2021 Best of Business

Our guide to Minnesota business service vendors that consistently deliver.
2021 Best of Business

Best of Business logoHundreds of Minnesota businesses have done the due diligence already, so when it’s time to look for specialized expertise or hire a new professional services provider, why go it alone? Best of Business, TCB’s annual reader survey, is based on the opinions of people like you. Earlier this year, TCB asked executives and business decision-makers for vendor recommendations in common business service categories. Tap into their collective knowledge to find a top-notch commercial architect, data security expert, digital marketing firm, and many more, and receive excellent results from the best of the best.

Thanks to those who shared their expertise.  —Adam Platt, executive editor



Click on the links below to navigate through this year’s categories:

CONSTRUCTION AND DEVELOPMENT

COMMERCIAL ARCHITECTURE FIRM

HGA ARCHITECTS AND ENGINEERS

3D illustration of a foundationHGA Architects and Engineers has grown into a nationally prominent firm with 11 locations, building from its humble beginnings 68 years ago in a founder’s basement. Minneapolis-based HGA thrives thanks to a strong foundation in architecture and engineering, accompanied by an interdisciplinary focus that includes interior, landscape, sustainable, and lighting design. Its buildings regularly garner recognition, including five national American Institute of Architects (AIA) awards and the AIA Committee on the Environment Top 10 award for its MIT.nano building in Cambridge, Mass. From corporate projects for Dropbox and Paypal to health care buildings for Mayo Clinic, HGA brings curiosity, collaboration, function, and beauty to its work.

FINALISTS

RSP Architects | BWBR

COMMERCIAL INTERIOR DESIGN FIRM

BDH

3D illustration of a framed houseA full-service design firm since 1971, BDH aims to solve problems while making a difference for people. The Minneapolis company works with clients from the early stages of space planning through to design, construction, and furniture procurement. Founded by designer Kathy Young, BDH is now one of the 25 largest design firms in the Twin Cities. Its 34 employees focus on health care and workplace, as well as multifamily housing, carrying forward BDH’s mission to create unique environments that positively impact all end users. Its many medical projects, like M Health Fairview Clinic at Mall of America and Maplewood Surgery Center, create tranquil healing spaces with thoughtful design.

FINALISTS

HGA Architects and Engineers | Shea Design

COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE DEVELOPER

DORAN PROPERTIES GROUP

3D illustration of a houseDoran Properties Group is the new real estate outpost for Kelly Doran, a developer in Minnesota for the past 30 years. In 2021, he sold his remaining interest in Doran Cos. and launched Doran Properties Group in Bloomington with his son, Evan. The firm allows Doran to refocus on his first love—developing, designing, building, and managing a real estate portfolio. The 160-employee firm specializes in developing high-end multifamily housing and commercial property management, including retail centers like Greenway Lakes Commons (formerly Calhoun Village) in Minneapolis. New projects on the horizon include a 200-unit senior housing project in Maple Grove.

FINALISTS

Davis | United Properties

COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE GENERAL CONTRACTOR

DORAN COS.

Since opening for business 14 years ago, Doran Cos. has cemented its reputation as a trusted general contractor and real estate developer. The Bloomington company is now fully owned by CEO Anne Behrendt and CFO Ryan Johnson, who purchased it from founder Kelly Doran. Focusing on development, architecture, construction, and special projects like historical renovations, Doran is one of the fastest-growing development companies in the Upper Midwest. In the last decade, Doran completed more than 35 premium multifamily and mixed-use projects in Minnesota, North Dakota, and Colorado. Its construction team has built more than 15 million square feet of space with more than $500 million in value.

FINALISTS

Kraus-Anderson Construction | Ryan Cos. U.S.

ENGINEERING FIRM

MICHAUD COOLEY ERICKSON

The messier and more complicated the infrastructure project, the better, as far as Michaud Cooley Erickson is concerned. Challenges allow the firm to serve clients in depth and create lasting relationships. In business for 75 years, the Minneapolis company provides a range of services such as mechanical and electrical engineering, fire protection, and energy management. Its work spans construction to renovation for clients big and small, in just about every sector. The 102-strong staff work as multidisciplinary teams that get the job done. Employees pride themselves on identifying individual solutions that fit each client.

