Winners Announced in 11th Annual Best in Biz Awards

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In a highly competitive year, winning entries showcase remarkable growth, inspiring innovation, and wide-ranging corporate and environmental philanthropy

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 11th annual awards. This year’s program saw intense competition among more than 700 impressively strong entries from public and private companies of all sizes and spanning all geographic regions and industries in the U.S. and Canada, ranging from some of the best known global brands to the most innovative start-ups and irrepressible local companies.

Following the havoc wreaked by the global pandemic, 2021 resoundingly confirmed that American business is back and stronger than ever before. This year’s judges were impressed with the winning companies’ resilience and adaptability that allowed them to turn the challenges of the past 20 months into remarkable growth numbers, their exemplary dedication to their customers in matters small and large, and particularly, many winners’ efforts to maintain and deepen their commitment to the environment and local communities.

"This year's entries were of exceptionally high caliber," said Joseph Pete, Times of Northwest Indiana, judging his third Best in Biz Awards program. "Any would have been deserving of recognition and any could have won were it not for the high level of competition. The entries displayed an impressive list of accomplishments as well as quantifiable achievement."

Since the program’s inception in 2011, winners in Best in Biz Awards have been determined based on scoring from independent judging panels assembled each year from some of the most respected national and local newspapers, TV and radio outlets, and business, consumer, technology and trade publications in North America. Combining top editors’ and reporters’ unparalleled experience and expertise with the objectivity inherent in the journalistic ethos and further enhanced by the breadth of outlets represented, Best in Biz Awards judging panels are uniquely able to determine the best of the best from among the hundreds of competitive entries. The 2021 judging panel included, among others, writers from Associated Press, Barron’s, Consumer Affairs, Inc., USA Today and Wired.

“This year’s nominees in the Executive of the Year category were truly impressive and showed wide-ranging skills and talent. But what they all had in common was a passion for their work and their ability to guide their companies through a very uncertain year and a half,” said Mark Huffman, Consumer Affairs, having judged seven of the last 11 Best in Biz Awards competitions.

Gold and multiple award winners in the 11th annual program include: ADP, AgAmerica Lending, AnPac Bio, Air Protein, Allego, Aptive, Banfield Pet Hospital, Bausch + Lomb, Best Version Media, Blue Shield of California, BMO Harris Bank, Class Experts Group, Cleancult, Coinflip, Concentrix, Crocs, Curbio, Cvent, Cymbiotika, Datasite, Dollar General Corporation, Donuts Inc., Ekata, Endo1 Partners, Epicor, Ernst & Young, ESPN, Experian, Fidelity Investments, FIS, Five9, fusionSpan, Globalization Partners, GN Hearing, Golden State Foods, GoodLeap, HTC VIVE, Insight Global, John Hancock, KocSistem, Luma Brighter Learning, Memories Group Limited, Merchants Fleet, M-Files, Microsoft US, Modernizing Medicine, Next Pathway, Ontic, Optum, Osso VR, Philoche, Plastiq, Popmenu, POWERHOME SOLAR, Precision Home Pros, PRO Unlimited, Proxima Group PURE Insurance, Rakuten Americas, realme, Recyclops, Resolute Forest Products, Retina, Roadie, Runway Group, Simul8, SolarWinds, SOTI, Splash Financial, Softheon, Stern Produce, Sunwest Bank, Swanson Health, TELUS, Territory Foods, TrueBlue, Upwork, Vaask, Verizon Connect, VizyPay, Walmart, The Wanderlust Group, Western Alliance Bank, Wingstop Restaurants Inc., WorkForce Software and World Energy. For a full list of gold, silver and bronze award winners in Best in Biz Awards 2021, see:

Once again, Best in Biz Awards recognized the most awarded companies in this year’s competition using a weighted-medal point system. The top spot went to POWERHOME Solar, Wolters Kluwer took second place, and the remaining most awarded companies were: Upwork, ADP, Modernizing Medicine, AnPac Bio, Epicor, Fidelity Investments, Optum, Splash Financial and World Energy. For the complete list of the Most Awarded companies, visit:

Best in Biz Awards 2021 honors were conferred in 100 different categories, including Company of the Year, Most Resilient Company, Fastest-Growing Company, Most Innovative Company, Best Place to Work, Customer Service Department, Executive of the Year, Finance Executive, HR Executive, Most Innovative Product, Enterprise Product, Best New Product, App, CSR Program, Environmental Program, Website and Newsletter of the Year.

About Best in Biz Awards
Since 2011, Best in Biz Awards has been the only independent business awards program judged by a who’s who of prominent reporters and editors from top-tier publications from North America and around the world. Over the years, judges in this prestigious awards program have ranged from Associated Press to the Wall Street Journal and winners have spanned the spectrum, from blue-chip companies that form the bedrock of the global economy to some of the world’s most innovative start-ups and nimble local companies. Each year, Best in Biz Awards honors are conferred in two separate programs: North America and International, and in 100 categories, including company, team, executive, product, and CSR, media, PR and other categories. Entries in the 10th annual Best in Biz Awards International are now being accepted until the final deadline on: April 22, 2022. For more information, visit:

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