Best in Ohio Business 2021

In our second annual Best in Ohio Business Awards, we wanted to honor the many businesses and services that make Ohio such a great place to do business. From architectural firms and chambers of commerce to meeting and event centers and dinner locations, we cover it all in this feature. Thousands of people voted in this online competition for their favorites in 96 categories. We are excited to celebrate these winners with these awards.

By the Editors

Accounting Services

Accounting Firm – 25 Employees or Larger & Accounting Firm – Bookkeeping
Multiple locations in Cleveland, Columbus & Mentor

Accounting Firm – Small Business
Wolf Financial Group LLC
4450 Belden Village St, NW #806, Canton

Accounting Firm – Tax Service
GBQ Partners LLC
230 West St, Ste 700, Columbus
“We empower growth: growth of our people, our communities and our clients’ businesses. We are proud of our team for their stepping up to help our clients and for supporting one another through this challenging time. We are driven by the outcomes that we know can change the lives of those we work with and
for, which is what matters most to our stakeholders.” – Darci Congrove, Managing Director

GBQ Partners LLC

Construction Services

Architectural Firm
CHAATRIK Architecture & Urban Design
Serves local and global companies

Commercial Construction Company
The Basement Doctor
10690 Loveland Madeira Rd, Loveland

Electrical Contractor
Bonham Electric, Inc.
3647 Wrightway Rd, Dayton

General Contractor
Requarth Co.
447 E. Monument Ave, Dayton

Tri-State Heating & Cooling
4372 Muhlhauser Rd, Fairfield

Mechanical Contractor
Rieck Services
5245 Wadsworth Rd, Dayton


Bar – Cocktail/Social
Third Eye Brewing Company
11276 Chester Rd, Sharonville
“We have incredible award-winning brewers and an amazing chef. Our taproom has a cool vibe with lots of seating inside and out, including covered patios and an upper deck. Our staff is friendly and knowledgeable, taking their time with each customer to help guide them to choose the beer of their liking.”
– Bonnie Collins, Event Director

Third Eye Brewing Company

Restaurant – Breakfast
Lily’s Dayton
329 E Fifth St, Dayton

Restaurant – Dinner
Club Oceano Seafood & Bar
4429 Cedar Park Dr, Beavercreek

Restaurant – Lunch
Old Scratch Pizza & Beer
Dayton (812 S Patterson Blvd) and Centerville (440 Miamisburg Centerville Rd)


Charter School
St. Rita School for the Deaf
1720 Glendale Milford Rd, Cincinnati

Child Care Center
Learning Tree Farm
3376 S Union Rd, Dayton

College & University
Union Institute & University
2090 Florence Ave, Cincinnati

Graduate School Program
Bluffton University
1 University Dr, Bluffton
According to the university, “The goal of Bluffton University’s Master of Business Administration is to help graduates lead differently—at home, at work and in their communities. Classes are designed for working adults, are offered via Zoom and are cohort based to provide and strengthen business networks between graduates.”

Bluffton University

MBA Program
University of Dayton
300 College Park, Dayton
According to the school, “We prepare students to become well-rounded, strategic leaders ready to impact the business environment by leading with integrity. Our program offers flexibility for working professionals with evening classes in online as well as in-person formats.”

University of Dayton

Private School
The Summit Country Day School
2161 Grandin Rd, Cincinnati

Workforce Development Program
Sinclair Community College
444 W Third St, Dayton

Financial Services

Business Banking
Multiple locations throughout the state and headquartered in Cleveland
“The mission of our Business Banking team is to help clients grow by delivering industry-leading expertise, advice and capital. This in turn helps our communities thrive. We are proud to be a true relationship bank that provides holistic financial solutions to business owners and their employees.” – Kip Clarke, Head of Business Banking


Credit Union
Wright-Patt Credit Union
Multiple locations in the Miami Valley

Financial Planning Firm
Gryphon Financial Partners
325 John H McConnell Blvd, Ste 425, Columbus
“Simply put, we deliver incredible products and service to our clients because we have a great culture that creates incredible teammates who are energized to help clients by going above and beyond.” – Joel Guth, founder & CEO

Money Management Firm
Johnson Investment Council
Multiple locations in Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus & Dayton

Mortgage Lender
Kemba Credit Union
Multiple locations in Greater Cincinnati

General Interest/Services

Community to do Business
West Chester Township
“West Chester serves as an ideal platform for corporate growth and innovation, focusing on the strengths and benefits of no earnings tax, accessibility and an established and diversified corporate presence with more than 3,600 businesses that find themselves all in good company.” – Larry D. Burks, Township Administrator

West Chester Township

Dry Cleaning
White Swan Quality Cleaners
Multiple locations in Tallmadge, Stow & Cuyahoga Falls

