And the winners are...

This marks our second year to explore and discover individuals and businesses that are the best at what they do in 205 categories. To accomplish this, we asked folks from throughout the Valley to nominate their favorites.  Between March 8th and March 19th, we received over 3,100 nominations from 1,710 business owners and their fans.

Those businesses qualified were part of our voting ballot, which was open from April 4th through the 23rd. We received over 147,000 votes during this period from over 44,000 unique visitors. There were 2,118 individuals and businesses competing, and we are excited to present 333 individuals and companies, awarding Gold and Silver in the 205 categories.

The top ten categories represented 27% of the votes this year. In ranking order, they were: Customer Service, Gym/Fitness Center, Place to Work, Specialty Store, Real Estate Broker, Real Estate Team, All-Around Restaurant, Place to Buy a Gift, Pawn Shop, and Bakery.

The Willamette Valley is fast becoming a mobile engaged market. Of the votes cast, 72% were from a smart phone, 24% from desktop, and 4% from a tablet. Reaching our digital mobile market has never been more important and through Best of the Willamette Valley, we deliver!

We know that this has been a challenging year, and we also recognize that some of our business friends and contemporaries made the tough decision to close. Others have reimagined how business will be accomplished, and several have opened for the first time. The pandemic has forever shaped how we all approach business. Some for the better, and some not so much.

Producing a contest this size takes a dedicated local team, as well as committed businesses. We are humbled and honored that Rick’s Custom Fencing & Decking became our presenting sponsor for 2021. They along with all our advertisers make this possible. We could not be prouder to salute and pay tribute to the great businesses that were voted the best in their individual categories. Thank you to all the folks that took the time to vote. We encourage you to explore and engage with our winners. Some may be familiar, and some may be new to you, but all will welcome your business. Please make sure to congratulate them for being voted Best of the Willamette Valley.

We are already planning to expand our reach for Best of the Willamette Valley for 2022 and beyond. Make sure to follow us on Facebook and register for updates on our website. Click here to view all of the 2021 winners.

Bill Cummings & Neil Potter


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