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SouthCoast Community’s Choice Awards

Celebrate the best businesses and organizations in the area with the SouthCoast Community’s Choice Awards! We put the power in your hands, the local community, to nominate and vote for your favorite companies in more than 150 categories. From trendy hotspots to hidden gems, this awards program is your chance to shine a spotlight on the establishments that make the SouthCoast region stand out.

THE LATEST: The SouthCoast Community’s Choice Awards are back for 2024! Join us in celebrating your favorite local businesses and organizations. Nominations open March 11, 2024.

How it Works

Each year, the SouthCoast Community’s Choice Awards recognizes more than 450 businesses and organizations, and we couldn’t do it without community members like you! The awards program starts with public nominations, and from the top five nominees in each category, the voting round selects the finalists and winners.

The Categories

There are more than 150 categories in the SouthCoast Community’s Choice Awards! This list has been curated to best represent the SouthCoast region. Nominate or vote in any or all of these categories during their respective period. Have a category suggestion? Complete the form at the bottom of this section.

Beauty & Health

Alternative Medicine
Barber Shop
Best Spa/Medical Spa
Chiropractic Clinic
Cosmetic/Plastic Surgery Center
Dental Clinic
Dermatology Clinic
Eye Care Clinic
Facials
Hair Salon
Hearing Aid/Hearing Specialist Center
Home Health Care Services
Hospital/Medical Center
Massage Therapy
Nail Salon – Manicure/Pedicure
Optometrist
Orthodontic Clinic
Orthodontist
Orthopedic Center
Pediatric Clinic
Pediatric Dental Clinic
Rehabilitation Facility
Tanning Salon
Urgent Care/Walk-In Clinic
Weight Loss Center

Dining

All-Around Restaurant
Bakery
Breakfast
Burger
Caterer/Catering Company
Chinese Food
Chowder/Gumbo/Soup
Curbside/Carry Out/Drive-Thru
Dessert
Doughnut Shop
Family Friendly Dining
Food Truck
Ice Cream/Frozen Yogurt
Italian Food
Local Coffee Shop
Lunch
Mediterranean Food
Mexican Food
Outdoor/Patio/Rooftop Dining
Pizza
Seafood Restaurant
Steakhouse
Sushi
Wings

Entertainment & Leisure

Axe Throwing/Darts/Pool
Casino
Event Venue
Family Amusement
Festival/Fair
Museum
Person of the Year
Wedding Venue

Finance

Bank
Credit Union
Financial Planning Services
Mortgage Lending Company
Personal Loan/Title Loan Company
Tax Preparation Services

Kids & Education

Child Care
College/University
Dance Studio/School
Driving School
Karate/Martial Arts School
Music School/Lessons
Pre-School
School – Charter
School – Private

Pets

Animal Rescue/Shelter/Adoption
Pet Grooming Company
Pet Kennel/Boarding/Day Care
Pet Store
Pet Training
Veterinarian
Veterinary Clinic

Services

Air/Airport Transportation
Assisted/Senior Living
Attorney – Estate Planning
Attorney – Family Law
Attorney – Real Estate
Basement/Foundation/Water Proofing Service Company
Bathroom/Kitchen Remodeling Company
Carpet/Rug Cleaning Company
Cleaning Service Company
Concrete/Rock/Brick Company
Countertop/Granite Company
Dry Cleaning Company
Electrician/Electrical Service Company
Funeral Home/Crematory
Heating/AC Service Company
Home Repair/Remodeling Company
Insurance Agency
Junk Removal Services
Laundromat
Law Firm
Lawn Care/Landscaping Company
Nursing Home
Pest Control Company
Photographer/Videographer
Plumbing Company
Real Estate Agent
Real Estate Company
Real Estate Team/Group
Restoration Company
Roofing Company
Security Company
Siding Company
Solar Service Company
Swimming Pool/Spa
Tattoo Studio

