Event Date & Time

Thursday, September 23, 2021
11:30am - 1:00pm

Event Location

Grove Lakewood Ranch
10670 Boardwalk Loop, Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202
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About Best Places to Work

Best Places to Work is a survey competition to determine which participants are the best employers in Sarasota & Manatee counties that demonstrate workplace excellence and are known for retaining and recruiting the best and brightest employees! ​

Independent firm Best Companies Group (BCG) determines the selection and ranking and winners are published by the Herald-Tribune. For-profit or nonprofit publicly or privately held entities with a facility in the Sarasota and Manatee area and a minimum of 15 permanent employees working locally are eligible to participate. Contract employees are not included. ​

Companies that choose to participate are assessed on two factors: A questionnaire about company policies, practices, demographics and benefits, and a survey of randomly selected employees at each firm. The employees will respond anonymously to 78 statements on a five-point agreement scale, as well as a handful of open-ended questions and demographic inquiries. ​

Best Companies Group analyzes and ranks participating firms in eight areas: Leadership and planning; corporate culture and communications; role satisfaction; work environment; relationships with supervisors; training, development and resources; pay and benefits; and overall engagement. ​

The Herald-Tribune will recognize the 2021 Best Places to Work in a special section that publishes on Sunday, September 26, 2021. A celebration luncheon will be held in their honor at the Grove Lakewood Ranch on Thursday, September 23, 2021 from 11:30am - 1:00pm. ​

Top Businesses

Atlas Insurance Agency
Ben Brown Insurance Agency
Berlin Patten Ebling, PLLC
Bouchard Insurance, a Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC Company
Children First, Inc
Children's World Uniform Supply and Business World Promo Supply
Community Foundation of Sarasota County
HomeTeam Pest Defense
IAT Insurance
J2 Solutions, Inc.
JMX Brands
Johns Eastern Company, Inc
Jon F. Swift Construction
Neal Communities
PPi Technologies Group
Purmort & Martin Insurance Agency LLC
Sarasota Ford
Stratum Health System
Swor Women's Care
Taylor Morrison
The Florida Center for Early Childhood
The Venice Golf and Country Club
Tidewell Hospice
Walters & Associates, CPAs


Individual Tickets can be purchased online $40pp
Sponsorships are available please email Floridaevents@localiq.com for more details.


This is a banquet style plated lunch event. Lunch includes your selection of: Chicken or Vegetarian/Gluten Free Options.


Parking is plentiful!