Company categories

Best in Biz Awards offers the following 12 company categories.

Companies and organizations in all industries and regions in the U.S. or Canada and of all sizes are eligible to enter any and all of the categories.

Companies are allowed and encouraged to submit entries in multiple categories in all Best in Biz Awards programs.

01

COMPANY OF THE YEAR

For the Company of the Year category, the judges look at overall company achievements and excellence (rather than focusing only on fast growth, innovations or employee culture). Thus, in the submission, it is helpful to mention the entirety of the company’s success, which may range from demonstrated growth percentages in terms of both revenue growth and/or staff growth percentages, through innovations in terms of patents, inventions, first-to-market developments, company culture and policies, to employee satisfaction and employee well-being programs, focus on customer service, and overall company excellence.

Winners in this category will be selected in each of the three company-size subcategories:
a. Company of the Year – Small (1-99 employees)
b. Company of the Year – Medium (100-999 employees)
c. Company of the Year – Large (1000 and more employees)

02

START-UP OF THE YEAR

Companies that began operations since January 1, 2016 are eligible. Overall company successes required, as in the category above.

03

FASTEST-GROWING COMPANY OF THE YEAR

Demonstrated growth percentages required, in the form of revenue, staff and/or client growth percentages.

Winners in this category will be selected in each of the three company-size subcategories:
a. Fastest-Growing Company of the Year – Small (1-99 employees)
b. Fastest-Growing Company of the Year – Medium (100-999 employees)
c. Fastest-Growing Company of the Year – Large (1000 and more employees)

04

COMEBACK COMPANY OF THE YEAR

Demonstrated operational or financial improvement required.

05

MOST INNOVATIVE COMPANY OF THE YEAR

Demonstrated innovations in terms of patents, inventions, first-to-market developments, company culture and policies, etc. required.

Winners in this category will be selected in each of the three company-size subcategories:
a. Most Innovative Company of the Year – Small (1-99 employees)
b. Most Innovative Company of the Year – Medium (100-999 employees)
c. Most Innovative Company of the Year – Large (1000 and more employees)

06

MOST CUSTOMER FRIENDLY COMPANY OF THE YEAR

Demonstrated customer satisfaction and customer support success rates (e.g. efficient response times and satisfactory resolution of customer concerns) required.

Winners in this category will be selected in each of the three company-size subcategories:
a. Most Customer Friendly Company of the Year – Small (1-99 employees)
b. Most Customer Friendly Company of the Year – Medium (100-999 employees)
c. Most Customer Friendly Company of the Year – Large (1000 and more employees)

07

MOST SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE COMPANY OF THE YEAR

New for 2017 awards
Demonstrated social responsibility programs and contributions required.

08

MOST ENVIRONMENTALLY RESPONSIBLE COMPANY OF THE YEAR

New for 2017 awards
Demonstrated environmental responsibility programs and contributions required.

09

BEST PLACE TO WORK

Demonstrated employee satisfaction and employee well-being programs (e.g. flexible work arrangements, mentoring, financial and lifestyle perks) required.

Winners in this category will be selected in each of the three company-size subcategories:
a. Best Place to Work – Small (1-99 employees)
b. Best Place to Work – Medium (100-999 employees)
c. Best Place to Work – Large (1000 and more employees)

10

ADVERTISING OR MARKETING AGENCY OF THE YEAR

All advertising, creative, digital marketing and marketing agencies are eligible, from local companies to global corporations conducting business in the U.S. or Canada. Overall agency successes required, as in the Company of the Year category above.

11

LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR

All law firms are eligible, from local companies to global corporations conducting business in the U.S. or Canada. Overall law firm successes required, as in the Company of the Year category above.

12

PR AGENCY OF THE YEAR

All communications and public relations agencies are eligible, from local companies to global corporations conducting business in the U.S. or Canada. Overall agency successes required, as in the Company of the Year category above.

13

NONPROFIT OR GOVERNMENT ORGANIZATION OF THE YEAR

All nonprofit and government organizations are eligible, from local organizations to national chapters of global organizations. Overall organization successes required, as in the Company of the Year category above.