The Best of Business Award Program, based out of Pheonix, Ariz. through the Small Business Community Association, is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses.
The Washburn location of the family-owned Aroostook Hospitality Inn was chosen for the award. The inn is owned by Steve and Prudy Dobson of Washburn, who also own the Hospitality Inn in Van Buren.
The award program is similar to a secret shopper program that rates businesses within 20 miles of each other, according to Dobson. Each year, the program identifies companies that have achieved exceptional marketing success in its local community and business category, according to Dobson. The organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations, and other advertising and marketing groups, with a mission to recognize business contributions to the U.S. economy.