The 2018 Voters’ Choice Awards concluded January 12 with our fourth annual awards event, and the results have been posted.
This year’s awards were more competitive than ever before, and we applaud every nominee. The results were determined by less than five votes in more than two dozen categories out of the 147, including Best Bowling, Best Law Firm, Best Nail Salon and Best Museum and Gallery.
Beginning September 19, the people of the Triangle and surrounding areas made nominations to help us find the best of the best in our region and state, and they did not disappoint! After more than 5,000 nominations, nearly 76,000 votes and almost 20,000 participants, we have our go-to guide for 2019. The finalists, honorable mentions and winners have some unique offerings and stories, and they’re a big part of what makes this area so special. A perfect example is the winner of Woman of the Year, Leigh-Kathryn Bonner. Only in her mid-twenties, she has built a business that makes it easy for corporations and office buildings to support some of our favorite pollinators, bees. Her company is set to make $1 million in 2019, and she routinely graces the pages of Forbes and recently spoke at TEDxRaleigh.
Her unique idea has grown beyond what she imagined when she started out in 2014, and the hard work of her and her team has made an incredible impact on our region. The same can be said of our other finalists: having these businesses here makes the Triangle region better, brighter and more appealing.
For our finalists, we hope you’re savoring your accomplishments and spreading the news! You can relive the event by visiting this photo gallery. We have social media graphics below you can share with your followers and post on your website.
We’ll be spotlighting the finalists in some of the most popular categories over the next year in Five Faves articles, so keep an eye on the Entertainment section of WRAL for those!
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We’ll see you this September for an even bigger, better WRAL.com Voters’ Choice Awards!