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VBM announces Best of Business Awards

Thu, 05/07/2020 - 5:15am -- tim


The 2020 Best of Business Award (BOB Award) winners are featured in the May issue of Vermont Business Magazine. This awards program celebrates the best Vermont companies in more than 100 business-to-business categories.

VBM readers chose the winners! Starting on January 1, 2020 and closing on March 1st, VBM surveyed its magazine and digital subscribers. We asked our readers – the business leaders of Vermont – who they trust to provide their services in over 100 different categories. After over 53,000 votes, we compiled the go-to list in the state for everything from Best Hotel and Best Engineering Firm to Best Vermont Made Product. Some of the questions and answers were based on a regional perspective while most of the categories were looking for statewide winners.

Vermont Business Magazine has spent the last 48 years forging its relationship with Vermont's business community and the BOB Awards provides an opportunity to tell us, other readers and the rest of the state which companies in Vermont have the best products and services for businesses. This is the fourth year that VBM has surveyed its readers to find the Best of the Best companies in Vermont.

The results of the BOB Awards speak to the stand-out businesses in Vermont: the ones that offer the best customer service, that are willing to go above and beyond and to pay attention to detail. VBM is proud to share the results honoring the Best of Business in Vermont for 2020.

Thank you!

John Boutin
Vermont Business Magazine

2020 Best of Business Awards

Best Bank Statewide:

TD Bank


(802) 860-5562

111 Main Street

Burlington, VT 05401

TD Bank, America's Most Convenient Bank, is one of the 10 largest banks in the U.S., providing more than 9 million Customers with a full range of retail, small business and commercial banking products and services. It's a member of TD Bank Group and a subsidiary of The Toronto-Dominion Bank of Toronto, Canada.


Best Auto Dealership:

The Automaster


(802) 9852879

3328 Shelburne rd

Shelburne, Vermont  05482

New and pre owned sales, service, and parts for Honda, Mercedes Benz, BMW and Mini automobiles.


Best Truck Dealership:

Heritage Automotive Group


(802) 865-8100

PO BOX 1100

Burlington, VT 05402

Heritage Automotive Group, home of the H-Team, has been part of the Vermont community since 1994, and now employs over 300 people at 3 different locations in Vermont.  Working with many community partners and non-profits to highlight the great things happening in our own neighborhoods, Heritage Automotive Group is proud to support so many community causes.  Known for sales and service of the Ford and Toyota brands, Heritage Automotive Group is committed to creating the best quality customer experiences for each customer, every time!


Best Pet-Friendly Office:

Burton Snowboards


(802) 862-4500

80 Industrial Parkway

Burlington, VT 05401

Everything we do at Burton started in the mountains. From getting the most out of every journey to chasing snow around the globe, we've charged ahead to innovate and change the way people enjoy the outdoors since day one.


Best Bank:

Northfield Savings Bank

Region: Central Vermont/Northeast


((800) 672-2274)

PO Box 7180

Barre, VT 05641

Northfield Savings Bank was founded in Northfield, VT in 1867. Assets have grown to over $1 billion, and NSB is the largest independent bank headquartered in Vermont. NSB is a full-service bank offering a full range of community banking, commercial banking, mortgage banking, and investment services to consumer and commercial customers. Also known for its role as a corporate citizen, NSB proudly donates 10% of profits to Vermont community organizations with donations exceeding $650,000 in 2019. NSB operates 13 branches throughout central Vermont and Chittenden County stretching from Bethel to Greater Burlington. Member FDIC. Equal Housing Lender.


Best Bank:

Community Bank N.A.

Region: Chittenden County


(802) 865-1867

275 Kennedy Drive

South Burlington, VT 05403

In addition to a full range of retail and business banking services, we offer comprehensive financial planning, insurance and wealth management services.


Best Bank:

Peoples Trust Company

Region: Franklin/Grand Isle/Addison Counties


(802) 752-1848

25 Kingman Street

St. Albans, VT 05478

At Peoples Trust Company, we believe People are more than account numbers and banking is more than financial transactions. We believe that banking is about building relationships, making people's lives easier, and helping folks realize their goals. This is why everyone at the bank believes that little things make a big difference, like a warm hello, a firm handshake, and friendly smile.


Best Bank:

The Bank of Bennington

Region: Rutland/Bennington Counties


(802) 442-8121

155 North Street

Bennington, VT 05201

The Bank of Bennington is a full-service mutual community bank headquartered in Bennington with branches in Manchester, Bennington, Arlington and Rutland Vermont. We are known for our customer service, financial strength, and community involvement. Bauer Financial has awarded the bank their 5-star “superior” rating for more than twenty consecutive years.


Best Bank:

Mascoma Bank

Region: Windham/Windsor Counties


(888) 627-2662

67 North Park Street

Lebanon, NH 03766

Mascoma Bank, a Certified B Corporation, is committed to using business as a force for good. We care for our customers, employees, communities, and environment in equal measure. Since 1899, we have been here to serve our customers and communities, in good times and during moments of great challenge.


Best Hotel for Business Travel:

Stoweflake Resort & Conference Center

Region: Central Vermont/Northeast


(802) 249-0450

1746 Mountain Road

Stoweflake Resort

Stowe, VT 05672

Stoweflake is perfectly located in the heart Stowe.  It has been owned and operated by the Baraw family for 55 years.  The Resort features 65 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds, Luxurious accommodations with 170 guestrooms and townhouses, a world class spa, 3 restaurants and a 20,000 square foot conference center perfect for large and small groups.


Best Hotel for Business Travel:

Hotel Vermont

Region: Chittenden County


(802) 651-0080

41 Cherry Street

Burlington, VT 05401

Located in downtown Burlington near the shores of Lake Champlain, Hotel Vermont gives you space to be yourself and room to gather.


