Nearly 40 websites have been chosen as finalists in the Rochester Business Journal’s 17th Best of the Web competition.
Launched in 1996, the Best of the Web program recognizes the leading efforts among area businesses and non-profits that have a presence on the Internet. This year’s competition includes a new category: Best Mobile (smartphone).
In addition, Digital Rochester again will present its Business Transformation Award to recognize a local organization that has transformed its business through use of the Internet.
Readers submitted nearly 200 nominations for the 2014 competition. A panel of judges selected by the newspaper evaluates finalists based on content, usefulness, navigability, use of technology, design quality, e-commerce and likelihood of repeat visits.
The 13 category winners—and the gold, silver and bronze overall winners—will be announced at an awards breakfast at 7:30 a.m. March 13 at the Hyatt Regency Rochester.
The following are the 2014 Best of the Web finalists:
Banking and finance
Canandaigua National Bank (cnbank.com)
Five Star Bank (five-starbank.com)
Genesee Regional Bank (grbbank.com)
Business and professional services
PICS Telecom International (picstelecom.com)
US Sweepstakes (ussweeps.com)
FuturPointe Dance (futurpointe.org)
Writers & Books (wab.org)
Spectrum Creative Arts (spectrumcreativearts.org)
Monroe Community College (monroecc.edu)
Our Lady of Mercy (mercyhs.com)
The Harley School (harleyschool.org)
Fairport Public Library (fairportlibrary.org)
Rochester Subway (rochestersubway.com)
CURE Childhood Cancer Association (curekidscancer.com)
Regional Primary Care Network (rpcn.org)
Bivona Child Advocacy Center (bivonacac.org)
Regional Center for Independent Living (rcil.org)
St. John’s Senior Services Inc. (stjohns-living.org)
Hiscock & Barclay LLP (hblaw.com)
Nixon Peabody International LLP (nixonpeabody.com)
Underberg & Kessler LLP (underbergkessler.com)
Carestream Health (carestream.com)
Hammer Packaging (hammerpackaging.com)
Klein Steel Service (kleinsteel.com)
Real estate and construction
Broadstone Real Estate LLC (broadstone.com)
Rocket Commercial Real Estate LLC (gorocket.com)
The Reserve on the Erie Canal (brightonreserve.com)
Dead Ringer (deadringerhunting.com)
Iron Smoke Whiskey (ironsmokewhiskey.com)
Muesli Fusion (mueslifusion.com)
CB Craft Brewers (cbcraftbrewers.com)
James Brown’s Place (jamesbrownsplace.com)
Best Mobile (smartphone)
Intrinsiq Materials Inc. (intrinsiqmaterials.com)
L-Tron Corp. (l-tron.com)
Seabreeze Amusement Park (seabreeze.com)
Digital Rochester’s Business Transformation Award will be given to a Rochester-area firm that has transformed its business with the Web. Past finalists and winners have demonstrated business success gained by using the Web for strategic growth, harnessing cutting-edge technology in website launches, mastering unique Web functionality or making a significant impact on the organization through the exploration of online technologies.
Digital Rochester Transformation Award finalists:
George Eastman Circle (georgeeastmancircle.com)
Passero Associates (passero.com)
This year’s competition is sponsored by Frontier Communications, Mason Digital and Digital Rochester.
For additional information, contact Melissa Wilson at email@example.com. Tickets for the awards breakfast are available online at go.rbj.net/bestoftheweb.
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