2010 BOB Awards winners



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Best Accounting Firm: Baker Newman Noyes
280 Fore Street, Portland, ME
207-879-2100
www.bnncpa.com

Baker Newman Noyes, an independent member firm of Baker Tilly International, can trace its roots back to the 1930s. From its offices in Manchester, Portsmouth and Portland, Maine, the firm offers comprehensive accounting, tax, audit and consulting services to businesses and individuals throughout the Northeast.

Best Advertising Agency: wedü
20 Market St., Manchester
603-647-WEDU
www.wedu.com

wedü, a nationally recognized and award-winning full-service advertising and marketing agency in Manchester, has been providing clients with advertising and marketing, interactive Web design and development, public relations and experiential marketing since its founding in 1998. Whether a client is looking for online or offline marketing initiatives, wedü can supply creative and effective solutions. Clients include Manchester-Boston Regional Airport, Radio Disney, Kellogg's and Ocean National Bank.

Best Architectural Firm: Lavallee/Brensinger Architects
155 Dow St., Suite 400, Manchester
603-622-5450
www.lbpa.com

The architectural firm Lavallee/Brensinger has 30 years of innovative design experience. With a philosophy that states, "Your mission inspires us. Our creativity and knowledge empower you. Together we achieve excellence," the firm is dedicated to quality and client service. Among its award-winning projects are the Holderness School Library and the Manchester Airport New Terminal Building.

Best Art Gallery for Corporate Art: Art 3
44 W. Brook St., Manchester
603-668-6650
www.art3gallery.com

Art 3 Gallery is a premier New England retail fine art gallery offering corporate and residential art consulting services as well as custom framing. Located in a restored townhouse in the historic Millyard district of Manchester, the gallery includes one of the largest collections of art by New Hampshire, New England, national and international artists in a wide range of mediums such as sculpture, glass, oil, watercolor, pastel and collage.

Best Career Coach (TIE):
Sojourn Partners
107 Camelot Drive, Bedford
603-472-8103
www.sojournpartners.com

Through an association with the best coaching professionals available, Sojourn Partners can not only help a company manage through its growth, but will assist the individual leaders in that firm to meet that growth with contemporary and professional leadership thinking and intervention.

Dale Carnegie-New Hampshire
425 Chester Road, Auburn
603-434-4042
www.nh.dalecarnegie.com

Founded in 1912, Dale Carnegie Training has evolved from one man's belief in the power of self-improvement to a performance-based training company with offices worldwide. Dale Carnegie-NH focuses on giving Granite State business people the opportunity to sharpen their skills and improve their performance in order to build positive, steady and profitable results.

Best Cell Phone Provider: Verizon Wireless
Locations throughout New Hampshire
140 West St., New York, NY
800-899-4249
www.verizonwireless.com

Verizon Wireless has the nation's largest and most reliable wireless network as well as coverage in more than 200 countries. With a variety of plans tailored to businesses, Verizon Wireless can keep your company connected to customers down the street or across the country.

Best Clothier for Men: George's Apparel
675 Elm St., Manchester
603-622-5441
www.georgesapparel.com

This full-service men's clothing store in Manchester has it all, from suits to ties, accessories and outerwear. All suits and sport coats come with free alterations for the entire life of the garment. Alterations can also be done while you wait. No appointments are necessary for the full tailor shop. A knowledgeable staff, professional fittings, a huge inventory and in-house alterations make shopping for a high-quality new suit easy and painless.

Best Clothier for Women/Local: Alapage
25 S. River Road, Suite 301, Bedford
603-622-0550
www.alapageboutique.com

Alapage opened its first store in Brentwood in 1989. Now located at Bedford Square, the boutique offers the latest clothing designs as well as accessories, gifts and shoes. It's Jean Bar offers a wide range of styles, fit and lengths to fit almost any woman from designers such as 7 for All Mankind, True Religion, Christopher Blue and Not Your Daughter's Jeans.

Best Clothier for Women/Regional: Talbots
Locations throughout New Hampshire
One Talbots Drive, Hingham, MA
800-992-9010
www.talbots.com

Talbots has the look and feel of designer clothes while remaining affordable. From blouses and jackets to shoes, purses and belts, Talbot's has everything a businesswoman needs to look professional and stylish. At the end of third quarter 2009, the company operated 589 Talbots brand stores in 47 states and Canada serving a diversity of women in the rapidly growing 35-plus population with a large range of sizes and original styles.

Best Commercial Photographer: Studio One
50 Bridge St., Manchester
603-622-2738
www.studioonenh.com

The professional photographers at Studio One, located in Manchester, have been providing photography services since 1975. Shooting in a 100 percent digital format, Studio One photographs products, buildings, people, food and public relations, and is capable of shooting on location or in its own studio.

Best General Contractor: Cobb Hill Construction
206 N. State St., Concord
603-224-8373
www.cobbhill.com

Providing general contracting, design-build and construction management services for commercial and residential clients throughout New Hampshire and beyond, caring for every detail has been standard for Cobb Hill Construction since 1986.
Cobb Hill has won many awards for its innovating designs including three Gold Cornerstone Awards in 2008.
Whether new construction, additions, renovation, or restoration, the Cobb Hill team brings you experience, expertise and a personal commitment to deliver a quality project.

Best Mechanical Contractor (TIE):
Granite State Plumbing & Heating LLC
10 N. Riverdale Road, Weare
603-529-3322
www.granitestateplumbingandheating.com

Granite State Plumbing & Heating Inc. has been providing HVAC and mechanical systems installation and service since 1983. Today, as a wholly owned subsidiary of Comfort Systems, GS Plumbing and Heating focuses on the mid-market commercial industrial and institutional sectors, while caring for customers, employees and the environment. Its sales have averaged over $27 million for the past three years, with bonding capabilities of up to $10 million per project and an aggregate of $30 million.