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FINALISTS

BKBM Engineers | WSB & Associates

MULTIFAMILY DEVELOPER

DORAN PROPERTIES GROUP

Illustration of to construction workers looking at blue printsDoran Properties Group, based in Bloomington, marries design and amenities at its luxury apartment buildings and townhouse developments. It’s headed by Kelly Doran, a prolific developer with deep experience in commercial real estate and development. The company has a roster of housing offerings across the Twin Cities. Tenants can choose from urban settings in Minneapolis with the Mississippi River area as their playground or suburban buildings like The Moline in downtown Hopkins and Aria adjacent to Southdale. The residences feature stand-out services like business centers, pet runs, entertainment suites, pools, and concierge services. DPG and its 160 employees recently expanded to Denver.

FINALISTS

Timberland Partners | Alatus

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CREATIVE SERVICES

ADVERTISING AND MARKETING FIRM

FAST HORSE

illustration of three story buildingCelebrating 20 years as an independent creative agency, Fast Horse wins fans for its fresh, integrated campaigns that meet the moment. The 30-employee Minneapolis firm unites strategy, creative, design, production, public relations, social media, analytics, and more under one roof, helping it create award-winning, effective work. Clients like Audi, Coca-Cola, and Best Buy benefit from a culture that rewards risk-taking and building partnerships with customers to meet their marketing and advertising needs. Founded by public relations veteran Jörg Pierach, the firm thrives at the intersection of marketing and publicity by fostering employees’ imaginations and inspiration with creativity stipends and learning programs.

FINALISTS

Authentic Brand | Ciceron

DIGITAL MARKETING FIRM

BR8KTHRU CONSULTING

Br8kthru Consulting brings together digital marketing and technology specialists who seek to use their tools and talents to make an impact for companies. Started in 2013, the Minneapolis firm of 16 people solves complex challenges that help clients’ businesses soar. Br8kthru’s varied offerings focus on health care, industrial automation, and e-commerce as it works with clients to drive demand, nurture leads, and transform legacy digital systems, paired with a commitment to hold itself to Michelin-star standards and build long-term client relationships. Br8kthru has a goal to become the leading marketing and technology firm in the Midwest by 2030.

FINALISTS

Rocket55 | Ciceron

PUBLIC RELATIONS FIRM

FAST HORSE

Fast Horse is no one-trick pony. With a foundation in public relations, it shines by eliminating traditional silos between strategy, creative, and analytics departments. This results in integrated thinking and campaigns for clients, who are national, regional, and local brands, often with annual budgets of up to $3 million. Fast Horse’s work has clinched numerous awards, including prestigious Cannes Lions honors. In 2021, PR Week US Awards named Fast Horse a finalist for its work with Heineken on the January Dry Pack, 31 alcohol-free beers to support people participating in Dry January. The campaign boosted sales 18 percent, generated 775 million impressions, and attracted bountiful publicity.

FINALISTS

Lola Red PR | Padilla | Weber Shandwick

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DINING AND ENTERTAINMENT

CATERING COMPANY

D’AMICO CATERING

fancy dining roomThere’s a reason nine prominent Twin Cities venues feature D’Amico Catering as their in-house purveyor. The Minneapolis company stands for quality, inventive cuisine, and all of the extras that make an event exceptional. D’Amico Catering has long been the caterer of choice in the Twin Cities, serving standout food at more than 70,000 events. When there is a landmark cultural, corporate, or philanthropic event, D’Amico is likely to be there. The company brings the same A-game to the important events in people’s lives, serving up delicious food and drink at locations traditional and not—think castles, barns, or your backyard.

