Best in Biz Awards (North America)

Now in its 9th year, Best in Biz Awards is the only business awards program judged by independent panels of prominent writers and editors from top-tier publications.

From Associated Press to Yahoo Tech’s David Pogue – and including Businessweek, CNET, Consumer Affairs, Fast Company, Financial Times, Inc., Forbes, Fortune, Network World, PC Magazine, Reuters, San Francisco Chronicle, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Wired and more – Best in Biz Awards each year is judged by a who’s who of top reporters and editors from the most respected publications.

From Aflac to Zappos, past winners in Best in Biz Awards span the spectrum, from blue-chip companies that form the bedrock of the world economy through mom-and-pop shops and Shark Tank sensations to some of today’s most innovative start-ups. Other notable winners over the years have included: 1-800-Flowers, Boyd Gaming, Citrix, Dell, Dyson, Eastman, Epson, Experian, Hilton, HP, LifeLock, Microsoft, National Association of Realtors, Safelite, Sandisk, Santander Bank, StubHub, Symantec, UnitedHealthcare, YMCA, Zappos, and more.

Submission process

Any company from any industry based in or operating in U.S. or Canada is eligible to enter any of the more than 80 company, department / team, executive, product and CSR, media, PR and other award categories. For more details on the submission process, see here.

2018 judges

Best in Biz Awards is unique as it is the only independent business awards program judged by diverse members of the press. Each year, Best in Biz Awards assembles a top-notch judging panel to review and score all awards submissions. Having researched and covered countless successful companies, products, and dynamic business personalities, the judges are well positioned to objectively evaluate the entry pool to determine the top companies, teams, executives and products from among the submissions. However, what truly sets Best in Biz Awards apart, is that instead of being members of one editorial team of one particular publication, our judges hail from a wide variety of publications from Associated Press to Wall Street Journal. We believe that structured this way, the panel is even more independent and the scores and eventual results even more objective.

Last year’s judging panel included judges from such top-tier publications as Associated Press, Barron’s, Consumer Affairs, Forbes, Inc., New York Times and Wired; respected vertical outlets such as eWeek, Healthcare Innovation News, Investment Advisor Magazine, MediaPost; and numerous leading local business journals and daily newspapers including Globe and Mail, Knoxville News Sentinel, New York Post, Ottawa Citizen, Plain Dealer and Times of Northwest Indiana.

Former winners

Past winners span the spectrum, from blue-chip companies that form the bedrock of the world economy, through mom-and-pop shops and Shark Tank sensations, to some of today’s most innovative start-ups.

As an example, Best in Biz Awards 2017 winners included:
>> such recognizable brands as: Adobe, ADP, Aflac, AT&T, Best Western, Ernst & Young LLP, O.C. Tanner, Planet Fitness, Sheraton, Wolters Kluwer and Zappos
>> financial giants: Barclays US, Fidelity Investments, Royal Bank of Canada, TransUnion, Wells Fargo
>> some of today’s most innovative start-ups: Boxed Water is Better, CAULIPOWER, Clover, Genexa, Leesa, Mohu, Otto, THINX
>> recognizable technology brands such as: Epson, GoDaddy, Kaspersky, LogMeIn, PC Pitstop, Ricoh, ShareThis, Shutterstock, Tata Consultancy Services
>> next generation technology companies such as: Anomali, prooV, Sarcos Robotics, Weather Trends International
>> healthcare and lifestyle innovators: AUM Cardiovascular, Clarius Mobile Health, Makers Nutrition, OptumRx, Smile Brands, USANA
>> key players in numerous other verticals, including but not limited to accounting, HR, insurance, legal, recruiting and transit: Elite Transit Solutions, ExecRanks, Frank Recruitment Group, Lexington Law, PURE Insurance
>> smaller, frequently local, companies: Audley Travel, Kneaders Bakery & Café, Mixology Clothing Company
>> marketing, design and PR agencies: Ad Exchange Group, Black Bear Design, Matter Communications, Volume PR


Entries in the 2019 program are now open and the Best in Biz Awards 2019 entry kit is now available for download. To download, please enter your email address in the brief form.

The entry kit includes all information you’d need to submit in this year’s program: 26 pages of useful information about all 80+ categories, as well as the submission process, deadlines, fees, frequently asked questions, and past judges and winners.