Overview

The Circles of Excellence (formally known as the VE Top 50) is a composite method to identify the top firms in the VE program by measuring engagement and achievement of targeted initiatives throughout the year. The Circles of Excellence will recognize and highlight top firms in the VE program each year. This year’s Circles of Excellence will recognize Gold, Silver, and Bronze firms that meet the parameters as outlined in the list.

The results are cumulative. If your firm did not make the distinguished firms list, do not give up! There are several opportunities each period to move up the list. The CoE is designed to track progress over time and recognize overall engagement and achievement.

Firms will be able to access their Circles of Excellence report and monitor their status on the Hub throughout the year.

Find out more about each period’s parameters and deadlines by clicking into each period.

SY 2023-24 ANNUAL ACTIVITIES CALENDAR

Period 1 (August 2023 - October 2023)

Cutoff for the period is October 31, 2023

Maximum Points for the Period = 5 

List of Round 1 distinguished firms to be published November 2023

CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT HOW TO EARN POINTS FOR PERIOD 1
  • Completed annual Business Registration Form
  • Participation in the National Elevator Pitch Competition
  • Proof of social media creation
  • Loan Application and/or Angel Investors and/or Bank Balance of $150,000 or more
  • Submitted a Lease Agreement with signatures

Period 2 (November 2023 - December 2023)

Cutoff for the period is December 31, 2023

Maximum Points for the Period = 14

List of Round 2 distinguished firms to be published January 2024

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  • Participated in at least one trade show (Regional or National in Nov/Dec)
  • Participated in the National Company Branding Competition
  • Submitted the Executive Summary for the Business Plan Competition
  • Processed at least one Payroll (Nov/Dec)
  • Processed at least one Rent payment (Nov/Dec)  
  • Processed at least one Utilities payment (Nov/Dec) 
  • Evidence of student transactions (purchases made from student accounts)
  • Evidence of QuickBooks account setup
  • Submitted the 941 Withholding Payroll Tax Form  (Nov/Dec)
  • Processed the 941 Remittance payment (Nov/Dec)
  • Developed a Risk Management plan
  • Established a Corporate Social Responsibility policy
  • Proof of purchased merchandise to sell or purchase of supplies to make products
  • Processed payment for General Liability or Workers Compensation insurance

Period 3 (January 2024 - February 2024)

Cutoff for the period is February 29, 2024

Maximum Points for the Period = 15

List of Round 3 distinguished firms to be published March 21, 2024

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  • Participated in at least one trade show (Regional or National in Jan/Feb)
  • Submitted the Board of Directors Quarterly Report for Q3 (from Nov to Jan)
  • Participated in a local or regional round of the Business Plan Competition
  • Participated in a local or regional round of the FIN, HR, or MRK competitions
  • Participated in the National E-Commerce Website Competition 
  • Participated in the National Video Commercial Competition 
  • Processed at least one Payroll (Jan/Feb)
  • Processed at least one Rent payment (Jan/Feb)
  • Processed at least one Utilities payment (Jan/Feb)
  • Proof of sales made by the firm to individuals or other VE businesses
  • Evidence of student transactions (purchases made from student accounts) during the period Jan 1 to Feb 29
  • Submitted the 941 Withholding Payroll Tax Form (Jan/Feb)
  • Processed the 941 Remittance payment (Jan/Feb)
  • Submitted the Sales Tax Form (Jan/Feb)
  • Processed the Sales Tax payment (Jan/Feb)

Period 4 (March 2024 - April 2024)

Cutoff for the period is April 30, 2024

Maximum Points for the Period = 18

List of Excellence firms (Gold, Silver, and Bronze circles) to be published May 2024

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  • Participated in at least one trade show (Regional or National in Mar/Apr)
  • Submitted a written business plan
  • Qualified for the National Business Plan Competition
  • Received Top 20 Recognition for the National Business Plan Competition
  • Qualified for the National Marketing Competition
  • Qualified for the National Human Resources Competition
  • Qualified for the National Finance Competition
  • Processed at least one Payroll (Mar/Apr)
  • Processed at least one Rent payment (Mar/Apri)
  • Processed at least one Utilities payment (Mar/Apr)
  • Proof of sales made by the firm to individuals or other VE businesses
  • Evidence of student transactions (purchases made from student accounts) during the period Mar 1 to Apr 30
  • Submitted 941 Withholding Payroll Tax Form (Mar/Apr)
  • Processed 941 Remittance payment (Mar/Apr)
  • Submitted the Sales Tax Form (Mar/Apr)
  • Processed the Sales Tax payment (Mar/Apr)
  • Used TurboTax to file 1040 Income Tax Form
  • Completed at least one international transaction (incoming only)

