Thirty-six websites have been chosen as finalists in the Rochester Business Journal's 16th Best of the Web competition.
Launched in 1996, the Best of the Web program recognizes the leading efforts among area businesses with a presence on the Internet.
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 2013 competition. Large companies, small firms and non-profit organizations are among the finalists.
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 12 category winners-and the gold, silver and bronze overall winners-will be announced at an awards breakfast at 7:30 a.m. March 14 at the Radisson Hotel Rochester Riverside.
Mark Fidelman, CEO of social business consulting firm Evolve! Capital Inc., will give the keynote talk. Fidelman is a contributing writer to Forbes.com and author of "Socialized! How the World's Most Successful Businesses Harness the Power of Social." He also will present a social media workshop after the breakfast.
The following are the 2013 Best of the Web finalists:
Banking and finance
Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Rochester (cccsofrochester.org)
Generations Bank (mygenbank.com)
First Niagara (firstniagara.com)
Business and professional services
Fibertech Networks (fibertech.com)
Ovation Payroll (ovationpayroll com)
University of Rochester Meliora Campaign (campaign.rochester.edu)
Monroe County Water Authority (mcwa.com)
Rochester Genesee Regional Transit Authority (rgrta.com)
Rochester Young Professionals (r-y-p.org)
AIDS Care (acrochester.org)
Bausch & Lomb Inc. (bausch.com)
FitGroove Fitness (fitgroovefitness.com)
Harris Beach PLLC (harrisbeach.com)
Harter Secrest & Emery LLP (hselaw.com)
Nixon Peabody LLP (nixonpeabody.com)
Parlec Inc. (parlec.com)
Rochester Technology & Manufacturing Association (rtma.org)
Torvec Inc. (torvec.com)
BOA Editions Ltd. (boaeditions.org)
Genesee Country Village & Museum (gcv.org)
Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (rpo.org)
Non-profit (human service)
Holy Childhood (holychildhood.org)
RochesterWorks! Virtual Career Center (rwvcc.org)
Women’s Foundation of Genesee Valley (womensfoundation.org)
Real estate and construction
Buckingham Properties (buckprop.com)
Nothnagle Realtors (nothnagle.com)
Beau Monde Salon and Spa (beaumondesalonandspa.com)
Go Buy Rochester (gobuyrochester.com)
One World Goods (owgoods.org)
Max Rochester (maxrochester.net)
Finger Lakes Visitors Connection (visitfingerlakes.com)
The Strathallan (strathallan.com)
Digital Rochester's Business Transformation Award will be given to a Rochester-area firm that has transformed its business through 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 by making a significant impact on their organization through the exploration of online technologies.
This year's competition is sponsored by MSM Digital, Time Warner Cable Business Class and Digital Rochester.