Eckhardt & Johnson Inc.
896 Goffs Falls Road, Manchester
603-622-7493
www.eckhardtjohnson.com

Founded in 1917, Eckhardt & Johnson Inc. is New Hampshire's longest-serving commercial/industrial mechanical contractor. Eckhardt & Johnson uses the most up-to-date services, products and methods, and can design from scratch, install and maintain a process customized to your specific situation. And because there are no exclusive agreements with any manufacturers, the company can offer the best equipment for the job regardless of make. A fleet of over 20 radio-dispatched service trucks are on call 24/7 to handle any emergency.

Best Commercial Electrical Contractor: R&T Electric Inc.
315 S Main St., Concord
603-224-4782
www.rtelec.com

R&T Electric Inc. was established in 1972 with the goal of doing work right, on time and within budget. With services ranging from security and card-key access to computer cabling and closed-circuit TV systems, R&T Electric is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for your home, office, store or factory.

Best Corporate Moving Company: College Bound Movers
6 Caldwell Drive, Amherst
603-882-6683
www.collegeboundmovers.com

College Bound Movers was founded 15 years ago, when college-bound 19-year-old Edward Smith started a company based on the ideals of professionalism and customer service. From its headquarters in Amherst, College Bound has grown from a single truck to a fleet of 15 trucks and employs nearly 100 people, a group of highly trained college students and graduates helping to make all moves, small and large, as stress-free as possible.

Best Courier Service/Local: Alpha Courier
Locations in Manchester, Concord and Nashua
800-646-6414
www.alphacourier.com

Alpha Courier provides New Hampshire businesses with same-day delivery services. Assisting the legal community with deliveries of court documents, sensitive shipments for the defense industry or same-day services bringing test results between medical offices are just some of the services Alpha Courier provides. With competitive rates, Alpha Courier can meet your delivery needs whether it's just a document envelope with a destination across town or products weighing hundreds of pounds that must reach clients across the state.

Best Courier Service/Regional: United Parcel Service
Locations throughout New Hampshire
55 NE Glenlake Parkway, Atlanta, GA
800-742-5877
www.ups.com

Founded in 1907 as a messenger company, UPS has grown into a $49.7 billion corporation. UPS has become the world's largest package delivery company and a leading global provider of specialized transportation and logistics services. Every day, UPS manages the flow of goods, funds and information in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide.

Best Overnight Delivery Service: FedEx
Locations throughout New Hampshire
942 S. Shady Grove Road, Memphis, TN
800-463-3339
www.fedex.com

Since 1971, FedEx provides customers and businesses worldwide with transportation, e-commerce and business services. From overnight air and ground express delivery to supply chain management solutions, FedEx has thousands of drop-off locations to serve your needs. FedEx reported $35 billion in revenue in 2009, with 275,000 employees worldwide and an average daily volume of more than 7.5 million shipments for express, ground, freight and expedited delivery.

Best Dry Cleaners: E&R Cleaners
565 Gold St., Manchester
603-627-7661
www.eandrcleaners.com

A sharp image, a clean appearance and no delay in getting what you want: E&R strives to make sure that your orders are on time, meet the highest quality standards, and that our service is second to none. E&R also provides top quality repairs and alterations, wedding gown cleaning and heirlooming, leather and suede cleaning, shoe repair, and area rug cleaning. With store locations in Manchester and Bedford, item pick-up and delivery services as well as uniform rental and sales, and campus services, E&R prides itself on offering the ultimate service and convenience to its customers.

Best MBA Program: Southern New Hampshire University
2500 N. River Road, Manchester
800-668-1249
www.snhu.edu

Southern New Hampshire University's nationally accredited MBA programs are highly affordable and can be tailored to your career needs and interests. The MBA program features program completion is as little as 18 months, no GMAT or GRE required for many programs, courses online or at centers in Manchester, Nashua, Portsmouth or Salem, N.H., and Brunswick, Maine, and offers specialty courses so you can develop your expertise and stand out in the job market.

Best Online Degree Program: Southern New Hampshire University
2500 N. River Road, Manchester
800-668-1249
www.snhu.edu

Southern New Hampshire University offers more than 50 online programs leading to undergraduate and graduate degrees and certificates. SNHU's educational philosophy challenges students' intellectual potential and prepares them for professional lives in an ever-changing and increasingly interconnected world. It provides a supportive and close-knit learning community where students can develop the knowledge to understand a complex world, the skills to act effectively within that world and the wisdom to make good choices.

Best Engineering Firm: Hoyle, Tanner & Associates
150 Dow St., Manchester
603-669-5555
www.hoyletanner.com

Founded in 1973, Hoyle, Tanner has completed over 12,500 projects across the country providing municipal, state and federal clients with quality civil, structural, environmental, transportation and aviation, planning and engineering. The company has received many awards and distinctions including a 2006 PlanNH Merit Award presented by PlanNH for the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport Runway 17-35 Rehabilitation Project. Emphasizing the development of creative, cost-effective, results-oriented solutions to planning and design projects, Hoyle, Tanner strives to provide clients with quality services delivered on time, and on budget resulting in successful projects.

Best Environmentally Friendly Business: Stonyfield Farm Yogurt
10 Burton Drive, Londonderry
800-776-2697
www.stonyfield.com

Founded in 1983 with just seven cows, Stonyfield Farm Inc. was one of the first organic yogurt makers in the country. Today, Stonyfield earns $321 million annual sales and has several organic product lines ranging from smoothies to Greek-style yogurt. Stonyfield has also taken its sustainable message to the world, running an environmentally friendly facility that serves as a model for other businesses and hosting the annual Stonyfield Farm Entrepreneurship Institute, a "boot camp" for business startup owners.

Best Commercial Equipment Rental/Local (TIE):
Exeter Rent-All
38 Portsmouth Ave., Exeter
603-778-9838
www.exeterrent-all.com

Exeter Rent-All has your equipment rental needs. From scaffolding to lawn and garden equipment to tractors and back hoes, Exeter Rent-All has the tools and equipment you need to get the job done. And if you are planning a wedding or corporate event, Exeter Events & Tents can has everything for your special day, including place settings, stemware, lighting/heating, tents and sail cloths and much more.

