Rochester Business Journal
January 22, 2010
Thirty Web sites are finalists in the Rochester Business Journal's 13th Best of the Web competition.
The newspaper launched the competition in 1996 to spotlight the leading efforts among area businesses in what was then an emerging phenomenon, the World Wide Web.
Readers submitted hundreds of nominations for the 2010 competition. This year's finalists include large companies, small firms and non-profit organizations. As in the past, the screening committee also looked at dozens more sites from previous years and other lists.
A panel of judges evaluates finalists based on content, usefulness, navigability, use of technology, design quality, e-commerce and likelihood of repeat visits.
The winners in each category—and the gold, silver and bronze overall award winners—will be announced at an awards breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Feb. 25 at the Rochester Plaza Hotel.
Dana VanDen Heuvel, founder and president of the Marketing Savant Group in Green Bay, Wis., will give the keynote talk on the marketing value of social media.
The following, listed by category, are the 2010 finalists:
Albert Paley (www.albertpaley.com)
Nancy Gong (www.nancygong.com)
RentanArt Inc. (www.rentanart.com)
Banking and finance
First Niagara Financial Group
Genesee Regional Bank
M&T Bank Corp. (www.mtb.com)
Business and professional services
Cheshire AV (www.cheshireav.com)
Clark Patterson Lee
Pictometry International Corp.
PathStone Corp. (www.pathstone.org)
Seneca Park Zoo
South Wedge (www.southwedge.org)
Geva Theatre Center Inc.
Eastman Theatre (www.rochester.edu/giving/eastmantheatre)
WXXI Public Broadcasting Council
The Harley School
Rochester Institute of Technology
Progressive Implantology & Periodontics (www.rochesterperio.com)
Parlec Inc. (www.parlec.com)
Transcat Inc. (www.transcat.com)
Real estate and construction
Conifer Realty LLC (www.coniferllc.com)
Eastman Business Park
Rent Rochester (www.rentrochester.com)
Breathe Yoga and Juice Bar Inc.
Hickey-Freeman Co. Inc.
Jackson & Hines
In addition, with its Business Transformation Award, the eBusiness Association will recognize a local firm that has transformed its business through use of the Internet. The finals for this award are:
Bio-Optronics Inc. (www.bio-optronics.com)
Miller Brick Co. (http://millerbrick.com)
My Brands (http://mybrands.com)
This year's competition is sponsored by MSM Interactive, Time Warner Cable Business Class and the eBusiness Association.
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