Are You a 2023 Nominee?

Are You a 2023 Nominee?

If you’re on the ballot for our 2023 Best of Mile High Business Awards, congratulations! As a nominee, you earned your spot by having a good mix of nominations and reviews. Out of tens of thousands of local businesses, we narrowed it down to 3,268 nominees that will move on to the voting round.

Now that you’ve been named a nominee, the next step would be to claim your nomination.

Why do you need to claim your nomination?

It helps us verify your business information.

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You would be shocked if you knew how much time and effort our team spends verifying candidate information. Besides getting the business name and category right, we’re comparing information and addresses across Google, Facebook, Yelp, the BBB, and your websites for all locations in Idaho to make sure that all of your votes and reviews are credited accordingly.

But we’re not asking for your pity (we did this to ourselves!), just for your help. 

When you claim your nomination, you have the opportunity to help us get it right so we can make sure we are as fair and accurate as possible.

It establishes a point of contact.

Some of our nominees are sole proprietors, forging their own path with the unique skills they possess. Others have an empire across Colorado, with dozens or even hundreds of employees. Either way, all of you are important to our community and it would be great if we knew who to present the nomination to.

We think we’re pretty awesome, but we are not going to assume that you’re automatically going to know the pertinent info for our awards. Claiming your nomination also helps us notify the right person when your business is nominated or if you become a finalist.

It helps us… and YOU!

It’s true! Claiming your nomination for Best of Mile High can make it better. High levels of engagement drive the adjustments we make year-to-year. We do the best we can to achieve a level playing field.

Categories with few nominations and even fewer claimed nominations get less attention. They may be absorbed by another category or disappear altogether.

Categories with a lot of competitors and claimed nominations are likely to get more attention and be retained from year to year. This doesn’t mean they’re scored differently, but that it’s more likely we’ll add categories that are more narrowly defined, giving every business in that group better odds and a fairer shake.

Claiming your nomination can even give you an edge when you need it. Ties in scoring aren’t frequent, but when they occur the nod goes to a company who claimed their nomination if their opponent did not.

So, when in doubt, always claim your nomination!

The 2023 Nominations Are In!

Finalizing 2023 Nominees
Brodie, at his messy desk finalizing the 2023 nominees.

For our first-ever Best of Mile High Awards, we have our hands full with, at first count, over 3,000 nominated companies and places… Wow!

The nomination period was open from December 7th through yesterday, the 18th. We got the word out over social media and through your nominations and reviews, it looks like we have plenty of candidates to vet.

What’s Next?

This is where we really get to work. To truly find “the best” that Denver has to offer, we will painstakingly review each and every candidate. We’ll ensure the category they were nominated for is a good fit. We’ll also ensure all the location data is up to date in our system.

A note on locations… A single location business is easy. We’ll simply count their votes and reviews for the final score. Multiple location businesses are a bit more complicated. Since the quantity of votes and reviews plays a primary role in who wins Best of Mile High, we didn’t want businesses with multiple locations to have an unfair advantage just because they were bigger. So, we average out the reviews on a per location basis.

This is all part of why it takes so long for us to finalize the nominees. We’ll be working over the Christmas break to get this done as quickly as possible and, hopefully, announce the nominees just after the first of the year.

Thank You!

We couldn’t run these awards without the help of the local community, so thank you very much for your support. And, thank you for your nominations, votes, and reviews!

2023 Nominations Are Now Open!

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“What Makes Best of Mile High the Best?”

Good question. The Best of Mile High Awards aim to recognize the best businesses in the greater Denver area. Using a combination of 5-star reviews, online ratings, and votes, we recognize Denver’s best businesses across over 200 categories. You can read more about how the awards work right here.

No one cares about getting it right more than Best of Mile High™ does, period. We are relentless in our pursuit to find and recognize the best places, companies, and organizations in Denver. We’re able to find the best (with your help) because we do it differently:

  • No pay to play — participation is free. While we couldn’t do it without our sponsors, they are still held to the same scoring standards as any business in Best of Mile High™.
  • You choose the nominees and do the voting, not us.
  • Online reviews help determine the winners.

TL;DR

The Best of Mile High Business Awards take place in three stages — nominations, voting, and reputation scoring.

Phase 1: Nominations

Anyone who lives in the Denver area can nominate a business or organization for Best of Mile High; you can even nominate yourself! Nominations take place online from December 7 – 18, 2022. Remember; the more nominations you get, the better. The top nominees in each region will progress to the voting round.

Phase 2: Voting

After the nominees have been determined and notified, it’s time to get out the vote. The voting period is January 30 – February 15, 2023. Any Denver area resident with a mobile phone can cast their vote for as many categories as they like, but only one vote for each category. Voting is done through our website and ballots are secured through SMS verification.

Every Wednesday during the voting period we’ll be giving away great prizes via our “Hump Day Giveaway”. Those who referred other voters via our voting application will be automatically entered to win; every referred voter is an additional entry.

Phase 3: Reputation

The top vote-getters for each category in their region will move on as finalists. We’ll announce this as soon as we can after tallying and confirming votes. Finalists are then scored for their online reputation. Specifically, we’ll capture the previous 12 calendar months of reviews leading up to February 15, 2023.

Announcing the Winners

Once all the data is in, we’ll announce the winners at our Best of Mile High Awards Ceremony, tentatively scheduled for the evening of April 6, 2023 in the Denver area.


Now let’s kick this party off with some nominations!

Best of Mile High is an awards contest that is owned and operated by Inbound Systems.

Kicking Off Our First Best of Mile High Awards!

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This has been a long, long road for us. We were poised to launch Best of Mile High in 2020, but then we ran into a slight hiccup. Not sure if you heard about it, but there was a little thing called COVID-19 that came along and shut us down for a while.

As the old Heinz Ketchup commercials used to say… good things come to those who wait.

At Inbound Systems, we are happy to announce that the wait is over! Tomorrow we are launching the nomination round of our first-ever Best of Mile High Awards, an annual awards program to highlight and recognize the best companies and places in the Denver area.

With well over 200 categories, we have just about every business-to-consumer niche covered. Some of our more popular categories will include restaurants, auto repair, entertainment spots, health and beauty businesses, and places to shop.

How Does It Work?

Local residents first have the opportunity to nominate their favorite businesses and places in the Denver area. From there, we will narrow it down to the top ten nominees.

Those nominees will again be presented to local residents to vote upon. The top vote-getters will also be scored based on their Google reviews for the last year, as well as their BBB rating to ensure that no bad apples get through.

This will leave us with the top three finalists in each category, from which we’ll announce the winners in April.

We really put these candidates through the ringer because of one simple goal… to reveal the truly best that Mile High has to offer.

Are You a Candidate?

Help get the word out to your customers, family, and friends. The more votes you have, the more likely you will come out a winner.

Just keep in mind that votes aren’t the end-all-be-all. Your Google reviews over the previous twelve months should be as spectacular as possible.

For more information on the awards program, be sure to check out these two pages:

Get Involved!

We operate these awards with a very small team and on a very conservative budget. If you’d like to get involved, the best way to support Best of Mile High is to become a sponsor. The best part is, sponsorships start at just $100!

If interested, please contact us and let us know.