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2019 Best Of Business (BOB) Awards

2019 Best Of Business (BOB) Awards

Recognizing the Best of the Best in Coastal Virginia’s Business Community


As a business professional, you want to support fellow leaders and businesses that share your commitment to excellence and your dedication to service. We designed our annual Best Of Business (BOB) Awards to make it simple for you to do so, with an easy-to-reference list highlighting Coastal Virginia’s superstar enterprises and entrepreneurs according to local professionals and reader votes.

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How did we choose the winners?

We invited members of our Coastal Virginia business community to nominate businesses in 86 categories from July 1 to July 30, 2019. We then advanced the businesses with the most nominations to a voting round held Aug. 1 to Sept. 1, 2019 and allowed individuals to vote as often as once per day in any category. Here we feature the businesses with the most votes with rankings of gold, silver and bronze in most categories.

*Indicates Gold winner in multiple subcategories.

 

Business To Business

 

Best Ad and Marketing Agency

Gold
Create/Captivate Digital Marketing
From visionary solo entrepreneurs to small businesses, a variety of organizations turn to Create/Captivate for guidance on and execution of digital marketing communications. Their team members create images and messaging for logos, websites, social media and email campaigns, all designed to grab attention and spark interest.
318 W 21st St., Norfolk. 757-563-3013.
CreateCaptivate.com

Silver
Primm Advertising
ThePrimmCompany.com

Bronze
O’Brien et al. Advertising
OBrienEtAl.com

 

Best Architectural Firm

Gold
HBA Architecture & Interior Design
This Virginia Beach firm thinks equally about the small details and the big picture when planning and designing, keeping what it calls “effective architecture” top of mind during every step—hoping to simultaneously satisfy clients’ needs while complementing the surrounding community and respecting its resources.
One Columbus Center, Suite 1000, Virginia Beach. 757-490-9048.
HBAOnline.com

Silver
VIA Design Architects
VIADesignArchitects.com

Bronze
Retnauer Baynes Architects
RBAPC.com

 

Best Bank for Business

Gold
TowneBank*
For 20 years, TowneBank has dedicated itself to individuals and businesses looking to secure their future with responsible financial backing and advice. The bank has grown to 41 offices in two states since 1999 yet retains its small-town commitment to offering friendly service targeted to individual needs.
TowneBank has locations throughout Coastal Virginia.
TowneBank.com

Silver
Navy Federal Credit Union
NavyFederal.org

Bronze
Southern Bank
SouthernBank.com

 

Best Business Accounting Firm

Gold
Wall, Einhorn & Chernitzer, P.C.
Thirty years of business have been fueled by the confidence this accounting firm instills in its clients. Wall, Einhorn & Chernitzer wants the organizations turning to them for help to believe in the work they do, the advice they offer and the person presenting the guidance.
West Main St., Suite 1200, Norfolk. 757-625-4700.
WEC-CPA.com

Silver
Pro Tax & Accounting LLC
ProTaxLLCVa.com

Bronze
K&M Winslow Associates
KMWinslowAssociates.com

 

Best Business Broker

Gold
Divaris
Divaris embraces a team philosophy, bringing together a group of employees under the direction of a principal. Working as one, the group identifies clients’ needs and pinpoints how to meet them so that results are delivered quickly to save time and maximize investments.
Divaris has locations throughout Coastal Virginia.
Divaris.com

Silver
Virginia Asset Group
VirginiaAssetGroup.com

Bronze
Hampton Roads Business Brokers
MurphyBusiness.com/Hampton-Roads

 

Best Commercial Builder

Gold
Armada Hoffler
Priding itself on repeat business, Armada Hoffler Construction Company has built for a number of the same clients repeatedly throughout its nearly four decades of being in business. Their commitment to quality and flexibility keeps people returning for general contracting, design-build and preconstruction services.
249 Central Park Ave., Suite 300, Virginia Beach. 757-366-4000.
ArmadaHofflerConstruction.com

Silver
S.B. Ballard
SBBallard.com

Bronze
W.M. Jordan
WMJordan.com

 

Best Commercial Insurance Firm (Benefits/Liability)

