The 2015 application is now closed. Check out our winners here. If you’re interested in applying in 2016, let us know.

Why Apply?

Reason #1: Business Performance

It's been proven time and time again that top performers are more productive and more satisfied with their jobs. Discover what really drives top performers and how you can attract and retain them within your organization.

Reason #2: Benchmarking with Other Top Local Workplaces

How are you doing in comparison to your neighbor? What are some innovating things local organizations are doing to attract and retain top talent? Apply and find out. Every organization that applies receives a complimentary benchmarking report in October, summarizing their application responses to the other NorthCoast 99 organizations. This tool provides a blueprint on possible workplace initiatives for the short and long term, and also validation for current organizational initiatives.

Reason #3: Important Recruiting Tool

Be a talent magnet!  The NorthCoast 99 award is unique.  It isn’t a popularity contest and it doesn’t just recognize any employer.  We recognize employers that excel at attracting and retaining top performing people Top performers want to work for top organizations.  NorthCoast 99 has connected winners with countless talented and eager job candidates. Being a NorthCoast 99 winner showcases your organization as a great place to work and drives top talent your way.

Reason #4: Valuable Branding Opportunity

NorthCoast 99 winners proudly use the award as a badge of honor for their workplace and their organization. They use the "NorthCoast 99 Winner" badge on marketing collateral, advertising and in recruiting material to promote their organization as a great place to work. In addition, NorthCoast 99 winners are promoted online and in  the local press.

Reason #5: No Cost to Apply

NorthCoast 99 is one of the only programs of its kind in the country to charge no application fees. We're incredibly passionate about collecting quality data and information to help organizations build great places to work, and we don't think you should have to pay take advantage of this valuable information!

Reason #6: One of the top business events of the year

The annual NorthCoast 99 Awards gathers nearly 1,000 of the region's top HR and business professionals for a night of networking unlike any other business event in town. In addition to honoring the winners, the annual event features internationally-known keynote speakers and entertainment from some of the most unique acts around!


To be eligible for the award, your organization must have been in existence for a minimum of three (3) years and have at least 15 full-time equivalent employees in Northeast Ohio. Only employers located in Northeast Ohio are eligible for the award. For the purpose of this award, Northeast Ohio is defined as the 22-county region including the following: Ashland, Ashtabula, Carroll, Columbiana, Crawford, Cuyahoga, Erie, Geauga, Harrison, Holmes, Huron, Lake, Lorain, Mahoning, Medina, Portage, Richland, Stark, Summit, Trumbull, Tuscarawas, and Wayne counties.

No Cost to Apply

ERC (presenter of the NorthCoast 99 Awards) is extremely passionate about helping organizations in Northeast Ohio build better workplaces. As an extension of that passion, we charge no fees to nominate your organization or apply for the award. Plus, all applicants will receive a free detailed report comparing their responses to those of the NorthCoast 99 winners!

Special Awards

If your organization is selected as one of the NorthCoast 99 winners, you may also be selected for one of a number of "Special Awards". Selection is based on your submissions and the awards and award winners will be honored at the NorthCoast 99 Awards Dinner and highlighted in the September issue of Inside-Business Magazine.

Application Timeline

  • The 2015 NorthCoast 99 application is closed.
  • Winners are selected and notified in June
  • Winners are announced to the public in September online and in Inside Business Magazine
  • Winners are recognized at the annual NorthCoast 99 Awards Dinner in September.

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