Shopping

Antique/Coins & Collectibles Store
Boutique
Bridal/Formalwear Boutique
Cannabis Dispensary
Consignment Store
Eyewear Store
Fireplace Store
Flooring Store
Florist Shop
Furniture Store
Garden Center/Nursery
Generators
Gift Shop
Hardware/Home Improvement Store
Jewelry Store
Lawn Equipment Store
Mattress Store
Meat Market/Seafood Shop
Men’s Clothing Store
Pawn Shop
Shoe Store
Specialty Food Store
Specialty Shop
Women’s Clothing Store

Spirits

Beer Store
Brewpub/Brewery
Craft Beer Store
Liquor Store
Sports Bar
Wine Selection – Restaurant/Bar
Winery

Sports & Fitness

Fitness Center/Gym
Golf Course
Yoga/Pilates Studio

Top Employers

Employer – 1-100 Employees
Employer – 101-500 Employees
Employer – 500+ Employees
Locally Owned Business

Vehicles, Dealers & Services

Auto Body/Collision Center
Auto Dealer Service Department
Auto Glass Repair Company
Auto Mechanic
Auto Repair Shop
Boat Dealer
Car Wash/Detail Shop
Limo/Transportation Service
Motorcycle Dealer
New Car Dealership
Oil Change Service
Tire Center
Used Car Dealership

Suggest a Category

We love your category suggestions! Submit yours using the form below and it will be considered for next year’s awards program. By submitting you agree to our privacy policy. *Indicates required field.


Awards Gala

The SouthCoast Community’s Choice Awards culminates in the announcement of the winners! This takes place at an exclusive awards gala open only to finalists and their guests, the local business leaders and residents of the community. The event starts with a cocktail hour with entertainment, followed by dinner and the awards presentation. The gala serves as not only a platform to celebrate the achievements of the winners, but also as an excellent opportunity for networking and recognition. Attire for the event is business/cocktail.

Awards gala is open to program finalists and guests only.

Join us August 20, 2024 at 6:00 p.m. at White’s of Westport.

Winners Edition

Winners of the SouthCoast Community’s Choice Awards are revealed to the public in a winners edition. This commemorative, printed section will publish in the August 25th edition of The Standard-Times and will include all of the finalists and winners, along with their details. This guide is an excellent resource to keep on hand throughout the year for discovering the best businesses and organizations in the SouthCoast. After the winners edition publishes, the winners are published for free online.

Publishes August 25, 2024 in The Standard-Times.

Winners and finalists can be viewed online for free after the section publishes.

Business Resources

The SouthCoast Community’s Choice Awards provides a one-of-a-kind platform for businesses and organizations to showcase their brand. By leveraging targeted digital ads, email marketing, DIY templates, and other marketing tools, companies can elevate their visibility during the nomination and voting phases, and beyond. It’s important to note that while these advertising opportunities can help boost a company’s chances, the decision ultimately rests with the public, as winners and finalists are determined through their votes.

Unique opportunities to promote your business or organization.

Leverage our program to gain exposure and attract new customers.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where do I go to nominate a company and what are the guidelines?

You can nominate a company once a day per category when the nomination round is active. To do so, navigate to the appropriate section and category on the ballot and begin typing the company's name. If your company has a Google Maps listing, it will appear. Click it to select it. If no result appears, you can still type the full name of the company to nominate them. Once your choice has been selected, complete the registration form (on your first visit) and click the "Nominate" button. You can then continue nominating in other categories. There is no "Submit" button. If you nominate in 25 or more categories, you will be eligible to win the sweepstakes. To nominate again on future visits, you can use the “magic link” function that sends you an easy login email to sign back into the ballot.

I do not see a category that fits the company I would like to nominate. Can it be added?

Our categories are curated to best fit the area. However, each year we add and remove categories to drive innovation and rejuvenate the program. Once nominations have begun for that year's program, categories cannot be changed. If you would like us to suggest a category for future programs, please submit it here. When considering categories, we take several factors into account including popularity, community participation and the number of eligible companies in the area in that category.

My company made the top five in the nomination round. What happens next?

Congratulations on your company making the top five! This means you were in the top five by nominations in your category of all companies submitted during the nomination round. Your company moves on to voting where the winners are selected. Improve your chances by encouraging your fans to vote for you and contact us through the Busin