Gold
Blade Benefit Consulting
Blade Benefit Consulting has handled benefits for companies from its Virginia Beach headquarters for 40 years, providing all the services a business needs to care for their employees, including enrollment services, payroll, pension, insurance brokers and benefits administration. Its goal is to make the benefit delivery process as simple as possible and to communicate clearly with businesses’ employees.
PO Box 1472, Virginia Beach.
BladeBC.com

Silver
Ware Insurance
WareInsurance.com

Bronze
The Colony Group
TheColonyGroup.com

 

Best Commercial Lender

Gold
TowneBank*
TowneBank has locations throughout Coastal Virginia.
TowneBank.com

Silver
Navy Federal Credit Union
NavyFederal.org

Bronze
Old Point National Bank
OldPoint.com

 

Best Commercial Photographer

Gold
Hampton Roads Photography
With more than 50 local businesses ranging from realtors and publishers to restaurants and healthcare organizations relying on Hampton Roads Photography, this creative business captures individual portraits, events, products and scenery in unique ways to draw in viewers. Whether photographing a dancer in motion, a speaker delivering a keynote address or a professional at work in an office, these photographers make every subject a standout.
5773 Arrowhead Drive, Suite 301, Virginia Beach. 757-499-8708.
HamptonRoadsPhotography.com

Silver
Ramone Photography
Ramone.com

Bronze
Bob Harper Photography LLC
BobHarperPhotography.com

 

Best Commercial Plumber

Gold
Mason & Son Plumbing and Heating
Putting the customer first for 50 years, this business started as a father-and-son effort and continues today with a husband-and-wife team supported by top technicians. Every employee is skilled, trained and background-checked to provide service that can be trusted.
13646 Warwick Blvd., Newport News. 757-596-5166.
MasonAndSonPlumbing.com

Silver
Fitch Specialties, LLC
FitchSpecialties.com

Bronze
Michael & Son Services
Service.MichaelAndSon.com

 

Best Property Management Company

Gold
S.L. Nusbaum Realty Co.
After more than 100 years in the business, S.L. Nusbaum knows to prioritize high occupancy, tenant satisfaction, service and cost-containment when it comes to managing properties, whether the property is a commercial building, an apartment complex or a shopping center. They aim to maximize profits for owners by maintaining these priorities.
1700 Wells Fargo Center, 440 Monticello Ave., Norfolk. 757-627-8611.
SLNusbaum.com

Silver
The Franklin Johnston Group
TheFranklinJohnstonGroup.com

Bronze
Pembroke Real Estate
PembrokeRealty.com

 

Best Commercial Real Estate Agent

Gold
JC Wynkoop
Heading up a Wynkoop Realty Group through Re/Max Alliance, JC Wynkoop assists those looking at commercial and residential properties as well as meeting property management needs. He distinguishes his group with loyalty, a boutique-service mindset and an entrepreneurial, creative approach backed with 20 years experience.
4701 Columbus St., Suite 201, Virginia Beach. 757-816-0182.
WynKoopRealty.com. ReMax.com

Silver
Jim Abrams, Abrams Realty
AbramsHomes.com

Bronze
Martin Burwell, Chantel Ray
ChantelRay.com

 

Best Commercial Videographer

Gold
View It Do It
A full video production house, View It Do It can create a video or commercial for your company. Their staff is also available to help companies live stream events or teach a company representative how to live stream on their own so that others can join in meetings and events.
237 Hanbury Road, E. Suite 17–243, Chesapeake. 757-741-8434.
ViewItDoIt.com

Silver
Kevin Makes Sense Media
KevinMakesSense.com

Bronze
Chris Lane Video
ChrisLaneVideo.com

 

Best Corporate Law Firm

Gold
Vandeventer Black LLP*
Founded in 1883, this Norfolk-headquartered law firm has represented thousands of successful cases in many disciplines, including bankruptcy and collections, bankruptcy and creditors’ rights, director and officer liability, eminent domain and land use, intellectual property, labor and employment, maritime and admiralty, professional liability, trust and estate planning and workers’ compensation.
101 West Main St., 500 World Trade Center, Norfolk. 757-446-8600.
VanBlackLaw.com

Silver
Wolcott Rivers Gates
WolcottRiversGates.com

Bronze
Hanger Law
HangerLaw.com

 

Best Corporate Moving Company

Gold
Accurate Installations & Moving Services
This experienced moving company is certified to work with not only businesses but also government identities, moving offices and equipment and setting up in new spaces once all items are securely delivered. Their service area reaches beyond Coastal Virginia and into Richmond and Northern Virginia as well as out of state upon request.
5595 Raby Road, Norfolk. 757-855-2400.
AIMSVa.com

