The 2014 application is now closed! The 2015 application will be open in February.

How to Apply

Step 1: Register Your Organization

You (or someone from your HR, Marketing, or Leadership team) will need to register your organization.

Step 2: Policy Submission

You will be required to submit 10 common policies for your organization to be considered for the NorthCoast 99 Award, which are described within the application. Please note that the policies must be submitted even if your organization applied in past years.

New-Hire Survey

You need to select three (3) employees hired by your organization in the previous year and employed in Northeast Ohio to complete a short online survey regarding their perceptions of your organization’s recruiting, selection, new-hire engagement, and on-boarding initiatives.

Top Performer Engagement Survey

You need to select a group of top performers within your organization to complete an online survey that measures their engagement with your organization. The number of required participants depends on the number of people your organization employs in Northeast Ohio.

# of Employees Participants Required
1-50 10
51-100 20
101-250 30
Over 250 50

Top Performer Workplace Practices Audit

You (or someone from your HR, Marketing, or Leadership team) need to complete a comprehensive online questionnaire that asks for detailed information about your organization's policies and practices in the areas of recruiting and selection; compensation, benefits, and rewards; training and development; and culture, leadership, and innovation.

Because of the level of detail required to complete the application, we highly encourage members of your organization's Leadership, HR, or Marketing teams to participate in the process. If you believe your organization should apply but are not a part of those teams, please click here to nominate your employer for the NorthCoast 99 award.


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 2014 NorthCoast 99 application is now closed.
  • Winners were selected and notified in June
  • Winners were announced to the public in September online and in Inside Business Magazine
  • Winners will be recognized at the annual NorthCoast 99 Awards Dinner in September 2014.

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