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Readers' Choice
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Best Family-Owned Business
Harmons Grocery
In 1932, Jake and Irene Harmon opened up a fruit stand in West Valley City. Fast forward nearly nine decades and that market has grown into a chain of 20 Harmons Grocery stores across the state run by the founders' grandsons, Bob and Randy Harmon. Although the size has changed, the values have remained the same: a commitment to family, freshness and quality local goods. Multiple locations,
2. Utah Jazz
3. Young Automotive Group

Best Bank for Small Businesses
First Utah Bank
First Utah has been serving the Salt Lake City community since 1978 when it opened its first office on the Wasatch Front. Now with six branches across the valley, First Utah Bank continues to help its community with everything from opening a checking account to expanding a business. The locally owned and operated bank prides itself on knowing its customers and putting their success first. Multiple locations, 801-308-2265,
2. University Federal Credit Union
3. Mountain America Credit Union

Best Business School
David Eccles School of Business
Founded in 1917, the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah is home to 12 centers and institutes that foster an experiential learning ecosystem based on entrepreneurship, technology and innovation. Shaping a community of "doers," the school has helped further some of the brightest minds in business through its comprehensive undergraduate, MBA and specialized master's programs—all supported by career coaches and over 40 student organizations. Spencer Fox Eccles Business Building, 1655 E. Campus Center Drive, 801-581-7676,
2. Marriott School of Business
3. Westminster College

Best Company to Work For
University of Utah Health
With a health care system supported by more than 1,400 board certified physicians and 5,000 professionals, University of Utah Health combines top-tier patient care with the latest in medical research and teaching. The system's five hospitals and 12 community clinics not only provide competent and compassionate care (consistently ranking in the top 10 for quality and accountability among academic medical centers), but also a supportive environment for employees. 50 N. Medical Drive, 801-581-2121,
2. University Federal Credit Union
3. Intermountain Health Care

Best Company that Gives Back
Mountain America Credit Union
It was founded in 1936 with the goal of helping guide people to financial success. In addition to a full suite of services, the not-for-profit financial institution has extended its commitment through higher-education scholarships and grants to support learning-based projects in K-12 classrooms. Mountain America is also dedicated to an array of charities and nonprofits, especially those aimed at improving financial literacy for all. Multiple locations, 1-800-748-4302,
2. Cotopaxi
3. Mark Miller Subaru

Best Made-in-Utah Product
Beehive Cheese
Brothers-in-law Tim Welsh and Pat Ford launched Beehive Cheese in 2005 with a combined eight days of cheesemaking experience between the two of them. Using high-quality milk from Ogden's Wadeland Dairy Farm, the duo locked in their base cheese, Promontory, before experimenting with external rubs on their fromage. The first of many creative concoctions, Barely Buzzed, features a rub of coffee grounds and lavender. It went on to win the Best Flavored Cheddar in America. 2440 E. 6600 South, Ste. 8, Uintah, 801-476-0900,
2. Cox Honey
3. Five Wives Vodka

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Best Local Manufacturer
Black Diamond
Black Diamond moved from Ventura, Calif., to Salt Lake City in 1991—just three years after its founding—to get closer to the recreational opportunities in the Wasatch Mountains. It was at its Utah-based headquarters that the gear company produced its carabiners—one of the products that helped launch its success. 2084 E. 3900 South, 801-278-5533,
2. Huge Brands
3. Klymit

Best Minority-Owned Business
Laziz Kitchen
From moving from Lebanon to Utah in 2006, to becoming a catalyst for marriage equality and now debuting a fresh chapter in his life, Moudi Sbeity, the self-professed "hummus-sexual" co-owner of Laziz Kitchen, knows a thing or two about reinvention. Look no further than the Central 9th haunt for proof. Since its inception, Sbeity has considered Laziz a "gathering space of acceptance, good food and love." The recent addition of drag brunch not only seals the deal, but also transforms the eatery to a fun-filled safe space for diversity and glam. 912 S. Jefferson St., 801-441-1228,
2. Fillings & Emulsions
3. Benji's BBQ Shack

Best Tech Company Instructure
Instructure was created in 2008 to disrupt the current approach to learning management systems, which focused more on administrators than cultivating connections between students and teachers. Its learning management system, Canvas, has become the most widely adopted platform of its kind in North America and is used in more than 70 countries. The creation of Bridge in 2015 launched Instructure into the employee development market. As of 2019, Instructure celebrated capturing more than 30 million global users. 6330 S. 3000 East, Ste. 700, 1-800-203-6755,
2. Domo
3. Pluralsight

Best Trade School
Taylor Andrews Academy
Larry and Sherri Curtis opened their Dallas Roberts Salons in 1987. After growing their small business to three salons, Larry found himself continually disappointed with the quality of new applicants. Taking matters into his own hands, he opened the award-winning Taylor Andrews Academy of Hair Design—named for his younger son—and in 15 years grew his student base to more than 400, spanning West Jordan, Provo and St. George. Multiple locations,
2. Davis Applied Technology College
3. Mountainland Applied Technology College

Best Utah Retailer
Cotopaxi is named for the active stratovolcano in Ecuador, where founder Davis Smith spent many years growing up. Smith eventually moved to the U.S., where he graduated from Brigham Young University and the Wharton School. He went on to found his outdoor gear and apparel company that not only crafts colorful quality goods, but puts 1% of its profits to help fight poverty and promote community development. To date, Cotopaxi has given 42 grants in six countries. Cotopaxi has two retail locations in Salt Lake City and Murray. 74 S. Main, 385-528-0855; 6191 S. Main, Ste. 1480, Murray, 801-406-7919,
2. Black Diamond
3. Black Cat Comics