Silver
Two Men and a Truck Virginia Beach
TwoMenAndATruck.com

Bronze
College Hunks Hauling Junk & Moving Virginia Beach
CollegeHunksHaulingJunk.com

 

Best Employment Law Firm

Gold
Vandeventer Black LLP*
101 West Main St., 500 World Trade Center, Norfolk. 757-446-8600.
VanBlackLaw.com

Silver
Wolcott Rivers Gates
WolcottRiversGates.com

Bronze
Foley & Foley, P.C.
FoleyAndFoleyLaw.com

 

Best Engineering Firm

Gold
Speight, Marshall & Francis P.C.
This firm’s desire is to secure repeat clients with above-and-beyond client care and a can-do mentality. Quality is held to the highest standard as team members meet every deadline with innovative designs and solutions to meet clients’ long-term and short-term goals.
1228 Perimeter Pkwy., Virginia Beach.
SMAndF.com

Silver
Clark Nexsen
ClarkNexsen.com

Bronze
Bamforth Engineers + Surveyors, Inc.
Bamforth.com

 

Best General Contractor

Gold
Build America Construction
Early in his career, Build America Construction owner Duane Cotton operated a local HVAC sales and service company and later a company specializing in modular homes and renovations. He grew to become Build America Construction in 2010 and focus on commercial and government building as well as residential homes, including work on a home for the popular Extreme Makeover Home Edition on ABC.
3017 Stratford Drive, Chesapeake. 757-598-1211.
BuildAmericaConstruction.com

Silver
Valor Construction Group
Valor-USA.com

Bronze
Armada Hoffler Construction Company
ArmadaHofflerConstruction.com

 

Best Health Insurance Agency Brokerage

Gold
The Harmond Group
Offering guidance in health, Medicare, dental, life, disability and long-term care insurance, The Harmond Group provides clients with insurance that meets their needs at a competitive price. Their flexible offerings mean they can work with clients who have as few as two employees or those who have hundreds.
5269 Greenwich Road, Suite 200, Virginia Beach. 757-464-9557.
TheHarmondGroup.com

Silver
Blade Benefit Consulting
BladeBC.com

Bronze
The Colony Group
TheColonyGroup.com

 

Best Health Insurance Provider for Businesses

Gold
Beskin-Divers Insurance Group Inc.
As an independent insurance agency, not pledged to any one insurer, this group can turn to a variety of insurers who can offer the best option for an employer. They do so by paying attention to details, understanding their customers’ needs and finding the ideal match for each client.
300 Southport Circle, Virginia Beach. 757-497-1041.
BeskinDivers.com

Silver
Blade Benefit Consulting
BladeBC.com

Bronze
The Colony Group
TheColonyGroup.com

 

Best HR Firm

Gold
Woodard Associates LLC*
Woodard & Associates wants to create better business operations as it strengthens management and employee relationships and implements effective systems. From onboarding employees to communicating policies, the company, led by founder Julie Woodard, provides the services that build trust and confidence in management so that employees feel secure and appreciated. Woodard also assists individuals looking to perfect their job-seeking skills.
757-769-6138.
Woodard-Associates.com

Silver
Principle Strategies
PrincipleStrategies.com

Bronze
Gere Consulting Associates
GereConsulting.com

 

Best Independent Insurance Agency

Gold
Bruce Laderberg Insurance
Bruce Laderberg’s mission is to provide counseling and advice to clients to help them choose the products that will best protect them and their families. His advice is the same he would give to his own family. He is free to choose the carrier for each individual’s needs, working for the client, and not one insurance company.
5215 Colley Ave., Norfolk. 757-965-7700.
LaderbergInsurance.com

Silver
J Richard Braun Insurance
Agency.Nationwide.com

Bronze
Dominion Financial Solutions
DominionWins.com

 

Best Intellectual Property Law Firm

Gold
Vandeventer Black LLP*

101 West Main St., 500 World Trade Center, Norfolk. 757-446-8600.
VanBlackLaw.com

Silver
Willcox Savage
WillcoxSavage.com

Bronze
Peter J. Van Bergen, Patent Attorney
PeterVanBergen.com

 

