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2018 Best of Business Awards

Honoring nearly 50 Southwest Florida businesses across several industries.



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Gulfshore Business magazine’s Best of Business readers’ poll is now in its sixth year. And once again, enthusiastic participation turned out nearly 6,000 unique votes cast for hundreds of businesses.

Online polling was conducted at surveymonkey.com, where respondents were required to provide a name and an email address so that people could cast only one vote.

The winners in each category are listed, as well as the immediate runners-up (in alphabetical order). 

FOOD/ HOSPITALITY/ ENTERTAINMENT

BEST CATERER

Artichoke & Co.

Artichoke & Co. is a full-service catering company and special events center in Naples. It’s been in business for more than 20 years and specializes in custom catering for weddings, birthday parties, bridal showers, luncheons, corporate events and anniversaries.

FINALISTS

Artisan Eatery

Crave Culinaire

BEST AFTER-WORK GATHERING

Ocean Prime

Ocean Prime in Naples features craft cocktails, a large wine list and daily drink specials, as well as plenty of space to socialize, talk business and celebrate.

FINALISTS

Backstreets

Matanzas on the Bay

BEST INDEPENDENTLY OWNED RESTAURANT 

Artisan Eatery

Artisan Eatery in Fort Myers (pictured) collaborates with local and national farmers and purveyors to provide the freshest ingredients possible. The chef-driven restaurant prepares food in a quick-serve environment and strives to deliver a made-from-scratch menu.

FINALISTS

Key Lime Bistro

Matanzas on the Bay 

BEST POWER LUNCH

Ocean Prime

During season, Ocean Prime in Naples is open for lunch and is a great place for a business meeting. The menu features signature non-alcoholic beverages, cocktails, appetizers, sushi, salads, soups, sandwiches, raw bar items and select dinner entrees in lunch-size portions.

FINALISTS

Shula’s Steak House

USS Nemo Restaurant

BEST ENTERTAINMENT

Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall at FSW

Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall is located on the Florida SouthWestern State College campus in Fort Myers and offers free parking. The 1,864-seat venue hosts an array of productions, including national musical acts, theater and dance.

FINALISTS

Artis—Naples

Dixie Roadhouse 

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