Best Hotel for Business Travel:

Hampton Inn by Hilton, Saint Albans

Region: Franklin/Grand Isle/Addison Counties


(802) 528-5020

43 Lake Street

St. Albans, VT 05478

The Hampton Inn by Hilton is a modern hotel located in downtown St. Albans.  Our location allows our guests to walk to many exceptional restaurants, cafes and unique shopping. Adjacent to the hotel is the city parking garage, which offers covered parking at a discount through the hotel. Our indoor pool, fitness room and hot buffet breakfast are all complementary and complete the perfect stay for business or pleasure.


Best Hotel for Business Travel:

Kimpton Taconic Hotel

Region: Rutland/Bennington Counties


(802) 362-0147

3835 Main Street

Manchester Village, VT  05254

Kimpton Taconic Hotel is a full service hotel with a three meal-a-day restaurant, The Copper Grouse. Our location is perfect for corporate retreats, incentive programs and special events of all kinds.  Since we rarely host more than one group/event at a time, you’ll have the unwavering attention of our astute staff. We can’t wait to share our vision for making your next meeting or social occasion full of “only-in-Vermont” moments.


Best Hotel for Business Travel:

Hampton Inn - White River Junction*

Region: Windham/Windsor Counties


Best Travel Agency For Business Travel:

Milne Travel


(800) 78 MILNE

325 North Main Street

Barre, VT 05641

24 Airport Road

West Lebanon, NH03784

We help businesses succeed by implementing our best in class travel management programs - for their employees and owners.

Milne Travel counselors have been helping families plan, afford, and enjoy great vacations since 1975.

Between MILNE and our equity partners at ALTOUR , we manage 3 billion dollars of client spending, giving us leverage and scale which is unique for a Vermont based corporation.


Best Small/Medium Venue for Meeting and Events:

Capitol Plaza Hotel

Region: Central Vermont/Northeast


(802) 223-5252

100 State Street

Montpelier, VT 05602

Central Vermont's Premier Hotel & Conference Center offering award winning service for over 25 years.  Winners of Vermont Chamber's Hotelier of the Year and restaurant of the year for J. Morgan's Steakhouse.  Located on historic State Street across from Vermont State capitol building.


Best Small/Medium Venue for Meeting and Events:

The Essex, Vermont's Culinary Resort & Spa

Region: Chittenden County


(802) 878-1100

70 Essex Way

Essex, VT 05452

The Essex, Vermont's Culinary Resort & Spa is Vermont’s only Culinary Resort featuring award-winning dining and Burlington’s only full-service spa. Join us for a whimsical and funky Vermont adventure, where culinary experiences, personalized service, and wellness are our passions.


Best Small/Medium Venue for Meeting and Events:

Middlebury Inn

Region: Franklin/Grand Isle/Addison Counties


(802) 388-4961

14 Court Square

Middlebury, VT 05753

Middlebury Inn features 71 guest rooms; from historical inn rooms, traditional hotel rooms and suites. The Middlebury Inn offers the perfect blend of historic charm and the modern comforts of a full-service hotel. The Inn’s restaurant, Morgan’s Tavern, serves Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Our full-service  Banquet facility is available for  Corporate Meetings, Social Events and Weddings.


Best Small/Medium Venue for Meeting and Events:

Mountain Top Inn and Resort*

Region: Rutland/Bennington Counties


Best Small/Medium Venue for Meeting and Events:

Woodstock Inn & Resort

Region: Windham/Windsor Counties


(802) 457-1100

14 The Green

Woodstock, VT 05091

Located in idyllic Woodstock, Vermont, The Woodstock Inn & Resort defines country sophistication in one of New England’s most charming and popular year-round vacation destinations.  The 142-room, AAA Four Diamond Resort and a member of the Preferred Hotels & Resorts LVX Collection, offers award-winning dining in two restaurants, ranked among the finest in New England.  The Woodstock Inn & Resort is owned and operated by The Woodstock Foundation, Inc.  Proceeds from Resort operations support The Woodstock Foundation and Billings Farm & Museum education and conservation programs.


Best Large Venue for Meeting and Events:

Stoweflake Resort & Conference Center

Region: Central Vermont/Northeast


(802) 249-0450

1746 Mountain Road

Stoweflake Resort

Stowe, VT 05672

Stoweflake is perfectly located in the heart Stowe.  It has been owned and operated by the Baraw family for 55 years.  The Resort features 65 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds, Luxurious accommodations with 170 guestrooms and townhouses, a world class spa, 3 restaurants and a 20,000 square foot conference center perfect for large and small groups.


Best Large Venue for Meeting and Events:

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Burlington

Region: Chittenden County


(802) 865-6600

870 Williston Rd

South Burington, VT 05403

The DoubleTree Hotel Burlington is Vermont’s largest hotel and conference center.  We are the premier destination for travelers, meetings and events in Vermont offering 311 guest rooms and over 30,000 sq. ft. of newly renovated meeting space.


Best Large Venue for Meeting and Events:

Basin Harbor

Region: Franklin/Grand Isle/Addison Counties


(802) 475-2311

4800 Basin Harbor Rd

Vergennes, VT 05491

Family owned and operated full-service resort on the shores of Lake Champlain; open seasonally from early May through late October.


Best Large Venue for Meeting and Events:

Killington Resort

Region: Rutland/Bennington Counties


(800) 422-GRAND

228 East Mountain Road

Killington, VT 05751

Killington, The Beast of the East, is reimagining guest experience across the resort with year-round activities.  Modern events have no rules and your event can be custom tailored to meet your needs. Killington Resort as accommodations to meet everyone's needs.  Whether you're hosting a small group of executives or a large annual meeting, our event planners are prepared to customize your event!


Best Large Venue for Meeting and Events:

Lake Morey Resort

Region: Windham/Windsor Counties


(802) 333-4311

82 Clubhouse Road

P.O. Box 326

Fairlee, VT 05045

LMR features a beautiful natural setting while offering the best amenities of any full-service resort. Activities begin with our championship golf course south of the hotel to our beautiful lake on the north. Multiple options for indoor & outdoor meetings, breakouts and teambuilding with beautiful views and plenty of space.


