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Updated: January 8, 2024 Best of Business 2024

WBJ names the 2024 Best of Business award winners

Five women standing behind large letter cutouts that spell C-A-S-A Photo | Courtesy of CASA Project Worcester County (taken by Phil Smith) At the CASA Champions for Children event in September were (from left) Karlene Cudak, CASA Executive Director Julie Bowditch, Kris Wilhelmy Theodette Gasasira, and Gloriann Switzer.

At its core, WBJ’s Best of Business awards are a popularity contest.

Starting in October, WBJ asked its readers to begin voting on the best Central Massachusetts companies and organizations in more than 50 categories. Although we monitor for problems like ballot-stuffing, the businesses with the most reader votes win their categories and are labeled the best in their fields. Traditionally, the winners of these categories tend to be the businesses who most effectively mobilize their customers and supporters.

In order to be effective at that mobilization, the Best of Business winners must already have strong reputations among their core clients, good-sized customer bases, well-oiled operations, and forward-thinking executives, who see the value in winning a Best of Business award. This is why WBJ considers these companies to be award worthy. Even as individual circumstances may vary, we know if you patron any of the 55 organizations on the following pages, on the whole you’ll be getting among the best business experiences in Central Massachusetts. 

That, of course, gets us to the heart of the matter behind the Best of Business awards: recommendations. When you need a lawyer, a plumber, an edible, or a place to take your client for lunch, you’re going to ask around for the best businesses. With the Best of Business awards, you now have 55 recommendations for 2024, with the full backing of WBJ and its readership.

If you’d like a chance to meet with the leaders behind these best companies, come down to WBJ’s Best of Business awards ceremony on the evening of Jan. 24 at the Beechwood Hotel in Worcester. The atmosphere of the event is primed for networking, so you’ll come away with plenty of fodder to make 2024 the best for your business.

- Brad Kane, editor

*denotes repeat winner

Click here to read about all the 2024 Best of Business winners.

Best Professional Services

  • Best Law Firm
  • Mirick O’Connell
  • Best Credit Union
  • DCU – Digital Federal Credit Union*
  • Best Accounting Firm
  • Bollus Lynch, LLP Certified Public Accountants & Consultants*
  • Best Advertising Agency
  • PENTA Communications*
  • Best Health Insurance Provider
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts*
  • Best Logistics Company
  • Euro-American Worldwide Logistics*
  • Best Forensic Accountant
  • McLaren & Associates CPAs, PC*
  • Best Business Insurance Agency
  • Sullivan Insurance Group*
  • Best Bank
  • UniBank*
  • Best Community for Business
  • City of Worcester
  • Best Chamber of Commerce
  • Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce*
  • Best Financial Planning/Investment Services Firm
  • Provo Wealth Management Group*

Best Events & Venues

  • Best Nonprofit Fundraiser Event
  • CASA Champions for Children
  • Best Venue for an Employee Outing
  • Apex Entertainment*
  • Best Hotel for Business Clients
  • Beechwood Hotel*
  • Best Venue for a Business Meeting
  • Beechwood Hotel*
  • Best Venue for a Corporate Event
  • Beechwood Hotel*
  • Best Young Professionals Network
  • YPWA (Young Professional Women's Association) of Worcester*

Best Food

  • Best Caterer
  • Peppers Artful Events*
  • Best Locally Owned Place to Meet for Coffee
  • Bean Counter Bakery Cafe*
  • Best After-Work Bar
  • The Mercantile Restaurant*
  • Best Candy Shop
  • Bri’s Sweet Treats
  • Best Restaurant for Business Dinner
  • One Eleven Chop House*
  • Best Restaurant for Business Lunch
  • The Sole Proprietor*

Best Ways to Relax

  • Best Marijuana Company
  • Major Bloom
  • Best Golf Club for Corporate Outing
  • Cyprian Keyes Golf Club*
  • Best Public Golf Course
  • Green Hill Municipal Golf Course*
  • Best Exercise Facility/Fitness Center
  • Worcester Fitness*
  • Best Brewery
  • Wormtown Brewery*
  • Best Private Golf Course
  • Worcester Country Club*

Best Multimedia Services

  • Best New Business
  • Makin' It Marketing
  • Best IT Services Provider
  • ClearCom IT Solutions
  • Best Awards & Promotional Products
  • Crown Trophy*
  • Best Commercial Printer
  • Curry Printing*
  • Best Video Production Company
  • Munq
  • Best Web Design Firm
  • PENTA Communications*

Best Ownership

  • Best Family-owned Business (tie)
  • Coghlin Cos., Pagano Media
  • Best Woman-owned Business
  • PENTA Communications*
  • Best Minority-owned Business
  • Jade*
  • Best Business Incubator
  • Venture X Marlborough*
  • Best Employee-Owned Business
  • Mass Commercial Cleaning*

Best Office Services

  • Best Staffing Agency
  • The DAVIS Cos.*
  • Best Plumber/HVAC Contractor
  • J.J. Bafaro, Inc.*
  • Best Commercial Real Estate Brokerage
  • Kelleher & Sadowsky Associates*
  • Best Commercial Landscaper
  • LEI Corp.
  • Best Sign Company
  • Sunshine Sign Co.*
  • Best Waste Removal Company
  • E.L. Harvey & Sons*
  • Best Office Cleaner
  • Mass Commercial Cleaning*

Best Employee Services

  • Best Employee Benefits Consultant
  • Sullivan Benefits*
  • Best Limousine Service
  • Knight’s Airport Limousine*
  • Best College for Business Education
  • Nichols College*
  • Best Auto Detailer
  • Nick’s On-site Detailing
  • Best Luxury Automobile Dealership
  • Wagner Mercedes-Benz of Shrewsbury*
  • Best Professional Training Company
  • MindsetGo*

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