Everyone has companies they enjoy doing business with, whether it’s the bank that doesn’t nickel and dime you or the ad agency that brings new customers to your door.
For the sixth year, Columbus CEO asked our readers about the organizations, people and places that make Central Ohio’s business scene stand out. We want to know where the best business services and products are located. Which are the best accounting and law firms? Who has the best options in higher education? Where’s the best place to hold an event?
There are fun questions, too, including a search for the best coffee shop and the best places to schedule a power breakfast or impress a prospective client.
The online poll asked for opinions in 83 business categories. We tallied the results and are bringing them to you here.
Best Accounting Firm (more than 20 CPAs)
The firm tallied up its fourth consecutive win. Clark Schaefer Hackett claimed second place.
Best Accounting Firm (less than 20 CPAs)
Warner & Harper CPAs
The votes added up to a victory for Warner & Harper CPAs for the second straight year. Susan E. Thomas CPA, Ltd. was next up.
Best Ad Agency
One of the few companies to rank in the survey for six years, SBC Advertising racked up its fifth straight solo win.
Readers’ perennial favorite, Southwest Airlines, edged out Delta Air Lines.
Best Architectural Firm
M+A Architects reclaimed the top spot from Moody•Nolan this year.
Best Audiovisual Production Company
Mills James Productions
The production company produced a sixth consecutive win. Live Technologies was the next highest vote-getter.
Huntington National Bank
Homegrown Huntington National Bank earned its fourth straight win. Chase was next in line.
Two Caterers cooked up its third straight win. Cameron Mitchell Catering again placed second.
Best Chamber of Commerce
Echoing last year’s results, the Columbus Chamber took first place with the Dublin Chamber of Commerce in the No. 2 spot.
Best Charitable Organization
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio
The new winner was Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio this year. United Way of Central Ohio wasn’t far behind.
Best Charter Airline
Executive Jet Management
For the third year, Executive Jet Management (a NetJets company) flew to the top. Family-owned Lane Aviation was a close second.
Ohio State University
Everyone loves a Buckeye. Ohio State University continued its category dominance. Next up: Ohio Dominican University.
Best Commercial Real Estate Developer
Casto, Continental Real Estate Companies, the Pizzuti Companies and the Robert Weiler Co.
This category produced a four-way tie between Casto, Continental Real Estate Companies, the Pizzuti Companies and the Robert Weiler Co. Second place was claimed by Daimler Group.
Best Computer Training
New Horizons Computer Learning Centers
New Horizons Computer Learning Centers won for the second straight year. Columbus State Community College finished next.
Best Conference Center/Meeting Facility (Hotel)
Hilton Columbus at Easton
Another six-time winner: the Hilton Columbus at Easton. The new Hilton Columbus Downtown earned enough votes for second place.
Best Conference Center/Meeting Facility (Non-hotel)
Greater Columbus Convention Center
The Greater Columbus Convention Center scored it first Best of Business win after tying for second place in 2009. Readers’ next favorite spot was sparkspace.
Best Continuing Education Offerings
Ohio Dominican University
Ohio Dominican University, whose roots date back to 1911, won accolades. Columbus State Community College and Hondros College tied for second.
Best Credit Union
Pathways Financial Credit Union
Pathways Financial Credit Union banked its first win. The institution includes Burgess and Niple Employees, Members First, Motorists Employees, Powerco, WECU and Western credit unions. BMI Federal Credit Union finished in second place.
Best Data Center
DataCenter.BZ came out on top in this new category. IBM Client Center: Analytics Solutions Lab came in second.
Best Employee Benefit Firm
Accelerated Benefits reclaimed its 2011 title. Willis of Ohio took second place.
Best Employer (more than 500 employees)
For the third year, readers voted for Nationwide. Cameron Mitchell Restaurants finished close behind.
Best Employer (less than 500 employees)
SBC Advertising posted a third consecutive win. GBQ Partners also fared well.
Best Energy Company
American Electric Power
American Electric Power sparked readers’ interest for the third straight year. IGS Energy took the No. 2 spot.
Best Engineering Firm
Burgess & Niple
In a reversal of last year’s results, Burgess & Niple finished in the top spot, followed by EMH&T Inc.
Best Event Space
The Ivory Room
The Ivory Room at Miranova, run by Cameron Mitchell Premier Events, was the favorite in this new category. Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens made a solid second-place showing.
