Nominate businesses in the
2018 Reader Rankings awards!

Soon it will be time to vote for your favorite companies throughout Maryland.

Last year, The Daily Record honored more than 145 winners in more than 45 categories in our inaugural Reading Rankings program.  This year, we are building upon that success by not only allowing you to vote for your favorite companies but to also help us identify which companies should be included on the ballot.

We’ve made numerous changes to the process to ensure the validity of the contest and to offer more opportunities for you to participate, including our new logo and two rounds of voting.

Voting Round 1

The first round is nominations. This will be a lot like voting last year. It will start March 15 and run through April 1. The nomination ballots will be online so you can complete them from any digital device. Online nominations will be limited to 1 voting ballot per day.

Voting Round 2

The second round of voting will be multiple choice, with the top nominees from each category advancing to the ballot (minimum nominees per category is 2 and maximum is 3). This round of voting will start on April 30 and run through May 14.

Reader Rankings Gala

We will be celebrating all of the nominees and announcing the winners at our first annual Maryland Reader Rankings gala event in July.

The Reader Rankings magazine will publish the last week of July — but all of the event attendees will get an advance copy at the awards celebration. The magazine will include content about our winners and provide each winners website and address so you can visit their business. Each finalist will also receive a Reader Rankings plaque for their office.

Here’s the list of 2018 categories:

Entertainment & Leisure

Best Casino Best Caterer

Best Client

Breakfast Location

Best Client Lunch Location

Best Client Dinner

Best Cultural Attraction

Best Event / Meeting Facility

Best Golf Course

Best Winery

Best Happy Hour

Best Florist

Best Distillery

Best Concert Venue

Best Live Theater

Best Hotel

Best Tourist Attraction

Best Museum

Best Festival

Best Charity / Fundraising Event


Business Services

Best Accounting Firm

Best Business Banking

Best Credit Union

Best Employee Benefits Company

Best Forensic Accounting Company

Best Wealth Management Company

Best Advertising Agency

Best Staffing Company

Best Copier Company

Best PR Agency

Best Insurance Company

Best Document Destruction



Best Health System

Best Health Club / Gym

Best Hospital

Best Urgent Care Center

Best Home Health

Best Nursing Home

Best Rehabilitation Care

Best Assisted Living Facility



Best Law School JD Program

Best MBA Program

Best Undergraduate Program

Best Private School (Elementary School)

Best Private School (Middle School)

Best Private School (High School)

Best Private School (K-12)


Law & Legal Services

Best Law Firm – Civil Litigation

Best Law Firm – Criminal

Best Law Firm – Family

Best Law Firm – Personal Injury

Best Law Firm – Criminal Defense

Best Law Firm – Medical Malpractice

Best Mediation Firm


Real Estate

Best Architecture Firm

Best Commercial Real Estate Firm

Best General Contractor

Best Home Builder

Best Office Furniture Company

Best Residential Real Estate Firm

Best Title Company

Best Mortgage Company

Best Senior Living Community

Best Apartment Complex

Best Property Management Firm



Best IT Outsourcing Firm

Best Software Developer

Best Web Design Firm

Best Digital Marketing Firm

Best Cybersecurity Company