What Is Best of Sauk Valley?
The 2021 Best of Sauk Valley presented by is a vote based contest focusing on and highlighting the best businesses, companies, groups, locations, items, and services in Sauk Valley.
How Does the Nomination Process Work?
Nominations are provided by the community and after the nomination period is completed the names of nominated businesses, people, and places in each of the 145 categories will be finalized and make up our official 2021 Best Of Sauk Valley voting ballot. At that point our audience is asked to vote on one choice in each category. Per our guidelines, voters are allowed to nominate without limits and once the voting period has begun, one vote per 24 hours is allowed.
Nominees should be individuals and businesses that serve Sauk Valley. Our community and business owners nominate their favorites by selecting one of ten topic areas (Food & Beverage, Lifestyle & Beauty, Home & Garden, Vehicles & Services, Business & Professional Services, General Services, Schools, Shopping & Activities & Entertainment).
To nominate simply enter a name and city in text entry fields. It’s possible, but not required, please provide additional information on the nominee so that we can verify them (Phone number, address, URL). If needed you may return any time before 5:00 PM Central Time, August 11, 2021 to add nominations.
In the event that a business has multiple locations, it will appear as a single nomination for the voting phase. Business associates and advertisers of Regional Media and any other owner affiliated company are not given special treatment or extra votes, including but not limited to our presenting sponsor,
Nominations is not required in all categories within a given topic, but in order to submit the survey users must select the "submit" button on the ballot cart. Nominating a single business in more than one category is permitted provided they meet the requirements in that category or sub-category.
The nomination period begins 12:00 PM Central Time, Wednesday, July 28, 2021 and ends at 5:00 PM Central Time, August 11th, 2021.
Do I Have To Register?
To validate the nomination process, registration and basic information from the submitter is required. However, we do offer you the opportunity to share your name, email, and telephone number with us so that we can keep you up to date on the program throughout the competition. You can submit nominees in any area and complete the survey any time before the deadline.
In an effort to promote fair voting and prevent voter fraud and tampering registration may be necessary for the voting phase. Voters may be asked for their name and email address.
Can I Vote IN person or through a paper ballot ?
No. All voting is done online through our website and links to our voting platform.
Once I've been Nominated, what's next?
Businesses, organizations or individuals that are nominated by the community will be placed on our ballot after they are verified. Should a business earn enough votes to be in the top three they may be required to complete a simple online questionnaire with basic business information including, Name, Location(s), Year Established, Business Hours, Phone Number, Web Address (if any) and submit or make available a photo of the business, organization or individual. There is no cost or obligation to participate in the Best of Sauk Valley program.
DOES EVERY BUSINESS NOMINATED MAKE THE BALLOT?
For a category to qualify for the ballot, there must be a minimum of three (3) separate businesses that are competing in that category for votes. If a category does not qualify, we will make reasonable changes to move the nominee to a similar valid category. Once a category is qualified, we will ballot each individual business that has been successfully nominated.
ARE "WRITE-IN" NOMINATIONS ALLOWED DURING VOTING PERIOD?
Any and All nominations must be verified prior to being placed on the final ballot regardless of category. During the nomination process, we welcome all submissions.
Our ballot is a closed ballot, however; we will consider late entries into an established category by request. All late entries must be received by August 11th, 2021. All late entries must be emailed to for consideration.
How Are Votes Tabulated?
Nominations and votes are totaled by a third party. Regional Media and its affiliates do not know the results of the contest until after the votes are tabulated. In each category, the community votes on their favorite nominee. Voters are permitted to vote in each category once per day. Businesses, organizations, individuals, and schools are encouraged to promote the contest in order to gain nominations and/or votes. Non-Competitive contesting and advertising where voters are offered free items, special items, goods, or services in exchange for votes(quid pro quo) are NOT allowed and risk being disqualified from the ballot. Competitive advertising, and campaigns ARE permitted; however, Regional Media at its sole discretion, reserves the right to exclude from the competition any businesses or individuals that engage in activities intended to “rig” or “fix” the voting process. Votes that are suspected of voter tampering or fraud may be disqualified in the count.
Business associates and advertisers of Regional Media and any other owner affiliated company are not given special treatment, including but not limited to our presenting sponsor, [Main Sponsor].
The regular voting period begins at 12:00 PM Central Time, August 18, 2021 and ends at 12:00 PM Central Time, Sunday, September 1st, 2021.
When Will Winners Be Announced?
The names of the winners will be posted and announced on November 17th, 2021 on the Best of Sauk Valley website. All winners will be honored in our Best of Sauk Valley special winners magazine on November 17th, 2021. In the event of a tie in any category, more than one winner or runner-up may be awarded.