2018 BOB Award Winners

New Hampshire Business Review is delighted to share the results of our tenth annual BOB Awards, which honor the Best of Business in New Hampshire for 2018. The mission of the BOB Awards is to find the Granite State’s most stand-out businesses: the ones that offer the best customer service, that pay attention to details, that are willing to go above and beyond to ensure an exceptional customer experience. In other words, BOB-winning businesses offer nothing less than outstanding products and services. Since BOB voters are other businesspeople, being named a BOB business really says something about the high caliber of the winners. But the BOB Awards truly celebrate all businesses in New Hampshire; a place that nurtures the Best of Business every day.

Congratulations to all of the 2018 winners!
Best Marketing Agency: ​wedü
20 Market Street, Manchester

More than a digital marketing agency, wedü uses customer intelligence to craft a creative strategy with impactful results. wedü works with clients’ marketing and management teams to develop the look and feel of the user experience, whether it’s an in-season national advertising campaign or an investment in a website to deliver value over several years. As user experience professionals, wedü utilizes technology, human sciences and art to bring concepts to life.

Best Digital Marketing Agency: SilverTech
196 Bridge Street, Manchester

From award-winning digital marketing to website design and custom application development, SilverTech identifies opportunities to maximize revenue, performance, profit and results. Its full range of digital lifecycle services — including business intelligence and analytics, CMS and systems integration, content and social strategy, managed hosting, marketing automation, responsive design, SEO and more — deliver user experiences and digital marketing strategies that drive customers from lead to loyalty.

Best Public Relations Agency: ​Calypso Communications
20 Ladd Street, Suite 200, Portsmouth

Calypso is a boutique agency providing creative and strategic writing, PR and design to organizations facing business challenges, large or small. Calypso excels at crafting clear messages from complex issues and industries with leadership experienced in energy, private equity, technology, health care and the hospitality sectors.

Best Video Production Company: New Sky Productions
25 Front Street, Nashua

With additional offices in Portland, Ore. and Seattle, Wash., New Sky Productions utilizes outstanding cinematographers and editors and state-of-the-art equipment to deliver compelling storytelling pieces that connect businesses more directly with their client base, increasing both sales and consumer engagement.

Best Managed IT Service: Technology Seed
264A North Broadway, Suite 201, Salem

Technology Seed was founded 18 years ago on a mission to prevent IT problems and improve efficiency for small businesses. With Technology Seed, clients reduce the cost of IT while increasing businesses productivity. And its Certified Ethical Hackers on staff are well-versed in IT security, HIPAA compliance and PCI compliance. Technology Seed also provides cloud strategy and migration and offsite server back-up for customers throughout the Northeast, the mid-Atlantic and worldwide.

Best Accounting Firm: Howe, Riley & Howe, CPA
660 Chestnut Street, Manchester

For more than 50 years, Howe Riley & Howe has offered tax, audit and litigation support and accounting consulting services through the use of the most up-to-date technologies. Whether a for-profit company or a charitable organization, Howe Riley & Howe has experienced staff to assist with your accounting needs.

Best Architectural Firm: ​DeStefano Architects
23 High Street, Portsmouth

Founded in 1995, D|A is a full service architectural firm with clients in both the private and public sectors and projects varying from one-of-a-kind custom residences to large-scale, multi-use developments. D|A designs buildings as a single integrated system — a key strategy in sustainable design. The collaboration of architect and owner with engineers and contractors results in a building that ages well and is energy efficient, healthy, safe, affordable and comfortable.

Best Engineering Firm: ​TFMoran Inc.
48 Constitution Drive, Bedford

TFMoran Inc. is a regionally recognized land planning, civil engineering and landscape architectural firm that has provided continuous service to private and public clients since 1968. Committed to responsible, sustainable development, TFMoran is a leader in green technology and claims many of the region’s “firsts,” including the first commercial use of porous pavement, the first green roof, the first commercial use of bio-retention, the first commercial use of grass-pavers and xeriscape plantings, among many others.

