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As published in Toledo Business Journal - February 1, 2012

Best of Lake Erie West Business 2012

 

The 2012 Best of Lake Erie West Business recognition was conducted with a call for nominations and votes from readers of Toledo Business Journal, Development News, and Lake Erie West Manufacturing & Construction News. Multiple solicitations of readers occurred during October, November, and December 2011. In addition, a series of communications to owners and senior executives at area companies as well as partners and principals at area professional practices was also used to solicit nominations and votes. Through the use of targeted business publications and select mailings, solicitation of nominations and votes was aimed at owners and senior decision-makers at area corporations and professional practices.

To increase interest and participation, an offer of $2,000 of ad space in Toledo Business Journal was made. Participants who completed the voting process were offered a chance to have their company entered into a drawing to win this ad space.

Participants could choose to vote in three separate areas that included business, health, and manufacturing and construction. They could vote in one, two, or three of these areas. Within each area there were separate categories of business representing a broad range of markets covering significant economic activity in the region. There are over 50 market categories included in the program.

All participants were directed to Toledo Business Journal’s website at www.toledobiz.com. Voters were asked to include their name, company name, and contact information. Only ballots that contained complete voter identity information were included. This information was used to limit an individual to casting only one ballot in each of the three survey areas. In addition, software was put in place to allow only one ballot submittal from a computer for each of the three areas. Participants attempting multiple submittals from a computer received an electronic rejection notification if a ballot had been previously cast.

Voters were asked to select one nominee company in each market category. They were then asked to identify if they or their business was a customer of the nominee company. An approach was set up to weight each vote cast for companies that are a supplier of goods and services to a participating voter. This approach was used in order to incorporate the experience of customers of each of the nominee businesses and to have this experience impact the selection results.

Participants were also asked to identify the name of their business. An approach was put in place to weight the votes from individuals employed outside a nominee company. The number of votes accepted from owners and employees of a nominee has been limited.

It is important to note that the selection process is not a scientific examination of nominee businesses. The Best of Lake Erie West Business recognition is simply an assessment that incorporates the total votes cast by area business and other professionals into an approach that includes the weighting of experience by customers who have firsthand knowledge of the business or professional firm.

The response to our call for nominations and votes was well received and far exceeded expectations. It must be noted that the Best of Lake Erie West Business recognition is a young program and the selection process will continue to evolve and improve with time and experience.

An important thank you to all the business and other professionals who took the time to nominate and vote for area companies that have distinguished themselves through their approach to conducting business.

 

BEST OF LAKE ERIE WEST BUSINESS 2012

 

ACCOUNTING FIRM
Gilmore, Jasion & Mahler, LTD Spilman, Hills & Heidebrink, Ltd. William Vaughan Company
BOTTLED WATER
Collingwood Water Culligan of Northwest Ohio Toledo Water Conditioning
BUSINESS RECORDS DESTRUCTION
AccuShred Allshred Services, Inc. Gateway Recycling
CATERER
City BBQ The Pinnacle Premier Catering
COFFEE BREAK SERVICE
Aramark Refreshment Services Creative Refreshments Inc  
COMMERCIAL PRINTER
HOT Printing & Graphics Homewood Press, Inc. Metzgers
COMPUTER DEALER
Computer Discount MacCafè Virtual PC’s
COPY MACHINE DEALER
Goodremont’s Inc. Perry Corporation  
CREDIT UNION
Directions Credit Union Great Lakes Credit Union Sun Federal Credit Union
DELIVERY SERVICE – LOCAL
Black & White Transportation Priority Dispatch Reliable Delivery
DIRECT MAIL
AIM Specialists Mail It Corp. Mail Works II
FINANCIAL PLANNING
Butler Capital Advisors Creative Financial Partners Savage and Associates Inc.
FLEET VEHICLE DEALER
Charlie’s Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram Penske Truck Rental Ryder
INTERNET SERVICE PROVIDER
American Broadband Buckeye TeleSystem TOAST.net
OFFICE FURNITURE
Clair David Office Furniture & Design Friends Business Source OfficeMax
PAYROLL PREPARATION SERVICE
Data Service Center Inc. Paychex, Inc. Payroll Select Services
PERSONNEL STAFFING
Job1USA Renhill Group, LLC Supplemental Staffing
PUBLIC RELATIONS
FLS Group / Thread Hart R/P Marketing Public Relations
SECURITY GUARD SERVICE
Continental Secret Service
Bureau, Inc.
Securitas  
SECURITY / ALARM SERVICE
ADT Guardian Burglar Alarm  
SIGN BUSINESS
Harmon Sign National Illumination & Sign Toledo Sign Company
STOCK BROKER
Edward Jones Scottrade UBS Financial Services, Inc.
TELEPHONE EQUIPMENT BUSINESS
CDS Telco Roach-Reid Business
Systems, Inc.
Teletronics
Communications, Inc.
TRAVEL AGENCY
AAA Northwest Ohio Central Travel Ottawa Hills Travel
TRUCK DEALER – LIGHT VEHICLES
Ed Schmidt GMC Monroe Dodge Chrysler
Jeep Ram
Yark Automotive Group
WEBSITE DESIGN
Aardvark, Inc. Kinetica Media Thread Marketing Group
WIRELESS RETAILER
American Cellular Enterprises, Inc. Radio Shack Verizon Wireless

