Best Places to Work Contests

Information on National and Regional Best Places to Work contests.

For the most up-to-date information on contest dates, please visit our BPTW website.

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NOTE: With the exception of the Inc Magazine contest, for current Quantum Workplace customers (Limited Support excluded), the fees associated with entering a BPTW contest are waived, and the nomination process is not required.

National Contests

Inc. Magazine

Program & Partner: Inc. Magazine's Best Workplaces via Inc. Magazine

Contest Area: The US

Minimum Employee Count: 5 eligible employees, cannot include partners or owners

Fee: $295- $495, nomination fee goes up as the deadline approaches

Employee Requirements: Full and Part-Time, Permanent, working for 30 days

Company Guidelines:  Companies must meet each of the following qualifications

.- Be Independent (not a subsidiary or division of another company)

- Be Based in the United States

- Have at least 5 employees

- Been in business at least 2 years

- Have total annual revenue less than $1 Billion

NOTE: For the Inc. Magazine contest only, Quantum platform clients transferring data from a QW survey must complete the application.

National & Industry-Specific Contests

Staffing (SIA)

Program & Partner: Best Staffing Firms to Work For via Staffing Industry Analysts

Contest Area: North America

Minimum Employee Count: 10 eligible employees, cannot include partners or owners

Employee Requirements:

  • Main Staffing Award: Full/Part-Time, permanent, internal, working for 30 days
  • Option TEMP Award: All recent temporary/contract workers, i.e. those placed on assignment after June 30 must be invited

Staffing UK & IRE (SIA)

Program & Partner: Best Staffing Firms to Work For via Staffing Industry Analysts

Contest Area: United Kingdom and Ireland

Minimum Employee Count: 10 eligible employees, cannot include partners or owners

Employee Requirements: Full/Part-Time, permanent, internal, working for 30 days

Note: UK/IRE does not offer a TEMP Staffing award

Sports (SBJ)

Program & Partner: Best Places to Work in Sports via Sports Business Journal

Contest Area: North America

Minimum Employee Count: 7 eligible employees, cannot include partners or owners

Employee Requirements: Full and Part-Time, Permanent, working for 30 days

Regional Contest Employee Requirements

For every regional contest in this list, unless otherwise specified, the employee requirements are:

  • Full and Part-Time
  • Permanent
  • Have been working for a minimum of 30 days
  • If Remote: works close to or reports to the contest city 
    • Can only participate in one regional program
    • Check region guidelines for specifics regarding remote employees

Regional Contests

Albany, New York (ALB)

Program & Partner: Best Places to Work in the Capital Region via American City Business Journal

Contest Areas: Albany, Schenectady, Rensselaer, Columbia, Greene, Saratoga, Montgomery, Fulton, Warren, Washington and Schoharie counties

Minimum Employee Count: 10 eligible employees, cannot include partners or owners 

Alburquerque, New Mexico (ALQ)

Program & Partner: Best Places to Work in New Mexico via American City Business Journal

Contest Area: State of New Mexico 

Minimum Employee Count: 10 eligible employees, cannot include partners or owners 

Atlanta, Georgia (ATL)

Program & Partner: Best Places to Work in Atlanta via American City Business Journal

Contest Areas: Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry, and Rockdale counties; You may also include Barrow, Carroll, Coweta, Forsyth, Newton, Paulding, and Spalding counties

Minimum Employee Count: 10 eligible employees, cannot include partners or owners

Austin, Texas (AUS)

Program & Partner: Best Places to Work in Central Texas via American City Business Journal

Contest Areas: Travis, Williamson, Hays, Bastrop, Burnet, and Caldwell counties

Minimum Employee Count: 10 eligible employees, cannot include partners or owners

Baltimore, Maryland (BAL)

Program & Partner: Best Places to Work in Baltimore via American City Business Journal

Contest Areas: Baltimore City, Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Harford, Howard, and Carroll counties

Minimum Employee Count: 10 eligible employees, cannot include partners or owners

Birmingham, Alabama (BIR)

Program & Partner: Best Places to Work in Birmingham via American City Business Journal

Contest Areas: Jefferson, Shelby, St. Clair, Walker, Bibb, Chilton, and Blount counties

Minimum Employee Count: 10 eligible employees, cannot include partners or owners

Boston, Massachusetts (BOS)

Program & Partner: Best Places to Work in Boston via American City Business Journal

Contest Area: State of Massachusetts

Minimum Employee Count: 20 eligible employees, cannot include partners or owners

Buffalo, New York (BUF)

Program & Partner: Best Places to Work in Western New York via American City Business Journal

Contest Areas: Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, and Orleans counties

Minimum Employee Count: 10 eligible employees, cannot include partners or owners

Charlotte, North Carolina (CHA)

Program & Partner: Best Places to Work in Charlotte via American City Business Journal

Contest Areas:

  • North Carolina: Alexander, Anson, Cabarrus, Catawba, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Rowan, Stanly, and Union counties
  • South Carolina: Chester, Chesterfield, Lancaster, and York counties