Best Corporate Event Caterer:



(802) 324-7998

30 Community Drive Suite #9

South Burlington, VT 05403

Sugarsnap is a farm-based catering company based in So. Burlington. We have our own farm in Burlington's Intervale. We offer full service event catering as well as a delivery service. We are the exclusive caterer at ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Rock Point Center and the Skinner Barn.


Best Credit Union:

NorthCountry Federal Credit Union

Region: Central Vermont/Northeast


(802) 657-6847

PO Box 64709

Burlington, VT 05406

NorthCountry is a not-for-profit financial cooperative. Each of our members share equal ownership of our organization. Because of this, we can focus on service over profit. People come to us for free checking accounts, low-cost loans, and other financial services in northern Vermont.


Best Credit Union:

New England Federal Credit Union

Region: Chittenden County


(802) 879-8752

141 Harvest Lane PO Box 527

Williston,, VT  05495

New England Federal Credit Union, headquartered in Williston, is a member-owned financial institution serving communities in the six counties of northwestern Vermont. With more than 90,000 members and $1 billion in assets, we are the largest Credit Union in Vermont.


Best Credit Union:

Vermont Federal Credit Union

Region: Franklin/Grand Isle/Addison Counties


(802) 923-1312

84 Pine Street

Burlington, VT 05401

Vermont Federal Credit union is a $550 million-plus financial institution, with six locations currently serving over 42,000 members. Members are part of a cooperative, meaning they share ownership in the Credit Union and elect a volunteer board of directors. The Credit Union provides membership to anyone who lives, works, worships or attends school in Addison, Caledonia, Chittenden, Franklin, Grand Isle, Lamoille, Orange, Orleans, or Washington Counties in Vermont. Vermont Federal Credit Union is committed to providing support to the communities it serves and to make a decided difference in the lives of its members and other Vermonters.


Best Credit Union:


Region: Rutland/Bennington Counties


(802) 371-5162

1 Bailey Avenue

Montpelier, VT 05601

VSECU is a member-owned cooperative and not for profit credit union for everybody who lives or works in Vermont, offering a full range of affordable financial products and services to its member-owners.


Best Credit Union:

Members Advantage Community Credit Union

Region: Windham/Windsor Counties


(802) 479-9411

PO Box 745

265 South Main Street

Barre, VT 05641

MACCU is a Community Credit Union.


Best Telephone Service:

Consolidated Communications


(802) 522-3509

800 Hinesburg Road

Burlington, VT 05403

Consolidated Communications is a leading broadband and business communications provider serving consumers, businesses of all sizes, and wireless companies and carriers, across a 24-state service area.  Leveraging its advanced fiber optic network spanning more than 36,000 fiber route miles, Consolidated Communications offers a wide range of communications solutions, including: Internet, data, phone, security, managed services, cloud services and wholesale, carrier solutions.  Consolidated Communications has been providing services in many of its markets for more than a century.


Best Cell Phone Provider:



(802) 865-3100

825 Wilson Road,

South Burlington, VT 05403

Verizon provides a superior customer experience with a robust selection of the latest products, simplified plans, and a truly digital experience—all while on the best network.


Best Internet Provider:

Comcast Business


(800) 501-6000

43 Comcast Way

South Burlington, VT 05403

Comcast Business offers Ethernet, Internet, Wi-Fi, Voice, TV and Managed Enterprise Solutions to help organizations of all sizes transform their business. Powered by an advanced network, and backed by 24/7 customer support, Comcast Business is one of the largest contributors to the growth of Comcast Cable. Comcast Business is the nation’s largest cable provider to small and mid-size businesses and has emerged as a force in the Enterprise market; recognized over the last two years by leading industry associations as one of the fastest growing providers of Ethernet services.


Best IT Service:

C2 - Competitive Computing


(802) 343-8967

354 Mountain View Drive

Suite 400

Colchester, VT 05446

C2 is a Vermont-owned IT consulting firm specializing in Digital Services, Cloud Solutions, and Managed Services. For 27 years, they have been trusted by innovative organizations throughout the US, Canada and the EU to deliver transformative technology solutions that drive competitive advantage.


Best Copier Provider:



(802) 374-9900

30 Community Drive, Suite 5

South Burlington, VT 05403

SymQuest designs, installs, and supports business technologies that handle the information flow of electronic and physical communications. Our 185 technology professionals are committed to delivering legendary computer network and document management service. Our expertise lies in the realm of computers and software applications that help our clients gain phenomenal increases in productivity. We take great pride being responsible for our clients so they can focus on what they do best.


Best Computer Equipment Provider:

Small Dog Electronics


(802) 496-7171

1673 Main Street

Waitsfield, VT 05673

Small Dog Electronics has been locally owned and operated for over 20 years and is an Apple Premier Partner. We specialize in all things Apple, but also provide additional services from consulting to repair/ We also offer a wide variety of third-party products to complement the Apple product line.


Best Office Furniture:

Office Environments


(802) 864-3000

5 Green Tree Drive

South Burlington, VT 05403

Office Environments is a full-service contract furniture and architectural interiors dealership.  We employ our own Sales, Design, Specification, Project Management, Installation and Delivery Specialists.  That means you will be working with an OE Team Member from start to finish.  All of us have a vested interest in the success of your project.


Best Commercial Sign Maker:

Design Signs


(802) 872-9906

4 Andrew Ave, Suite 4

Essex Junction, VT 05452

PO Box 1246

Williston, VT 05495

Design Signs is a custom sign shop in Essex, VT dedicated to serving clients throughout Vermont. We love what we do and our greatest thrill is hearing how our signs stimulated growth for the businesses we partner with. We are known for our creative designs, superior service, and outstanding workmanship. With the best materials and years of combined experience, we pay attention to every detail giving our commercial signs both a distinguished appearance and long life cycle. Whether you need a 3 dimensional sign, interior wall graphics, or etched glass film, we have the expertise to get the job done.