Grove Rental
11 South River Road, Bedford
603-622-9611
www.groverental.com

Grove Rental provides "equipment that works from people who care." Grove Rental specializes in taking the time necessary to answer all of your questions for your equipment rental needs in Bedford and the Manchester Metro areas. Experienced staff will review your job or project thoroughly, then make professional recommendations for your rental equipment so that it goes smoothly. Grove Rental also provides professional repair services.

Best Commercial Equipment Rental/Regional: Taylor Rental
Locations throughout New Hampshire
www.taylorental.com

Whether you need tables and chairs for extra seating, projectors and screens for presentations or power tools and large construction equipment for a building site, Taylor Rental can provide the correct supplies for the job. Taylor Rental and the related Grand Rental Station are a franchise division of True Value Company, a $2 billion, member-owned cooperative, one of the largest hardware co-ops in the country.

Best Executive Office Suites: CEO Inc.
Locations in Bedford and Nashua
888-386-5009
www.ceonh.com

CEO Inc. provides shared office suites and executive conference room facilities in southern New Hampshire. CEO leases executive space to Fortune 500 corporations, local professionals and entrepreneurs. CEO also offers virtual office programs and rents facilities by the day, week or month.

Best Executive Search Firm: KBW Financial Staffing & Recruiting
17 Commerce Drive, Suite 7, Bedford
603-792-2345
www.kbwfinancial.com

Specializing in permanent, temporary and temporary-to-hire services for the financial and accounting industries, KBW has over 30 years of experience in the staffing industry. KBW works hard to create a process to help you easily select the ideal candidate for your company. KBW sees the value in face-to-face time with both candidates and clients as the relationship develops. When time is a factor, KBW is prepared to deliver our services in a timely and efficient manner.

Best Bank for Small Business: Ocean Bank
325 State St., Portsmouth
603-334-6750
www.eOcean.com

Ocean Bank, a division of People's United Bank, is a locally managed commercial bank headquartered in Portsmouth, with $2.3 billion in assets and 37 branches in New Hampshire and southern Maine. Being the premier financial resource for businesses and business professionals means understanding more than business. It means understanding the community in which businesses grow and thrive. For more than 155 years, Ocean Bank has grown and prospered with its customers by building strong relationships within the communities it serves.

Best Commercial Lender: Ocean Bank
325 State St., Portsmouth
603-334-6750
www.eOcean.com

Ocean Bank, a division of People's United Bank, is a locally managed commercial bank headquartered in Portsmouth, with $2.3 billion in assets and 37 branches in New Hampshire and southern Maine. Being the premier financial resource for businesses and business professionals means understanding more than business. It means understanding the community in which businesses grow and thrive. For more than 155 years, Ocean Bank has grown and prospered with its customers by building strong relationships within the communities it serves.

Best Credit Union: St. Mary's Bank
200 McGregor St., Manchester
603-669-4600
www.stmarysbank.com

St. Mary's Bank, founded in 1908 as the nation's first credit union, has been offering an alternative to traditional banks ever since. As a credit union, St. Mary's members own the credit union, meaning decisions are made based on the best interests of the members. From its humble beginnings, the credit union is now a full-service financial institution providing a large and diverse population with checking accounts, personal loans, real estate loans, commercial loans, financial planning and more.

Best Investment Firm: Fidelity Investments
Locations throughout New Hampshire
1 Spartan Way, Merrimack
603-791-5000
www.fidelity.com

Once known primarily as a mutual fund company, Fidelity has adapted and evolved over the years to meet the changing needs of its customers. Today, that evolution is reflected in its menu of products and services. In addition to more than 300 Fidelity mutual funds and over $1 trillion in covered assets, it also offers discount brokerage services, retirement services, estate planning, wealth management, securities execution and clearance, life insurance and more.

Best Florist: Jacques Flower Shop
111 Front St., Manchester
800-622-5155
www.jacquesflowers.com

Whether an anniversary, a new baby or just to say "I love you," Jacques Flower Shop can create beautiful flower arrangements to suit any occasion. Jacques provides delivery services to some New Hampshire towns and utilizes FTD for all other areas. Based in Manchester, Jacques also has a retail store and garden center at 712 Mast Rd., Goffstown.

Best After Work Bar: Strange Brew Tavern
88 Market St., Manchester
603-666-4292
www.strangebrewtavern.net

Ice-cold beer and sizzling hot music come together at Strange Brew Tavern. Offering one of the state's most extensive draught beer selections, Strange Brew also treats guests to an eclectic brew-inspired menu such as Blue Moon Beer-Battered Scallops. Live bands encompassing the full spectrum blues play every night except Mondays.

Best Bar to Entertain Clients: Cotton
75 Arms St., Manchester
603-622-5488
www.cottonfood.com

Cotton features the cooking of chef and owner Jeffrey Paige, whose seasonal menus offer primarily American comfort food. Robust plates are created with distinctive flavors and presented in a straightforward manner, allowing the quality of the ingredients to speak for themselves. Cotton has an extensive and always expanding list of carefully selected domestic and imported wines, with over 40 by the glass, and an award-winning seasonal martini list.

Best Business Breakfast: Red Arrow Diner
61 Lowell St., Manchester
603-626-1118
www.redarrowdiner.com

Red vinyl booths, chrome trim and a smiling coffee cup are just a few of the classic touches at Red Arrow Diner. The enormous menu is filled with comfort food classics all made from scratch such as meatloaf and mac and cheese. Hearty breakfasts like killer omelets are served all day. Real blue plate specials are served on blue plates! And like any good diner, the Red Arrow is open 24 hours a day, every day except Christmas.

Best Business Dinner: C.R. Sparks
18 Kilton Road, Bedford
603-647-7275
www.crsparks.com

C.R. Sparks features a two-tired mezzanine dining room appointed in warm woods, Italian slate and brick. An exhibition kitchen with a wood-fired oven serves up traditional favorites with a creative twist such as steak, fish, chicken as well as rotisserie-cooked meats, flame-grilled specialties and brick-oven pizzas. A winner of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence, the wine list at C.R. Sparks features American vintages as well as those from around the world.