FINALISTS

Chowgirls Catering | Crave Catering & Events

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EDUCATION

COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY

UNIVERSITY OF ST. THOMAS

University of St. Thomas is all about transformation, while striving for excellence. It has grown from a small liberal arts college in St. Paul to one of the top 20 Catholic universities in the country, featuring especially strong programs in engineering, entrepreneurship, and business. It concentrates on being a teaching-focused school that fosters academic distinction and exploration in more than 150 undergraduate majors, plus 55 graduate programs. The 10,000-strong student body learns on three campuses: Minneapolis, St. Paul, and Rome. Students have numerous opportunities to engage in internships (66 percent do), collaborate with professors on research, and network with more than 110,000 alumni.

FINALISTS

University of Minnesota | Minnesota State University, Mankato

MBA PROGRAM

CARLSON SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA

Carlson MBA students benefit from a stellar faculty and the school’s deep relationships with the many Fortune 500 companies headquartered in Minnesota. Plus, Carlson’s 55,000 alumni provide a robust network as graduates seek career opportunities. Students pick from full-time, part-time, executive, and online programs, with the online MBA graduating its first class in 2021. Career services staff have helped 90 percent of full-time MBA students land jobs within three months of graduation, even during a pandemic. Carlson was named the No. 1 military-friendly graduate business school in the United States, and U.S. News & World Report ranked its part-time program 10th in the country.

FINALISTS

University of St. Thomas | Hamline University School of Business

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FINANCIAL SERVICES

ACCOUNTING

WIPFLI

Wipfli got its start in Wisconsin nearly 100 years ago, grounded in its purpose to help individuals and businesses of all sizes achieve success. Its 200 Minneapolis employees bring excellence, integrity, and teamwork to varied offerings in accounting, audit, tax, consulting, outsourcing, and personal services. Now a top 20 accounting and consulting firm in the country, Wipfli stands out by helping clients tackle business challenges and growth, improve operations, and enhance performance. It is versed in helping companies at every stage, from seed and startup to growth and maturity, as well as during major events like an IPO or merger.

FINALISTS

CliftonLarsonAllen | Lurie

BANK FOR BUSINESS

WELLS FARGO

It’s been a hallmark of Wells Fargo to help customers build businesses and manage their money in the face of change. Since 1852, the name Wells Fargo has meant dependable, trusted financial services that fuel growth for business customers. Whether companies are small or large, Wells Fargo provides the infrastructure they need to operate. Its one-stop shop for small businesses offers banking and credit, financing, plus merchant and payroll services, while its commercial division adds a broad portfolio including real estate and risk management. Underpinning it all is Wells Fargo’s wide-ranging industry expertise that allows the bank to provide tailored products for customers’ specific needs.

FINALISTS

U.S. Bank | Bremer Bank

CONSUMER BANK

WELLS FARGO

Wells Fargo makes it easy for customers. One in three households in the United States—70 million people—do business with the bank. They benefit from a multitude of consumer products and services for people of all income levels to seamlessly manage their money and life. Wells Fargo boasts one of the largest ATM networks, with 13,000 locations in 36 states, and strong web and mobile banking platforms. Robust investing and wealth management services meet consumers where they are, providing options for a range of people, from those who are just starting to save to individuals primed to make plans for distributing their wealth.

FINALISTS

U.S. Bank | Bremer Bank

CREDIT UNION

WINGS FINANCIAL CREDIT UNION

The largest credit union in Minnesota, Wings Financial shines nationally. It was named one of the top 10 credit unions in the country by Gobankingrates.com in 2020. The website gave Wings kudos for its no-fee checking, savings, and money market accounts, as well as interest-bearing checking accounts and high-yielding CDs. Founded in 1938 by seven airline employees, Apple Valley-based Wings has $6.7 billion in assets. It serves its 300,000 members from additional offices in Atlanta, Detroit, Orlando, and Seattle, and it continues to grow. Wings announced a new location in Northfield this year, bringing its Minnesota branches to 26.

FINALISTS

TopLine Federal Credit Union | Hiway Credit Union

MORTGAGE LENDER

WINGS FINANCIAL CREDIT UNION

Wings Financial Credit Union provides the financing people need to purchase a house, but it doesn’t stop there. It offers financial education such as seminars on home buying and selling, homeowners’ insurance, connections to trusted agents, and other services that make the home purchase or refinancing process go smoothly. Wings, based in Apple Valley, strives to be flexible by providing a lengthy list of products and loan terms. Since its start, nonprofit Wings has focused on helping members achieve their financial goals. It succeeds by sharing its success with members in the form of better rates and fewer fees.

