Best of Dayton: How to get involved in this year’s contest

It’s time again to pick the Best of Dayton.

The Best of Dayton contest presented by the Dayton Daily News and is back for the ninth year of celebrating the best, brightest and most important things in the area.

You can once per day per subcategory through Friday, July 5.

Here’s what you should know:

CLICK HERE TO VOTE in this year’s contest


The contest will have a nomination period, for you to submit any people or businesses you’d like, followed by a voting period after a list of finalists is selected in each category.

The number of nominations a person or business receives will heavily determine the list of finalists.

• Nominations: May 13-24

• Then, we choose the finalists

Voting: June 17-July 5

• Winners announced: Friday, Aug. 9

• Special section published in the Dayton Daily News: Sunday, Aug. 11


We have more than 150 subcategories this year in nine categories: Around Town, Auto, Beauty & Wellness, Food, Dining & Drinking, Health & Medical, Home Improvement, Professional Services, Recreation and Retail.

There are nearly three dozen new categories this year, so be sure to explore all of your options on the ballot.

How to vote

Head to the page with the voting ballot

• Scroll down to the contest form

• Select one of the 9 overall categories you’d like to explore (Auto, Beauty & Wellness, etc.)

• Click on the subcategory on which you’d like to vote

• Choose your vote in that subcategory

• You can click “Choose New Category” to go back to the beginning or the button for the next subcategory

• When you’re done, click “Submit Voting Ballot”

• If you have not previously verified your email address, you will be sent a six digit code. Enter this code in the provided field below to complete the verification process.

How to get winners first

We’ll be releasing some information exclusively first throughout the contest in one of our newsletters. Sign up to get the winners before anyone else:

Sign up for the Dayton Daily News Morning Briefing

Where to get more information

All things about Best of Dayton are at and

We’ll also be releasing information daily on our social media channels.

Dayton Daily News: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter Facebook | Instagram | Twitter

How to promote yourself or your business

We’ve put together a website that people and businesses can use for information and tips about how to promote themselves in the contest.

Click here to visit that website, which includes:

• Downloadable logos and graphics

• Suggested language for social media posts

• A form to contact us for more information

How to advertise

Do you want to advertise to promote yourself or your business in Best of Dayton?

Click here to submit your information to us and get started in connecting your logo to our voting tool.

Last year’s winners

Looking back at 2023, here are the winners:

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