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About Miami-Dade Favorites




What is Miami-Dade Favorites?

Miami-Dade Favorites invites, engages, and invites you, our audience, to recognize the best businesses, organizations, and people in our area. Our focus is on businesses and professionals who support, serve, and do business in the Miami-Dade area.

Do I Have to Register?

Nomination surveys 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. You may submit your nominees in any given topic area and return to complete the survey any time before the deadline.

Registration may be necessary for 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 Does Nominating Work?

We rely on our audience to supply us with the names of outstanding people, businesses, and establishments in each of the 240+ 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 12 main topic areas (Eat & Drink, Education, Health & Beauty, Home & Garden, Law, Marine, Motors, Real Estate, Services, Shopping, Stay & Play, Things to Do). Nominees should be individuals and businesses that serve the Miami-Dade 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 5PM on Friday, August 11 to add nominations.

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

The nomination period begins at 12PM on Monday, July 31 and ends at 5PM on Friday, August 11.

Business associates and advertisers of the Miami Herald 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 category.

Will Everyone that is Nominated be on the Ballot?

For a category to qualify for the ballot, there must be a minimum of 5 separate businesses that are competing for votes. If someone is nominated in a category that they do not qualify for, we make reasonable accommodations to move the nominee to a similar category. Nominees are moved to the voting ballot.

I’ve Been Nominated, What is Required of Me?

Businesses, organizations, or individuals that are nominated by our audience are placed on our voting ballot after they are verified. Should a business earn enough votes to win, 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. The Miami Herald and its 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, and campaigns are permitted; however, the Miami Herald at its 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 the Miami Herald 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 12PM on Monday, August 28 and ends at 5PM on Friday, September 15.

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 Friday, September 8. All late entries must be emailed to for consideration. 

When will the Winners be Announced?

The names of the winners are posted and announced on Sunday, December 17 online at and honored in our Miami-Dade Favorites special winners magazine. In the event of a tie in any category, more than one winner or runner-up may be awarded.

Miami-Dade Favorites and the unique logos are the property of the Miami Herald and may only be used with express, written permission. Logos are licensed to winners at a marketing spend or direct payment of $1,495 or moreMiami-Dade Favorites merchandise does not count toward the logo license spend.

Questions about Miami-Dade Favorites can be directed to our support desk These are the complete Official Rules. Miami-Dade Favorites is produced by the Miami Herald. Digital experience is powered by Content ©2023 Miami Herald. Technology ©2023, part of NERUS Strategies LLC.

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