FINALISTS

Hiway Credit Union | TopLine Federal Credit Union

SBA LENDER

HIWAY CREDIT UNION

Since 1931, Hiway Credit Union has served nearly 80,000 members with a host of financial services for individuals and businesses. It supports companies with commercial lines of credit, business credit cards, commercial vehicle and equipment financing, and commercial real estate loans, along with traditional credit union offerings. Based in St. Paul, Hiway has $1.5 billion in assets and serves customers in the seven-county metro area. For business members, Hiway goes above and beyond with cash management services like sweep accounts, personal finance education for member companies’ employees, employee benefits, and financial planning. That makes Hiway a hub for services that help businesses grow.

FINALISTS

TopLine Federal Credit Union | Spire Credit Union

WEALTH MANAGEMENT FIRM

WIPFLI FINANCIAL ADVISORS

illustration of a tall buildingWipfli Financial Advisors specializes in serving high-net-worth clients who often have complicated finances intertwined with business interests. In cooperation with Wipfli’s accounting and consulting practice, the wealth management team works as fiduciaries with individuals, families, professionals, executives, and business owners on developing financial plans. It also provides services to company retirement plans and institutional clients. The team takes a holistic approach to providing tax-efficient, research-based guidance for financial planning, wealth management, and scenarios like business succession and estate planning. The Minneapolis firm recently launched Wipfli Private Client Group for individuals to fully integrate financial planning with its tax, consulting, and wealth management services.

FINALISTS

RBC Wealth Management | Ameriprise Financial

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HUMAN RESOURCES

STAFFING, RECRUITING, AND EXECUTIVE SEARCH

SALO

illustration of two people shaking handsNearly 20 years after launching in Minneapolis, Salo is now a national company that builds connections between organizations and experts in accounting, finance, and human resources. Salo cultivates close relationships with candidates and companies to find mutually beneficial matches for both parties, with the mission to forge meaningful career experiences and business success. Salo has grown to nearly 600 employees and $73 million in revenue, working with clients from coast to coast. It keeps its services fresh with new offerings including Salo Advisory, which supports CEOs, C-suite executives, and board members with insight and advice in areas like strategy, profitability, culture, talent, and board effectiveness.

FINALISTS

Robert Half International | True Talent Group

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LEGAL SERVICES

LAW FIRM

FREDRIKSON & BYRON

Fredrikson & Byron calls itself “the firm where law and business meet,” pairing entrepreneurial thinking and business expertise with client service. Clients turn to the Minneapolis firm for business and legal advice, often relying on its 300-plus lawyers as strategic partners. One of the largest firms in the region, Fredrikson has eight offices nationally and internationally where it practices its proactive, problem-solving style of law. It helps clients with transactions, disputes, intellectual property, and more in numerous industries. With its strong pro bono practice, Fredrikson & Byron is providing free legal services to small businesses affected by the unrest of 2020.

FINALISTS

Winthrop & Weinstine | Foley & Mansfield

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MEETINGS AND EVENTS

AUDIOVISUAL PROVIDER

AVEX

Avex brings clients’ ideas to life for any setting, event size, or target audience. It starts with Avex’s emphasis on its foundation of transparency and trust. Based in Minneapolis since 2002, Avex works nationally, with offices in North Carolina and Nevada. It offers a menu of live, virtual, and hybrid event design and production services, as well as in-house audiovisual partnerships with hotels and event venues. Avex helps clients serve their customers—and increase venue sales—with options such as full staffing with on-site equipment and equipment leasing.

FINALISTS

AV For You | Heroic Productions

MEETING AND EVENT PLANNING

AMY ZAROFF EVENTS & DESIGNS

Amy Zaroff Events & Designs didn’t let a pandemic keep it down. Founder Zaroff created ways to help clients celebrate virtually or at a safe distance, deploying her firm’s skills in event planning and design in new ways. It helps that the Minnetonka company has experience planning 1,500-plus events across North America. It has staged gatherings for clients such as Target, the Minnesota Twins, the Minnesota Vikings, Mall of America, and many nonprofits. During Covid, Zaroff has teamed with audiovisual company Avex to create a platform for clients to engage virtually. Zaroff recently won recognition as one of Brides magazine’s “best wedding planners” in the United States.

