Winners Announced in Best in Biz Awards 2017

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Judges - from Associated Press, Entrepreneur, Forbes, Inc., Wired and Yahoo Tech, among others - scored over 650 award nominations to determine winners

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“Amazing variety in the finalists in Best in Biz Awards this year,” said Christopher Null, Wired, having judged numerous competitions since 2011. “It was incredibly difficult to pick a winner!”

Best in Biz Awards, the only independent business awards program judged each year by prominent editors and reporters from top-tier publications in North America, today announced the winners in its 2017 competition. As in previous years, the seventh annual program featured a distinguished judging panel comprised of top-tier press who reviewed and scored the hundreds of award nominations to determine the very best in North American business.

Each year, Best in Biz Awards’ entrants span the spectrum, from some of the most recognizable global brands and blue-chip companies that form the bedrock of the world economy to mom-and-pop shops, Shark Tank participants and some of the most innovative start-ups. The seventh annual program was particularly hotly contested, with more than 650 entries from an impressive array of public and private companies of all sizes and from a variety of industries and geographic regions in the U.S. and Canada. Best in Biz Awards 2017 honors were presented in 65 categories, including Company of the Year, Fastest-Growing Company, Most Innovative Company, Best Place to Work, Support Department, Executive of the Year, Most Innovative Product, Best New Product, App, Event and Website of the Year.

Gold and multiple award winners in this year’s program include: ABH Pharma, ADP, Adobe, Ad Exchange Group, Aflac, Albert, Anomali, Apttus, AT&T, Audley Travel, AUM Cardiovascular, Barclays US, Bloomberg BNA, CAULIPOWER, Ceridian, Clarius Mobile Health, ClearSlide, Comtrend, Consumer Protection BC, Creative Lodging Solutions, CyraCom International, DATABASICS, Inc., Deveney, EMKAY, Enquiron, Epson, Ernst & Young LLP, etouches, Financial Finesse, Frank Recruitment Group, Futuri Media, Genexa, GL group, GoCanvas, GoDaddy, INFINIDAT, JDA Software, LabRoots LanguageLine Solutions, Laserfiche, Lexington Law, Lycored, Makers Nutrition, Mohu, Mondo, O.C. Tanner, OptumRx, Optymyze, PC Pitstop, Planet Fitness, Pointillist, prooV, PURE Insurance, Ricoh, RiskSense, RizePoint, Sageworks, Sarcos Robotics, Scalefast, Shutterstock, Smartling, Smile Brands, Tata Consultancy Services, The Money Source, THINX, TransUnion, TruGreen, Ultimate Software, Untangle, Upserve, USANA, VENZA, Vlocity, Volume PR, Weather Trends International, Wells Fargo, Wolters Kluwer, Yext and Zappos. For a full list of gold, silver and bronze award winners in Best in Biz Awards 2017, visit: http://www.bestinbizawards.com/2017-winners.

For the third time, Best in Biz Awards is recognizing the most awarded companies participating in this year’s program using a weighted-medal point system. The top spot this year was taken by Financial Finesse, having been recognized for honors in 5 categories (10 points). Four companies tied for the second place, with 7 points each: ADP, Aflac, Creative Lodging Solutions and EMKAY. For the complete list of the Most Awarded companies, see: http://www.bestinbizawards.com/2017-most-awarded.

Since 2011, winners of Best in Biz Awards have been determined based on scoring from independent judging panels composed of prominent editors and reporters from some of the most respected newspapers, TV outlets, and business, consumer, technology and trade publications in North America. Best in Biz Awards’ uniqueness stems, in part, from this distinct composition of its judging panels, allowing it to best leverage the judges’ unparalleled expertise, experience and objectivity to determine award winners. Among others, the 2017 judging panel included: Accounting Today, AdWeek, Associated Press, Atlanta Tribune, Business News Daily, Consumer Affairs, Entrepreneur, eWeek, Forbes, Harvard Business Review, Healthcare Innovation News, Inc., Investment Advisor Magazine, Laptop, MediaPost, Pittsburgh Business Times, Security Products Magazine, Wired, WLRN and Yahoo Tech.

Select quotes from Best in Biz Awards 2017 judges:

“Reviewing this year’s entries in Best in Biz Awards was like going to an NBA All-Star game — you end up shaking your head in admiration, smiling and saying, ‘Oh man, that’s gooood,'” said Dale Dauten, King Features Syndicate, returning to judge the awards for the sixth year. “And then the next one is even better. It’s a top-that competition.”

“Amazing variety in the finalists in Best in Biz Awards this year,” said Christopher Null, Wired, judging the awards for the sixth year. “It was incredibly difficult to pick a winner!”

“This year’s nominees in the Executive of the Year – Large Companies category were all incredibly impressive. It was clear to me in reading these entries that every nominee possesses not only tremendous leadership skills, but the drive to make positive change happen, both within their organization and in the larger community,” said Nicole Fallon, Business News Daily, judging her fourth Best in Biz Awards competition. “I’d like to congratulate each of the executives in this category on their hard work. It was very difficult to choose a winner from this group of superstar leaders!”

“The nominees in the Small and Medium Business Product of the Year categories were all high-quality — that made the job of judging tough,” said Kevin Casey, Information Week, returning to judge his fourth Best in Biz Awards program. “The SMB market is clearly thriving.”

“Judging the Most Socially Responsible Company of the Year category in this year’s Best in Biz Awards was nearly impossible. These companies set the bar for best practices in the corporate world,” said Gina Jordan, WLRN-Miami Herald News Tallahassee Bureau, judging her second Best in Biz Awards program. “It’s difficult to choose a winner when they’re all doing so much good. Kudos to the leaders and employees who are making a positive difference. Companies large and small would do well to follow their example.”

About Best in Biz Awards

Since 2011, Best in Biz Awards, Inc. has made its mark as the only independent business awards program judged each year by a who’s who of prominent reporters and editors from top-tier publications. From Aflac to YMCA, past winners in Best in Biz Awards span the spectrum, from blue-chip companies that form the bedrock of the world economy to Shark Tank participants, mom-and-pop shops, and some of the most innovative start-ups. Best in Biz Awards honors are conferred in two separate programs: North America and International, and in 65 categories, including company, team, executive, product, and PR and media. Entries in the 6th annual Best in Biz Awards International are now being accepted until the final deadline on April 27, 2018. For more information, visit: http://www.bestinbizawards.com

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