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January 8, 2018 WBJ 2018 Best of Business

Best of Business: Best Office Services for 2018

Susan Mailman, president, Coghlin Electrical Contractors

Best Commercial Real Estate Brokerage

NAI Glickman Kovago & Jacobs


Top executives: Owners James Glickman, Peter Kovago, Michael Jacobs

Founded: 1991

Employees: 25

Read more: NAI Glickman Kovago & Jacobs on the edge of the new Worcester

Notable runner-up: Kelleher & Sadowsky Associates

Best Commercial Landscaper

Cheaper Than The Kid Next Door Landscaping


Top executive: Brandon Dziokonski

Founded: 2014

Employees: 6

Cheaper has found by sticking to the basics – like never rushing a job and showing up on time – has yielded powerful results with clients. The company mixes service, pricing and convenience, such as emailing invoices and allowing customers to pay online.

Notable runner-up: Leone's Landscaping

Best Electrical Contractor

Coghlin Electrical Contractors, Inc. & Coghlin Network Services*


Top executives: Susan Mailman, president; Christine Kelly, vice president

Founded: 1885

Employees: 480

With a highly trained workforce and a partnership with the IBEW, Coghlin always stands behind its work, a value the company says differentiates it from the competition in a high-risk business.

Notable runner-up: Mercier Electric Co. Inc.

Best Plumber/HVAC Contractor

J.J. Bafaro, Inc.*


Top executive: President Joseph J. Bafaro

Founded: 1964

Employees: 70

With its half century of experience, Bafaro's design and mechanical teams have the expertise to handle complex challenges and are equipped with the latest technologies. Its service department works to development long-term relationships uses core values of integrity, respect and honesty.

Notable runner-up: Garabedian Plumbing & Heating Inc.

Best Waste Removal

E.L. Harvey & Sons, Inc.*


Top executive: CEO James Harvey

Founded: 1911

Employees: 400

A family-owned and operated business, E.L. Harvey says its success is the result of hard-working, best-in-the-industry employees and customers who want to give their business to local companies.

Notable runners-up: P. Pellegrino Trucking, Waste Management

Best Office Cleaning

Eagle Cleaning Corp.*


Top executive: Jeff Johnson, president & CEO

Founded: 2001

Employees: 170

Eagle's unique company structure gives it a strong field presence where managers provide regular training and inspections at client sites. The customer service team reaches out to clients on a monthly basis to solicit feedback. As the company grows, it seeks clients that are the right fit: larger commercial, educational and institutional properties.

Best Staffing Agency

The DAVIS Companies*


Top executive: President Brendon Davis

Founded: 1985

Employees: 79

DAVIS attributes its growth and success to the personal relationships its teams build with clients, applicants, employees and its own internal staff. The company preaches its ROCI core values: relationships, opportunities, commitment and integrity.

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 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

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