FINALISTS

Do Good Events | Event Lab

MEETING AND EVENT RESORT—GREATER MINNESOTA

GRAND VIEW LODGE

illustration of five people partyingFor more than 100 years, Grand View Lodge has welcomed guests for respite, relaxation, and celebration. It offers just about any type of setting business customers could want, from traditional meeting rooms to rustic lodges and summer camp spaces. Guests delight in the Nisswa property’s expansive grounds, amenities, and dining. Whether they enjoy boating, golf, spa visits, fishing, or snowshoeing, visitors have plenty of opportunities to indulge. Companies looking for a unique event can engage in team-building activities like a scavenger hunt or Amazing Race-style challenge. Travel + Leisure gave Grand View a World’s Best Award as the sixth best resort in the Midwest.

FINALISTS

Maddens on Gull Lake | Sugar Lake Lodge

MEETING AND EVENT HOTEL

HEWING HOTEL

The Hewing abounds with unique spaces that embody the building’s history, North Loop neighborhood, and Minnesota. A former farm implement warehouse built in 1897, the Minneapolis hotel retains its exposed timber and brick, high ceilings, and other industrial elements to create memorable meeting and event sites. From the library to the ballroom, its spaces provide intimate venues for local or out-of-town guests. It wins high marks for its Nordic-inspired menu with locally sourced ingredients, as well as its luxurious décor and standout places to have cocktails, like the rooftop bar. For four years running, the Hewing Hotel has won Condé Nast Traveler’s readers’ choice award.

FINALISTS

Mystic Lake Casino Hotel | Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel, The Depot | Radisson Blu Mall of America

MEETING AND EVENT VENUE—NON-HOTEL

ARIA EVENT CENTER

Aria Event Center
Aria Event Center

Theater is all about transformation, making Aria Event Center’s theatrical past an asset as it hosts events for individuals, companies, and nonprofits. Aria features 30-foot ceilings, exposed brick, crystal chandeliers, pop art, and modern décor that creates versatile spaces and stellar acoustics. Built in 1889 and redesigned by Minnesota State Capitol architect Cass Gilbert in 1902, the building has deep roots in the Minneapolis Warehouse District. Open since 2012, Aria rises to the occasion whether an event is for 50 or 400 people, thanks to attentive staff who focus on every detail for fundraisers, corporate events, weddings, and more.   

FINALISTS

Machine Shop | Hutton House | McNamara Alumni Center, University of Minnesota

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PROPERTY SERVICES

CO-WORKING SPACE

WEWORK

four workers sharing a spaceAs flexibility at work has become the name of the game, WeWork is primed to continue offering the space that businesses and individuals need to get the job done. It has three locations in Minneapolis where customers can pick from numerous options, ranging from dedicated space with fixed leases to monthly subscriptions and on-demand workspace. Fortune 500 companies and start-ups alike can take advantage of a WeWork configuration that fits them in the moment without committing to a lease. In addition to standard workspaces, the Minneapolis WeWork sites offer conference rooms, networking events, and outdoor zones to prime the pump of collaboration in varied settings.

FINALISTS

The Coven | ModernWell

COMMERCIAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT FIRM

CUSHMAN & WAKEFIELD

Cushman & Wakefield got its start in New York in 1917, where it grew into one of the largest real estate services firms in the world. Its 50,000 employees—500-plus in Minnesota—provide a core menu of services including property, facilities, project management, leasing, capital markets, and valuation. Cushman & Wakefield manages more than 30 million square feet of space in the Twin Cities from its offices in Minneapolis and Bloomington. Clients benefit from its extensive research, insights, and technology to understand the market and create striking, safe, and comfortable commercial spaces that attract and retain tenants.

