We counted your votes, and another year of good business is in the books.

We at Columbus CEO are proud to recognize Columbus' business best-in-class, as identified by 53,988 votes collected over the summer. This year's Best of Business poll attracted the strongest-yet reader interest, with the number of votes cast up 44 percent from the year before.

Readers voted for their favorites in 11 categories: Business Support Services, Education, Financial, Food and Beverage, Healthcare, Legal, Meetings & Events, Personal Perks, Real Estate, Workforce and Best of the Rest. In all, readers selected winners—or sometimes two—and runners-up in 79 separate areas. This year there were upsets, a few ties and some iron-clad winners who continue to come out on top.

Without further ado, we present the excellent businesses Columbus has to offer as chosen by our readers for 2017.

The Best of The Best

M/I Homes is the only company to have won its category all 10 years—Best Residential/Multifamily Developer (formerly Best Home Builder) Congratulations to M/I Homes for their best-of-the-best performance!

The Top 10 with the Next-Best Records

9 of 10 years

Mills James


Nationwide Insurance

SBC Advertising

Scioto Country Club

8 of 10 years

Atlas Butler Heating and Cooling

Diamond Cellar

GBQ Partners

Hilton Columbus at Easton

Ohio State University



Ad Agency

Fahlgren Mortine promotes itself from second to first, and GSW wins acclaim as a new No. 2.

Architectural Firm

M+A Architects draws up a first place win, while Moody Nolan stays close in second place.

Commercial Data Center

CenturyLink has the stats to come out on top, and Expedient moves down a notch.

Energy Company

IGS Energy is the hot new choice for first, and AEP cools off in second.

Engineering Firm

Burgess & Niple continues to have designs on the top spot, as Hull & Associates Inc. becomes runner-up.

Graphic Design/Branding Firm

Fahlgren Mortine moves up a notch for the win, and treetree shows up as a new No. 2.

IT Company

HMB continues upward momentum to take No. 1, with Revolution Group moving into the space below.

Insurance Brokerage

Overmyer Hall remains assigned to first, and Bazemore Insurance Group is newly secure in second.

Insurance Company

Nationwide and State Farm protect their first and second spots, respectively, this year.

Internet Service Provider

AT&T shares its winning spot with Spectrum, and WOW! Business is runner-up.

Logistics Provider

UPS delivers another win, and FedEx moves into second place.

Manufacturing Company

Honda of America Manufacturing and Worthington Industries build on winning reputations as No. 1 and 2, respectively.

Mobile Phone Service Provider

Verizon answers the call for first place, while AT&T holds on in second.

Office Furniture

Continental Office Environments designs itself a win again this year, and King Business Interiors furnishes second place.

Printing Company

Hopkins Printing is at the top of the stack, and Baesman is right underneath.

Public Relations Firm

Approach Marketing brands itself a new winner, while Fahlgren Mortine stays close as the finalist.

Signage Company

Columbus Sign Co. is displayed in first place again, and FastSigns is a new second-place pick.


Continuing Education Offerings

Ohio State University passes the test for another top spot, with Columbus State Community College again in second.

MBA Program

OSU Fisher College of Business finishes again on top, and Franklin University continues to operate in second place.

Private Schools

Columbus School for Girls gets the A this year, bumping Wellington School to a B.


Accounting Firm (more than 20 CPAs)

GBQ switches places with Deloitte to take the top spot, with Deloitte as runner-up.

Accounting Firm (fewer than 20 CPAs)

Whalen & Co. again accrues the most votes, as Holbrook & Manter has the numbers to be the finalist.

Business Lender

Kemba Financial Credit Union has the assets to retain first place, and Huntington National Bank secures its position as finalist.

Commercial Mortgage Lender

Heartland Bank deposits the most votes, and U.S. Bank collects second most, both as new choices.

Credit Union

Kemba Financial Credit Union secures first place again this year, while Pathways Financial Credit Union becomes the new runner-up.

Private Wealth Management Company

Morgan Stanley cashes in for the win again, and Budros, Ruhlin & Roe repeats in second place.


Happy Hour

Lindey's remains the preferred option for post-work drinks, and Marcella's stays a second favorite with readers.

Outdoor Dining

Lindey's relaxes in first place again this year, while readers choose Milestone 229's river view for second.

Place to Entertain a Client

Lindey's is seated in the top spot, bumping Hyde Park to second-place section.

Power Breakfast

First Watch remains the best start to the day, while Northstar Café rests comfortably in second place.

Power Lunch

Cap City Fine Diner and Bar draws the biggest crowd of votes, elbowing Northstar Café into second place.


Cap City Fine Diner and Bar continues to cook up wins, as Lindey's dishes favor as the finalist.


Orthopedic Practice & Sports Medicine

Orthopedic ONE stays in stride as winner, and OrthoNeuro finishes strong in second place.

Cardiac Practice

Ohio State Heart and Vascular Center thrives in first place, with Ohio- Health Heart and Vascular Physicians staying alive in second.

Dermatology Practice

Buckeye Dermatology is the new clear winner, as Central Ohio Skin & Cancer moves to No.2.

Dental Practice

Dr. James Hutta, practicing orthodontics, beams again in first place, while OSU School of Dentistry stays strong as finalist.