Best General Contractor: Harvey Construction
10 Harvey Road, Bedford

Harvey Construction has built a solid reputation based upon trust, technical competence and the determination to serve clients with ingenuity and speed. Its expertise in the construction of sophisticated facilities includes educational facilities, hospitals, government buildings, office buildings and other structures.

Best Electrical Contractor: ​Longchamps Electric Inc.
700 Harvey Road, Manchester

Longchamps Electric Inc., now one of the largest electrical and communications systems contractors in New Hampshire and Massachusetts, was founded more than 30 years ago by master electrician Robert O. Longchamps. Longchamps is a full-service electrical contractor capable of handling projects of all sizes and scope. The firm also provides design-build services as well as project fast-tracking, on-call services, telecommunications and back-up generator installation.

Best Mechanical Contractor: Granite State Plumbing & Heating
10 N. Riverdale Road, Weare

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 USA, Granite State Plumbing and Heating focuses on the mid-market commercial industrial and institutional sectors, while caring for customers, employees and the environment.

Best Corporate Moving Company: Ray the Mover
1 Allard Drive, Manchester

Established in 1937 by Raymond Allard, Ray the Mover is a third-generation family-owned and -operated business. As a premium service mover, it utilizes a large fleet of modern vans and equipment, palletized warehousing and carefully selected van crews. The company has a network of over 300 destination agents throughout the United States to assist corporate clients. Additionally, Ray the Mover is one of the top-rated military carriers in New England, serving military personnel who are being relocated throughout the country.

Best Cell Phone Provider: Verizon Wireless
Locations throughout New Hampshire
140 West Street, New York, NY

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. In the past several years, Verizon has expanded its “lightning-fast” 4G LTE network into many New Hampshire towns and cities.

Best Telecommunications Provider: Comcast
1701 JFK Blvd., Philadelphia, PA

Comcast Corp. is one of the nation’s leading providers of cable, entertainment and communications products and services, with 22.3 million cable customers, 25.8 million high-speed Internet customers and 11.5 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 Commercial Real Estate Broker: Keller Williams Realty Metropolitan
168 S. River Road, Bedford

Based in Austin, Texas, Keller Williams Realty Inc. is the largest residential real estate company in the United States by agent count. Keller Williams Realty Metropolitan runs offices in Bedford, Concord, Keene and Londonderry. Its commercial real estate arm, KW Commercial, delivers industry-leading education, top-of-the-line technology and unparalleled support to its agents and brokers, helping them to make your commercial transaction swift, efficient and, most importantly, profitable.

Best Title Company: Accurate Title
170 South River Road, Bedford

Accurate Title offers flexible closing options for clients’ convenience such as e-mailed documents, closings through express mail and closings at any of its four New Hampshire locations. From beginning to end, Accurate Title keeps all parties involved in a transaction informed and explains everything upfront thus minimizing confusion and surprises at closing.

Best Waste Removal Company: Waste Management Inc.
Offices in Londonderry, New Hampton and Rochester
1001 Fannin Street, Suite 4000, Houston, Texas

Waste Management provides solid waste collection services as well as transfer, recycling and resource recovery, and disposal services to New Hampshire and across the country. Waste Management also is a leader in waste-to-energy and landfill gas-to-energy practices in the United States.

Best Waste Removal Company (Local): ​Pinard Waste Systems
32 W. River Road, Hooksett

New Hampshire-based Pinard Waste Systems is the largest privately owned waste-handling company in the state. Headquartered in Hooksett, it is known for its customer service and proactive approach in fostering environmentally sound practices.

Best Art Gallery for Corporate Art: Art 3 Gallery
44 W. Brook Street, Manchester

Art 3 Gallery is a premier New England retail fine art gallery offering custom framing and corporate and residential art consulting services. Located in a restored townhouse in the historic Millyard, the gallery includes one of the largest collections of art by New Hampshire, New England, national and international artists.

Best Executive Search Firm: KBW Financial Staffing & Recruiting
5 Bedford Farms Drive, Suite 304, Bedford

KBW is the leading provider of finance and accounting staffing services for companies and job seekers in New Hampshire and Massachusetts, specializing in permanent, temporary and temporary-to-hire services. Since it was founded in 2005, KBW has grown rapidly throughout the region, often being named to Inc. 5000’s list of fastest-growing private companies.