Best IT Company

Gold
NetTek
NetTek formed 29 years ago after its leaders recognized small- and medium-sized businesses’ needs for technology services. These needs have only grown over the years as technology dominates many aspects of business and NetTek has been able to meet them, from data cabling and complex network migrations to managed services and cloud computing.
2415 Almeda Ave., Norfolk. 757-321-4000.
NetTek.com

Silver
Electronic Systems, Inc.
ESI.net

Bronze
MI Technical Solutions
MITechnicalSolutions.com

 

Best Landscaping/Lawn Care Service

Gold
Earthscapes Lawn & Land Services
A family started Earthscapes over 25 years ago and today the two founding twin sons remain committed to treating every customer as a cherished member of their extended family. In addition to their business experience garnered at a young age, the twins each earned a degree in horticulture and lawn maintenance and continue to educate themselves on the newest and best techniques.
3112 Beachmont Ave., Norfolk. 757-395-4306.
EarthscapesVB.com

Silver
Agronomic Lawn Management
FertilizeWithALM.com

Bronze
Basnight Land & Lawn
BasnightLandAndLawn.com

 

Best Law Firm Overall

Gold
Vandeventer Black LLP*
101 West Main St., 500 World Trade Center, Norfolk. 757-446-8600.
VanBlackLaw.com

Silver
Wolcott Rivers Gates
WolcottRiversGates.com

Bronze
Phillips & Peters, PLLC
PhillipsPetersLaw.com

 

Best Life Insurance Provider

Gold
Dominion Financial Solutions
Dominion Financial Solutions understands that each person and business’ needs are unique, and they wish to learn about those needs and objectives before recommending strategies. They set aside time to listen to prospective clients and pinpoint concerns before making recommendations that can bring about beyond-expectation results.
521 Old Great Neck Road, Suite 3, Virginia Beach. 757-631-0700.
DominionWins.com

Silver
Blade Benefit Consulting
BladeBC.com

Bronze
The Colony Group
TheColonyGroup.com

 

Best Locally Owned Office Furniture

Gold
Total Business Solutions, Inc.*
In 1988, owner John Tuttle, Sr. created a company to assist businesses with a variety of needs. With a focus on gaining clients’ trust, and a desire to provide quality products and services, Total Business Solutions grew from a home-based business to a top business in Portsmouth. Their extensive services include office furniture consultations and 3D-renderings to help customers see how new furniture will work in various settings.
3413 Griffin St., Portsmouth. 757-398-8312.
TotalBusinessSolutions.com

Silver
Office Furniture Outlet
OFOVa.com

Bronze
Willis Furniture
WillisFurniture.com

 

Best Luxury Auto Dealership

Gold
Mercedes-Benz of Virginia Beach a Charles Barker Family
Part of the Charles Barker company, this Mercedes-Benz dealer wants every customer to be empowered with knowledge and to trust their sales team. From the first visit to follow-up service, each customer should feel that they’ve been efficiently assisted and leave confident in the car they drive and its reliability.
4949 Virginia Beach Blvd., Virginia Beach. 757-499-3771.
MercedesBenzOfVirginiaBeach.com

Silver
Charles Barker Lexus Virginia Beach
CharlesBarkerLexusVirginiaBeach.com

Bronze
Checkered Flag BMW
BMW.CheckeredFlag.com

 

Best Mortgage Lender

Gold
Old Point National Bank
Old Point National Bank assists customers locally and nationwide with home loan and refinancing needs. They offer transparent information and communication and responsible lending through a variety of loans, fixed-rate mortgages, adjustable-rate mortgages, FHA loans, VA loans, USDA loans, jumbo loans, state-specific bond programs and renovation loans.
Old Point National Bank has locations throughout Coastal Virginia. 757-769-7169.
OldPoint.com

Silver
The Elite Team powered by Tidewater Mortgage Services, Inc
TidewaterMortgage.com

Bronze
TowneBank Mortgage
TowneBankMortgage.com

 

Best Office Cleaning Service

Gold
Davis Professional Services
As a woman-owned commercial janitorial business in Coastal Virginia, Davis Professional Services uses the most up-to-date software and technology to clean and manage services for commercial clients. They aim to provide top-quality cleaning at affordable prices with customer-specific services delivered by highly trained staff members.
820 Greenbrier Circle, Unit 18, Chesapeake. 757-431-1344.
DavisProServ.com