Best Commercial Printer:

Paw Print & Mail


(802) 922-5951

12 Gregory Drive

Suite 8

South Burlington, VT 05403

For nearly 30 years, Paw Print & Mail has been a local source for so many businesses and nonprofit organizations, helping them make printing, mailing, and branding easy.


Best Vermont Made Product:

Darn Tough Vermont


(802) 444-1800

364 Whetstone Drive

Northfield, VT 05663

Darn Tough Vermont is an American manufacturer of premium, all-weather performance, outdoor and lifestyle socks for every activity and every day. The company offers both Specialty and Tactical product lines-all of which carry the industry’s only 100% unconditional lifetime guarantee. Darn Tough’s product is distinguished from industry competitors by 100 percent USA manufacturing; exceptional comfort, durability and fit; True-Seamless™ technology; and an exclusive blend of either ultra-fine, premium Merino Wool or Coolmax®/Thermolite®. Founded by Ric Cabot in 2004, a third-generation sock maker, Darn Tough Vermont operates out of Cabot Hosiery Mills located in the Sock Capital of the World, Northfield Vermont.


Best Vermont Made Beverage:

14th Star Brewing Company


(802) 528-5988

133 N. Main St #7

St. Albans, VT 05478

At 14th Star Brewing Co., our commitment to giving back to veteran organizations and the communities where our beer is sold is always at the forefront of whatever we do.


Best Vermont Made Food Product:

Cabot Creamery Co-operative


(802) 496-1254

193 Home Farm Way

Waitsfield, VT  05673

Cabot Creamery Co-operative makes a full line of cheeses, Greek yogurt, sour cream, cottage cheese and butter. Widely known as makers of “The World’s Best Cheddar,” Cabot is owned by the 1,000 dairy farm families of Agri-Mark, the Northeast’s premier dairy cooperative, with farms in New England and New York.


Best Sporting Event To Take Clients To:

Vermont Lake Monsters


(802) 655-4200

1 King Street

Burlington, VT 05401

The Vermont Lake Monsters are a Single-A Short Season affiliate of the Oakland Athletics. We bring in over 500 groups through the gates of Historic Centennial each summer with the hope that we will leave a lasting, positive memory with each individual we see.  Whether it's Star Wars Night, $0.25 Hot Dog Night, Military Appreciation, or post game fireworks, we do our best to make each Lake Monsters home game unique and something special to share with family, friends, coworkers, and anyone who enjoys having a great time in Burlington, Vermont.


Best Health Club:

Planet Fitness

Region: Central Vermont/Northeast


(802) 255-4980

282 Berlin Mall Rd.

Berlin, VT 05602

We strive to create a workout environment where everyone feels accepted and respected. That’s why at Planet Fitness Berlin, VT we take care to make sure our club is clean and welcoming, our staff is friendly, and our certified trainers are ready to help. Whether you’re a first-time gym user or a fitness veteran, you’ll always have a home in our Judgement Free Zone™.


Best Health Club:

The Edge

Region: Chittenden County


(802) 860-3343

142 W Twin Oaks Terrace

South Burlington, VT05403

Street Address: 4 Gauthier Drive

Essex Jct, VT 05452

The EDGE is a health and wellness company serving Vermonters since 1966.  The EDGE offers: Sports & Fitness Clubs, Kids & Fitness, Preventative Care and Physical Therapy.


Best Health Club:

Duke’s Fitness Center

Region: Franklin/Grand Isle/Addison Counties


(802) 527-1581

18 Swanton Rd,

St. Albans, VT05478

Duke’s Fitness Center provides the best in health and wellness services from Health and Wellness Coaching, Personal Training, and Nutrition consults. Strength, cardio, health and Aerobics classes include Tai Chi, Yoga, Spinning, HIIT, and more. We have a very clean and healthy supportive environment for all ages and fitness levels. Duke’s provide beautiful space for strength, cardio, mindfulness, and functional training indoors and out. We do our best so you can be your best! We are here to support our community and beyond in discovering and continuing the joy of healthy living. At the heart of it all your health matters.


Best Health Club:

Vermont Sport and Fitness Club

Region: Rutland/Bennington Counties


(802) 775-9916

40 Curtis Ave.

Rutland, VT 05701

As a health club, we work with people of any age or experience level to improve their quality of life through fitness. We listen to our members and learn about their personal needs. This gives us an opportunity to help them find success in a safe and healthy way.


Best Health Club:

Upper Valley Aquatic Center

Region: Windham/Windsor Counties


(802) 296-2850

100 Arboretum Ln.

P. O. Box 1198

White River Junction, VT 05001

The Upper Valley Aquatic Center is a nonprofit organization. The 48,000 square foot facility houses a competition pool, a separate warm-water instructional pool, indoor Splash Park with lazy river, water features and 110-foot water slide.  There is a fully-equipped gym, new group exercise, mind/body and SPIN studios, sauna and family locker room with private suites.


Best Golf Course:

Country Club of Vermont*

Region: Central Vermont/Northeast


Best Golf Course:

The Links at Lang Farm

Region: Chittenden County


(802) 878-0298

51 Upper Main Street

Essex, VT 05452

Golf Course


Best Golf Course:

Basin Harbor

Region: Franklin/Grand Isle/Addison Counties


(802) 475-2311

4800 Basin Harbor Rd

Vergennes, VT 05491

Family owned and operated full-service resort on the shores of Lake Champlain; open seasonally from early May through late October.


Best Golf Course:

Green Mountain National

Region: Rutland/Bennington Counties


(802) 422-4653

476 Barrows Towne Rd

Killington, VT 05751

Voted as the #1 public golf course in Vermont, Green Mountain National features 18 holes of pristine championship golf immersed in the green mountains and natural beauty.