Best Business Lunch: Cotton
75 Arms St., Manchester
603-622-5488
www.cottonfood.com

Cotton features the cooking of chef and owner Jeffrey Paige, whose seasonal menus offer primarily American comfort food. Robust plates are created with distinctive flavors and presented in a straightforward manner, allowing the quality of the ingredients to speak for themselves. Cotton has an extensive and always expanding list of carefully selected domestic and imported wines, with over 40 by the glass, and an award-winning seasonal martini list.

Best Corporate Event Caterer (TIE):
Tidewater Catering Group
250 Commercial St., Suite 2021, Manchester
800-827-1387
www.tidewatercatering.com

Tidewater Catering Group is a full-service off-premise catering and event planning company located in the historic Millyard of Manchester. Tidewater gets to know its clients, producing events that are an extension of their personality. Tidewater can cater large corporate events or the most intimate affair, paying close attention to every detail of your event. Its team of experienced professionals will work with you to plan your menu, plan the logistics and ensure that every detail of the function is perfectly executed. Accommodating and adapting to every request in food and service is just one of the reasons why Tidewater "looks at catering a little differently."

C.R. Sparks
18 Kilton Road, Bedford
603-647-7275
www.crsparks.com

C.R. Sparks features a two-tired mezzanine dining room appointed in warm woods, Italian slate and brick. An exhibition kitchen with a wood-fired oven serves up traditional favorites with a creative twist such as steak, fish, chicken as well as rotisserie-cooked meats, flame-grilled specialties and brick-oven pizzas. A winner of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence, the wine list at C.R. Sparks features American vintages as well as those from around the world.

Best Lunch Delivery: Café 324
324 Commercial St., Manchester
603-666-5432
www.cafe324.com

Café 324, located in the heart of Manchester's Millyard, offers a wide variety of continental and hot breakfast selections, delicious lunch entrees, home-style soups, salads, gourmet wraps, and its famous gigantic chocolate chip cookies and extra-fudgy brownies: all at a price that won't break your budget. Enjoy a chipotle ranch chicken wrap or Baja steak salad at the café or delivered to your office. Café 324 also can cater your event at its function room or at your location.

Best Lunch to Go/Local: Café 324
324 Commercial St., Manchester
603-666-5432
www.cafe324.com

Eating at your desk? Go to the Café - Café 324 that is. One call to Café 324 will have soup on your spreadsheet in no time with its prompt delivery service. Located in the heart of Manchester's Millyard, Café 324 provides quick delivery and offers a wide variety of continental and hot breakfast selections, delicious lunch entrees, home-style soups, salads, gourmet wraps, and its famous gigantic chocolate chip cookies and extra-fudgy brownies: all at a price that won't break your budget.

Best Lunch to Go/Regional: Panera Bread
Locations throughout New Hampshire
314-633-7100
www.panera.com

Founded in 1981, Panera Bread is based in Richmond Heights, Mo. With the single goal of making great bread broadly available to consumers across America, trained bakers at every location handcraft and bake each loaf from scratch each day. In 2009, Panera was operating 1,380 company-owned and franchise-operated bakery-cafes in 40 states and in Canada and earned $86 million in net income.

Best Place for a Quick Lunch/Local: T-Bones
Locations in Bedford, Derry, Hudson and Salem
311 S. Broadway, Salem
603-893-3444
www.t-bones.com

T-Bones Great American Eatery opened in Salem in 1984, offering classic selections with imaginative twists, proving you don't have to be a great big corporate chain to serve great food. Today, locations in Bedford, Derry and Hudson as well as the flagship Salem eatery offer diners homemade soups, salads and sandwiches as well as mouth-watering burgers: and get you back to the office in no time. Healthy choices and vegetarian selections are also available such as honey wasabi salmon salad and vegetarian fajita salad.

Best Place for a Quick Lunch/Regional: Panera Bread
Locations throughout New Hampshire
6710 Clayton Road, Richmond Heights, MO
314-633-7100
www.panera.com

Founded in 1981, Panera Bread is based in Richmond Heights, Mo. With the single goal of making great bread broadly available to consumers across America, trained bakers at every location handcraft and bake each loaf from scratch each day. In 2009, Panera was operating 1,380 company-owned and franchise-operated bakery-cafes in 40 states and in Canada and earned $86 million in net income.

Best Place to Pick Up Coffee/Local: J. Dubs Coffee
1000 Elm St., Manchester
603-622-7944
www.jdubscoffee.com

Located in the heart of downtown Manchester, J. Dubs Coffee serves all organic and fair trade coffees from around the world roasted locally in Amherst. Whether you're looking for your morning joe, a quick break or picking up coffee for a crowd for a meeting at the office, J. Dubs Coffee will do whatever it takes to make your drink perfect. After all, "coffee is their business." Inquire about daily specials.

Best Place to Pick Up Coffee/Regional: Dunkin' Donuts
Locations throughout New Hampshire
130 Royall St., Canton, Mass.
781-737-3000
www.dunkindonuts.com

Founded in 1950, Dunkin' Donuts opened its first shop in Quincy, Mass. It licensed the first of many franchises in 1955. Today Dunkin' Donuts is the world's largest coffee and baked goods chain, with sales of some $5 billion and serving 3 million customers a day. The company sells 52 varieties of donuts and more than a dozen coffee beverages as well as an array of bagels, breakfast sandwiches and other baked goods.

Best Private Golf Course: Manchester Country Club
180 S. River Road, Bedford
603-624-4096
www.manchestercountryclub.com

Originally designed by Donald Ross and built in 1923, the 18-hole course at Manchester Country Club plays an average of 6,348 yards with wide, tree-lined fairways and small, undulating greens. Water hazards come into play on seven holes. MCC's course hosted the 2002 New England Amateur Championship, 2004 New Hampshire Women's Golf Association Amateur Championship, and 2005 New Hampshire Women's Golf Association Amateur Championship. It has also been rated by Golf Digest as one of the best courses in the state.