Best Staffing Service: The Nagler Group
5 Bedford Farms Drive, Suite 304, Bedford

The Nagler Group is a leading staffing firm focusing on administrative and human resource recruiting for employers and job seekers in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. It offers a full suite of temporary and direct-hire staffing services with a dedicated staff focusing exclusively on the local community.

Best Courier and Delivery Service: Green Mountain Messenger
57 Harvey Road, Londonderry

Beginning in 1987 with one route, Green Mountain Messenger has grown to over 100 daily routes and become a full service provider of courier and same-day delivery services in the New England region. With New Hampshire offices in Londonderry and West Lebanon, GMM’s dedicated management team of experienced problem solvers has provided its customers with cost effective and efficient transportation solutions resulting in a solid base of long term-satisfied customers.

Best Private Golf Course: Wentworth By The Sea Country Club
60 Wentworth Road, Rye

With ocean views and natural landscaping, the original 18-hole Donald Ross championship course and two newly constructed greens provide an upscale golf outing in a private club setting. Guests are offered ongoing guidance and advice from professional staff, hole escorts and access to a golf practice facility.

Best Public Golf Course: ​Atkinson Resort & Country Club
85 Country Club Drive, Atkinson

Set amongst the pristine, rolling hills, the Atkinson Resort & Country Club has been a place of solitude for city travelers since the 1800s. In addition to the 18-hole par 72 public golf course, is a practice facility designed to help golfers improve their game. The facility consists of 15,000 square feet of grass tees, 12,000 square feet of putting greens, multiple bunkers and a 65-yard short-game practice hole.

Best Hotel for Business Travel: Sheraton Portsmouth Harborside Hotel
250 Market Street, Portsmouth

Conveniently located in the center of downtown Portsmouth, the Sheraton Portsmouth Harborside Hotel allows travelers to step out on the colonial reminiscent brick streets for a meal at one of Portsmouth’s many fine restaurants, or if the weather is cold, sit down at the Two-Fifty Market restaurant inside the hotel. All guest rooms include complimentary Wi-Fi, or you can utilize the business center Link@Sheraton free-of charge to access high-speed Internet with printing capability or simply lounge while you read a magazine or newspaper.

Best Sporting Event to Take Clients to: New Hampshire Fisher Cats
1 Line Drive, Manchester

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 Northeast Delta Dental Stadium in downtown Manchester on the banks of the Merrimack River. The ballpark, which seats 6,500 people, regularly hosts theme nights to support local nonprofits.

Best MBA Program: Southern New Hampshire University
2500 N. River Road, Hooksett

SNHU offers over 50 affordable, specialized MBAs that can be completed in as few as 15 months. Programs are designed to be flexible, fitting in with students’ schedules and budgets while maintaining academic excellence. And the GMAT and GRE are not required for admission, making the program more accessible. Professionals can tailor their degree to their interests and career goals, with more than 20 career-oriented concentrations, and developing projects that serve their business needs.

Best Online Degree Program: Southern New Hampshire University
2500 N. River Road, Manchester

Southern New Hampshire University offers more than 180 accredited online programs leading to undergraduate and graduate degrees and certificates. Programs are designed to be flexible, fitting in with students’ schedules and budgets, while maintaining the school’s tradition of academic excellence.

Best Local Bank for Small Business: Bank of New Hampshire
Locations throughout New Hampshire
62 Pleasant Street, Laconia

Formerly Laconia Savings Bank, Bank of New Hampshire changed its name in 2012 to better reflect its statewide focus. It is New Hampshire’s largest independent bank and, since its inception in 1831, has grown to 24 offices statewide. Because the bank is a mutual organization, it doesn’t answer to stockholders and can focus on the success of its customers, communities and employees.

Best Regional Bank for Small Business and Best Regional Commercial Lender: TD Bank
Locations throughout New Hampshire
1701 Marlton Pike East, #200
Cherry Hill, N.J.