Carved out of the majestic Green Mountains, our course offers solitude and a “private” golf experience that will challenge players of all abilities.


Best Golf Course:

Brattleboro Country Club

Region: Windham/Windsor Counties


(802) 257-7380

52, 58-59 Senator Gannett Drive P.O.  Box 478

Brattleboro, VT  05354

With Director of Golf - Michael Zaranek and a new attitude about the game of golf we are excited to welcome you to our beautiful 18 hole course.   Come play with us!

Our “19th” hole is Bella Notte!


Best Downhill Ski Area:

Smugglers' Notch Resort


(802) 644-1119

4323 VT RT 108 South

Jeffersonville, VT 05464

Smugglers' Notch Resort is America's Family Resort offering four-season fun and adventure for the entire family.   Scenic mountainside condominium combined with 8 Pools & Waterslides, FunZone 2.0, activities and entertainment make the perfect summer getaway.  In Winter you'll find 3 Big Mountains, 78 Trails, 28km of Nordic terrain, along with award-winning on snow instruction for all abilities.


Best Cross Country Ski Area:

Trapp Family Lodge


(802) 253-8511

700 Trapp Hill Road

Stowe, VT 05672

Situated in beautiful Stowe, Vermont, the Trapp Family Lodge is a luxury mountain resort featuring Austrian-inspired architecture and European-style accommodations, owned and operated by the family that inspired "The Sound of Music". The Trapp Family Farm provides ingredients for four on-site restaurants. The Outdoor Center is home base to cross country skiing, snowshoeing, mountain biking, and hiking trails. Trapp Family Lodge is also home to the von Trapp Brewing company and Bierhall.


Best Lumber Company:

r.k. Miles, Inc.


(802) 447-5645

618 Depot Street

Manchester Center, VT 05255

Celebrating 80 Years in business, rk MILES is a third-generation, family-owned business founded in Manchester, VT. The company supplies lumber, building materials, and home goods to communities in Vermont and Western Massachusetts.


Best Engineering Firm:

TCE - Trudell Consulting Engineers


(802) 879-6331

478 Blair Park Road

Williston, VT 05495

TCE, or Trudell Consulting Engineers, is a locally owned multi-disciplinary consulting firm with offices located in Williston and St. Albans. TCE specializes in permitting, planning, site/civil engineering, environmental, landscape architecture, and land surveying. Our clients span the public and private sectors and range from individual homeowner’s to large corporations.


Best General Contractor:

ReArch Company, Inc.


(802) 863-8727

88 Technology Park Way

Suite 2

South Burlington, VT 05403

ReArch Company provides clients a comprehensive suite of services, including development, construction, and property management. ReArch focuses on offering sustainable construction solutions during the earliest design phases to save customers time and money while also utilizing innovative technology, including; videography, 3D modeling, and 3D scanning before, during, and after construction.


Best Electrical Contractor:

Cummings Electric, P.C.


(802) 658-1292

80 Ethan Allen Drive

South Burlington, VT 05403

Cummings Electric is a full service contracting company going into its 25th year as of
March 2020, providing electrical for Commercial, Industrial and Residential applications; both through estimation and design-build projects.  The owner, Glenn Cummings, has been working in the electrical field since 1978 and holds a Vermont Master Electrician's license.  Cummings Electric currently employs twenty-four electricians in the field, a project manager and estimator in the office and an administrative support team of three. The company is also a Certified Partner with ChargePoint in Vermont.  We have installed over forty ChargePoint car charging stations in Vermont to date.


Best Architectural Firm:

NBF Architects



(802) 775-3168

24 1/2 Center Street, Suite 1

Rutland, VT 05701

NBF Architects, PC, is a full service architectural firm located in downtown Rutland, Vermont. Our firm has projects in all facets of architectural design including residential, commercial, educational, public and historical preservation. We welcome the opportunity to assist clients with their design and planning needs.


Best Plumbing Contractor:

Chuck's Heating & A/C, Inc.


(802) 655-1489

416 Roosevelt Highway

PO Box 53

Colchester, VT 05446

We are an HVAC, indoor air quality and plumbing company. We work on both commercial and residential projects.


Best Mechanical Contractor:

New England Air Systems, LLC


(802) 264-1223

43 Krupp Drive

PO Box 525

Williston, VT 05495

At New England Air Systems, we’re proud to be the industry leader in comprehensive design-build mechanical systems for commercial, industrial and institutional clients throughout Vermont and neighboring states.

With a legacy of living our values since 1972, we are committed to designing, building, and servicing quality systems that last.


Best Concrete Company:

SD Ireland


(802) 863-2946

193 Industrial Avenue,
Williston, VT 05495

S.D. Ireland Companies is an integrated organization comprised of highly skilled and motivated personnel, specialized equipment resources and state of the art operational and manufacturing facilities. We are driven to provide our clients and customers with quality products and cost effective, safe, time driven solutions for all of their construction projects.

Our “can do – will do” attitude is a hallmark of our corporate philosophy and our community oriented business culture.


Best Landscaping Company:

Carpenter & Costin


(802) 775-5686

PO Box 606

Proctor, VT 05765

We are an award winning commercial and residential landscape design, construction, & maintenance company that proudly services Vermont and beyond!  We believe in building lasting relationships with our team, our clients, and the communities we serve.


Best Coffeehouse:

Capitol Grounds Cafe

Region: Central Vermont/Northeast


(802) 223-7800

27 State Street

Montpelier, VT 05602

We started life as a small cafe and roastery in 1998 called Capitol Grounds Cafe, small batch roasting our own coffee. Since then our roastery has grown and our coffee is still roasted fresh and served across the state of Vermont under the name 802 Coffee. We continue to be a local haunt on State Street in Montpelier, so come stop by, have a latte, a fresh baked pastry, catch up, and enjoy a taste of Vermont life.


