January 7, 2019
2019 Best of Business Awards

Best of Business: Multimedia experts

The Westborough headquarters of Curry Printing.

Best Commercial Printer

Curry Printing*

Westborough & Worcester, CurryPrinting.com

Top executive: President Peter Gardner

Founded: 1978

Employees: 35

In the early days of Curry Printing nearly four decades ago, the business was a retail copy shop, where people would stop in with photos of what they were looking to have printed out.

Times have changed. And for its survival, so has Curry Printing.

Fewer businesses or individuals are looking to print items these days as more presentations, listings and brochures go online. Because of that, Curry focuses heavily on direct mail for commercial clients and has begun making trade-show displays and other items to adjust.

"What's changed is, everything has," said Peter Gardner, Curry Printing's president who joined the company two years after his brothers bought it in 1981. "We do have to diversify. There's certainly less print now."

The company, which once had four retail shops, eventually outgrew its Worcester operations and moved to a new headquarters in Westborough in 2006. It rarely has customers show up at the door of its Westborough offices or a satellite sales office in Worcester, but instead has a sales staff go out to businesses, including helping customers design their brochures or posters. The company can mail fliers on its own or deliver them to businesses itself.

Curry works with a lot of the area's medical device companies, nonprofits and colleges, and manages the print shop for Assumption College in Worcester.

Curry serves a roughly 50 mile radius from its office and has 35 employees, many of which have been with the company since the start. Gardner attributes Curry's longevity to those longtime employees, the adjustments the company has made and a commitment to growing the business.

"We've always reinvested back into the company," Gardner said.

As for Curry's future, the company has more potential to expand, Gardner said. It is hoping to attract enough additional sales to add a third printing shift at its headquarters. The company has a goal of extending its presence beyond Worcester and the I-495 corridor to include the I-128 belt, which includes a denser cluster of medical device and other large companies.

"We have a lot of room to grow," Gardner said.

Applied Interactive CEO Joshua Rothschild (center) leads a digital presentation in the company's conference room.

Best Web Design Firm

Applied Interactive*

Worcester, appliedinteractive.com

Top executive: President & CEO Joshua Rothschild

Founded: 2008

Employees: 7

Applied combines web design with marketing principles to help clients achieve goals in the most cost-conscious way. The IT firm creates high-quality content for a technical audience and has begun offering services to support client pain points like talent acquisition and training courses.

Notable runners-up: Pagano Media, PENTA Communications

Richard Porter

Best IT Services

Cinch IT, Inc.*

Worcester, www.cinchIT.com

Top executive: President Richard Porter

Founded: 2004

Employees: 28

Cinch has designed its company structure around creating long-term relationships with its clients, including offering technology road maps and proactive support. In 2018, the company opened Cinch University, offering training for clients and employees.

Notable runners-up: ClearCom IT, Machado Consulting

John Guertin, surrounded by his staff, holds the Super Bowl trophy.

Best Video Production

Pagano Media*

Worcester, paganomedia.com

Top executive: President Joe Pagano

Founded: 1981

Employees: 10

With more than 35 years of experience, Pagano understands how to enhance storytelling with the latest digital tools, in order to create engaging results. This latest technology includes augmented reality, virtual reality and digital application development.

Notable runners-up: Davideo, Applied Interactive

Best Awards & Promotional Products

Guertin Graphics and Awards

Worcester, www.guertingraphics.com

Top executive: President John Guertin

Founded: 1987

Employees: 14

Guertin focuses on its dedication and involvement in the Worcester community and uses state-of-the-art equipment to deliver what customers are looking for. The company has added a new sign, more styles of laser-engraved corporate awards and upgrades to its T-shirt and embroidery departments.

Notable runner-up: Engraveables

David Glispin

Best Internet Service Provider

Spectrum Enterprise*

Worcester, enterprise.spectrum.com

Top executive: President & CEO Tom Rutledge

Founded: 1993

Employees: 92,000

Spectrum is part of Fortune 100 company Charter Communications and specializes in serving the needs of large organizations. Spectrum connects business to opportunity by driving growth, maximizing productivity and delivering exceptional experiences.

Notable runner-up: Verizon

Best Sign Company

Sunshine Sign Co., Inc.*

North Grafton, www.sunshinesign.com

Top executive: President & CEO David Glispin

Founded: 1986

Employees: 55

On Sept. 1, Sunshine merged with New England Sign Group to enhance its manufacturing and service capacities.

The culture at the company remains unchanged, as employees work early mornings, evenings and weekends to provide exacting craftsmanship and on-demand customer service.

Notable runners-up: Serrato Signs, Fast Sign

*Repeat winner

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