FINALISTS

Davis | Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL)

COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE BROKERAGE FIRM

DAVIS

Health care organizations rely on Davis, a firm that understands their industry. The Minneapolis company offers a full range of services, including strategic planning, brokerage, real estate development and management, plus landlord and tenant representation. A diverse client base including solo providers, specialty clinics, large hospitals, and health care systems count on Davis, which matches clients with the specific space they need. Operating since 1986, Davis serves clients across the country from five offices and has negotiated 100-plus leases encompassing nearly a million square feet in the past three years.

FINALISTS

Cushman & Wakefield | KimbleC

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TECHNOLOGY SERVICES

DATA AND SECURITY

MARCO TECHNOLOGIES

A quadruple winner in this year’s Best of Business, St. Cloud-based Marco has been helping customers since 1973. It provides numerous services including data and security, document management, telecom and internet, and information technology. Marco is one of the largest technology providers in the country, with more than 28,000 clients, roughly $400 million in revenue, and about 1,200 employees, including nearly 500 in Minnesota. Marco gives business clients peace of mind with data and network security by concentrating on internal and external threats. Its holistic approach targets all vulnerabilities, from the cloud and IT systems to phones and printers.

FINALISTS

Ascent Solutions | Atomic Data

DOCUMENT MANAGEMENT, PRINTERS, AND COPIERS

MARCO TECHNOLOGIES

It seems like a pretty straightforward part of running a business: the vital printers, copiers, and document-management systems that run behind the scenes. But Marco knows that there are more efficient and effective ways to operate this aspect of a company. Marco, based in St. Cloud, advises organizations on how to make their printing environment better, such as implementing managed print services or digital printing presses. These changes often save customers up to 30 percent or more on printing expenses. Marco continues seeking opportunities to better serve customers, acquiring a Willmar firm in 2021 to expand its shredding services.

FINALISTS

Loffler Cos. | Konica Minolta Business Solutions

IT CONSULTING FIRM

MARCO TECHNOLOGIES

Marco Technologies steps up to help businesses with one of the most complicated and fastest-changing aspects of running a company. It starts with an assessment to determine what customers need to optimize technology and secure their networks. Many use Marco’s managed IT services, outsourcing day-to-day technical management responsibilities; it’s an effective way for customers to keep technology updated while outsourcing critical problem-solving to a key partner. Whether data center, backup, disaster recovery, or infrastructure, St. Cloud-based Marco provides a one-stop suite of IT services that allow businesses to focus on core competencies.

FINALISTS

Ascent Solutions | Atomic Data

WEB DEVELOPMENT FIRM

ROCKET55

Rocket55’s sweet spot is working with clients that are focused on aggressive growth. As digital marketing evolves quickly, Rocket55 helps clients navigate the best ways to attract and serve customers. The full-service Minneapolis agency has numerous tools at its disposal, including paid and organic social media, content and email marketing, and marketing automation. Its 60-plus employees are proactive about serving clients, regularly analyzing Rocket55’s work to find new marketing opportunities that fit customers’ business objectives. National account growth has been strong, prompting the firm to open a second Midwestern office in 2021.

FINALISTS

Irish Titan | Skol Marketing

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TELECOM

MOBILE PHONE SERVICE PROVIDER

VERIZON WIRELESS

illustration of a tall office buildingMobile phone service is one of those things people don’t like to think about much. They want it to work and work well, in their own backyards or remote locations. Verizon checks that box, having been named No. 1 in overall network performance by RootMetrics for 16 consecutive surveys. It also wins RootMetrics’ plaudits for reliability, speed, data connections, and calling—table stakes for most of us. Whether working with individuals, small or medium-size businesses, enterprise systems, or the public sector, Verizon serves with diverse plans and products. It helps customers and their employees stay connected wherever they happen to be working.