Best Coffeehouse:

Muddy Waters*

Region: Chittenden County


Best Coffeehouse:

The Grind*

Region: Franklin/Grand Isle/Addison Counties


Best Coffeehouse:

Speakeasy Cafe

Region: Rutland/Bennington Counties


(802) 779-1330

67 Center St

Rutland, VT 05701

Serving specialty coffees and espresso drinks, homemade baked treats, breakfast sandwiches, Montreal bagels, and house-made soups, Speakeasy Cafe is the warm little center of anyone's day. Come by to meet a friend, do some work, or just grab a cuppa to go.


Best Coffeehouse:

Mocha Joe's Roasting Co

Region: Windham/Windsor Counties


(802) 257-5637

35 Frost St.

Ste 101

Brattleboro, VT 05301

Mocha Joe's is a specialty coffee roaster in Brattleboro Vermont. We are dedicated to working closely with farmers to maintain equitable trade.  Our suppliers are also committed to the same ideal.


Best Restaurant for Business Lunch:


Region: Central Vermont/Northeast


(802) 223-0229

3 Main Street,

Montpelier, VT 05602

Located in the heart of Montpelier, Sarducci's Restaurant takes pride in friendly service and sensational Italian Fare. We have riverside seating and use local and organic produce whenever possible. We feature a spectacular wine list and gluten free menu as well. Sarducci's is a culinary experience not to be missed.


Best Restaurant for Business Lunch:

Windjammer Restaurant

Region: Chittenden County


(802) 862-6585

1076 Williston Road

South Burlington, VT 05403

Locally owned and operated for over 42years, The Windjammer is Burlington’s original steak and seafood restaurant.   In addition to classic American fare, the menu also offers vegetarian and gluten free options as well as an extensive salad bar.  Specialty cocktails, craft beers and a Wine Spectator wine list complement both the restaurant and pub menus.  Proud to support Vermont farms, producers and businesses since 1978


Best Restaurant for Business Lunch:

Jeff's Maine Seafood

Region: Franklin/Grand Isle/Addison Counties


(802) 524-6135

65 North Main St.

St. Albans, VT 05478

Jeff's is a fine dining restaurant located in historic downtown St.Albans next to Taylor Park. Join us at the bar or in The Lounge at Jeff's for drinks and delicious appetizers!

We offer a wide variety of dishes to satisfy every palate from fresh seafood, steak, chicken, pasta, and salads.

Jeff's strives to use the freshest ingredients and supports local farms and other local vendors as much as possible.

We take pride in our inviting atmosphere, customer service and consistent food. Looking forward to serving you!


Best Restaurant for Business Lunch:

Table 24

Region: Rutland/Bennington Counties


(802) 775-2424

24 Wales St

Rutland, VT 05751

Chef/Owner Stephen Sawyer prepares selected specialties on a wood-fired grill and rotisserie to create flavors unique to this region.


Best Restaurant for Business Lunch:

The Copper Fox

Region: Windham/Windsor Counties


(802) 885-1031

56 Main St.

Ste 1

Springfield, VT 05156

We are a 75 seat restaurant highlighting local farms and artisans to support our local economy. We change our menus seasonally from lunch and dinner to; beer, wine and hand-crafted cocktails.


Best Restaurant for Business Dinner:


Region: Central Vermont/Northeast


(802) 223-0229

3 Main Street,

Montpelier, VT 05602

Located in the heart of Montpelier, Sarducci's Restaurant takes pride in friendly service and sensational Italian Fare. We have riverside seating and use local and organic produce whenever possible. We feature a spectacular wine list and gluten free menu as well. Sarducci's is a culinary experience not to be missed.


Best Restaurant for Business Dinner:

Leunig’s Bistro

Region: Chittenden County


(802) 863-3759

115 Church Street

Burlington, VT  05401

Feed our neighbor’s bodies and souls while creating lasting memories of good times shared with friends and families.


Best Restaurant for Business Dinner:

Fire & Ice*

Region: Franklin/Grand Isle/Addison Counties


Best Restaurant for Business Dinner:

Southside Steakhouse*

Region: Rutland/Bennington Counties


Best Restaurant for Business Dinner:

Black Rock Steakhouse*

Region: Windham/Windsor Counties


Best After-Work Bar:

Mulligans Irish Pub

Region: Central Vermont/Northeast


(802) 479-5545

9 Maple Ave

Barre, VT 05641

Family owned business.   Great Pub Style food.   Multiple Rotating Draft Lines.   Multiple TV with all sporting events.  Weekly specials with 1/2 price wings on Thursday 5pm until close and 1/2 price burgers on Sunday night 5pm until close.


Best After-Work Bar:

Waterworks Food +Drink

Region: Chittenden County


(802) 497-3525

20 Winooski Falls Way

Winooski, VT 05404

We are a full service restaurant located in the Champlain Mill on the Winooski River


Best After-Work Bar:

14th Star Brewing Company

Region: Franklin/Grand Isle/Addison Counties


(802) 528-5988

133 N. Main St #7

St. Albans, VT 05478

At 14th Star Brewing Co., our commitment to giving back to veteran organizations and the communities where our beer is sold is always at the forefront of whatever we do.


Best After-Work Bar:

Hop ‘n Moose Brewery

Region: Rutland/Bennington Counties


(802) 775-7063

41 Center Street

Rutland, VT 05701

Opening our doors on March 28th 2014, we became the first and only brewery in Rutland, VT. As Rutland's first brewpub we pride ourselves on three things; our unique hand crafted ales and lagers, our amazing wood fired pizzas, and our family friendly environment.


Best After-Work Bar:

MacLaomainn's Scottish Pub

Region: Windham/Windsor Counties


(802) 875-6227

52 South Main St.

PO Box 106

Chester, VT 05143

Walk through the door and you're instantly transported across the Atlantic and into an authentic Scottish pub.  We offer a wide variety of both Scottish and Vermont beers, both on tap and in bottles.  Our menu is adventurous enough for those wanting to try something new, while still offering familiar local items. We pride ourselves on warm and welcoming service to all that walk through the door.


