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January 10, 2022

WBJ awards its Best of Business to 59 honorees

A large group of employees and their families gather for the UMass Cancer Walk. Photo | Courtesy of Mirick O'Connell Worcester firm Mirick O'Connell won the Best Law Firm honor in WBJ's Best of Business awards.

When you need help for your business, you go to people in the know.

Collectively, WBJ’s readership of business owners, executives, and managers have hundreds – if not thousands – of years of experience fulfilling their own company needs and making recommendations to the people they trust. For the ninth year, they have bestowed that expertise for WBJ’s Best of Business awards, voting on who the best providers are in 59 separate categories. Nearly 20,000 votes were cast for the 2022 awards, so those atop their respective fields really had to stand out from the competition. Per WBJ’s usual practice, we did include the notable runners-up in most categories, in case you are looking for multiple recommendations for your business’ needs.

Click here to read about all the 2022 Best of Business winners.

Here is the list of this year's winners:

Best Employee Services
Best Health Insurance Provider
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts*

Best Professional Training Company

Best College for Business Education
Nichols College*

Best Financial Planning/Investment Services Firm
Provo Wealth Management Group*

Best Employee Benefits Consultant
Sullivan Benefits*

Best Staffing Agency
The DAVIS Cos.*

Best Luxury Automobile Dealership
Wagner Mercedes-Benz of Shrewsbury*

Best Exercise Facility/Fitness Center
Worcester Fitness*

Best Young Professionals Network
YPWA Worcester (Young Professional Women’s Association Worcester, Inc.)

Best Office Services
Best Hotel for Business Clients
Beechwood Hotel*

Best Waste Removal
E. L. Harvey & Sons*

Best Office Cleaner
Eagle Cleaning Corp.

Best Logistics Company
Euro-American Worldwide Logistics*

Best Plumber/HVAC Contractor
J.J. Bafaro, Inc.*

Best Commercial Real Estate Brokerage
Kelleher & Sadowsky Associates, Inc.*

Best Limousine Service
Knights Airport Limousine Service*

Best Commercial Landscaper
LEI Corp.

Best Business Incubator
Venture X Marlborough – Apex Center

Best Pandemic Coworkers
Best Furry Duo
Bella and Dave Hebert

Cutest Coworker
James “Jamie” Gardner

Best Pair of Pooches
Kylo and Penelope

Best Furry Executive Assistant    

Best Coworker With Nine Lives  
Sheba Boudrot

Best Professional Services
Best Family-owned Business
Angel-Guard Products, Inc.

Best Credit Union
DCU – Digital Federal Credit Union*

Best Forensic Accountant
McLaren & Associates CPA’s, PC*

Best Law Firm
Mirick O’Connell*

Best Accounting Firm
Stowe & Degon LLC

Best Minority-owned Business
Studio Jade

Best Woman-owned Business
Sullivan Benefits 

Best Business Insurance Agency
Sullivan Insurance Group*

Best Bank

Best Chamber of Commerce
Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce*

Best Food, Drink & Marijuana
Best Marijuana Company
Bud’s Goods & Provisions

Best Coffee Service
Good As Gold Coffee*

Best Locally Owned Place to Meet for Coffee
In House Coffee

Best Restaurant for Business Dinner
One Eleven Chop House*

Best Caterer for a Corporate Event
Struck Catering

Best After-Work Bar
Tavern in the Square

Best Cookie Company
The Cookie Lady's Daughter

Best Restaurant for Business Lunch
The Sole Proprietor*

Best Local Brewery
Wormtown Brewery*

Best Events & Venues
Best Venue for an Employee Outing
Apex Entertainment*

Best Venue for a Corporate Event
Beechwood Hotel*

Best Venue for a Business Meeting
Beechwood Hotel*

Best Public Golf Club for Corporate Outing
Cyprian Keyes Golf Club*

Best Public Golf Course
Green Hill Municipal G.C.*

Best New Real Estate Development
Polar Park*

Best Nonprofit Fundraiser Event
UMass Cancer Walk and Run

Best Private Golf Club for Corporate Outing
Worcester Country Club

Best Private Golf Course
Worcester Country Club*

Best Multimedia Services
Best IT Services Provider
Cinch I.T.*

Best Commercial Printer
Curry Printing*

Best Awards & Promotional Products
Engraveables, Inc.

Best Video Production Company
Pagano Media*

Best Web Design Firm
PENTA Communications, Inc.

Best Advertising Agency
PENTA Communications, Inc.*

Best Virtual Assistance Company
Simplify Simplify

Best Sign Company
Sunshine Sign Company, Inc.*

*Repeat winner

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