The Inc. Best in Business awards are back for an even more expansive third year. Once again, we're looking to celebrate companies of all sizes and industries that have made an extraordinary impact in their fields and on society this year. We're looking for businesses that are smart, strategic, leaders in their industries. But more than that, we want to find companies that have heart--and are pouring it into the people and communities around them.

For the 2022 list, Inc. will celebrate even more Best in Business winners across a field of 58 categories. And every business that enters automatically will be considered for Inc.'s prestigious Company of the Year award.

The winners will be honored in the Winter 2022 issue and online at In addition to selecting honorees across more than 40 industries, we'll also be looking for winners by company size, stage, revenue, and region, as well as awarding an all-around General Excellence winner. And be sure to check out some of our new categories this year, which include e-commerce, events and experiential, management consulting, software-as-a-service, sustainability, and more.

Last year's honorees included a startup aiming to fight climate change by making meat from thin air; a company founded by an ex-banker that's helping build affordable housing for public school teachers, a food-ordering platform that gave restaurants a crucial lifeline during the pandemic, and a company with an ambitious plan to fix the healthcare system by making affordable, generic drugs right here in the U.S. Check out the full Best in Business list from 2021 to get a better sense of what we're looking for. Please note: only privately-held, U.S.-based, independent (non-subsidiary) companies are eligible to apply.

Inc.'s team of editors will judge your application based on what kind of positive impact your company had on its industry as well as the specific ways in which it helped the community, the environment, or society at large. You can download a sample of the application questions here.

Ready to tell us why you're the best of the best? You have until August 19 to qualify for the early-rate deadline. Submit your application today.

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