Best Employee Benefits Firm:

The Richards Group


(802) 309-9650

48 Harris Place

Brattleboro, VT 05302

The Richards Group is a full-service insurance and financial services firm that provides comprehensive risk management, employee benefits and investment services.

From large groups to sole proprietors, we engage with each uniquely. Always in a multi-year planning process with the flexibility to meet business and compliance changes, our clients enjoy creative and unique solutions.


Best Commercial Property/Casualty Insurance Provider:

Hickock & Boardman Insurance Group


(802) 383-1615

346 Shelburne Road

Burlington, VT 05401

We provide competitive and thoughtful insurance coverage for personal and business needs with outstanding service.


Best Health Insurance Provider:

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont


(802) 371-3254

445 Industrial Lane P.O. Box 186

Berlin, Vermont  05602

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is the only health insurance plan located in Vermont. For over 70 years, we have been enhancing the health and well-being of the people we serve by offering innovative plans to individuals, seniors and businesses.  We are dedicated to developing new ways to support high quality care, programs and events that promote wellness. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association


Best Hospital:

University of Vermont Medical Center


(802) 847-2886

111 Colchester Ave

Burlington, VT 05401

As a member of the UVM Health Network, we provide advanced care to residents of Vermont and northern New York.  Together with the Larner College of Medicine and the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, we are Vermont’s academic medical center, and also serve as the community hospital for Chittenden and Grand Isle counties.


Best Commercial Real Estate Broker:

Pomerleau Real Estate


(802) 863-8210

69 College Street

Burlington, VT 05401

Vermont's leader in full-service commercial real estate. Pomerleau is one of the largest owners and managers of commercial property in the state. Commercial Brokerage, Property Management and Development divisions.


Best Property Management Company:

Stone & Browning Property Management


(802) 622-3315

654 Granger Rd

Suite 9

Berlin, VT 05641

Stone & Browning is a full service property management company that helps real estate investors maximize their investments.  We provide property management, leasing, bookkeeping, maintenance and much more for property owners in Central VT and Chittenden County.  We are a team of 9 amazing individuals who strive for offering a genuine service for all of our clients, residents and vendors.


Best Advertising Agency:

Green Mountain Marketing & Advertising


(802) 772-7224

218 Lakewood Dr

Green Mountain Marketing and Advertising

Killington, VT 05751

Marketing and advertising including website design and development, social media, digital advertising, print advertising and strategic planning.


Best New Media Agency:

New Breed


(802) 655-0800

20 Winooski Falls Way #306

Winooski, VT 05404

New Breed is a marketing, sales and customer success firm for the world’s fastest-growing B2B companies. Unlike your typical agency, we operate as a strategic partner and an extension of your team. As HubSpot’s Top North American Partner, we leverage the inbound methodology to help our clients grow.


Best Website Developer:



(802) 865-2000

182 Main Street

Studio 3

Burlington, VT 05401

Eternity builds websites and relationships. We're a studio in Burlington, Vermont that builds custom websites and implements digital marketing strategies. Are you ready to build a lasting relationship with our award-winning crew?


Best Commercial Photographer:

Karen Pike Photography


(802) 233-7982

208 Flynn Ave


Burlington, VT 05401

Based in Burlington, I bring a blend of intimate portraiture and candid photojournalism to every event I cover. Throughout the day, I work to make photographs brimming with emotion, spontaneity and the unique personalities of my clients. From conferences to weddings, business headshots to family portraits, my goal is always to make beautiful , authentic images that help people show their best selves.


Best Public Relations Agency:

Shark Communications


(802) 658-5440

255 South Champlain Street

Burlington, VT 05401

Shark Communications is an award-winning brand, web, and digital marketing agency in Burlington, Vermont. Our work has received consistent recognition for creative excellence in media such as Broadcast (The International Ski Film Festival), ( National Tele Awards), Web design (Webby Awards), and numerous global creative, print, and design publications. Our corporate client list has included well-known brands such as Marriott, Dell Computer, Albertsons, and the 1998 United States Winter Olympic Trials. Larger clients aside, we maintain a core passion for small business, back-of-the-barn startups, and the entrepreneurial spirit.


Best Awards and Promotional Products Provider:

Vermont Awards & Engraving


(802) 862-3000

566 Hercules Dr

Colchester, VT 05446

Our company focuses on outstanding, creative, skilled staff to work with our partner/customers to make the best recognition awards and signage possible. Each order is unique and treated that way. It is ALL about caring and Whatever we do - we do our best.


Best Financial Planning/Investment Firm:

Trust Company of Vermont


(877) 753-4401

286 College St.

Burlington, VT 05401

86 Linden St.

Brattleboro, VT 05301

A company devoted solely to investment management and trust services, as well as fostering   long term relationships between the employees and our clients.


Best Accounting Firm:

Gallagher, Flynn & Company, LLP


(802) 863-1331

55 Community Drive

Suite 401

South Burlington, VT 05403

GFC offers traditional auditing, accounting and tax services, and a wide range of business consulting services.  Our consulting services include Mergers and Acquisitions and Transactional Services, Business Consulting and Succession Planning, Business Valuation and Litigation Support, Human Resource Services, IT Services, International Business Services, and various Fractional Management Services.


Best Payroll Service Provider:

PayData Workforce Solutions


(802) 655-6160

106 Highpoint Center

Suite 300

Colchester, VT 05446

PayData has been part of Vermont’s business fabric since 1986. Our adaptable workforce management solutions have saved our customers worry, time and money.

PayData is more than a member of our community. We support our local firms and give back to the missions of Vermont’s non-profits.

PayData’s level of personal and professional commitment can’t be found anywhere else. This is what makes us awesome!


