Reader Rankings

 Introducing the enhanced
2018 Reader Rankings awards!

Last year, The Daily Record and Rochester Business Journal honored more than 165 winners in more than 55 categories in our inaugural Reading Rankings program.  This year, we are building upon that success by not only allowing you to vote for your favorite companies but to also help us identify which companies should be included on the ballot.

We’ve made numerous changes to the process to ensure the validity of the contest and to offer more opportunities for you to participate, including our new logo and two rounds of voting.

Voting Round 1

The first round is nominations. This will be a lot like voting last year. It will start March 15 and run through April 1. The nomination ballots will be online so you can complete them from any digital device. Online nominations will be limited to 1 voting ballot per day.

Voting Round 2

The second round of voting will be multiple choice, with the top nominees from each category advancing to the ballot (minimum nominees per category is 2 and maximum is 3). This round of voting will start on April 30 and run through May 14.

Reading Ranking Event

We will be celebrating all of the nominees and announcing the winners at our first annual Rochester Reader Rankings event in July.

The Reader Rankings magazine will publish the last week of July — but all of the event attendees will get an advance copy at the awards celebration. The magazine will include content about our winners and provide each winners website and address so you can visit their business. Each finalist will also receive a Reader Rankings plaque for their office.

Here’s the list of 2018 categories:

Top Employers

Best Overall Company to Work For (1-75 Employees)

Best Overall Company to Work For (76- 250 Employees)

Best Overall Company to Work For (251-500 Employees)

Best Overall Company to Work For (501-1000 Employees)

Best Overall Company to Work For (1000+ Employees)

Best Overall Leadership

Best Employee Recognition Program

Best Training Program

Best Company Culture

Most Innovative Workplace


Finance/Accounting/Insurance Providers

Best Accounting Firm

Best Business Banking

Best Credit Union

Best Employee Benefits Provider

Best Forensic Accounting

Best Wealth Management

Best Mortgage Lender


General Business

Best Advertising Agency

Best Auto Dealer

Best Courier and Delivery Service

Best Media Buying

Best PR Agency

Best Staffing Agency

Best Auto Dealer Service Department

Best Auto Body/Collision

Best Veterinarian


Entertainment & Leisure

Best Casino

Best Caterer

Best Client Breakfast/ Lunch Location

Best Cultural Attraction

Best Event Meeting Facility

Best Golf Course

Best Florist

Best Winery

Best Happy Hour

Best Distillery

Best Brewery

Best Concert Venue

Best Business Hotel

Best Museum

Best Park

Best Festival

Best Live Theater

Best Local Coffee Shop




Best Health Fitness Company

Best Home Care Agency

Best Hospital

Best Physical Therapy and Sports Rehabilitation

Best Retirement Community

Best Urgent Care Center

Best Assisted Living Facility

Best Emergency Room

Best Spa/Medical Spa

Best Health Insurance Provider



Best MBA Program

Best Undergraduate Program

Best Day Care

Best Pre-school

Best Private School

Best Public School


Law & Legal Services

Best Appellate Service Provider

Best Civil Litigation Firm

Best Criminal Defense Firm

Best eDiscovery Provider

Best Estate Planning Firm

Best Intellectual Property Firm

Best Family Law Firm

Best Malpractice Firm

Best Personal Injury Firm

Best Real Estate Law Firm


Real Estate

Best Architectural Firm

Best Commercial Real Estate Firm

Best Home Builder

Best Engineering Firm

Best Property Management Firm

Best Residential Real Estate Firm

Best Title Company

Best Apartment Complex

Best Home Contractor/ Repair/ Remodeling

Best Home Security

Best Best Lawn Care



Best Internet Service Provider

Best IT Outsourcing Firm

Best Optics and Imaging Firm

Best Software Developer

Best Web Design Firm