Best Public Golf Course: Derryfield Country Club
625 Mammoth Road, Manchester
603-669-0235
www.derryfieldgolf.com

Derryfield Country Club is an 18-hole regulation public golf course located in the heart of Manchester. Established in 1932, Derryfield is one of only three municipally-owned golf courses in the state of New Hampshire. At Derryfield Country Club, you will find the Derryfield Golf Shop, a fully stocked golf shop, as well as the Derryfield Restaurant & Lounge, a full-service restaurant and bar. The restaurant's Deck, a popular night spot during the summer, features live music on Friday and Saturday nights.

Best Health Club/Local: Executive Health & Sports Center
1 Highlander Way, Manchester
603-668-4753
www.executivehealthclub.com

The Executive Health and Sports Center has been a fitness leader for over 30 years, inspiring, motivating and educating people to be healthy, active and well for life. With a staff of 200 professionals and over 100,000 square feet on two floors, the facility offers a fitness room with wide variety of new cardiovascular equipment including treadmills, treadclimbers, ellipticals, and Nautilus equipment and free weights. The lower fitness room features fully equipped training areas for athletic and functional conditioning. Classes run the full spectrum from aerobics to racquetball to yoga.

Best Health Club/Regional: Planet Fitness
Locations throughout New Hampshire
898 Central Avenue, Dover
603-743-4653
www.planetfitness.com

The Planet Fitness gym franchise, based in Dover, began 10 years ago and has since spread to 30 states with hundreds of locations. Its promise to maintain a "judgment-free zone" creates a non-intimidating atmosphere for those looking for a more relaxed gym that still provides excellent equipment and fitness training. The no-frills model means there are no large exercise classes, pools or saunas, allowing for low membership fees.

Best Health Care Facility: Catholic Medical Center
100 McGregor St., Manchester
603-668-3545
www.catholicmedicalcenter.com

The mission of Catholic Medical Center, a 330-bed full service health-care facility located on the Manchester's West Side, is to provide health, healing and hope to all. CMC offers innovative, quality health care based on a dedication for compassionate care combining state-of-the art technology with the medical expertise of staff and their professional support. CMC's New England Heart Institute, a comprehensive cardiac care center, gives patients access to the region's most highly trained, board certified cardiologists and cardiac surgeons.

Best Health Insurance Provider: Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in New Hampshire
3000 Goffs Fall Road, Manchester
603-695-7000
www.anthem.com

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, New Hampshire's largest health benefits company, is an operating subsidiary of WellPoint Inc., whose mission it is to improve the lives of the people it serves and the health of its communities. The company delivers a number of leading health benefit solutions through a broad portfolio of integrated health-care plans and related services, along with a wide range of specialty products, including pharmacy benefit management, dental, vision and flexible spending accounts.

Best Hotel for Business Travel: Courtyard by Marriott
Locations throughout New Hampshire
10400 Fernwood Road, Bethesda, MD
888-236-2427
www.marriott.com/courtyard

Courtyard by Marriott offers a refreshing environment that helps guests stay connected, productive and balanced. Intuitive services and design accommodate guests' needs for choice and control in more than 800 locations. Check in wherever your travels take you. There are now 800 Courtyard hotels worldwide. Some of the amenities include free Wi-Fi at many locations, 24/7 market available for snacks, a pool and fitness centers.

Best Commercial Insurance Broker: Sadler Insurance Agency
24 Railroad Square, Nashua
603-883-0511
www.sadlerinsurance.com

The Sadler Insurance Agency, established in 1924, is a full-service independent agency offering insurance, risk management and financial services to families, business and industry. Its three service divisions specialize in commercial insurance, personal insurance and employee benefits, including life and estate planning. In addition to representing regional and national insurance carriers, Sadler also acts as an agent and broker for many international insurance companies serving markets in more than 130 countries around the globe.

Best Employee Benefits Broker: Sadler Insurance Agency
24 Railroad Square, Nashua
603-883-0511
www.sadlerinsurance.com

The Sadler Insurance Agency, established in 1924, is a full-service independent agency offering insurance, risk management and financial services to families, business and industry. Its three service divisions specialize in commercial insurance, personal insurance and employee benefits, including life and estate planning. In addition to representing regional and national insurance carriers, Sadler also acts as an agent and broker for many international insurance companies serving markets in more than 130 countries around the globe.

Best Law Firm/Bankruptcy Law: The Dahar Law Firm Inc.
20 Merrimack St., Manchester
603-622-6595
www.dahar.com

The attorneys at the Dahar Law Firm represent individuals and businesses in matters dealing with bankruptcy in the states of New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Its lawyers have handled complex bankruptcy filings, adversary proceedings on behalf of creditors and debtors in the bankruptcy court including objections to discharge and relief from automatic stay actions. The firm also handles appeals before the Federal District Court, the Bankruptcy Appeals Panel and the First Circuit Court of Appeals.

Best Law Firm/Corporate Law: Devine Millimet & Branch
111 Amherst St., Manchester
603-669-1000
www.devinemillimet.com

Established in 1974, Devine Millimet became the first New Hampshire firm to establish a regional presence outside of the state when its Andover, Mass., office merged with the firm in 1996. The attorneys at Devine Millimet understand just how important it is to choose a lawyer with which you can work closely and one who is an expert in law in your particular area of concern. With practice groups spanning from attorney conduct and liability to workers compensation, Devine Millimet has locations in Concord, Manchester, North Hampton and Andover, Mass., to serve clients throughout Northern New England.

Best Law Firm/Employment Law: Devine Millimet & Branch
111 Amherst St., Manchester
603-669-1000
www.devinemillimet.com

Devine Millimet has one of the largest and most robust Labor, Employment & Employee Benefits Practice Groups in Northern New England. The firm's practice model enables it to provide responsive, effective, and practical advice so that clients may enhance employee relations, reduce risk exposures and increase the ability to prevail in arbitration and litigation in a cost-effective manner. Clients range in size from entrepreneurial start-up businesses to large Fortune 500 companies. Devine Millimet has locations in Concord, Manchester, North Hampton and Andover, Mass., to serve clients throughout Northern New England.