 

BEST OF LAKE ERIE WEST HEALTH 2012

 

CARDIOLOGY PRACTICE
Northwest Ohio Cardiology Consultants Toledo Cardiology Consultant UT Heart & Vascular Center
CHIROPRACTIC PRACTICE
1st Choice Chiropractic Frame Family
Wellness Center
 
COSMETIC SURGERY PRACTICE
Dr. James Hunyadi,
Plastic Surgery Consultants
Frank Barone
Plastic Surgery
 
DENTAL PRACTICE
Frankel Dentistry Kenneth Brochin, DDS, LLC Kozy DentalCare
FUNERAL HOME
Coyle Funeral Home Walker Funeral Homes  
HEALTH / FITNESS CLUB
Urban Active Wildwood Athletic Club  
HOSPITAL
Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center St. Luke’s Hospital The Toledo Hospital
MEDICAL IMAGING / RADIOLOGY PRACTICE
Imaging Central ProMedica Radiology Toledo Radiological Associates
OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH
ProMedica OccuHealth Occupational Care Consultants  
OPTICAL GOODS RETAILER
Van Optical Optical Arts, Inc.  
OPTOMETRY PRACTICE
OptiVue Pinnacle Eye Group Vision Associates, Inc.
RETIREMENT COMMUNITY
Kingston HealthCare Lutheran Village at Wolf Creek Sunset Retirement Communities

 

BEST OF LAKE ERIE WEST MANUFACTURING & CONSTRUCTION 2012

 

ARCHITECTURAL FIRM
Poggemeyer Design Group SSOE Group The Collaborative Inc
COMMERCIAL EQUIPMENT RENTAL
NES Rentals Ohio CAT Sunbelt Rentals
COMMERCIAL ROOFING CONTRACTOR
Damschroder Roofing Holt Roofing Co. Nordmann Roofing
ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR
Romanoff Electric LLC. Transtar Electric,
Security & Technologies
Turner Electrical Services
ENGINEERING FIRM
Bowser-Morner, Inc. The Mannik & Smith Group, Inc. Matrix Technologies
FIRE & WATER DAMAGE CONTRACTOR
Cleaner & Dryer Cousino Harris Disaster Kleenup  
MACHINING & TOOLING BUSINESS
Jerl Machine, Inc. Lockrey Manufacturing ORT Tool & Die Corp.
MECHANICAL CONTRACTOR
Dimech Services, Inc. Dunbar Mechanical, Inc. GEM Inc.
TRUCK DEALER – HEAVY VEHICLES
Ed Schmidt Truck Store Freightliner  
UNIFORM SERVICE
Aramark Uniform Arrow Uniform Cintas
WAREHOUSING & STORAGE
Spartan Warehouse Willis Day Storage Company  
WASTE MANAGEMENT SERVICE
Allied Waste Services H.A.I. Dumpsters  

 

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