The Best Of Northwest Arkansas 2018, invites, engages and allows you, our audience, to recognize the best businesses, organizations and people in Northwest Arkansas. Our focus is on businesses and entertainment that support, serve and do business in Northwest Arkansas.
Voting surveys are anonymous and do not require registration. However, we do offer participants the opportunity to share their name, email and telephone number with us so that we can keep them up to date on the program. Registration may be necessary in the voting phase to promote fair voting. You may be asked for your name and e-mail address.
We rely on our audience to supply us with the names of outstanding people, businesses and establishments in each of the 274 categories. Once the nominees are finalized, our audience is asked to vote on one choice in each category. Per our guidelines, you are allowed to nominate/vote once every 24 hours.
Readers nominate their favorites in service area of the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, by selecting one of 8 topic areas (Eat & Drink, Health & Beauty, Home & Garden, Motors, Professional Services, Schools, Shopping and Things to Do). Nominations outside of the market area will not qualify for the balloting, but are welcome to participate as advertisers in print and our digital destination, www.bestnwa.com.
Nominating is as simple as entering a name and city in text entry fields. It’s best, but not required, to provide additional information on the nominee so that we can verify them (phone number, address, URL). Users are not required to nominate in all categories. You may return any time before 5:00 PM Central Time, Wednesday, November 21, 2018 to add nominations. Users are permitted to nominate a single business in more than one category. Businesses with multiple locations will appear as a single nomination for the voting phase. Nomination is required to be on the final ballot. Business associates and advertisers of the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and any other owner affiliated company are not given special treatment.
Our ballot is a closed ballot, however; we will consider late entries into an established category by request. All late entries must be received by Monday, December 10th. All late entries must be emailed to [email protected] for consideration.
The nomination period begins at 12:00PM Central Time, Sunday, November 4 2018, and ends at 5:00PM Central Time, Wednesday, November 21, 2018.
Will everyone that is nominated be on the ballot?
For a category to qualify for the ballot, there must be a minimum of 5 separate businesses that are competing for votes. If a category is not qualifying, we will make reasonable accommodations to move the nominee to a similar category. Once a category is qualified, we will ballot each individual business that has been nominated.
Should a business earn enough votes to be in the top three, they may be required to complete a simple online questionnaire, that included basic business information including, name, location(s), year established, business hours, phone number, web address (if any) and submit or make available a photo of the business, organization or individual. There is no cost or obligation to participate.
Our ballot is a closed ballot, however we will accept late entries into an established category by request. All late entry requests must be received by December 10, 2018 to be included in the process.
The names of the winners will be posted and announced on Sunday, February 24, 2019 in the Sunday Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. All winners will be honored in our all new Best Of Northwest Arkansas special collector's edition. In the event of a tie in any category, more than one winner may be awarded.