One of the 10 largest banks in the U.S., TD Bank offers a broad array of retail, small business and commercial banking products and services to nearly eight million customers through its extensive network of 1,300 convenient locations. TD provides business solutions to companies of all sizes. Its small business banking division offers hassle-free accounts and personalized services, as well as a dedicated small business representative with every account. Its commercial banking division offers treasury management services, loans and lines of credit, leasing and equipment finance, and more.

Best Investment Firm: Fidelity Investments
Locations throughout New Hampshire
1 Spartan Way, Merrimack

Fidelity Investments is one of the world’s largest providers of financial services. Founded in 1946, the firm is a leading provider of investment management, retirement planning, portfolio guidance, brokerage, benefits outsourcing and many other financial products and services to more than 20 million individuals and institutions, as well as through 5,000 financial intermediary firms.

Best Financial Planner: Edward Jones

With several financial advisors around southern New Hampshire, Edward Jones is dedicated to helping clients develop strategies to reach important long-term financial goals, such as paying for a child’s education, retiring on your terms or creating a family legacy. In addition to offering traditional investment products, Edward Jones financial planners assess clients’ needs, develop goals, implement solutions and regularly review portfolios keeping clients’ best interests in mind.

Best Credit Union: Service Credit Union
3003 Lafayette Road, Portsmouth

The largest credit union in the state, Service Credit Union combines the warmth and attention of a credit union, the security and support of a big bank and a constant eye to the future to create a financial institution that’s always working, always innovating and always looking out for its clients. Service Credit Union provides advanced security, a broader range of competitive products and services as well as educating members on how they can get the most out of their money.

Best Electricity Provider: Eversource Energy
780 No. Commercial Street, Manchester

Eversource Energy is New England’s largest energy delivery company, with approximately 3.7 million electric and natural gas customers in Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. More than 8,000 men and women are actively working to prevent problems before they arise and fix errors in good and bad weather, making sure the energy that powers the region is always there.

Best Fuel Provider: Palmer Gas and Oil
13 Hall Farm Road, Atkinson

Touting to provide the friendliest, simplest and safest service in Southern New Hampshire and Northern Massachusetts, Palmer Gas & Oil remains a family-owned business that has grown from its quaint beginnings in the early 1900s. Its automatic delivery, easy building and maintenance plans make it easy to keep your tank full and your equipment in tip-top shape.

Best Solar Energy Company: ReVision Energy
7 Commercial Drive, Brentwood

Founded in 2003 with five New England offices including a location in Concord, ReVision Energy is a renewable energy contracting company that provides a full range of engineering, design, installation and equipment service for homes, businesses, municipal buildings and nonprofits. A registered benefit corporation, ReVision prides itself on being a mission-driven company that makes a substantial effort to embody its values in every interaction with customers, suppliers and the community as well as amongst its staff.

Best Florist: Ford Flower
83 S. Broadway, Salem

Ford Flower Co. is the premier flower shop for all Salem flower delivery services, with a wide range of selection of plants and gift baskets for all occasions. Ford Flower will create and deliver any beautiful flower arrangement, including sympathy flowers. Flower delivery is available in Andover, Atkinson, Derry, East Derry, East Hampstead, Hampstead, Haverhill, Lawrence, Londonderry, Methuen, North Andover, North Salem, Pelham, Salem and Windham.

Best Corporate Event Caterer: Tidewater Catering Group
250 Commercial Street, Suite 2021, Manchester

Tidewater Catering Group is a full-service, off-premise catering and event planning company located in Manchester’s historic Millyard. 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 works with you to accommodate and adapt to all your requests in food and service, ensuring that every detail of the function is perfectly executed.

Best Networking Event: New Hampshire Conference for Women

Scheduled to take place Friday, Nov. 2, 2018 in Manchester, the annual New Hampshire Conference for Women provides an opportunity for women (and men) to listen to motivational speakers while forming peer-to-peer connections and furthering personal and professional development. Attendees in positions ranging from domestic goddess to administrative assistant to CEO make up the group of dynamic, fabulous women. The conference is just one of many events organized by the member-based organization Women Inspiring Women.