Best Law Firm/Intellectual Property Law: Sheehan Phinney Bass + Green
1000 Elm St., 17th Floor, Manchester
603-668-0300
www.sheehan.com

Increasingly, businesses are realizing the competitive and monetary value of their intellectual property. The Intellectual Property and Technology Practice Group at Sheehan Phinney provides effective, practical and cost-efficient advice to clients in matters concerning intellectual property, e-commerce and the Internet. The firm works with clients to evaluate, protect and enforce their intellectual property and technology rights, and to ensure that those rights are part of an ongoing, overall business strategy. Sheehan Phinney can help you create an effective portfolio and then leverage that portfolio with respect to licensing, financing, and even merger or acquisition transactions from its four regional offices in Manchester, Concord, Lebanon and Boston, Mass., across New England.

Best Law Firm/Real Estate Law: Wiggin & Nourie P.A.
670 N. Commercial St., Suite 305, Manchester
603-669-2211
www.wiggin-nourie.com

Large residential and commercial real estate development projects require the attention of experienced professionals. The Wiggin & Nourie Real Estate, Land Use and Development Group is composed of attorneys with experience earned by working hand in hand with owners, investors and developers from throughout New England. The Granite State can present unique challenges to those looking to develop large projects, and the counsel of the firm's dedicated group can be critical to the ultimate success of its clients. Offices are also located in Portsmouth.

Best Law Firm/Tax Law: McLane, Graf, Raulerson & Middleton P.A.
City Hall Plaza, 900 Elm St., Manchester
603-625-6464
www.mclane.com

The attorneys at the McLane Law Firm understand that taxes directly affect the bottom line of every business. Its Tax Department, the largest in the state of New Hampshire, has a wide-range of experience in assisting clients ranging from individuals to small closely-held

Best Networking Event: Manchester Young Professionals Network
P.O. Box 884, Manchester
603-942-2485
www.mypn.org

The Manchester Young Professionals Network creates business opportunities, supports community involvement and fosters an overall investment in the future of Manchester. MYPN members gain access to community leaders, equally motivated peers, and develop future skills. The organization helps to improve its members' professional skills, expand their contact base, and provide the opportunity to promote themselves and their business in a relaxing setting.

Best Office Cleaning Service: A Cleaner Solution
Serving Greater Manchester and Concord
603-660-8834
www.acleanersolutionnh.com

A Cleaner Solution, a locally-owned and operated commercial cleaning company, has a mission to offer quality, personalized commercial cleaning services using the latest environmentally-friendly products, equipment and techniques to provide cleaner, healthier workplaces. The company's approach combines personalized customer service and attention to detail with social responsibility. A Cleaner Solution can help make it easy - and affordable - for you to introduce and incorporate environmentally-friendly cleaning practices.

Best Office Supply Retailer: Staples
Locations throughout New Hampshire
500 Staples Drive, Framingham, MA
800-378-2753
www.staples.com

New England-based Staples Inc. opened its first office supply superstore in 1986 and today is the world's largest office products company with more than 2,000 stores. Staples offers a wide range of office products, including supplies, technology, furniture and business services. With $23 billion in sales, Staples serves consumers and businesses ranging from home-based businesses to Fortune 500 companies in 27 countries throughout North and South America, Europe and Asia.

Best Place to Buy Office Furniture/Local: Surplus Office Equipment
100 Factory St., Nashua
603-881-8281
www.surplusofficeequipment.com

Since 1984, Surplus Office Equipment has provided its customers the best possible office furniture, whether new or pre-owned, at the best possible price. Surplus Office Equipment has over 100,000 square feet of warehouse and showroom space at its facilities, offering New Hampshire's largest selection of pre-owned office furniture at 50 percent to 80 percent of regular retail prices. The company also sells new furniture through its Office Furniture Solutions showrooms. Surplus Office Equipment provides design services making sure clients have an office or workstation that is uniquely tailored to their needs, even matching new or used pieces with existing furniture. Additionial location in Manchester.

Best Place to Buy Office Furniture/Regional: Staples
Locations throughout New Hampshire
500 Staples Drive, Framingham, MA
800-378-2753
www.staples.com

New England-based Staples Inc. opened its first office supply superstore in 1986 and today is the world's largest office products company with more than 2,000 stores. Staples offers a wide range of office products, including supplies, technology, furniture and business services. With $23 billion in sales, Staples serves consumers and businesses ranging from home-based businesses to Fortune 500 companies in 27 countries throughout North and South America, Europe and Asia.

Best Payroll Service/Local: Trivantus
582 Chestnut St., Manchester
603-624-7788

Trivantus is a locally owned and operated payroll processing company specializing in streamlining employers outsourcing needs. Through advanced payroll technology and unsurpassed customer service Trivantus has been able to establish both a local and national footprint. Trivantus allows employers to focus on what's most important, their businesses.

Best Payroll Service/National: ADP
One ADP Blvd., Roseland, NJ
800-225-5237
www.adp.com

ADP, with nearly $8 billion in revenues and approximately 585,000 clients, is one of the world's largest providers of business outsourcing solutions. Leveraging more than 55 years of experience, ADP offers a wide range of services including HR, payroll, tax and benefits administration solutions. ADP's easy-to-use solutions for employers provide superior value to companies of all types and sizes.

Best Barbershop for Men: Lucky's Barbershop & Shave Parlor
50 S. State St., Concord
603-715-5470

No "stylists," no "salon," this is a real traditional barbershop, just like the one your daddy went to - only better. Reconditioned antique barber chairs housed in a renovated tin-ceilinged shop, you can get a hair cut and shave for a bit more, but not much, than two bits, $16 for hair cuts, $25 for a shave. And yes, they have the blue-and-red striped barber's pole outside.

