Find out who readers chose as the best in 84 categories.

We are proud to be in our second decade of recognizing the region’s best-in-class businesses.

For the 13th year in a row, our Best of Business poll is shining a light on the insurance companies, restaurants, law firms, dentists, educational institutions, orthopedists and more that have earned the admiration of our community. It’s our longest-running and most far-reaching recognition program, as well as the only one in which our readers get the final say.

You can find out who took this year's Best of Business honors–winners and runners-up–in the gallery attached to this story.

This year’s poll attracted a record 80,353 votes, with readers weighing in on 84 categories in 11 sections: business support services, education, financial, food and beverage, health care, legal, meetings and events, personal perks, real estate, workforce and Best of the Rest. Voting occurred from May through July.

We profiled the top 10 companies by number of votes. Get their stories here.

If you’re a regular reader of the monthly magazine, you’ll notice some familiar names in our list—perennial winners we’ve celebrated since our poll launched in 2007. You’ll also see a handful of new names in the list, as well as a few who’ve vaulted from the runner-up position to claim the top prize in their respective categories.

How do you get on the list in the first place? Many ask. We add top write-in vote getters from year to year, and you can also request new categories. Want to get on the list next year? Email Katy Smith at ksmith@columbusceo.com with your contact information and we’ll consider.

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