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Best of Northwest Arkansas Official Rules

The Best of Northeast Arkansas invites, engages and allows you, our audience, to recognize the best businesses, organizations and people in our area. Jonesboro Radio Group restricts winners to businesses physically located in one of the following Arkansas counties:

  • Clay

  • Craighead

  • Crittenden

  • Cross

  • Fulton

  • Greene

  • Independence

  • Izard

  • Jackson,

  • Lawrence

  • Mississippi

  • Poinsett

  • Randolph

  • Sharp

  • Do I Have to Register to Nominate?
    Nomination submissions require registration of basic information from the submitter for when we need to clarify an entry. We do offer you the opportunity to share your name and email with us so that we can keep you up to date on the program.​ Nominations take place at VoteNEA.com Registration may be necessary for the voting phase to promote fair voting. You may be asked for your name and email address. The nomination period begins Monday, January 22, 2024, and ends Friday, February 2, 2024.
  • How Does Nominating Work?
    The nomination period takes place at votenea.com starting on Monday, January 22, 2024, and ends Friday, February 2, 2024. We rely on our audience to supply us with the names of outstanding people, businesses and establishments in over 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, you can vote once every 24 hours. Our audience and business owners nominate their favorites by selecting one of nine topic areas (Agriculture, Eat & Drink, Education, Health & Beauty, Home & Garden, Motors, Professional Services, Shopping, and Things To Do). Nominees should be individuals and businesses that serve Craighead county and the surrounding areas. ​ 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 p.m. Friday February 2, 2024 to add nominations. ​ Businesses with multiple locations will appear as a single nomination for the voting phase. Business associates and advertisers of Jonesboro Radio Group, Best of Northeast Arkansas 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 within a given topic, but must submit the survey by hitting the "submit" button at the bottom of the survey page. Users are permitted to nominate a single business in more than one category. ​ Voting will also take place at votenea.com.
  • When do Nominations and Voting Start?
    Nominations and voting take place online at VoteNEA.com
  • Will Everyone that is Nominated be on the Ballot?
    For a category to qualify for the ballot, there must be a minimum of four (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. Don't forget to download your free promotional assets to use on your website, social media, and place of business to help promote yourself to customers and friends as a nominee during the voting period!
  • Can I Submit a Late Nomination?
    All nominations have to be verified prior to being placed on the final ballot. During the nomination process, we welcome all submissions. The nomination period begins Monday, January 22, 2024, and ends Friday, February 2, 2024. ​ Our ballot is a closed ballot, once nominations are closed, we do not accept any further nominations for the ballot.
  • How are Votes Tabulated?
    The regular voting period begins on Monday, February 19, 2024, and ends on Friday, March 2, 2024. Nominations and votes are tabulated by a third-party. Jonesboro Radio Group and it's affiliates do not know the results of the contest until after the votes are tabulated. In each category, readers vote on their favorite nominee. Readers 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, and campaigns are permitted; however, Jonesboro 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 Jonesboro Radio Group, Best of Northeast Arkansas and any other owner-affiliated company are not given special treatment, including but not limited to our presenting sponsor.
  • When will Winners be Announced?
    The names of the winners will be posted and announced on Thursday, May 9, 2024 on BestofNEA.com and honored in our Best of Northeast Arkansas special winner's magazine. In the event of a tie in any category, more than one winner or runner-up may be awarded.
  • I'm a Winner. How do I Get the Official Winner Logo?
    Best of Northeast Arkansas and the unique logos are the property of the Jonesboro Radio Group and may only be used with express, written permission. Logos are licensed to winners at a marketing spend or direct payment of $1,095 or more. Best of Northeast Arkansas merchandise does not count toward the logo license spend.

Questions about Best of Northeast Arkansas can be directed to our support desk support@bestofnea.com. These are the complete Official Rules. Best of Northeast Arkansas is produced by the Jonesboro Radio Group.

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