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What is Best of the Capital?

Best of the Capital 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 Springfield area.

Do I Have to Register?

When submitting nominations we require registration of basic information from the submitter on the occasion we need to clarify an entry. We offer you the opportunity to share your name and email with us so that we can keep you up to date on the program.


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 link to our voting platform.

How Do Nominations Work?

We rely on our audience to supply us with the names of outstanding people, businesses and establishments in each of the 200+ 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 9 topic areas: Agriculture, Eat & Drink, Education, Health & Beauty, Home & Garden, Motors, Services, Shopping, and Things To Do. Nominees should be individuals and businesses that serve the Springfield area.

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, Friday April 14, 2023 to add nominations.

Businesses with multiple locations will appear as a single nomination for the voting phase, unless otherwise specified by the business.

Business associates and advertisers of Capitol Radio Group and any other owner-affiliated company are not given special treatment, including but not limited to our presenting sponsor.

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

The nomination period begins 12:00 PM, Monday, April 3, 2023, and ends at 05:00 PM, Friday, April 14, 2023.

Will Everyone that is Nominated be on the Ballot?

For a category to qualify for the ballot, there must be a minimum of 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?

Nominations and votes are tabulated by a third-party. Capitol Radio Group and it's affiliates do not know the results of the contest until after the votes are tabulated. In each category, our audience votes on their favorite nominee. You 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, campaigns are permitted; however, Capitol Radio Group 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 Capitol Radio Group and any other owner-affiliated company are not given special treatment, including but not limited to our presenting sponsor.

The regular voting period begins at 12:00 PM, Monday, May 1, 2023 and ends at 5:00 PM, Friday, May 19, 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 May 12, 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, July 20, 2023 online at and honored in our Best of th Capital special winner's magazine. In the event of a tie in any category, more than one winner or runner-up may be awarded.

Best of the Capital and the unique logos are property of the Capitol Radio Group and may only be used with express, written permission. Logos are licensed to winners at a marketing spend or direct payment of $950 or more. Best of the Capital merchandise does not count towards the logo license spend.

Questions about Best of the Capital can be directed to our support desk using our contact form or at These are the complete Official Rules. Best of the Capital is produced by the Capitol Radio Group. Digital experience is powered by Content ©2023 Capitol Radio Group. Technology ©2023, part of NERUS Strategies LLC.

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