We know this is a busy time of year, but we have a special request to add to your to-do list: Vote for the companies, organizations and individuals you feel represent the Best of Michigan.

Our annual awards ballot has just gone live, and we hope you’ll take a minute to submit yours. Each year we’ve accrued a voting record that beat the previous year by a wide margin, and we’d like to see that trend continue in 2017.

Each year we re-evaluate the category list to ensure it aligns with industry trends in our state. We’ve added a few new categories this year: Best Band, Best Conference/Convention Center, Best Distillery, Best Renovation all have joined the list. In addition, we broke the CVB category into two, so that bureaus serving smaller population areas compete against each other, but not against the heavy regional hitters.

We used the same ballot format as the last two years, prepopulated with last year’s top picks, listed alphabetically, as well as additional contenders we felt warranted inclusion. At the top of each category is a place to write in your choice, if you don’t see it as an option.

Ballots must contain votes in at least 10 categories in order to be counted. This is to avoid vote-stacking and help ensure that votes are indeed coming from our readers and/or people knowledgeable about the industry.

So get voting, people! As always, the winners will be announced in May at our Readers’ Choice Awards party, to be held at the City Opera House in beautiful Traverse City. We hope you’ll start planning your trip.

Vote here!

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