Our eighth annual online poll identified the Best of Business from hundreds of contenders in 83 categories and attracted 12,659 voters from among Columbus CEO readers in May through July.

There's nothing like hearing you're the best. Whether the recognition is from peers or protégés, friends or strangers, being named the best puts you at the pinnacle, a position to be envied and to aspire to. When you're the best, it's time to hang banners, pop the champagne and revel in the glory.

For central Ohio enterprises, Columbus CEO readers have identified the Best of Business from hundreds of contenders in 83 categories. Reaching the summit in this annual recognition is something to celebrate-whether appearing on the list the first time or as a returning favorite.

Competition was even more robust this year. Our eighth annual online poll attracted 12,659 voters from among Columbus CEO readers in May through July. That is more than three and a half times the number of voters the previous year.

Helping to draw more participation, this year's poll was not open-ended as in the past but offered five to 10 choices in each category, plus room for write-ins. Nominees were drawn from businesses that placed highly in previous polls.

Winners are grouped in sections by type of business, making it easier to find your favorites or to identify potential new vendors or business partners. The sections are Business Support Services, Education, Financial, Food and Beverage, Healthcare, Legal, Meetings and Events, Personal Perks, Real Estate, Workforce and the Best of the Rest.

We didn't have a category for "Best Intern" on our poll, but if we did, I would have voted for Madeline Kaufman of New Albany. The Columbus School for Girls graduate is back in school now as a sophomore studying journalism at Northwestern University, and her work on putting together this year's Best of Business report was top notch!