Best Styling Salon for Women: Not So Plain Jane's
155 Dow St., Suite 102, Manchester
800-829-6775
www.notsoplainjanes.com

Not So Plain Jane's is located a beautifully renovated historical mill and offers state-of-the-art services for hair, skin, nails and body. All haircuts begin with a personal consultation, and a cleansing massage and completed with a blow dry style. All barber cuts include a shampoo, neck shave with razor, and style. Other treatments include customized massages, facials, manicures and pedicures. Special packages are also available.

Best Copy Center/Local: Infinite Imaging
125 Brewery Lane, Suite 310, Portsmouth
800-581-2712
www.infiniteimaging.com

Top quality, fast turnaround, and a competitive price. That's what Infinite Imaging is all about. The company's state-of-the-art digital equipment enables it to provide high-speed black & white or full color copies from originals or digital files (Mac or PC). With a precise color management system, Infinite Imaging can match virtually any color in the spectrum. For the perfect finishing touch, Infinite Imaging offers a full bindery department with a broad selection of techniques to transform a stack of loose pages into a beautiful, finished piece. Online printing services available. Locations in Portsmouth, Dover, Exeter, Pease and York, Maine.

Best Copy Center/Regional: FedEx Office
Locations throughout New Hampshire
942 S. Shady Grove Road, Memphis, TN
800-463-3339
www.fedex.com

From business cards to brochures to boardroom presentations, FedEx is there to help you with all your printing and document needs. Special online print features walk you though designing, uploading and printing your document for professional results. Pick up your order at one of FedEx's thousands of locations or have your online printing order delivered to your doorstep.

Best Commercial Printer/Long Run: RAM Printing Inc.
5 Commerce Park Drive, East Hampstead
603-382-7045
www.ramprinting.com

RAM Printing, a family-owned and -operated, full-service offset printing company, has been in business for over 30 years. Located in Hampstead, RAM Printing is a part of RAM Companies, which also includes RAM Mailing Service, Hampstead Print and Copy and Guestmark International, which provides specialized print services and products for the hospitality industry.

Best Commercial Printer/Short Run: Printers Square Inc.
105 Faltin Drive, Manchester
603-623-0802
www.psquare.com

Printers Square has been providing commercial print and design services for 19 years. Since its inception, Printers Square has been dedicated to providing excellent service and print quality. Printers Square offers high-speed digital printing. Extensive pre-press analysis ensures your print job meets your specifications. Online job tracking helps to inform you about your job every step of the way.

Best Promotional Products Supplier: Print Savvy
55 S. Commercial St., Manchester
603-656-9009
www.printsavvy.com

Put Print Savvy to work on your next event or tradeshow. A complete online catalog makes finding the right promotional item easy. Go beyond the typical t-shirt, pens or coffee mug. Print Savvy has thousands of innovative and creative products to make your next promotion stand out and get results.

Best Public Relations Agency: LTD Company Inc.
169 S. River Road, Suite 8, Bedford
603-623-7699
www.ltdspark.com

Behind the scenes of some of the most notable ad campaigns, events and promotions is the creative group at LTD Company. Since 1984, the marketing strategies, copywriting, graphic design and targeted media placements from LTD have helped launch many New Hampshire businesses into the limelight. LTD Company truly "takes ideas from spark to finish!"

Best Commercial Real Estate Broker: Prudential Verani Realty
Offices throughout southern New Hampshire
One Verani Way, Londonderry
888-723-0306
www.verani.com

For over four decades, Prudential Verani Realty has been a leader in New Hampshire and Northern Massachusetts real estate. Mixing the national strength and exposure of the Prudential name with the strong local branding and market influence of Verani Realty, the firm's commercial services division provides superior commercial real estate services to the marketplace. The Realtors at Prudential Verani have a goal to provide you with a solution to your commercial real estate needs and assist you in making successful decisions.

Best Commercial Real Estate Developer: Brady Sullivan
670 N. Commercial St., Manchester
603-622-6223
www.bradysullivan.com

Specializing in the development, construction and conversion of condominium complexes throughout New England and in Naples, Fla., Brady Sullivan Properties offers holds a sizable share of both the commercial and residential real estate markets in southern New Hampshire and manages a diverse portfolio of over 3 million square feet of mill, office and industrial space.

Best Commercial Signage Company: Jutras Signs
711 Mast Road, Manchester
603-622-2344
www.jutrassigns.com

Jutras knows there's more to building a sign than just assembling components. Just as every customer is an individual, Jutras wants to assure that each sign we build is an extension of that individuality. Founded in 1940, Jutras specializes in illuminated signs, including neon, as well as non-illuminated signs, banners, awnings, flags and other signage. In addition to design services, Jutras also offers a complete repair shop with the ability to maintain and service virtually any sign.

Best Sporting Event to Take Clients To: New Hampshire Fisher Cats Game
1 Line Drive, Manchester
603-641-2005
www.nhfishercats.com

The New Hampshire Fisher Cats were founded in October 2003 as the AA Eastern League Affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays. In the first season, the Fisher Cats played at historic Gill Stadium, located on Manchester's east side, and won the 2004 Eastern League Championship. The team moved to its current home in 2005 at Merchantsauto.com Stadium in downtown Manchester on the banks of the Merrimack River. The ballpark seats 6,500 people, and regularly sets attendance record.

Best Staffing Service: The Nagler Group
17 Commerce Drive, Suite 6, Bedford
603-637-1492
www.naglergroup.com

The Nagler Group strives to be the foremost staffing firm in administrative and human resource recruiting. The firm is driven to earn its positive reputation with each placement and be an industry leader for all the communities we serve. The Nagler Group's management is made up of professionals that have built their careers on their passion for recruiting and staffing. The company's team members operate on the principle that they are here to provide the absolute best organization for employees and clients.