Family Medical Practice

Central Ohio Primary Care prescribes itself another win, and OhioHealth Primary Care Physicians stays healthy in second place.

Oncology Medical Practice

OSU Comprehensive Cancer Center—James Cancer Hospital continues displaying first-place vitals, and Nationwide Children's Hospital Oncology remains steady at runner-up.

Physical Therapy Practice

Orthopedic ONE stands tall again in first place, while OSU Sports Medicine holds its own in second.

Hospital/Medical Center

OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital treats itself to another No. 1, as OSU Wexner Medical Center checks in to second place.


Law Firm (more than 50 attorneys)

Vorys, Sater, Seymour & Pease again delivers the winning argument, while Bricker & Eckler gets the verdict for second place.

Law Firm (fewer than 50 attorneys)

AlerStallings testifies to winning, and Carlile Patchen & Murphy offers proof as finalist.

Business Law Firm

Vorys, Sater, Seymour & Pease wins the verdict, and Bricker & Eckler again is judged runner-up.

Family Law Firm

Carlile, Patchen & Murphy is again granted first place, and Petroff Law Offices gets a new verdict as finalist.

Labor & Employment Firm

Vorys, Sater, Seymour & Pease is judged winner, while Bricker & Eckler stays No. 2.

Litigation Firm

Vorys, Sater, Seymour & Pease repeats as winner, as Bricker & Eckler makes the case for second.


Audiovisual Production Company

Mills James is in the spotlight again, with Live Technologies still showing up in second place.


City Barbeque smokes the competition to win, as Cameron Mitchell Premier Events is seated in second place.

Attraction for Visitors

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium continues to show visitors the best time, with OSU Athletics holding the ticket for second.

Country Club

Scioto Country Club again scores No. 1, and Muirfield Village Golf Club keeps its rank as runner-up.

Meeting Space/Conference Center

Greater Columbus Convention Center books first place, and sparkspace stays runner-up.

Private Golf Course

Muirfield Village Golf Club remains the leader, and Scioto Country Club holds on in second place.

Public Golf Course

Golf Club of Dublin remains champion, with Safari Golf Club emerging as a new finalist.

Promotional Products Company

Artina Promotional Products offers the goods to hold first place, and Leaderpromos repeats in second.


Auto Dealer

Byers Auto rolls into first place again, and Roush Auto Group follows closely behind.

Automotive Services

Safelite Auto Glass is tuned up to win first and Three-C Body Shops comes in second.

Fitness Facility

Planet Fitness muscles into the top spot, pushing LifeTime Fitness to second place.


Diamond Cellar continues to outshine, with Worthington Jewelers sparkling again as finalist.

Private Flight Service

NetJets again soars above the competition, and Wheels Up cruises into second place.


Charles Penzone Grand Salons stays fresh in first, while Kenneth's Hair Salons & Day Spas maintains second-place chair.


Retirement Community

Friendship Village Columbus moves into first place, and Friendship Village of Dublin relocates to second.

Commercial Interior Design Firm

KP Designs & Associates furnishes first place, and Moody Nolan is installed in second place.

Custom Home Builder

Romanelli & Hughes finishes No. 1 again, and Bob Webb Group stays strong at No. 2.

General Contractor

Corna Kokosing builds another win, as Renier Construction lays a new foundation in second place.

HVAC Company

Atlas Butler remains hot as the top pick, while Buckeye Heating and Cooling is a new choice for runner-up.


Oakland Nurseries again blooms in first place, and Strader's Garden Centers harvests another second-place.

Real Estate Agency, Residential

HER continues to show well as No. 1, and Keller Williams Greater Columbus Realty again markets itself as finalist.

Real Estate Agency, Commercial

HER closes on first place again, while CASTO stays runner-up.

Residential/Multifamily Developer

M/I Homes shares its perennial No. 1 spot withEdwards Communities, and Kaufman Development becomes a new No. 2.

Roofing Company

Able Roofing stays on top, and Feazel again covers as finalist.

Commercial Developer

CASTO moves into first place, and Edwards Companies occupies second place.


Employee Benefits Firm

Accelerated Benefits-USI wins first place and Willis follows as runner-up.

Executive Coach Firm

Focus3 reaches the goal of first place, bumping Gallagher Consulting Group into second.

Executive Search Firm

Dawson still fills the bill for readers, while Acloché remains their No. 2 choice.

Employer (500+ employees)

Ohio State University keeps its reputation as best employer, as IGS Energy is promoted as a new No. 2.

Employer (Under 500 employees)

City Barbeque serves up another win, and Wellington School is a new runner-up.

Temporary Employment Agency

Dawson holds onto first-place position, and Acloché again makes the cut as finalist.


Large Nonprofit (Annual revenue over $7 million)

Mid-Ohio Foodbank takes in another No. 1, while the Columbus Foundation gets new recognition as runner-up.

Small Nonprofit (Annual revenue under $7 million)

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio collects first place, and Dress for Success Columbus slips to second.


2 Tones Brewing Co. is a refreshing new first-place pick, and Nikola Labs powers its way to second.

Suburb to Do Business

Dublin continues to beat out the competition, and Westerville stays second.