Best Staffing Service Provider:

TLC Nursing Associates, Inc.


(802) 735-1123

1550 Williston Road

South Burlington, VT 05403

TLC Nursing offers healthcare staffing services through the New England area.


Best MBA Program:

Grossman School of Business, University of Vermont


(802) 656-4611

55 Colchester Ave

Burlington, VT 05405

UVM’s Grossman School of Business educates responsible managers for success in complex, global, multi-stakeholder and sustainable environments. Our students and faculty are passionate about building better organizations and a better society.


Best Online Degree Program:

Community College of Vermont


(802) 828-2800

P.O. Box 489

660 Elm Street

Montpelier, VT 05602

The Community College of Vermont is Vermont’s second largest college, serving over 10,000 students each year. With twelve locations and extensive online learning options, our students don’t have to travel far from their communities to access our degree and certificate programs, workforce, secondary and continuing education opportunities, and academic and veterans support services.


Best Young Professionals Network:

Burlington Young Professionals


(802) 863-3489

60 Main Street

Suite 100

Burlington, VT 05401

As a leading voice for our community’s young professionals, Burlington Young Professionals collaborates with local businesses that share its commitment to attracting and retaining young professional talent and empowers young professionals with all business relationships, education and community awareness necessary to become an active community leader.


Best Corporate Law Firm:

Sheehey Furlong & Behm


(802) 864-9891

PO Box 66

Burlington, VT 05402

30 Main Street

Burlington, VT 05401

Sheehey has been solving complex legal problems for individuals and regional, national, and Vermont-based businesses for over 90 years. Sheehey provides a full range of legal services within a variety of practice areas, including corporate services/mergers and acquisitions, employment, litigation, real estate, banking and financial services, health care, energy, mediation, arbitration and estate planning.


Best Bankruptcy Law Firm:

Law Offices of Todd Taylor, P.C.


(802) 863-4384

1964 Sheldon Road

St. Albans, VT 05478

18 Severance Green, Unit 204

Colchester, VT 05446

A Law Firm that concentrates in Bankruptcy, Workers' Compensation, Auto Accidents, and Foreclosures. Todd Taylor has been practicing for 37 years and has appeared in all courts in Vermont, and has argued a case before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York City and the Vermont Supreme Court.  Todd has been proud to provide legal services to 10,000 Vermonters over the course of his career in all areas of the law.  He has saved hundreds of homes from foreclosure and estimates that he has relieved clients of 150 million dollars of crushing debt and financial obligations.


Best Employment Law Firm:

(now merged with Langrock Sperry & Wool LLP)


(802) 864-0217

210 College Street

P.O. Box 721

Burlington, VT 05402

Heather Wright and Eric Jones (the former partners of WrightJones) are grateful for the continued recognition from the BoB Award voters.  Their employment law practice has now merged with Langrock Sperry & Wool LLP, where it continues with Eric. Heather now serves as Associate General Counsel at Mon Health Medical Center in Morgantown, West Virginia.


Best Intellectual Property Law Firm:

Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC


(802) 846-8312

199 Main Street

Burlington, VT 05402

With a deeply rooted pragmatic streak, and service model that puts clients’ needs first, Downs Rachlin Martin attorneys deliver bold strategies that help clients accomplish great things. Receive fresh thinking and uncommon value in the areas of business law, labor and employment law, intellectual property, litigation and energy and telecommunications law with Downs Rachlin Martin.


Best Real Estate Law Firm:

Law Offices of Fred Peet


(802) 860-4767

55 Patchen Raod

South Burlington, VT 05403

The Law Offices of Fred Peet represents clients buying, selling and refinancing real estate throughout Vermont.


Best Tax Law Firm:

Primmer Piper Eggleston & Cramer PC


(802) 864-0880

30 Main Street

Suite 500

Burlington, VT 05401

Primmer Piper Eggleston & Cramer PC is a full service law firm offering deep expertise in a wide range of legal services, providing clients with a convenient, single source of legal counsel across disciplines. The firm’s many practice areas offer a broad base of knowledge and insight to assist clients.


Best Courier/Delivery Service:

Green Mountain Messenger


(802) 862-7662

54 Echo Place, Suite #1,
Williston, VT 05495

Green Mountain Messenger’s mission statement is to provide our clients with the highest level of customer service, efficiency, cost effective delivery, and warehousing solutions. With a fleet of 100+ company vehicles and more than 200+ experienced, uniformed employee drivers, we can tackle your transportation and warehousing needs.


Best Corporate Moving Service:

Grunts Move Junk


(802) 695-0362

402 Lake Street

St. Albans, VT 05478

Grunts Move Junk is a junk removal and moving company serving Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Northern Florida.


Best Waste Removal Company:

Casella Waste Services


(800) 227-3552

25 Greens Hill Lane

Rutland, VT 05701

At Casella, our mission is to create value for our customers and communities by Giving Resources New Life®. We provide resource management expertise and solutions to commercial, municipal, industrial and residential customers in the areas of recycling, organics, energy recovery and disposal.


Best Renewable Energy Company:



(802) 882-8141

442 US Route 2

Waterbury, VT 05676

Provide clean energy solutions to homeowners, businesses and schools.


Best NEW Business in 2019:

Empower MedSpa


(802) 528-2738

53 Fairfax Rd

Ste 1

St. Albans, VT 05478

Empower MedSpa is owned and operated by DR. Katie Montagne, her business partner APRN Kim Cotnoir and their talented staff. At Empower MedSpa we go beyond the traditional aesthetic medical spa experience by integrating the very best of wellness, technology, and result driven treatments together in one facility. We are committed to adhering to the safest standards of practice, bringing you only the most qualified individuals. We invite you to our warm, inviting and comfortable space that offers an advanced clinical environment with the spa feeling!


Best Non-Profit Organization:

Classic Mike Loyer Foundation*


*Due to COVID-19 crisis VBM did not get the info from these BOB winners