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2018 Best of Alaska Business Awards

The 2018 Best of Alaska Business survey is here! This is your chance to vote for your favorite business in a wide range of categories. The results of our annual reader’s choice survey will be printed in the July issue of  Alaska Business in the Best of Alaska Business Special Section. Results will also be posted here on akbizmag.com on July 1.Your votes will identify the best businesses Alaska has to offer. So if you’ve been looking for a way to support your favorite business, the time is now and the place is right here.

Check out this year’s voting guidelines and our full list of categories. Voting is open from March 1, 2018, to April 13, 2018.

Our FAQ is available below this survey. Additional questions may be sent to our Associate Editor, Tasha Anderson at tanderson@akbizmag.com.


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The Rules*

1. One entry allowed per person; multiple votes by one entrant are prohibited.

2. Ballots must be complete by 5:00 p.m. on April 13, 2018.

3. Votes must be for businesses with at least one employee in one location in Alaska.

Survey results that violate these rules may be discarded. All results subject to editorial discretion.




Food & Recreation

  • Best Restaurant to Take Clients

  • Best Take Out/Catering

  • Best Brewery

  • Best Coffee Shop

  • Best Steakhouse

  • Best Pizza

  • Best Fitness/Training/Gym

  • Best Group Fishing Charter



  • Best Place to Work (Up to 250 Employees)

  • Best Place to Work (250+ Employees)

  • Best Fundraising Event

  • Best Corporate Citizen

  • Best Customer Service

  • Best Managed IT Services Provider

  • Best Video Production Company

  • Best Hotel for the Corporate Traveler

  • Best Meeting or Event Venue

  • Best Place to Purchase Office Furniture

  • Best Promotional Products Supplier

  • Best Web Design Firm

  • Best Team Building Company

  • Best Patient Healthcare

  • Best Corporate Retreat


Frequently Asked Questions


How do you choose the categories?

Each year, the Alaska Business editorial and management teams evaluate our list of categories for the survey. We consider current business and industry trends and the prior year's data to refine the category list.. We may add a new category if an exciting new business or trend comes to our attention or we may eliminate a category that is no longer applicable to you, our readers. . We always take into account your feedback and we always appreciate hearing about categories you’d like to see added or nixed.


How does voting work?

Our survey is conducted through Survey Monkey; simply follow the link to the two-part survey. Type in your nomination for any given category; there are no suggestions or pull-down menus. Once you’ve voted in as many categories as you’d like (preferably all of them), you may submit the survey and help your favorite companies get one step closer to winning a Best of Alaska Business Award. Voting will take place from March 1, 2018 to April 13, 2018.


Does advertising influence the contest?

The readers’ choice survey is managed by our editorial department and is completely separate from advertising. The readers’ choice survey has no relationship with or effect on advertising, and vice versa.


What are the rules for voting?

Anyone who utilizes the services of Alaska businesses is eligible to vote in the survey.

However; readers cannot vote more than once from the same IP address. Each device—phone, computer, tablet—has its own IP address. We automatically eliminate any additional votes from an IP address to control any possibility of ballot-stuffing.


Can my clients vote from a shared computer or tablet at my business?

No. Only one ballot is accepted per IP address. (Each device—phone, computer, tablet—has its own IP address.) We automatically eliminate any additional ballots from an IP address to control the possibility of ballot-stuffing. Instead, encourage your clients to vote from their own smartphone, tablet, or home computer.


Can a business or organization be a finalist if it’s located outside of the magazine’s coverage area?

In order to qualify as a finalist in the survey, the business or organization must have a physical presence within Alaska.


I’m a business owner. How can I get more votes?

The results are tabulated solely based on our readers' votes as they write in their pick for each category. We invite you to spread the word! Use the power of social media to let your friends know how they can support their favorite local businesses. We have graphics you can use (below) or you can develop your own.



When will the winners be announced?

The winners will be announced in the special Best of Alaska Business 2018 edition of the magazine, which will be available July 1, 2018. Winners will also be announced online on July 1, 2018.


What happens if I win?

Winners receive a free digital copy of the Best of Alaska Business 2018 magazine cover design, which also indicates your winning category and your business or organization name. Winners can also purchase a framed award certificate with two window clings. (The framed award certificate is 14x17 inches and features a black wood frame.) The cost is $75 per framed award certificate and includes shipping and handling. Ordering opens on July 1 and closes on October 12. In addition, Best of Alaska Business 2018 winners are provided with an icon for the category they win. These icons can be used on websites and social media to showcase your status as a  Best of Alaska Business Winner.


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