Best Telecomm Service Provider: Comcast Corp.
One Comcast Center, Philadelphia, PA
800-COMCAST
www.comcast.com

Comcast Corp. is one of the nation's leading providers of cable, entertainment and communications products and services, with 23.6 million cable customers, 15.9 million high-speed Internet customers and 7.6 million Comcast Digital Voice customers. Backed by industry-leading, 24/7 business-class support, Comcast provides advanced communication solutions to small and mid-sized organizations to help them meet their business needs through its Comcast Business Services.

Best Airline for Business Travel: Southwest Airlines
2702 Love Field Drive, Dallas, Texas
800-435-9792
www.southwest.com

Southwest Airlines began in 1971 as a small Texas airline. Today, Southwest flies more than 100 million passengers a year to 68 cities across the country. Senior fares, same-day air freight delivery service, ticketless travel and the introduction of "DING!," a direct link to desktops that provides live updates on current airfare deals, all exemplify the airline's commitment to innovations designed to make air travel simpler and more accessible for its customers. From September 1987 through November 2009, Southwest Airlines has maintained the best cumulative ontime performance among all major U.S. airlines, according to the Air Travel Consumer Report.

Best Auto Dealership: AutoFair Automotive Group
Dealerships on Willow and Keller Streets, Manchester
603-634-1000
www.autofair.com

For over 16 years, AutoFair has served the New Hampshire and surrounding areas as a new and used auto dealership as well as a strong supporter of the community. As an active member of the New Hampshire Automotive Dealers Association, AutoFair participates in the NHADA's Dealer's Fund which distributes donations to a number of local aid organizations. In addition, AutoFair takes great pride in being one of the founding members of the Manchester Charitable Foundation and continues to play an active role. With services such as an online Car Finder, AutoFair's Ford, Honda, Hyndai and Pre-Owned dealerships work hard to make your vehicle shopping experience an enjoyable and memorable one.

Best Auto Fleet Dealership: Merchants Leasing
1278 Hooksett Road, Hooksett
866-653-2737
www.merchantsleasing.com

Whether your corporate fleet consists of 12 sedans, thousands of vehicles or anything in between, Merchants can provide you with a customized solution that fits your specific automobile fleet management needs. From managing vehicle registrations to developing a comprehensive risk management program, Merchants can help you control your fleet with unparalleled efficiency; saving you time, money and endless headaches. Merchants will custom build a fleet management program just for you.

Best Luxury Auto Dealership: Ira Lexus of Manchester
33 Auto Center Road, Manchester
877-207-1294
www.lexusofmanchesternh.com

Buying a luxury vehicle should be about more than just a car purchase. The professional staff of Ira Lexus of Manchester take the time to get to know you and to find you just the right vehicle to complement your lifestyle. Innovative tools like Lock-in Internet Pricing with the Buyer's Club Rewards program can help you save time and money. Stop by to check out the new 2010 models.

Best Auto Rental Company: Enterprise Rent-A-Car
Locations throughout New Hampshire
600 Corporate Park Drive, St. Louis, MO
800-264-6350
www.enterprise.com

With over 700,000 available vehicles today, Enterprise provides rental car services in neighborhoods all across America. Whether you need a car while your vehicle is in the repair shop, visiting from out of town or to test drive the latest models, Enterprise can find the right car at the right price for you. Enterprise also offers fleet management services, pre-owned car sales and commercial truck rental.

Best Limousine Service: Grace Limousine
PO Box 3510, Manchester
603-666-0203
www.gracelimo.com

Family-owned and -operated from Manchester since 1990, Grace Limousine has grown from just two cars into a leading limousine company serving New Hampshire, the Merrimack Valley and Boston North. Grace is committed to providing the best in personal, special event, and corporate transportation. More than just transportation, Grace's fleet includes Lincoln sedans, a stretch Navigator and a 1956 Rolls Bentley as well as "green" vehicles such as the Lexus SUV hybrid. Whether you want to arrive at your wedding in style or just want to take the hassles out of getting to the airport, Grace can tailor its services to suit your needs.

Best Venue for Events: Verizon Wireless Arena
555 Elm St., Manchester
603-644-5000
www.verizonwirelessarena.com

The Verizon Wireless Arena celebrated its grand opening in November 2001 in Manchester as the premier entertainment venue in not only the Queen City but in the state. As the home of the Manchester Monarchs, of the American Hockey League, the arena has also played host to many headliners include Elton John, John Mayer, Rod Stewart, Martina McBride and the Boston Pops Orchestra, not to mention the site of New Hampshire Magazine's Best of NH party. Seating over 11,000 in the arena, the venue also has 34 suites, five party suites, and 542 club seats for your company outing.

Best Video Production Company: JBC Communications
67 Bow St., Suite A, Portsmouth
603-431-2603
www.jbccom.com

JBC Communications is a collaborative of creative, results-driven professionals. JBC can tailor the right mix of creative and technical talent to deliver effective branding, marketing, sales, training and recruitment solutions in high definition video and Web video. JBC's wide-ranging production services include 2D and 3D computer graphic compositing and effects, complete digital production music library and audio effects, video compression and encoding for Internet, Blu-ray DVD, standard definition DVD and file-based presentation delivery, and many other services.


Best Waste Removal Company: Waste Management Inc.
Offices throughout New Hampshire
1001 Fannin, Suite 4000, Houston, Texas
800-847-5303
www.wastemanagement.com

Waste Management provides solid waste collection services to millions of customers across North America, ranging in size from the single residential subscription to large national customers requiring waste programs to serve hundreds of locations. Besides collection, its subsidiaries provide transfer, recycling and resource recovery and disposal services. It also is a leading developer, operator and owner of waste-to-energy and landfill gas-to-energy facilities in the United States.

Best Web Site Developer: wedü
20 Market St., Manchester
603-647-WEDU
www.wedu.com

wedü, a nationally recognized and award-winning full-service advertising and marketing agency in Manchester, has been providing clients with excellent advertising and marketing, interactive Web design and development, public relations and experiential marketing since its founding in 1998. Whether a client is looking for online or offline marketing initiatives, wedü can supply creative and effective solutions.


 

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