Best Small Venue for Meetings and Events: Bedford Village Inn
2 Olde Bedford Way, Bedford

The perfect setting for your corporate meeting, dinner or retreat in New Hampshire, the Bedford Village Inn works with you to cater and customize every aspect of your corporate meetings, whether it’s a simple breakfast gathering or a private dinner featuring wine tastings with its certified sommelier. Its great hall accommodates meetings and conferences up to 225 people, and its function spaces are equipped with high-speed Internet, audio/visual equipment, video conferencing capabilities and more.

Best Medium Venue for Meetings and Events: Grappone Conference Center
70 Constitution Avenue, Concord

With the largest ballroom and function space in the Concord area, the Grappone Conference Center is an ideal destination for your corporate event. All meeting rooms offer high-speed Internet access, individual lighting, sound, heat and air conditioning controls. Its dedicated team of event planners and culinary experts assist with every detail of your event, from technical audiovisual needs, complex floor plans to unlimited food and beverage possibilities. Its Granite Ballroom comfortably accommodates up to 500 guests.

Best Large Venue for Meetings and Events: Omni Mount Washington Resort
310 Mount Washington Road, Bretton Woods

As grand as the history behind it, Omni Mount Washington Resort is a favorite New England retreat and host to dozens of political, business and artistic gatherings. In January 2009, Omni Mount Washington Resort opened the Presidential Wing, one of the largest meeting spaces in northern New Hampshire, with a total of 30,000 square feet of meeting space, as well as a 25,000-square-foot spa and salon. The hotel’s varied meeting rooms are perfect for a wide range of meetings, including training sessions, customer presentations, team-building seminars and strategic planning retreats. Its staff is ready to attend to every detail, from itinerary planning to audio/visual equipment to custom menus.

Best Payroll Service: ADP Payroll Solutions
One ADP Blvd., Roseland, N.J.

ADP 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 human resources, 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 Locally Owned Payroll Service: Business Cents
172 Rockingham Road, Londonderry

From payroll and bookkeeping to document management, Business Cents has all the support business owners need to free them up from burdensome tasks so they can concentrate on making their business thrive. Business Cents will accommodate traditional and non-traditional needs, providing a personalized service and security that ensures business logistics are in capable hands.

Best Office Supplies: W.B. Mason
12 Murphy Drive, Nashua

Since 1898, the dedicated people at W.B. Mason have been passionate about bringing their amazingly low prices, superior delivery and outstanding personal service to businesses of all sizes for all of their office products needs. Headquartered in Brockton, Mass., W.B. Mason has grown to become the largest, privately owned office products dealer in the United States, with over 30 locations spanning 11 states, with everything you need for your office, from supplies and furniture, to break room and janitorial goods.

Best Locally Owned Office Supplies: Central Paper Products
21 Riverside Street, Nashua

Central Paper has been specializing in paper for over 60 years, representing the nation’s leading paper manufacturers including Neenah Paper, Wausau Paper and Xerox Paper. Central Paper offers customers online ordering and account maintenance. It also has 5 full-service Paperworks retail stores in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut.

Best Office Cleaning Service: The Cleaning Guy
PO Box 1438, Concord

For more than 30 years, The Cleaning Guy has been providing unmatched commercial cleaning services out of the greater Manchester area to residences and businesses across the state. Its mission is to clean for health — that is, cleaning to keep facilities healthier places to work. It provides services such as daily and weekly office cleaning, carpet, window and floor care with the very best, high-quality equipment.

Best Office Furniture: Staples
Locations throughout New Hampshire
500 Staples Drive, Framingham, MA

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 1,800 stores in North America. From pens, paper, data CDs — and, yes, staples — Staples offers a wide range of office products and solutions.

Best Locally Owned Office Furniture: Office Alternatives
186 Granite Street, Manchester
603- 668-9230

Since 1984, Office Alternatives has carried everything you need for your office environment, from office chairs and seating, used filing cabinets and storage, used cubicle systems and panels, workstations and more.

