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January 18, 2016 Best of Business

Best of Business 2016: Professional Services

DCU was named the best credit union for business in 2016.

The 2016 Best of Business winners in this category covers everything from banking to insurance.

Best Health Insurance Provider

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts

101 Huntington Ave., Boston

Top Executive: Andrew Dreyfus, president & CEO

Blue Cross is a community-focused, tax-paying, not-for-profit health plan headquartered in Boston. The company is committed to working with others in a spirit of shared responsibility to make quality health care affordable. Consistent with its corporate promise to always put its 2.8 million members first, it is rated among the nation’s best health plans for member satisfaction and quality.

Best Staffing Agency

The DAVIS Companies

(repeat winner)

325 Donald Lynch Blvd., Marlborough

Top Executives: CEO Robert Davis, President Brendon Davis

Signature Business Product: Staffing solutions & talent advisory services

The DAVIS Companies has been a work-hard, play-hard company since its inception 30 years ago. With a focus on being a consultative business partner to its clients, DAVIS stands out as a leader in the staffing industry.

Best Credit Union For Business

Digital Federal Credit Union

(repeat winner)

220 Donald Lynch Blvd., Marlborough

Top Executive: James Regan,


Signature Business Product: Free business checking

DCU’s role is to help businesses achieve success by building relationships with them; first, by learning what is important to them, and then applying its skills and knowledge to offer solutions to help the business grow – be it through lending, providing services and solutions, or providing sound financial advice.

Best Financial Planning Services

Provo Financial

Services, Inc.

(repeat winner)

385 South St., Shrewsbury

Top Executive: Christopher P. Provo, RFC, CRPC, President & CEO

Signature Business Product: Custom-tailored, unbiased financial advice

Provo offers a hands-on approach to financial guidance, which is a change from the status quo. The firm carefully fosters and maintains its clients’ trust for the long term. Provo takes enormous pride in going above and beyond. It asks: How do you define a meaningful life? The conversations reveal what to focus on and what is truly important to the client.

Best Accounting Firm

Bollus Lynch, LLP Certified Public Accounts & Consultants

89 Shrewsbury St., Suite 200, Worcester

Top Executives: Michael J. Bollus, Stephen A. Lynch, Jeffrey C. Swanberg

Bollus Lynch strives to be among the best audit, accounting, tax and consulting firms in New England. The only way the company can achieve this is to hire the best and brightest individuals to serve an impressive array of clients operating in all aspects of commercial and nonprofit industries. The firm owes its total success to its team and the clients that it serves.

Notable Runner-up: David McLaren Associates,

Best Business Insurance Agency

Sullivan Group

(repeat winner)

1 Mercantile St., Suite 710, Worcester

Top Executive: President & CEO John T. Andreoli, MBA, CPCU, LIA

Signature Business Product: Commercial and personal insurance and risk management services

Since 1957, Sullivan Group has dedicated itself to serving the needs of its clients. The firm is proud to be independently owned and is committed to the values it was founded upon: honesty, loyalty and mutual respect.

Notable Runner-up: Thomas J. Woods Insurance Agency,

Best Law Firm For Business

Mirick O’Connell

100 Front St., Worcester

Top Executive: David E. Surprenant, managing partner

In 2016, Mirick O’Connell celebrates its 100th anniversary as a law firm. The firm has never wavered from the core principles of professional excellence established by its founders in 1916. Mirick O’Connell combines uncompromising standards of service with practical and cost-effective approaches to problem solving. The firm has the expertise to handle the most sophisticated and complex matters, while never losing sight of its first priority – the client.

Notable Runner-up: Bowditch & Dewey,

Best Bank For Business


49 Church St., Whitinsville

Top Executive: James F. Paulhus, president and CEO

Signature Business Product: Competitive financial solutions to businesses with a focus on Central Massachusetts and MetroWest.

UniBank, with branches in Central Massachusetts and MetroWest, has assets of $1.5 billion as of Dec. 31. A full-service, mutually owned community bank, UniBank provides community-focused banking solutions and local decision-making to businesses to help the local economy prosper. In addition, UniBank provided more than $500,000 to area nonprofits in 2015.

Notable Runner-up: Spencer Savings Bank,

Best Business Insurance Agency

Marsh & McLennan Agency

100 Front St. #800, Worcester

Top Executive: CEO James Blue

Signature Business Product:

Middle-market insurance services

Marsh & McLennan Agency is a wholly owned subsidiary of Marsh, dedicated to serving the insurance needs of middle market companies in the United States since 2008. MMA operates independently, offering commercial property, casualty, personal lines, employee benefits and retirement services to clients.

Best Advertising Agency

Davis Advertising

1331 Grafton St., Worcester

Top Executive: Andrew Davis, president

Signature Business Product: Full-service advertising agency

Davis Advertising is one of the largest independent advertising agencies in New England. Its 40 talented and dedicated employees offer clients an amazing array of in-house services. It strives to become an expert in its clients, their brands, their products and their customers. Davis delivers creativity and ideas that move people.

Notable Runner-up: Blue Hive,

Read about the 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 Offsite Venues

  • Best Public Golf Course: Green Hill Municipal 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 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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