When our employees are happy, our customers are happy. This doesn’t happen by accident. In fact, we’ve made ‘Happiness’ one of our nine company values. Our company culture is not just something we put on a piece of paper. It’s something we live by and that’s why this award is truly an honor to receive.
— Margot Connor, CEO, RoosterBio & 2019 Award Winner

Nominations for the Frederick Best Places to Work
will open again in April of 2020.

All full entries will be scored in May 2020 and winners will be announced at a reception later that summer.

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Visit the Winners page to view the 2019 winners as well as the video for this year that showcased businesses that show “Who’s Having Fun?!”

I am honored and humbled to win the award of “Best Place to Work in Frederick.” Receiving this award gives confirmation that I’m doing it right! We should all set a good example, take care of your employees and give back to your community! Simply put... “treat people the way you want to be treated”
— Jim Bass, CEO, Jim Bass Group of Real Estate Teams, 2019 Award Winner


  1. When are nominations due? Nominations will be open the entire month of April each year. Scoring commences in May and winners announced at a reception over the summer at the Delaplaine.

  2. Do additional nominations increase my company’s chances of winning? No. Winners are not determined by popularity.

  3. Are there any wrong answers? No, there are no wrong answers. Please feel free to share any and all details about company benefits. You never know if adding that extra perk will break a tie during scoring.

  4. When is the next Frederick County Best Places to Work awards event? The next event will be over the summer of 2020. The specific date will be announced next spring.

  5. Is this a family-friendly event? The awards program is a business event that features a reception with beer and wine and an awards ceremony.

  6. Will I be notified if I win? Winners will not be publicly announced until the evening of the awards event. Select winners may be notified in advance so we can prepare for upcoming news stories in featured publications. However, there are surprise awards that are not announced until the ceremony.

  7. Why should I apply? Attracting and retaining talent is important to any successful company. This award provides positive publicity and recognition. It also signals to current and future employees that your company values its workforce.

  8. We won. Now What? Past companies have leveraged their award in creative ways. Some share the news with announcements, print company tee shirts with “Frederick County Best Place to Work” on them for employees, highlight the award on their recruitment page of their website, and more. Finding creative ways to highlight your win is only limited by your imagination.

  9. How many times can my company win the award/how many times can my company apply to win? Once a company wins, that business is not eligible again until 3 years have passed. For example, if a company wins in 2016, they can apply again in 2020. If they win in 2017, they cannot apply again until 2021.