"Best of" lists are fun to peruse. On April 4, Vermont Business Magazine announced its 2019 Best of Business Awards (BOB Awards) in over 100 business-to-business categories.
How were winners selected? According to the press release:
Starting on January 1, 2019 and closing on March 1st, [Vermont Business Magazine] surveyed its magazine and digital subscribers. We asked our readers – the business leaders of Vermont – who they trust to provide their services in over 100 different categories. After nearly 13,000 votes, we compiled the go-to list in the state for everything from Best Bank and Best Public Relations Firm to Best College for an Online Degree. Some of the questions and answers were based on a regional perspective while most of the categories were looking for statewide winners.
The Upper Valley gets little (maybe zero) love, even for winners in the Windham/Windsor Counties region.
The list is long, over 100 business-to-business categories, and is available here. A partial list follows:
Best Hotel for Business Travel:
Capitol Plaza Hotel - Central Vermont/Northeast Region
Hotel Vermont - Chittenden County
Hampton Inn by Hilton –St Albans - Franklin/Grand Isle/Addison CountiesBest Western Inn & Suites - Rutland/Bennington CountiesLatchis Arts and Latchis Corp. - Windham/Windsor Counties
Northfield Savings Bank - Central Vermont/Northeast Region
TD Bank - Chittenden County
Peoples Trust Company - Franklin/Grand Isle/Addison Counties
Bank of Bennington - Rutland/Bennington Counties
Brattleboro Savings and Loans - Windham/Windsor CountiesBest Large Venue for Meeting and Events:
Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Conference Center - Central Vermont/Northeast Region
DoubleTree by Hilton Burlington - Chittenden County
Holiday Inn - Rutland - Rutland/Bennington Counties
Best Cell Phone Provider:
Best Telephone Service:
Best Internet Provider:
Best Vermont Made Product:
Darn Tough Vermont
Best Vermont Made Beverage:
Switchback Brewing Co.
Best Vermont Made Food Product:
Robb Family Farm Maple Syrup
Best Young Professionals Network:
Rutland Young Professionals