The Entrepreneurs’ Center
31 S Main St, Dayton

Relocation Specialist
Leslie Nartker, Coldwell Banker King Thompson
4535 W Dublin Granville Rd, Dublin

Sales Training Company
The Sales Coaching Institute
Multiple locations in Columbus, Cleveland & Dayton

Health Care

Dental Practice
William J. Gioiello, Dds. Inc.
7135 Troy Pike, Huber Heights

Eye Care
Cincinnati Eye Institute
Multiple locations in Greater Cincinnati

Atrium Medical Center
1 Medical Center Dr, Middletown
“At the core of everything Atrium Medical Center does is its people. An amazing level of teamwork—within and across departments—continues to carry us through the pandemic. Atrium’s staff is dedicated to not only growing in their field of clinical expertise, but to also improving the health of the communities we serve.” – Keith Bricking, MD, president

Atrium Medical Center

Orthopedic Practice & Sports Medicine
Beacon Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine
Multiple locations in Greater Cincinnati

Outpatient Surgery Center
Surgery Center at Corporate Way
7076 Corporate Way, Dayton

Physical Therapy Practice
Drayer Physical Therapy Institute
Multiple locations in Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus & Dayton

Physician Group
Premier Health Group
Multiple locations in Southwest Ohio

Human Resources

Business Coach
Intelligent Leadership Executive Coaching
Ohio coach located in Dayton

Executive Search
Beneficial Talent Source
2 Crestview Dr, Milford

Payroll Company
Online services, headquartered in Cincinnati

Staffing Company
Beneficial Talent Source
2 Crestview Dr, Milford

Legal Services

Law Firm – Family
Tibbs Law Office
1329 E Kemper Rd, #4230, Cincinnati

Law Firm – Labor and Employment
Frost Brown Todd
Multiple locations in Cincinnati, Columbus & West Chester

Law Firm – Larger than 50 Employees
Rathbone Group, LLC
Multiple locations in Cleveland & Cincinnati

Law Firm – Personal Injury
Dyer, Garofalo, Mann & Schultz
Multiple locations in Cincinnati & Dayton

Law Firm – Small Business
Lovett & House Co., LPA
Multiple locations in Miami Valley


Advertising Agency
The Ohlmann Group
1605 N Main St, Dayton
“Since 1949, The Ohlmann Group has earned the trust of our clients by operating with honesty, integrity, fairness, commitment and excellence. We have a very strong culture, an incredibly talented team and a complete range of modern marketing services. Every day, we focus on two main goals: Do great work. Be great to work with.”- Linda Kahn, CEO & Vice President, Media Services

Graphic Design/Branding Agency
Zeal40: the creative agency
838 Reedy St, Ste 200, Cincinnati

Mailing Services
Yeck Brothers Company
2222 Arbor Blvd, Dayton
“When it comes to direct mail, we are out-of-the-box thinkers. We search for innovative ways to help clients work within postal guidelines but stand out in the mail. Our advice to clients, ‘In a world full of sheep, be a lion.’” – Sherry Hang, Director of Marketing & Creative

Yeck Brothers Company

Cleary Creative Photography
4140 Linden Ave, Dayton

PR/Communications Agency
Fahlgren Mortine
Multiple locations in Columbus, Cleveland & Dayton

Printing Company
Creative Impressions Inc
4611 Gateway Circle, Kettering

Promotional Products Company
Schuerholz Printing Inc
3540 Marshall Rd, Kettering

Sign Company
Sign Dynamics
2781 Thunderhawk Ct, Dayton

Social Media Consulting
Greenbaum Stiers Strategic Marketing Group
7365 E Livingston Ave, Reynoldsburg

Meeting and Events

Audio/Visual Provider
Mills James
Multiple locations in Cincinnati, Columbus & Cleveland.
“It’s difficult to be humble when it comes to our incredibly gifted staff and the magic they create together in the service of our clients. The people we hire have to be talented, competent and passionate to make our clientele and their productions successful. But just as important is their commitment to a successful journey.” – Arthur James, President

Mills James

Warped Wing Barrel Room & Smokery
Multiple locations in Dayton & Springboro

Warped Wing Barrel Room & Smokery

Hard Rock Casino Cincinnati
1000 Broadway St, Cincinnati

Catering Company
Kohler Catering
Serves Dayton region

Country Club
The Golf Club at Yankee Trace
10000 Yankee St, Centerville
“During a year when The Golf Club at Yankee Trace accomplished the feat of nearly 70,000 rounds of golf, we also celebrated 25 years in Centerville and completed a comprehensive clubhouse renovation.” – Steve Marino, Administrator