Best Employee Benefits: CGI Business Solutions
171 Londonderry Turnpike, Hooksett

CGI Business Solutions provides a full spectrum of employee benefit planning, design and administration along with investment and wealth management, customized business insurance solutions, technological resources and human resources support. It has four locations in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Vermont and Maine.

Best Commercial Insurance Provider: Cross Insurance Agency
Locations throughout New Hampshire

Headquartered in Maine with nine offices in New Hampshire, Cross Insurance Agency offers experience in all facets of insurance protection — and more than 400 knowledgeable employees — so it can always assemble the team best suited to meet its clients’ business and personal insurance needs. Its business products are tailored for a range of industries and include property, general liability, business interruption income, commercial auto, workers’ compensation, cyber liability, professional liability and more. Its fully staffed employee benefits division represents more than 1,500 employee benefit clients throughout Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts, and each client is assigned a minimum of two Cross representatives: an account executive, whose principal responsibility is front-line contact, and a benefits specialist, working in a day-to-day fashion with each client.

Best Hospital: Elliot Hospital
1 Elliot Way, Manchester

The cornerstone of the Elliot Health System — the largest provider of comprehensive health care services in southern New Hampshire — is Elliot Hospital, a 296-bed acute care facility in Manchester. Established in 1890, the hospital offers surrounding communities caring, compassionate and professional patient service regardless of race, religion, national origin, gender, age, disability, marital status, sexual preference or ability to pay. The hospital is Greater Manchester’s designated trauma center, and is also home to a cancer center, urology center and has one of only three Level 3 Neonatal Intensive Care Units in the state.

Best Health Insurance Provider: Anthem BlueCross BlueShield of NH
1155 Elm Street, Suite 200, Manchester

Anthem BlueCross and BlueShield, New Hampshire’s largest health benefits company, is a member company of WellPoint Inc., whose mission is to improve the lives and the health of the people and the communities it serves. The company delivers a number of 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 Copy Services: Hampstead Print and Copy
3 Commerce Park Drive, East Hampstead

A wholly owned subsidiary of RAM Printing Inc., Hampstead Print & Copy is a full-service copy center offering the best in precision color and black & white copying, printing and output for personal and business needs. Hampstead offers a variety of binding, collating, laminating and other finishing services as well as items including personalized mouse pads, T-shirts, coffee mugs and other fun gifts.

Best Long-Run Printer: RAM Printing, Inc.
5 Commerce Park Drive, East Hampstead

RAM Printing, is a family-owned and operated, full-service offset printing company with over 30 years servicing the printing and imaging needs of business, industry and the design trade throughout New England. RAM Printing handles everything from stationery to annual reports, from state-of-the-art pre-press to enterprise-wide fulfillment, and from file management to imaging innovation. Located in southern New Hampshire, RAM Printing services all of greater Boston, New Hampshire and southern Maine.

Best Short-Run Printer: RAM Printing, Inc.
5 Commerce Park Drive, East Hampstead

RAM Printing, a family-owned and -operated, full-service offset printing company. Located in East Hampstead, RAM Printing is a part of RAM Companies, which also includes RAM Mailing Service, Hampstead Print & Copy and GuestMark International, which provides specialized print services and products for the hospitality industry.

Best Promotional Products Supplier: Say It In Stitches
128 Hall Street, Suite B, Concord

Say It In Stitches is a promotional product distributor with a mission to help you create long-lasting relationships with your clients through the power of promotional products. Promotional products are used by virtually every business in America, and Say It In Stitches can supply your company with every possible promotional product — such as pens, mugs, t-shirts, wristbands or lanyards — from more than 3,000 suppliers.

Best Commercial Signage: ​Barlo Signs
158 Greeley Street, Hudson

Creating exceptional signage since 1969, Barlo Signs began as a small sign shop in the garage of Arthur and Pam Bartlett. With steady growth each year, Barlo Signs has expanded into every facet of the sign industry, with a 35,000-square-foot facility in New Hampshire as well as a facility in Mexico.