Silver
Domestic Divas
CleaningGoddess.com

Bronze
Dust Bunnies of Hampton Roads
DustBunniesHR.com

 

Best Office Designer

Gold
Total Business Solutions, Inc.*
3413 Griffin St., Portsmouth. 757-398-8312.
TotalBusinessSolutions.com

Silver
Office Furniture Outlet
OFOVa.com

Bronze
RRMM Architects
RRMM.com

 

Best Payroll Services

Gold
Pay Day Payroll
Founder Andy Kline started his business doing tax returns back in 1985 and later found himself helping a client with payroll. From there, he grew to help clients nationwide, added a location in Florida and recruited family members to be part of his business, which now offers a variety of human resource services.
6465 College Park Square, Suite 200, Virginia Beach. 757-523-0605.
PayDayPayroll.com

Silver
ADP
ADP.com

Bronze
Pro Tax and Accounting
ProTaxLLCVa.com

 

Best Real Estate Law Firm

Gold
Vandeventer Black LLP*
101 West Main St., 500 World Trade Center, Norfolk. 757-446-8600.
VanBlackLaw.com

Silver
Wolcott Rivers Gates
WolcottRiversGates.com

Bronze
Virginia Beach Law Group
VaBeachLawGroup.com

 

Best Staffing Company

Gold
Arvon Staffing
With two locations, Arvon helps both jobseekers and employers. Their job board and coaching services assists those looking for employment, and their marketing skills and extensive network support businesses looking for high-achieving individuals to hire. Save time and resources by asking Arvon to do the hard work of building a new career or improving a business with top staffers.
5544 Greenwich Road, Suite 102, Virginia Beach. 757-499-9900. 714 J. Clyde Morris Blvd., Suite 130, Newport News. 757-595-5551.
Arvon.com

Silver
Priority Staffing
Priority-Staffing.com

Bronze
Aerotek
Aerotek.com

 

Best Tax Law Firm

Gold
Vandeventer Black LLP*
101 West Main St., 500 World Trade Center, Norfolk. 757-446-8600.
VanBlackLaw.com

Silver
Wolcott Rivers Gates
WolcottRiversGates.com

Bronze
Kaufman & Canoles
KaufCan.com

 

Best Telecommunications Provider

Gold
Segra (formerly Lumos)
Segra strives to change the image of telecommunications by offering great customer service. They’ve recently re-engineered their operations to be customer-centered, prioritizing listening and respecting every customer. In addition, they’re building an improved infrastructure designed for the future of many different industries, including healthcare, finance and manufacturing.
800-686-7671.
Segra.com

Silver
Verizon
VerizonWireless.com

Bronze
Cox Business
Cox.com

 

Best Title Company

Gold
First Settlement Title & Escrow Company
In partnership with Fidelity National Title Insurance Company, this Virginia Beach company provides title and escrow services to those looking for an experienced and knowledgeable company. They educate clients on the need to protect themselves and secure the correct documents and accounts to contain their risk.
200 Bendix Road, Suite 220, Virginia Beach. 757-554-0234.
Facebook.com/FSTECVA

Silver
Title Concepts LLC
VaTitleGirl.com

Bronze
Priority Title & Escrow
PriorityTitleUS.com

 

Best Wealth Management/Financial Planning Company

Gold
Five Rings Financial Brinkman Group
This team understands that preparing for your financial future is one of the most important steps. They look for strategies to minimize taxes and create lifetime income so that you can enjoy your life now and into the future, while also securing your family’s stability in the days to come.
575 Lynnhaven Parkway, Suite 278, Virginia Beach. 757-750-1555.
FiveRingsFinancial.com

Silver
Korving & Company
KorvingCo.com

Bronze
Dominion Financial Services
DominionFinancial.org

Best Web Development

Gold
DelMar New Media
Two simple words summarize this company’s philosophy: Beauty and brains. Their leaders see those two elements as the keys to an effective website, one that grows your business, and work in partnership to develop a stunning look that shows off your brand online and delivers the results you’re looking for.
1436 S Independence Blvd., Suite 220, Virginia Beach. 757-932-7400.
DelMarNewMedia.com

Silver
MI Technical Solutions
MITechnicalSolutions.com

Bronze
TechArk Solutions
GoTechArk.com

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