Business Awards FAQ

How are your business awards different than your employer awards?Business Awards: Customers vote for and review candidates they like to visit or buy from.

Employer Awards: Employees are surveyed to determine the best places to work in the SLC area.
Can we trust that the results are fair and accurate?We placed this FAQ at the top for a reason! Nobody can imagine the amount of hours and brainpower we put into making Best of SLC the most fair and accurate "best of" business awards in Utah. This is our most important objective.

  • We utilize BBB ratings to validate our results.
  • We built our own proprietary software to help eliminate human error and cheaters. (It works wonders, btw!)
  • We level the playing field by dividing votes and review counts across the number of locations a candidate has.
  • We offer regional awards so that candidates are not struggling to only compete on a state level.
  • We don’t charge a dime for candidates to participate in our business awards. Even if a candidate does spend money with us (i.e. sponsorship), it does not mean they’ll win.

To reiterate our fairness, know that some of our personal friends don’t make it as a finalist or win their category because of our friendship. They have to earn it too!
What is required to become a nominee?With few exceptions, the published address for the company needs to be either in Salt Lake County or the southern portion of Davis County (Centerville, Bountiful, Woods Cross, & North Salt Lake). Large attractions (i.e. ski resorts, Lagoon, etc.) and service-area businesses (i.e. plumbers, caterers, etc.) that service the Salt Lake area may also participate as long as their published address is in Davis, Morgan, Salt Lake, Summit, Tooele, Utah, Wasatch, or Weber counties.

Candidates must also have a published Google My Business profile.
Can I pay to enter or win the Best of SLC awards?No, you cannot pay to enter or win. Even if you have been nominated, claiming your nomination is free.
Can we nominate our own company?Yes. Although the final results ultimately come down to the support of your customers, you can nominate yourself.
How do we win the Best of SLC Business Awards?After being nominated and making it as a finalists, it comes down to the combination of your vote count and Google reviews over the previous 12 months.

And, let's not forget your BBB rating. Although it's not considered in the final scoring, you cannot have a grade lower than a B. No grade is okay, but a bad one is an indicator that something is awry.
What if a nominee cheats or tries to game the system?Believe us, they sure try! The integrity of the awards is of utmost importance to Inbound Systems, its affiliates, and its finalists and winners. Cheating will not be tolerated.

At our sole discretion, if we determine a nominee has attempted to unethically improve its standing within the awards, or hurt another nominee’s standing in the awards, we may disqualify the nominee, or strip the finalist or winner of the title.

If you’re not sure about the tactics you are using to get nominations, votes, or reviews, please clear it with us first!
Can we market for votes and reviews?Yes, this is actually encouraged! If you have taken great care of your customers, they should have no problem supporting you.
Can we pay or incentivize our customers to review or vote for us?No, this is grounds for disqualification.
Can our company compete in more than one category?Yes, you may be nominated for multiple categories as long as they are relevant (subject to our approval).
Who nominated us?The privacy of our voters is very important to us. As such, we do not reveal who they are (except with their permission for winning prizes) and who they nominated or voted for.
We were nominated. Why do we not show up as a nominee?With the high popularity of the Best of SLC, we get thousands and thousands of nominations each year (and it's growing!). Because of this, we are unable to accept every organization that is nominated. We have to narrow it down at some point and we start with the number of nominees who make it to the voting round.

So, although a organization may be nominated, it does not mean they will make it as an actual nominee.
How do we get 5-star Google reviews?It should go without saying, but you first have to deserve it by providing 5-star service! Happy customers are more likely to rate you with 5-stars.

Make it easy for your happy customers to review you online without bribing them. RevenueJump is an easy-to-use software that can assist you with this. Ask for a demo of their software.
Do we need BBB Accreditation to win?No, your accreditation status with the Better Business Bureau is not a factor. Just be sure the grade they give you is not any worse than a B. Anything other than an A, B, or no grade is not a good sign.
How many nominations or votes did we receive?As much as we can appreciate why you would be curious about your nomination and vote counts, we do not divulge these numbers. We believe that doing so offers no upside and would open us up to unnecessary conflict and disputes. It's just not worth the risk for us because we offer participation in these business awards as a free public service.
Can I suggest a new category?Of course, we’re always open to new suggestions. Feel free to contact us. Please keep in mind that with approximately 200 categories, the most of any such awards in Utah, we probably have you covered.
How do I get notifications for the voting and results?First, follow us on Facebook.

We also email notifications when there’s news and information to share, so be sure that you're on our notification list.

Finally, if you’re a nominee, be sure to claim your nomination. You can do this anytime after our nominees are announced and before the last day of voting.
How do we get listed on a nominee or finalist within a category.

Purchase banner ads to attract visibility, nominations, and votes.

Buy a Spotlight Article in the magazine and we’ll republish it to our blog on it’s own page.
How do we get listed in the Best of SLC Magazine?All winners and finalists will be announced in our annual Best of SLC Magazine. If you’d like to receive more prominent exposure, consider placing an ad. Sponsors will also receive extra recognition in the magazine.
Do we have to attend the awards banquet to win?No, your attendance at our awards banquet is not required.
I did not attend the awards banquet. Can I still get an official certificate?Official certificates are only available for those in attendance at our awards banquet. As an alternative, we will offer personalized engraved plaques for sale.