Best Auto Dealership: ​AutoFair Automotive Group
Dealerships in Manchester, Nashua, Stratham, Plaistow and Merrimack

For more than 20 years, AutoFair has served New Hampshire and surrounding areas as a new and used auto dealership. With services such as an online Car Finder, AutoFair’s Ford, Honda, Hyundai, Nissan, Volkswagen, Subaru and pre-owned dealerships work hard to make the vehicle shopping experience an enjoyable and memorable one. AutoFair also takes pride in serving the community, and is a founding member of the Manchester Charitable Foundation.

Best Auto Luxury Dealership: ​Tulley BMW
170 Auto Center Road, Manchester
147 Daniel Webster Highway, Nashua

With locations in both Nashua and Manchester, Tulley BMW treats the needs of each individual customer with paramount concern. Its experienced sales staff is eager to share its knowledge and enthusiasm about its range of new and certified pre-owned BMWs. Both facilities also have BMW Service Centers, which are staffed with experienced, BMW-trained technicians who will quickly diagnose and remedy any areas of concern and get you back on the road quickly and safely.

Best Auto Fleet Dealership: AutoFair Automotive Group
Dealerships in Manchester, Nashua, Stratham, Plaistow and Merrimack

At AutoFair, a friendly sales staff is always on hand to exceed customer’s expectations with world class service and exemplary knowledge. Companies will find over 3,000 vehicles including Honda, Ford, Hyundai, Nissan, Volkswagen and Subaru ready for immediate delivery. There’s also a large inventory of certified pre-owned vehicles to choose from.

Best Car Service: Grace Limousine
995 Goffstown Road, Manchester

Family-owned and -operated from Manchester since 1990, Grace Limousine 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, a 1956 Rolls Royce Bentley and “green” vehicles such as the Lexus SUV hybrid, as well as stretch limousines equipped with LCD TV’s and DVD players.

Best Business Startup Competition: Paul J. Holloway Prize Innovation-to-Market Competition

Named in honor of New Hampshire entrepreneur Paul J. Holloway, the Holloway competition is open to all students of the University System of New Hampshire. Established in 1988, the competition presents cash awards to winning teams and runners-up who demonstrate a solid plan for bringing an innovative product or service to market. The rigor of the competition maximizes educational value, prepares students for the realities of the business world and helps to generate new business opportunities.

Best Young Professionals Network: Manchester Young Professionals Network

Established in 2004, the Manchester Young Professionals Network is New Hampshire’s first and largest young professionals’ networking organization, supporting nearly 3,000 young professionals in the Queen City. Through monthly and sometimes weekly events, MYPN aims to create business and social opportunities, support professional development and welcome new and existing young professionals to the Manchester community. MYPN also hosts one of the start’s largest business startup competitions, the New Hampshire Startup Challenge, which provides cash and in-kind services to winning business plans.

Best Bankruptcy Law Firm: Sheehan Phinney
1000 Elm Street, 17th Floor, Manchester

Sheehan Phinney’s attorneys represent clients in every aspect of business bankruptcy cases and other insolvency venues. The members of the Bankruptcy, Restructuring and Creditors’ Rights Practice Group and the firm’s broader business litigation team have extensive experience in handling appellate proceedings in the United States District Courts, Bankruptcy Appellate Panels and United States Court of Appeals, and Supreme Court of New Hampshire and the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. Attorneys also serve as mediators, arbitrators or other facilitators to resolve actual or potential commercial litigation through alternative dispute resolution techniques.

Best Corporate Law Firm: McLane Middleton
900 Elm Street, Manchester

McLane Middleton brings over nine decades of corporate law, representing clients across a broad spectrum of size, complexity and industry, with their most important corporate law issues, including business formation, corporate governance, complex agreements, capital raising, securities offerings, executive compensation, mergers, acquisitions and other strategic transactions. McLane Middleton’s identifies innovative solutions to complex issues.

Best Employment Law Firm: McLane Middleton
900 Elm Street, Manchester

McLane Middleton provides expertise while keeping legal costs in check, by addressing matters promptly and effectively. The law firm assists clients with workplace audits, strategic workforce training, timely workplace investigations and more, in industries ranging from manufacturing to educational and technology business. The firm has substantial expertise in discrimination, harassment, disability, data privacy, drug testing, family and medical leave, federal and state regulatory compliance, OSHA, wage and hour, reductions in fore, immigration and more.