FINALISTS

T-Mobile | AT&T

TELECOM & INTERNET SERVICE PROVIDER

MARCO TECHNOLOGIES

Marco acts as a broker between customers and providers of telecommunications and internet services. Its carrier services team leaves no detail unchecked, including researching provider offerings, installation, billing, and troubleshooting—all with no fee. The St. Cloud-based company takes a holistic approach to meeting customers’ technology needs; it improves performance and simplifies operations by fully integrating hardware, software, and connectivity. All Marco customers benefit from access to a dedicated account team, a staff of 650-plus systems engineers and technologists, and a full-time support desk that resolves 97 percent of network issues remotely, preventing time wasted when systems are down.

FINALISTS

Lumen Technologies | Comcast Business

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WELLNESS

CARDIAC CARE FACILITY

MINNEAPOLIS HEART INSTITUTE AT ABBOTT NORTHWESTERN HOSPITAL

illustration of person getting his blood pressure takenSeeking to provide expert care and advance the field of cardiology through research, a group of Twin Cities physicians formed the Minneapolis Heart Institute in 1981. Ever since, it has built a reputation for excellence in clinical care, innovation, research, and education. The Minneapolis Heart Institute consistently ranks in the top 30 nationwide for cardiology and heart surgery by U.S. News & World Report. Pioneering from its start, MHI was the first in the Midwest to implant an artificial heart. It performs more than 1,000 open-heart surgeries and vascular surgeries each year, and its clinicians help patients manage numerous cardiovascular conditions.

FINALISTS

North Memorial Heart & Vascular Center | Mayo Clinic Rochester

EXECUTIVE HEALTH PROGRAM

MAYO CLINIC ROCHESTER

Patients at Mayo Clinic’s executive health program walk away happy, with more than 98 percent noting they would recommend the program to others. Its comprehensive approach addresses client needs while making the most of their time. One- to three-day itineraries include preventive screenings and access to Mayo subspecialists if needed. Every executive physical starts and ends with a dedicated physician who oversees the entire process, including hearing individuals’ concerns and goals and developing a plan to improve their health. More than 600 companies nationwide partner with Mayo, helping to keep their leaders in top shape while meeting their objectives and budgets.

FINALISTS

North Memorial Medical Center | Health Partners & Park Nicollet Executive Health

HEALTH INSURANCE PROVIDER

BLUE CROSS AND BLUE SHIELD OF MINNESOTA

The largest health plan in the state, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota has been providing insurance to Minnesotans since 1933. Much has changed at Blue Cross since then, but one mainstay has been the company’s ability to stay agile and evolve. Eagan-based Blue Cross works across many platforms to meet its goals to make health care affordable and accessible while keeping people healthy. Along with individual, family, and employer plans for companies of all sizes, Blue Cross offers individual wellness programs through its digital health service Sharecare. It also works to tackle the root causes of preventable disease through its Center for Prevention.

FINALISTS

HealthPartners | UCare

HOSPITAL

M HEALTH FAIRVIEW SOUTHDALE HOSPITAL

illustration of a hospitalA comprehensive hospital with more than 40 specialty services, M Health Fairview Southdale stands out for its cardiac and stroke care. Its nationally recognized emergency heart attack program, women’s heart program, and comprehensive stroke center combine specialists, advanced technology, and treatments to provide holistic care. The Edina hospital now belongs to the merged M Health Fairview system, which unites the research and expertise of the University of Minnesota with excellence in patient care. U.S. News & World Report recently recognized it in seven procedures/conditions as high performing, including colon cancer surgery and heart failure treatment, putting the hospital in the top 10 percent nationwide.

FINALISTS

North Memorial Medical Center | Methodist Hospital

ORTHOPEDIC CARE PROVIDER

TWIN CITIES ORTHOPEDICS

Several independent orthopedic practices united to form Twin Cities Orthopedics (TCO) in 1996 to bring independence and entrepreneurial spirit to patient care. That means providing numerous options, locations, and care formats so that patients can choose the services that fit best. TCO is one of the largest independent orthopedic practices in the country, including 39 locations and 116 physicians. Innovations include orthopedic urgent care and its Excel program, which provides surgery and recovery in an ambulatory center complete with a care coordinator and transparent billing. That model is about 30 percent less expensive than hospital care and garners 99 percent patient satisfaction ratings.

FINALISTS

Tria Orthopaedic Center | Summit Orthopedics

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