The Golf Club at Yankee Trace

Belle of Dayton
122 Van Buren St, Dayton

Entertainment Venue
Scene75 Entertainment Centers
Multiple locations in Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus & Dayton
“One, our team genuinely cares about our guests. In fact, we spend much of our days thinking about how we can improve what we offer to ensure our guests find great value, great fun and great hospitality with each visit. Two, our brands offer more fun, more prizes, more games and more attractions, for all ages, than anywhere else! And three, we love to host the best parties in town!” – Jonah Sandler, founder & CEO

Scene75 Entertainment Centers

Dayton Art Institute
456 Belmonte Park N, Dayton

Meeting & Banquet Center
Sharonville Convention Center
11355 Chester Rd, Cincinnati
“The Sharonville Convention Center strives to offer our guests an unparalleled event experience through our exceedingly contemporary space, complete with an assortment of complimentary high-end features that normally would be a significant expense, as well as an award-winning culinary team.” – James C. Downton, Executive Director

Sharonville Convention Center

Meeting & Event Planner
Angela’s Premier Event Designs
4 W Main St, Fairborn

Boonshoft Museum of Discovery
2600 DeWeese Pkwy, Dayton

Performing Arts Organization
Dayton Performing Arts Alliance
126 N Main St, Ste 210, Dayton

Private Golf Course
Kenwood Country Club
6501 Kenwood Road, Cincinnati

Public Golf Course
Shaker Run Golf Club
1320 Golf Club Dr, Lebanon


Security Service
Tyco Integrated Security
Multiple locations in Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus & Dayton

Professional Services

Chamber of Commerce
Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce
8 N Main St, Ste 100, Dayton
“The staff at the Dayton Area Chamber
of Commerce sets out every day to solve problems for our business community. They’re experts in their fields and serve
as a vital resource for our members.”
– Holly Allen, Vice President, Marketing & Communications

Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce

Employee Benefits Company
Custom Design Benefits
5589 Cheviot Rd, Cincinnati

Health and Life Insurance Company
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield

Property & Casualty Insurance Agency
Brian Woods, Allstate Insurance
7255 Dixie Hwy, Ste F, Fairfield

Real Estate

Apartment Community
Fieldstone at Glenwood Crossing
10637 Springfield Pike, Cincinnati

Commercial Real Estate Developer
Oberer Thompson Company
4197 Research Blvd, Beavercreek

Residential Real Estate Firm
Sibcy Cline Fairfield Office
600 Wessel Dr, Fairfield


Assisted Living Community
Artis Senior Living of Bridgetown
5799 Bridgetown Rd, Cincinnati
“Artis Senior Living of Bridgetown values the uniqueness of each individual by creating a customized plan of care designed for their unique needs. The Artis Way isn’t a single path—it’s an open-ended approach to caring that leaves room for creativity and possibility.” – John Tepe, Executive Director

Artis Senior Living of Bridgertown

Home Health Care Agency
Care Connection of Cincinnati
Serves Southwest Ohio

Independent Living Community
10 Wilmington Place Retirement Community
10 Wilmington Ave, Dayton

Skilled Care Community
Bethany Village
6443 Bethany Village Dr, Dayton


Computer Networking Company
CMIT Solutions
Serves Cincinnati region

Data and Security Firm
Based in Springfield

Web Development Firm
Noir Marketing and Public Relations
120 W Second St, Dayton
“We go out of our way to not only give our clients great work, we make sure they have an enjoyable experience, too. We also communicate with our clients in their preferred method of contact. At the end of the day, we’re creative thinkers with our clients’ best interests at heart.” – Jessica East, President

Noir Marketing and Public Relations



Wilmington Air Park
1113 Airport Rd, Wilmington
“We believe in collaboration. More importantly, our team puts it into practice daily—with our tenants, our vendors and our community partners. This approach builds trust and heightens awareness of the capacity and opportunities that the Wilmington Air Park provides.” – Dan Evers, Executive Director, Clinton County Port Authority

Wilmington Air Park

Executive Transportation
Westwind Limousine Service
Serves Dayton region

Travel Management
Huffman Travel Ltd
2507 Far Hills Ave, Dayton

Vehicle Dealership
Freightliner of Toledo
6003 Benore Rd, Toledo

Travel Industry

National Museum of the U.S. Air Force
1100 Soaatz St, Dayton

Convention & Visitors Bureau
Miami County Visitors & Convention Bureau
405 SW Public Square, Ste 272, Troy

Queen City Underground Tour
1332 Vine St, Cincinnati

Marriott at the University of Dayton
1414 S Patterson Blvd, Dayton

Gervasi Vineyard
1700 55th St NE, Canton

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