Best Intellectual Property Law Firm: Devine Millimet
111 Amherst Street, Manchester

In addition to patent prosecution and litigation before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, Devine Millimet’s Patent, Trademark & Licensing team provides prior art searches, patentability evaluations and validity and infringement opinions, with help through their network of associates in foreign jurisdictions. The firm also provides copyright registration and enforcement, preparation of technology transfer agreements and formation of joint ventures.

Best Real Estate Law Firm: Shaheen Gordon
80 Merrimack Street, Manchester

Shaheen Gordon’s team helps clients understand the challenges associated with purchasing, selling, developing and navigating the financing paths for real estate. The firm reviews and advises on leases and lease negotiations, assists with the necessary documents for developing condominiums as well as taking action on behalf of landlords and tenants. Shaheen Gordon has over thirty years of experience representing individuals, corporations, investors and developers throughout New England.

Best Tax Law Firm: McLane Middleton
900 Elm Street, Manchester

McLane Middleton tax attorneys advise clients on a broad range tax planning issues including federal tax planning, retirement plans and employee benefits, employee stock ownership plays, executive compensation planning, state and local tax planning, tax controversy, tax-exempt entities and international tax planning. McLane’s tax attorneys also have the unique perspective of frequently participating in the drafting of New Hampshire’s tax legislation.

Best After-Work Bar:

Greater Manchester: Copper Door
15 Leavy Drive, Bedford

Monadnock Region – Multi-location: Margaritas Mexican Restaurant
77 Main Street, Keene

Monadnock Region – Local: The Pasta Loft Restaurant
241 Union Square, Milford

Greater Concord – Multi-location: The Common Man
25 Water Street, Concord

Greater Concord – Local: The Barley House
132 Main Street, Concord

Greater Nashua: The Peddler’s Daughter
48 Main Street, Nashua

Seacoast: The Portsmouth Brewery
56 Market Street, Portsmouth

North of Concord: Woodstock Inn Station & Brewery
135 Main Street, North Woodstock

Best Business Dinner:

Greater Manchester: Copper Door
15 Leavy Drive, Bedford

Greater Nashua (Multi-location): The Common Man
304 Daniel Webster Hwy., Merrimack

Greater Nashua (Local): Buckley’s Great Steaks
438 Daniel Webster Hwy., Merrimack

Greater Concord (Multi-location): The Common Man Concord
25 Water Street, Concord

Greater Concord (Local): O Steaks and Seafood
11 S. Main Street, Concord

Greater Salem: Tuscan Kitchen
67 Main Street, Salem

Seacoast: Surf Restaurant
99 Bow Street, Portsmouth

North of Concord: O Steaks & Seafood
11 S. Main Street, Concord

Monadnock Region: Giorgio’s Ristorante
524 Nashua Street, Milford

Best Business Lunch:

Greater Manchester: Cotton
75 Arms Street, Manchester

Greater Nashua (Multi-location): The Common Man
304 Daniel Webster Highway, Merrimack

Greater Concord (Multi-location): The Common Man
25 Water Street, Concord

Greater Concord (Local): The Barley House
132 N. Main Street, Concord

Seacoast: The Portsmouth Brewery
56 Market Street, Portsmouth

North of Concord: ​Flying Goose Brew Pub & Grille
40 Andover Road, New London

Monadnock Region: Elm City Brewing Company
222 West Street, Unit 46, Keene

Best Cup of Coffee:

Greater Manchester: The Bridge Café
1117 Elm Street, Manchester

Greater Nashua: ​Riverwalk Café & Music Bar
35 Railroad Square, Nashua

Monadnock Region: Prime Roast
603 352 7874
16 Main Street, Keene

Seacoast: Popovers on the Square
8 Congress Street, Portsmouth

Greater Concord: White Mountain Gourmet Coffee
15 Pleasant Street, Concord

North of Concord: White Mountain Café
212 Main Street, Gorham

Greater Salem: Village Bean
33 Indian Rock Road, Windham


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