Minimum Employee Count: 10 eligible employees, cannot include partners or owners

Cincinnati, Ohio (CIN)

Program & Partner: Best Places to Work in Cincinnati via American City Business Journal

Contest Areas:

  • Ohio: Brown, Butler, Clermont, Clinton, Hamilton, Highland, and Warren counties
  • Kentucky: Boone, Bracken, Campbell, Gallatin, Grant, Kenton, and Pendleton counties
  • Indiana: Dearborn, Franklin, and Ohio counties

Minimum Employee Count: 10 eligible employees, cannot include partners or owners

Columbus, Ohio (COL)

Program & Partner: Best Places to Work in Central Ohio via American City Business Journal

Contest Areas: Franklin, Delaware, Union, Madison, Pickaway, Fairfield, Licking, Morrow, Perry, and Hocking counties

Minimum Employee Count: 10 eligible employees, cannot include partners or owners

Dallas, Texas (DAL)

Program & Partner: Best Places to Work in Dallas via American City Business Journal 

Contest Areas: Dallas, Collin, Denton, Tarrant, Rockwall, Ellis, and Kaufman counties

Minimum Employee Count: 10 eligible employees, cannot include partners or owners

Dayton, Ohio (DAY)

Program & Partner: Best Places to Work in Dayton via American City Business Journal

Contest Areas: Montgomery, Miami, Clark, Darke, Greene, Preble, Shelby, Butler, and Warren counties

Minimum Employee Count: 10 eligible employees, cannot include partners or owners

Denver, Colorado (DEN)

Program & Partner: Best Places to Work in Denver via American City Business Journal

Contest Areas: Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas and Jefferson counties

Minimum Employee Count: 10 eligible employees, cannot include partners or owners

Greensboro, North Carolina (GRN)

Program & Partner: Triad's Best Places to Work via American City Business Journal

Contest Areas: Alamance, Caswell, Davidson, Davie, Forsyth, Guilford, Montgomery, Randolph, Rockingham, Stokes, Surry, and Yadkin counties

Minimum Employee Count: 10 eligible employees, cannot include partners or owners

Oahu, Hawaii (HAW)

Program & Partner: Best Places to Work in Hawaii via American City Business Journal

Contest Areas: Oahu and all neighboring islands

Minimum Employee Count: 10 eligible employees, cannot include partners or owners

Houston, Texas (HOU)

Program & Partner: Houston, Texas via American City Business Journal

Contest Areas: Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Montgomery, San Jacinto, and Walle counties

Minimum Employee Count: 10 eligible employees, cannot include partners or owners

Huntsville, Alabama (HUN)

Program & Partner: Best Places to Work in Huntsville/Madison County via American City Business Journal

Contest Areas: Huntsville and Madison counties

Minimum Employee Count: 10 eligible employees, cannot include partners or owners

Jacksonville, Florida (JAX)

Program & Partner: Best Places to Work in Jacksonville via American City Business Journal

Contest Areas: Duval, St. Johns, Clay, Nassau, Baker, Flagler, and Putnam counties

Minimum Employee Count: 10 eligible employees, cannot include partners or owners

Kansas City, Missouri (KC)

Program & Partner: Best Places to Work in Kansas City via American City Business Journal

Contest Areas:

  • Missouri: Ray, Cass, Clay, Jackson, and Platte counties
  • Kansas: Johnson, Leavenworth, and Wyandotte counties 

Minimum Employee Count: 10 eligible employees, cannot include partners or owners

Lincoln, Nebraska (LIN)

Program & Partner: Best Places to Work in Lincoln via Woods Aitken

Contest Area: Lancaster County

Minimum Employee Count: 10 eligible employees, cannot include partners or owners

Louisville, Kentucky (LOU)

Program & Partner: Best Places to Work in Louisville via American City Business Journal

Contest Areas:

  • Kentucky: Jefferson, Bullitt, Oldham, and Shelby counties
  • Indiana: Floyd, Clark, and Harrison counties

Minimum Employee Count: 10 eligible employees, cannot include partners or owners

Madison, Wisconsin (MAD)

Program & Partner: Best Places to Work in Madison via Madison Magazine

Contest Areas: Columbia, Dane, Dodge, Green, Iowa, Jefferson, Rock, and Sauk counties

Minimum Employee Count: 10 eligible employees, cannot include partners or owners

Milwaukee, Wisconsin (MIL)

Program & Partner: Best Places to Work in Milwaukee via American City Business Journal

Contest Areas: Kenosha, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Walworth, Washington, and Waukesha counties

Minimum Employee Count: 10 eligible employees, cannot include partners or owners

Minneapolis, Minnesota (MIN)

Program & Partner: Best Places to Work in Minnesota via American City Business Journal

Contest Area: Minnesota

Minimum Employee Count: 10 eligible employees, cannot include partners or owners

Nashville, Tennessee (NAS)

Program & Partner: Best Places to Work in Nashville via American City Business Journal

Contest Areas: Cheatham, Davidson, Dickson, Maury, Montgomery, Robertson, Rutherford, Sumner, Williamson, and Wilson counties

