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Now in its 19th year, the NorthCoast 99 is an annual recognition program that honors 99 employers that excel at the attraction and retention of top performing people in Northeast Ohio.

February 20, 2017: Application period begins
April 28, 2017: Application deadline
June 2017: All winners and non-winners are notified (date TBD)
September 1, 2017: All winners announced to the public!
September 26, 2017: Annual NorthCoast 99 Awards Event
October 2017: All applicants receive complimentary benchmark reports and lithographs will be delivered (date TBD)

To begin the application process, simply follow the instructions on the right to login or create a new account. If you have applied for the NorthCoast 99 Award in the past, you still need to re-enter your company's demographic information.  If you need to reset your password, you can do so from the website.

Please note:  There is a $99 fee due at the time you submit your organization’s NorthCoast 99 application.  Payment will be accepted via Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover. You will not be able to submit your application until payment is received.  Fees are non-refundable and receipts will be provided via e-mail.

All applicants will receive a customized individual benchmark report prepared for your organization, allowing you to compare your results with those of the other applicants and 99 winners.  All applicants will also receive the 2017 NorthCoast 99 Winners’ Report, a comprehensive summary of best practices, benchmark data, stories, examples, and case studies based on data provided by the NorthCoast 99 Winners. These reports are published in the fall.
In addition to the reports described above, winners of the NorthCoast 99 award receive significant branding and promotional support to announce their win, including year-long recognition on the NorthCoast 99 website and recognition in a special NorthCoast 99 supplement to the September issue of Cleveland Magazine.  Also during fall, all winners will receive their hand-delivered custom framed lithograph award, and an optional in-person meeting with our team to review your summary reports. Two complimentary invitations to the exclusive annual awards event (scheduled for September 26, 2017) with the option to purchase additional seats is also offered to all winning organizations. 

If you would like to speak to someone about the award, please contact or 440-684-9700.

The program was developed and is presented by ERC. ERC is a Northeast Ohio-based professional services organization that assists companies with HR Services, soft skills and technical training, compensation surveys, engagement surveys, selection assessments, coaching and health insurance. For more information, visit


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