Best Executive Search Firm
Dawson was the first choice in this new category, followed by Portfolio Creative.
Best Family Law Firm
Carlile Patchen & Murphy
In this new category, readers trusted the advice of Carlile Patchen & Murphy. In second place: Soroka & Sidoti.
Best Family-Owned Business
Here, staffing and recruiting agency Dawson nabbed its second win of this year’s reader survey. Chris DeCapua and David DeCapua are the business’s owners.
Best Financial Advisory Firm
Libertas Wealth Management Group Inc.
Libertas Wealth Management Group Inc. cruised to a fourth straight win. The Joseph Group was in second place.
Best General Contractor
Corna Kokosing Construction Co.
Corna Kokosing Construction Co. built up the most votes. Messer Construction Co. was next in line.
Best Home Builder
M/I Homes recorded its sixth category win. Dominion Homes was second.
Best Home Builder (Custom)
Bob Webb Group
Bob Webb Group got its first solo win after tying for first in 2011. Romanelli & Hughes Building Co. had a solid second-place showing.
Best Hospital/Medical Center
Riverside Methodist Hospital
OhioHealth’s Riverside Methodist Hospital was patients’ top choice six years running. Dublin Methodist Hospital, also in the OhioHealth family, was the runner-up. Hospital
Hilton Columbus at Easton
The Hilton Columbus at Easton was the top lodging choice, followed by the new Hilton Columbus Downtown.
Best HVAC Company
Atlas Butler Heating & Cooling
Atlas Butler Heating & Cooling was hot again this year, as it was in 2012, 2011, 2010 and 2008. The Favret Co. also garnered a fair share of votes.
Best Information Technology Consultants
Quick Solutions Inc.
Quick Solutions Inc. took first place followed by Information Control Co. The companies unseated last year’s top winners.
Best Insurance Brokerage
Willis of Ohio
For the third year, Willis of Ohio earned first place honors. Accelerated Benefits was the runner-up.
Best Insurance Company
Voters insured a win for Nationwide. While State Farm made a claim on second place.
Best Internet Service Provider for Business
Time Warner Cable Business Class
Time Warner Cable Business Class logged in as a winner for the fifth year. AT&T won second place honors.
Brickman planted itself in the top spot for the third year. My Lawn tied with Oakland Nursery for second place.
Best Law Firm (more than 50 attorneys)
Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease
Voters judged Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease top law firm for the second year in a row. Ice Miller again earned second place honors.
Best Law Firm (less than 50 attorneys)
Carlile Patchen & Murphy
The verdict went to Carlile Patchen & Murphy for first place honors for the second year in a row. Williams & Petro Co. was the second-place finisher.
Best Litigation Firm
Carlile Patchen & Murphy
Carlile Patchen & Murphy moved into the top spot for this category while last year’s winner, James E. Arnold & Associates, dropped to second place.
Best Logistics Provider
Exel and ODW Logistics
This new category resulted in a tie between Exel and ODW Logistics Inc. UPS took second-place honors.
Best Manufacturing Company
Worthington Industries assembled the votes for the first place title while Honda of America Manufacturing Inc. came in second.
Best MBA Program
Ohio State University’s Fisher College of Business
Ohio State University’s Fisher College of Business again was named the winner. Ohio Dominican University garnered the votes for a second place finish.
Best Medical Managed Care Plan
UnitedHealthcare of Ohio
UnitedHealthcare of Ohio claimed first place in this category that’s always a battle. Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield placed second.
Best Online Degree Program
Franklin University earned first place honors for the third year. University of Phoenix placed second.
Best Public Relations Firm
SBC Advertising unseated last year’s top finisher, Fahlgren Mortine, which moved into second place.
Best Real Estate Agency (Residential)
HER Realtors closed the deal in this category. RE/MAX placed second.
Best Real Estate Brokerage (Commercial)
HER Realtors Business
HER Realtors Business edged out CBRE for a solo win in this category which often garners ties.
Best Recycling Firm
Rumpke Consolidated Companies Inc.
Nobody’s kicking Rumpke Consolidated Companies Inc. to the curb. The company took the top spot over Eartha Ltd.
Dave Fox Design Build Remodelers
Dave Fox Design Build Remodelers designed a win over
J.S. Brown & Co.