Minimum Employee Count: 10 eligible employees, cannot include partners or owners

Omaha, Nebraska (OMA)

Program & Partner: Best Places to Work in Omaha via Baird Holm

Contest Areas: 

  • Nebraska: Cass, Douglas, Sarpy, Saunders, and Washington counties
  • Iowa: Harrison, Mills, and Pottawattamie counties

Minimum Employee Count: 25 eligible employees, cannot include partners or owners

Orlando, Florida (ORL)

Program & Partner: Best Places to Work in Orlando via American City Business Journal

Contest Areas: Orange, Seminole, Osceola, Brevard, Volusia, and Lake counties

Minimum Employee Count: 10 eligible employees, cannot include partners or owners

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (PHI)

Program & Partner: Best Places to Work in Philadelphia via American City Business Journal

Contest Areas:

  • Pennsylvania: Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lancaster, Lehigh, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties
  • New Jersey: Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem counties
  • Delaware: Kent and New Castle counties

Minimum Employee Count: 10 eligible employees, cannot include partners or owners

Phoenix, Arizona (PHO)

Program & Partner: Best Places to Work in the Valley via American City Business Journal

Contest Areas: Maricopa and Pinal counties

Minimum Employee Count: 10 eligible employees, cannot include partners or owners

Pittsburgh, Pennslyvania (PIT)

Program & Partner: Best Places to Work in Western Pennsylvania via American City Business Journal

Contest Areas: Beaver, Butler, Washington, Westmoreland, Fayette, Allegheny, Lawrence, and Armstrong counties

Minimum Employee Count: 10 eligible employees, cannot include partners or owners

Portland, Oregon (POR)

Program & Partner: Best Places to Work in Oregon and Southwest Washington via American City Business Journal 

Contest Areas: 

  • State of Oregon
  • Washington: Clark County

Minimum Employee Count: 10 eligible employees, cannot include partners or owners

Puget Sound Region, Washington (PUG)

Program & Partner: Washington's Best Workplaces via American City Business Journal

Contest Area: Washington

Minimum Employee Count: 10 eligible employees, cannot include partners or owners

Raleigh, North Carolina (RAL)

Program & Partner: Best Places to Work in the Triangle via American City Business Journal

Contest Areas: Chatham, Durham, Edgecombe, Franklin, Granville, Harnett, Johnston, Lee, Moore, Nash, Orange, Person, Vance, Wake, Warren and Wilson.

If Remote:  The location of the remote employee must be in the contest area counties listed above.

Minimum Employee Count: 10 eligible employees, cannot include partners or owners

Reno, Nevada (RNO)

Program & Partner: Best Places to Work in Reno/Tahoe via Northern Nevada Human Resources Association

Contest Areas: Reno, Tahoe, Carson City, and Sparks metro region

Minimum Employee Count: 10 eligible employees, cannot include partners or owners

Sacramento, California (SAC)

Program & Partner: Best Places to Work in Sacramento via American City Business Journal

Contest Areas: El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento, and Yolo counties

Minimum Employee Count: 10 eligible employees, cannot include partners or owners

San Francisco, California (SAN)

Program & Partner: Best Places to Work in the Bay Area via American City Business Journal

Contest Areas: Alameda, Contra Costa, Monterey, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, San Benito, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma, and Marin counties

Minimum Employee Count: 10 eligible employees, cannot include partners or owners

San Antonio, Texas (SANA)

Program & Partner: Best Places to Work in San Antonio via American City Business Journal

Contest Areas: Bexar, Comal, Gonzalez, Kendall, Guadalupe, Wilson, Medina, Atascosa, and Bandera counties

Minimum Employee Count: 25 eligible employees, cannot include partners or owners

Miami & South Florida, Florida (SFL)

Program & Partner: Best Places to Work in South Florida via American City Business Journal

Contest Areas: Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade counties

Minimum Employee Count: 10 eligible employees, cannot include partners or owners

St. Louis, Missouri (STL)

Program & Partner: Best Places to Work in St. Louis via American City Business Journal

Contest Areas:

  • Missouri: St. Louis, St. Charles, Jefferson, and Franklin counties
  • Illinois: Madison, St. Clair, and Monroe counties

Minimum Employee Count: 10 eligible employees, cannot include partners or owners

Tampa, Florida (TAM)

Program & Partner: Best Places to Work in Tampa Bay via American City Business Journal

Contest Areas: Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Manatee, Sarasota, Polk, and Hernando counties

Minimum Employee Count: 10 eligible employees, cannot include partners or owners

Washington D.C., District of Columbia (WAS)

Program & Partner: Best Places to Work in Washington, D.C. via American City Business Journal

Contest Areas:

  • Virginia: Washington D.C., City of Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William counties
  • Maryland: Montgomery and Prince George counties

Minimum Employee Count: 10 eligible employees, cannot include partners or owners

Wichita, Kansas (WIC)

Program & Partner: Best Places to Work in Wichita via American City Business Journal

Contest Areas: Sedgwick, Butler, Harvey, Sumner, and Kingman counties

Minimum Employee Count: 10 eligible employees, cannot include partners or owners