Best of Dayton starts today! How to get involved in this year’s contest

It’s time again to pick the Best of Dayton, which starts today with our nomination period.

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

Here’s what you should know:


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.

Check out our guidelines for more information.

» Nominations: Aug. 8-Aug. 22

» Then, we choose the finalists

» Voting: Sept. 6-26


We have 179 contests this year in nine categories: Around Town, Auto, Beauty & Wellness, Food, Dining & Drinking, Health & Medical, Home Improvement, Professional Services, Recreation and Retail.

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

How to nominate and vote

1. Head to the page with the nomination ballot

2. Scroll down to the contest form

3. Choose a category to start browsing through your options to nominate

4. The first time you go to nominate each day, enter your email address (and don’t forget to check the box for more information so we can keep you updated)

5. Submit your nomination by typing into the box and clicking NOMINATE

How to get information first

We’ll be releasing some information exclusively first throughout the contest in two of our newsletters. Sign up on our newsletters page.

» Dayton Daily News Midday Break

» First to Know

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 nomination and voting tool.

How to get the winners

Our winners will be published on Friday, Oct. 28.

To get the winners first, sign up for two of our email newsletters.

» Dayton Daily News Midday Break

» First to Know

We’ll then put together a special section celebrating the winners that will be distributed in the Dayton Daily News on Sunday, Oct. 30.

Last year’s winners

Looking back at 2021, here’s a look at last year’s winners (we also produced a complete special section celebrating the winners):

All-time winners

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