hotel and Ceres Bistro are the perfect destination for all business needs.

Best Golf Club For Corporate Outing

Cyprian Keyes Golf Club

284 East Temple St., Boylston

Top Executive: Gen. Manager David Frem

With an 18-hole championship course, a 9-hole par-3 course, custom club fitting, a school for adults and juniors, and an event venue for corporate and social events, Cyprian Keyes can provide a variety of upscale and fun options.

Notable Runner-up: The International,

Best Public Golf Course

Green Hill Municipal Golf Course

(repeat winner)

1929 Skyline Dr., Worcester

Top Executive: Matthew Moison, director of golf

Since 1929, Green Hill Municipal Golf Course has been a welcoming place to learn and play golf. The course offers great conditions, a friendly atmosphere and a beautiful, tranquil setting.

Notable Runner-up: Wachusett Country Club,

Best Venue For A Corporate Event

Mechanics Hall

321 Main St., Worcester

Top Executive: Bob Kennedy, executive director

Signature Business Product: Owned by the Worcester County Mechanics Association, the historic building is a community gathering space and concert hall and functions as a rental facility.

The Mechanics Hall mission is to serve the community as the gathering place for experiences that inspire, enrich and enlighten generations. The hall enjoys a worldwide reputation for its sound qualities and inspirational beauty, and it is beloved locally for its cultural, business, entertainment and family events.

Best Private Golf Course

Worcester Country Club

2 Rice St., Worcester

Top Executive: Bill Shaw, general manager and chief operating officer

Worcester Country Club has embraced its history while transforming into today's individual and family wishes for a recreational experience that brings them together at the area's finest golf, dining and recreational facilities.

Read about other Best of Business award winners.

Best Office Services

  • Best Truck Dealership: Harr Motor Group
  • Best Commercial Landscaping: Jam Creative Landscaping Inc.
  • Best Electrical Contractor: Coghlin Electrical Contractors, Inc.
  • Best Plumber/Hvac Contractor: J.J. Bafaro, Inc.
  • Best Waste Removal: P. Pellegrino Trucking Co.
  • Best Office Cleaning: Enterprise Cleaning Corp.

Best Multimedia Services

  • Best Awards & Promotional Products: Engraveables
  • Best Commercial Printer: Curry Printing
  • Best IT Services: Akuity Technologies
  • Best Internet Service Provider: Spectrum Business Enterprise Solutions
  • Best Web Design Firm: Pagano Media
  • Best Video Production: Skyscope

Best Client & Employee Services

  • Best College For Business Education: Nichols College
  • Best Exercise Facility: The Fitness Asylum
  • Best Luxury Automobile Dealership: Wagner Motors
  • Best Limousine Service: Knight’s Airport Limousine Service
  • Best Hotel For Business Clients: Beechwood Hotel
  • Best Nonprofit Fundraiser: Cirque Du Noir

Best Professional Services

  • Best Bank For Business: Unibank
  • Best Business Insurance Agency: Sullivan Group
  • Best Advertising Agency: Davis Advertising
  • Best Financial Planning Services: Provo Financial Services, Inc.
  • Best Credit Union For Business: Digital Federal Credit Union
  • Best Health Insurance Provider: Blue Cross Blue Shield Of Massachusetts
  • Best Employee Benefits Consultant: Marsh & Mclennan Agency
  • Best Law Firm For Business: Mirick O’connell
  • Best Accounting Firm: Bollus Lynch, Llp Certified Public Accounts & Consultants
  • Best Staffing Agency: The Davis Companies

Best Food

  • Best Place To Meet For Coffee: Starbucks
  • Best Coffee Service For Business: Good As Gold Coffee Service
  • Best Restaurant For Business Lunch: The Sole Proprietor
  • Best Restaurant For Business Dinner: 111 Chop House
  • Best Caterer For A Corporate Event: Struck Catering
  • Best Worcester After Work Bar: Armsby Abbey
  • Best Metrowest After Work Bar: Tavern In The Square
  • Best North County After Work Bar: Rye & Thyme
  • Best Blackstone Valley After Work Bar: Kyoto Bar & Grill
  • Best Tri-Area After Work Bar: Cedar Street Grille

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