Best Retirement Community
Wesley Glen Retirement Community
Wesley Glen Retirement Community did not retire the top spot in this category. First Community Village took second place.
Best Temporary Employment Agency
Dawson reclaimed the top spot after a second-place finish last year. Tied for second were Acloché and Portfolio Creative.
Best Auto Dealer
Byers Auto Group
Byers Auto Group drove its way into first place after a year at second. Ricart and Roush Honda tied for second.
Best Child-Care Provider
The Goddard School
The Goddard School, which has 16 Central Ohio franchises, was the most trusted choice in this new category. Enchanted Care and Primrose Schools tied for second place.
Best Janitorial Service
Aetna Building Maintenance
Aetna Building Maintenance won this new category, with Scioto Services in second place.
The Diamond Cellar
The Diamond Cellar outshone Leo Alfred Jewelers for the win this year.
Best Men’s Clothier
Jos. A. Bank Clothiers Inc.
Jos. A. Bank Clothiers Inc. took top honors over Men’s Wearhouse.
Best Mobile Phone Service Provider
Verizon Wireless called in a win. AT&T placed second.
Best Office Equipment Dealer
It was easy for customers to deliver a win for Staples. Runner-up was
Continental Office Environments.
Best Office Furniture
Continental Office Environments
Continental Office Environments held onto the top spot over
King Business Interiors in this highly competitive category.
Best Printing Company
Key Blue Prints Inc.
Some new faces appeared in this category. Key Blue Prints Inc. took top honors followed by DC Reprographics Co.
Best Promotional Products Company
Artina Promotional Products
Artina Promotional Products held onto its lead over Leaderpromos.
Best Sign Company
Associated Graphics Inc.
Associated Graphics Inc. posted a win over Columbus Sign Co. and FastSigns, which tied for second.
Best Women’s Clothier
Macy’s earned top honors over Nordstrom.
THE FUN STUFF
Best Bar for an After-work Drink
Raise your glass to Bar Louie, which won another round of first-place honors. Club 185 and the Rusty Bucket Restaurant and Tavern tied for second place.
Best Cardiology Practice
OhioHealth Heart & Vascular Physicians
In this new category, OhioHealth Heart & Vascular Physicians (formerly MidOhio Cardiology and Vascular Consultants) was the top choice to take care of your ticker. In second place: Mount Carmel Columbus Cardiology Consultants.
Best Charity Event
The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure
The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure held onto the top space ahead of the fast pedalin’ Pelotonia.
Best Community Leader
Mayor Michael Coleman
Voters again cast their ballot for fourth-term Mayor Michael Coleman, who is working to improve local schools. Philanthropist and Limited Brands CEO Les Wexner also earned plenty of kudos.
Best Country Club
New Albany Country Club
New Albany Country Club unseated Scioto Country Club, which slipped into second place, after five years at the top.
Best Golf Course (Private)
Muirfield Village Golf Club
Muirfield Village Golf Club drove to a win over Scioto Country Club.
Best Golf Course (Public)
Safari Golf Club
After making its debut appearance in the category last year, Safari Golf Club, again took the top spot. Three courses tied for second: Blackhawk Golf Club, Blacklick Woods Golf Course and Winding Hollow.
Best Independent Coffee (10 stores or less)
Stauf’s Coffee Roasters
Stauf’s Coffee brewed up a win.
Best Networking Organization
Columbus Young Professionals Club
Columbus Young Professionals Club got the nod for the best organization to meet and greet with. GETDOT came in second.
Best Orthopedic Practice
Readers diagnosed OrthoNeuro as the winner here over Ohio Orthopedic Center of Excellence.
Best Outdoor Dining
Voters picked Barcelona over Lindey’s again this year as the best place to dine al fresco.
Best Place to Take a Prospective Client
Lindey’s is the voters’ choice for making a good impression.
Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse came in second place.
Best Power Breakfast
First Watch was the hot spot in this new category. Bob Evans, which is headquartered locally, took second-place honors.
Best Power Lunch
Lindey’s cooked up its sixth category win. Northstar Café came in second.
The Pearl, Cameron Mitchell’s first new restaurant concept in five years, earned first-place approval from voters. The Refectory and its wonderful wine list was the runner-up.
Best Suburb to Do Business
The City of Dublin
Voters like the way Dublin rolls out the green carpet for businesses. Westerville got the second-place nod.