Decisions made in the workplace have consequences. Whether choosing the right venue for an important meeting or a firm to reconceive a website, there are no do-overs. We may rely on online comments in our personal life, but we want to deploy our company resources having done due diligence.
Easier said than done. Sourcing the right vendor isn’t simple. After all, who are you going to ask, your competitor?
That’s where Best of Business comes in. TCB’s annual subscriber survey exists to crowdsource the kind of business-to-business vendor advice you can’t get from Yelp. In these pages are recommendations from companies with firsthand experience—whether it’s hosting a happy hour or executing a multi-million dollar telecom RFP.
In the first half of 2017 TCB surveyed our readership asking executives for their picks in the most commonly used business services. Once the results were in, we took note of the awards and honors bestowed by recognized experts.
The results include companies big and small, primed to service businesses of all sizes and budgets. Thanks to those of you who shared your knowledge. We look forward to hearing from even more of you in next year’s survey.
—Adam Platt, executive editor
Finalists: AT&T | T-Mobile
Expert Honors: Verizon Wireless was one of LinkedIn’s Top Companies 2017: Where the World Wants to Work Now; also named Fastest Mobile Network by PC magazine. AT&T was named one of Fortune’s 2017 Most Admired Companies.
Finalists: CenturyLink | Popp Communication
Finalists: Greiner Construction | Kraus-Anderson Construction Co.
Finalists: Antenna | Schermer
Finalists: Lola Red PR and Marketing | Padilla
Expert Honors: Olson Engage was a finalist for PR Week’s 2017 Midsize Agency of the Year
Finalists: Chowgirls Killer Catering | Mintahoe Catering and Events
Finalists: Cedar & Stone | The Freehouse
Finalists: The Original Pancake House | Keys Cafe
Finalists: Cru Restaurant | Bar LaGrassa
Expert Honors: Manny’s made Men’s Journal’s 10 Best Steakhouses in the World list, was rated top five in the Twin Cities by Zagat guide and is a perennial Wine Spectator Award of Excellence winner.
Finalists: Freehouse | Red Cow
Finalists: Psycho Suzi’s | Redstone American Grill
Finalists: University of St. Thomas | Bethel University
Finalists: Carlson School–University of Minnesota | Bethel University
Finalist: University of Minnesota
Finalists: Golden Valley Golf and Country Club | Edina Country Club
Expert Honors: Hazeltine National ranked 107 in Golf Digest’s America’s 200 Greatest Golf Courses, Golf Magazine’s Top 100 U.S. Courses in the U.S. 2015, Golfweek’s America’s 100 Best Modern Courses 2017 and was listed at No. 8 on Golf’s Top 45 Courses Since 1959.
Finalists: Hilton Minneapolis | Minneapolis Marriott Southwest
Expert Honors: JW Marriott Mall of America received a Condé Nast Traveler magazine 2016 Readers’ Choice Award, 2016 Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator and AAA’s Four Diamond Award.
Hilton Minneapolis received AAA’s Four Diamond Award.
Finalists: JW Marriott Mall of America | Madden’s on Gull Lake
Expert Honors: Grand View Lodge was named a Readers’ Choice Top Midwest Resort by Condé Nast Traveler in 2015 and 2016.
JW Marriott Mall of America received a Condé Nast Traveler 2016 Readers’ Choice Award and 2016 Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator.
Finalists: Aria | Nicollet Island Pavilion
Finalists: Wipfli | Lurie
Expert Honor: Lurie received 2016 Diversity & Inclusion and Women in Leadership awards from the Advisory Board.
Finalists: Klein Financial (KleinBank) | Wells Fargo
Expert Honors: US Bank was named a Best Bank for Business by Greenwich Associates.
Klein Financial received a 2015 Better Business Bureau International Torch Award for Ethics.
Wells Fargo received several 2016 Global Finance honors: Best Developed Markets Bank in the U.S., Best Developed Markets Bank North America, Best Bank North America.
Finalists: U.S. Bank | KleinBank
Expert Honors: Wells Fargo received several 2016 Global Finance honors, including Best Bank North America.
U.S. Bank was named one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies in 2015 according to Ethisphere Institute.
Finalists: Spire Federal Credit Union | Wings Financial Credit Union
Expert Honors: Top Line Federal Credit Union won a 2016 Diamond Award from the Credit Union National Association for financial education.
Finalists: Klein Financial | Wells Fargo
Finalists: Bell Mortgage (Bell Bank) | Wells Fargo
Finalists: Alerus Wealth Management | RBC Wealth Management
Expert Honors: Alerus Wealth Management EY named chairman, president and CEO Randy Newman a 2016 Upper Midwest Entrepreneur of the Year.
Finalists: Faegre Baker Daniels | Winthrop & Weinstine
Expert Honors: Gray Plant Mooty placed 81st on Law360’s 2016 list of 100 Best Law Firms for Female Attorneys; Franchise Times named 15 attorneys from the firm’s Franchise & Distribution Practice group as 2017 Legal Eagles, and U.S. News & World Report listed the firm in its 2017 Best Law Firms rankings among national and metropolitan firms.
Faegre Baker Daniels ranked among 2017 Best Law Firms by U.S. News & World Report for Commercial Litigation, Corporate Law, Franchise Law, Real Estate Litigation and Mass Tort Litigation/Class Action.
Winthrop and Weinstine ranked among 2017 Best Law Firms by U.S. News & World Report.
Finalists: CorTalent | Versique Inc.
Finalists: Walser Automotive Group | Poquet Auto
Finalists: King Solutions | Logistics Planning Services
Expert Honors: C.H. Robinson Worldwide was named one of Fortune’s World’s Most Admired Companies in 2017.
Finalists: Doran Companies | CBRE Group
Finalists: CBRE Group | Jones Lang Lasalle
Expert Honors: CBRE Group was named one of 2015’s Most Ethical Companies by Ethisphere Institute.
Jones Lang LaSalle ranked 21 out of 50 on LinkedIn’s 2017 Top Companies Where the World Wants to Work Now. Glassdoor named Colin Dyer one of the Top 50 CEOs in the U.S. Large Company category in 2016.
Finalists: Doran Development | Ryan Companies
Finalists: Tradition Title | Bankers Title & Closing Services
Finalist: Allina Health
Finalists: Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota | Medica
Expert Honors: HealthPartners won Hospitals and Health Networks Most Wired award for use of Information Technology and was named the top private health plan in Minnesota according to the 2014-2015 NCQA Health Insurance rankings.
Finalists: Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital | Maple Grove Hospital
Expert Honors: Children’s Minnesota was named a Best Children’s Hospital in the nation 2016-2017 by U.S. News & World Report.
Finalists: Marco | EPA Audio Visual
Expert Honors: Tierney Brothers was an InfoComm AV Provider of Excellence company and a Commercial Integrator Top 5 K-12 (education) Market Integrator for 2016.
Marco received numerous awards as a best place to work, was named to the CRN Tech Elite 250, received a 2016 CRN Triple Crown Award, an imageSource 2016 Perfect Image Award for Dealer of the Year and an imageSource 2016 Perfect Image Award for Outstanding Leadership in Customer Engagement, among others.
Finalists: Loffler Companies | Metro Sales
Finalists: Luminfire | Code 42
Finalists: Rocket 55 | Brandography | Clockwork Active Media Systems