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What is Best of the Willamette Valley?

The 2023 Best of the Willamette Valley presented by Rick's Custom Fencing & Decking invites, engages and allows you, our audience, to recognize the best businesses, organizations and people in our area. Our focus is on businesses and professionals that support, serve and do business in the following counties:

  • Marion

  • Polk

  • Yamhill

  • Linn

Do I Have to Register?

Nomination surveys require registration of basic information from the submitter on the occasion we need to clarify an entry. 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. You may submit your nominees in any given topic area and return to complete the survey any time before deadline.

Registration may be necessary in the voting phase to promote fair voting. You may be asked for your name and email address.

Can I Vote By Paper or in Person?

No. All nominations and voting are done through our website and links to our voting platform.

How Does Nominating Work?

We rely on our audience to supply us with the names of outstanding people, businesses and establishments in each of the 220+ categories. Once the nominees are finalized, our audience is asked to vote on one choice in each category. Per our guidelines, you are allowed to nominate without limits and during voting, vote once every 24 hours.


Our audience and business owners nominate their favorites by selecting one of 11 topic areas (Agriculture, Eat & Drink, Education, Health & Beauty, Home & Garden, Law, Motors, Real Estate, Services, Shopping, and Things To Do). Nominees should be individuals and businesses that serve Marion and Polk counties.

Nominating is as simple as entering a name and city in text entry fields. It’s best, but not required, to provide additional information on the nominee so that we can verify them (Phone number, address, URL). You may return any time before 5:00 PM Pacific Time, Friday, March 03, 2023 to add nominations.


Businesses with multiple locations will appear as a single nomination for the voting phase. Business associates and advertisers of NERUS Strategies, Best of the Willamette Valley and any other owner affiliated company, including presenting sponsor Rick's Custom Fencing & Decking, are not given special treatment.

Users are not required to nominate in all categories within a given topic, but must submit the survey by hitting the "submit" button at the bottom of the survey page. Users are permitted to nominate a single business in more than one category.

The nomination period begins 12:00 PM Pacific Time, Monday, February 20, 2023, and ends at 5:00 PM Pacific Time, Friday, March 03, 2023.

Will Everyone That is Nominated be on the Ballot?

For a category to qualify for the ballot, there must be a minimum of four (4) separate businesses that are competing for votes. If a category is not qualifying, we will make reasonable accommodations to move the nominee to a similar category. Once a category is qualified, we will ballot each individual business that has been nominated.

I’ve Been Nominated, What is Required of Me?

Businesses, organizations or individuals that are nominated by our audience will be placed on our ballot after they are verified. Should a business earn enough votes to be in the top two 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.

How are Votes Tabulated?

In each category, readers vote on their favorite nominee. Readers are permitted to vote in each category once per day. Businesses, institutions, individuals and schools are encouraged to promote the contest in order to gain nominations and/or votes. Competitive advertising, special offers, and campaigns are permitted; however, NERUS Strategies at it’s 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 suspect may be disqualified in the count.

Use of bots, robotic, repetitive, automatic, programmed, vote exchange websites, vote “farming”, scripts or other automated means designed to circumvent “one ballot per person per day” rule, are not allowed. Contestants discovered using these methods for vote acceleration are subject to suspected votes being disqualified without notice, and the jeopardy of the Contestant being completely disqualified and removed from the competition.

Business associates and advertisers of NERUS Strategies, Best of the Willamette Valley and any other owner affiliated company, including presenting sponsor Rick's Custom Fencing & Decking, are not given special treatment.

The regular voting period begins at 12:00 PM Pacific Time, Monday, March 20, 2023 and ends at 5:00 PM Pacific Time, Friday, April 07, 2023.

Can I “Write-In” a Business During Voting?

All nominations have to be verified prior to being placed on the final ballot. 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 Friday, March 31, 2023. All late entries must be emailed to for consideration. 

When Will Winners Be Announced?

The names of the winners are posted and announced Thursday, June 22, 2023 on and honored in our Best of the Willamette Valley special winners' magazine. In the event of a tie in any category, more than one winner or runner-up may be awarded.

Best of the Willamette Valley and the unique logos may only be used with express, written permission. Logos are licensed to winners at a marketing spend or direct payment of $1,095 or more. Best of the Willamette Valley merchandise does not count toward the logo license spend.

Questions about Best of the Willamette Valley be directed to our support desk These are the complete Official Rules. Best of the Willamette Valley is produced and powered by Content ©2023 NERUS Strategies. Technology ©2023, part of NERUS Strategies LLC.

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