Best in Biz Awards is unique in that only writers and journalists for business, financial, trade and technology publications, as well as broadcast outlets and analyst firms, serve as judges. In fact, Best in Biz Awards is the only business awards program judged by independent members of the press and industry analysts. Having researched and covered countless successful companies, these judges have the expertise to objectively evaluate the entry pool to choose the top companies, teams, executives and products from among the submissions.



Best in Biz Awards 2017 judging panel

As in years past, judges returning to the 2017 panel from prior years’ judging panels were announced in July and the complete judging panel, including new additions to the high-profile group, will be revealed during the late entry period (August-September 2017). Stay tuned!



2016 judging panel

The 6th annual judging panel included 50 judges from such well-recognized publications as Associated Press, Consumer Affairs, Entrepreneur, Forbes, Inc. and Wall Street Journal; many top local newspapers and business journals such as Atlanta Tribune, Portland Business Journal and South Florida Business Journal; and such widely read vertical outlets as AdWeek, CNET, Computerworld, eWeek, Information Week, InfoWorld, Investment Advisor Magazine, MediaPost, Network World, Wired and ZDNet.

2015 judging panel

The 5th annual judging panel included contributors to ABC, About.com, Bloomberg Businessweek, Business News Daily, Computerworld, Consumer Affairs, CRN, eWeek Channel Insider, Fast Company, Forbes, FOX News Latino, Inc. Magazine, InfoRisk Today, Information Week, MediaPost, Motley Fool, PE HUB, ReadWriteWeb, San Jose Mercury News, Silicon Valley Business Journal, Small Business Digest, Wired, Woman’s Day, as well as numerous business journals and daily newspapers.

2014 judging panel

The 4th annual judging panel included 53 writers and reviewers from highly recognized newspapers, business, consumer and technology publications, radio outlets, and analyst firms, such as Adweek, Atlanta Tribune, Boston.com, Computerworld, Consumer Affairs, Detroit Free Press, eWeek, Gizmodo, Entrepreneur, IDG Ventures, Inc. Magazine, Information Week, MediaPost, Miami Herald, New York Observer, PC Magazine, Phoenix Business Journal, San Jose Mercury News, Silicon Valley Business Journal, Wired, ZDNet and many more. In addition to the numerous judges returning from previous panels from years 2011 – 2013, the 2014 judging panel included several new additions to the prestigious group.

2013 judging panel

The 50-member panel for Best in Biz Awards, in its third year, included returning judges from the previous years’ panels, as well as notable new additions to the high-profile group, including such publications, as well as analyst firms, as Bloomberg Businessweek, Chicago Tribune, Computerworld, Crain’s New York Business, Entrepreneur, eWeek, Fast Company, Financial Times, Fortune, Inc. Magazine, Miami Herald, Network World, Orange County Register, PC Magazine, Reuters, San Francisco Chronicle, San Jose Mercury News, USA Today, and many more.

2012 judging panel

The 2nd annual judging panel included 32 high-caliber judges from top-tier news, business and technology publications, as well as analyst firms, including ABC, Bloomberg Businessweek, Computerworld, Entrepreneur, eWeek, Financial Times, Forbes, Fox News Latino, IDG, Inc., Network World, PC Magazine, USA Today, ZDNet and more.

2011 judging panel

The inaugural judging panel included high-caliber judges from established business and technology publications, as well as analyst firms, including outlets such as eWeek, Financial Times, FOX News, Investor’s Business Daily, Kelsey Group, Network World, PC Magazine, Portfolio and Wired. Combined, the 20 judges had more than 470 years of experience researching and covering numerous successful companies in the U.S. and abroad and have written for a combined total of more than 180 consumer, business, financial, trade and technology publications nationwide.


More info on the judging process

Entries in each category are judged by at least five media and industry analyst judges, with each judge providing scoring and other feedback. Each judge can award a score from 1 to 10, with 10 indicating an entry the judge deems worthy of a gold win, 9 indicating a silver contender, and 8 indicating an entry deserving a bronze. The scores are then aggregated and averaged by the Best in Biz Awards staff and the winners selected based on these results.

Depending on category popularity and competition scoring, multiple gold, silver and bronze winners may be awarded in a single category. In addition, based on scoring metrics, not all categories will result in winners in each of the gold, silver, and bronze positions. To maintain a standard of excellence in Best in Biz Awards, to be selected a gold winner, entries require to have scored at least two 10’s from the judges or to have achieved a similarly high cumulative score threshold.

Award entries are only distributed to the authorized media and industry analyst judges selected to review entries. The entries and the underlying information about the nominees will never be released to anyone else. Furthermore, no entries, including the winning entries, will ever be posted in whole or in part on the Best in Biz Awards site or elsewhere without prior approval by the entrant.