Period 5 (May 2024)

Cutoff for the period is May 31, 2024

Maximum Points for the Period = 3

Final list of Excellence firms (Gold, Silver, and Bronze circles) to be published June 2024

CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT HOW TO EARN POINTS FOR PERIOD 5
  • Submitted an Annual Report
  • Submitted the 1120 Corporate Tax Form
  • Participated in the National Company Newsletter Competition

Circles of Excellence Period 2 Results

FirmSchool NameRegionPF CodeCircles of Excellence Status
4ever FanPITTSFORD SUTHERLAND HIGH SCHOOLNortheastUS015578Gold
A Helping HandWest Hempstead Secondary SchoolLong IslandUS011879Gold
AdastraStoney Creek High SchoolMidwestUS012581Gold
Apex JewelryNeuqua Valley High SchoolMidwestUS015391Gold
At Your ServiceWest Hempstead Secondary SchoolLong IslandUS01145Gold
Baby BloomIN-Tech AcademyNYCUS015561Gold
Brook Street BakerySAYVILLE HIGH SCHOOLLong IslandUS015457Gold
Cafe FusionWILLIAM FLOYD HIGH SCHOOLLong IslandUS015412Gold
CatalystNeuqua Valley High SchoolMidwestUS012491Gold
Charge CaddyMontville Township High SchoolNew York MetroUS015343Gold
Clean CravingsPITTSFORD-MENDON HIGH SCHOOLNortheastUS015566Gold
Clever ContraptionsSt Charles East High SchoolMidwestUS06347Gold
Core Inc.Timothy Christian High SchoolMidwestUS061860Gold
CorrecxRocky Point High SchoolLong IslandUS015528Gold
Cultural ConnectionSouth Granville High SchoolSouthUS015369Gold
DentafineVR Eaton High SchoolSouthUS015235Gold
DreamCleanThe Academy of Mathematics, Science & EngineeringNew York MetroUS015349Gold
Dried DelightsSyosset High SchoolLong IslandUS015405Gold
Dynamic 5olesWilliam Cullen Bryant HSNYCUS015573Gold
Ear 2 HearGranville Central High SchoolSouthUS014645Gold
Eco-Sports & LifestyleFlushing High SchoolNYCUS01252Gold
EcostitchAdams High SchoolMidwestUS015120Gold
Ess-EnergyCoral Springs Charter SchoolSouthUS015363Gold
Esscentials AromatherapySyosset High SchoolLong IslandUS015510Gold
Fit FusionSpartanburg High SchoolSouthUS014518Gold
FleurPlanBrooklyn Technical High SchoolNYCUS015435Gold
FusionRiverside High SchoolSouthUS015218Gold
GenzuranceHarry S Truman High SchoolNYCUS015141Gold
Green $capeGranville Central High SchoolSouthUS06242Gold
Heart Break Rage RoomMontclair HighWestUS015254Gold
HELPRLegacy Magnet AcademyWestUS015125Gold
InVisionMontville Township High SchoolNew York MetroUS015344Gold
IrisAnn Arbor Skyline High SchoolMidwestUS015471Gold
JanusEdward R. Murrow High SchoolNYCUS015479Gold
Job OracleArchbishop Molloy High SchoolNYCUS012632Gold
JobLincAbraham Lincoln High SchoolNYCUS01295Gold
LearnifiEdward R. Murrow High SchoolNYCUS015474Gold
Lightning InsuranceRoy C. Ketcham High SchoolNew York MetroUS012662Gold
MAIAAcademy of Finance and EnterpriseNYCUS015565Gold
Melting PintFort Hamilton High SchoolNYCUS015520Gold
Metaphor Inc.Blackman High SchoolSouthUS01509Gold
Monstr CookiesCARLE PLACE MIDDLE SENIOR HIGH SCHOOLLong IslandUS015543Gold
Nature NooksLawrence County High SchoolSouthUS013134Gold
NYC PIZZAPort Richmond High SchoolNYCUS01OFFGold
OasisMetea Valley High SchoolMidwestUS061218Gold
OH!SIPHampton Bays School DistrictLong IslandUS015505Gold
PantheonRochester High SchoolMidwestUS015162Gold
PetPointRobbinsville High SchoolNew York MetroUS041309Gold
Port & CoNorthport High SchoolLong IslandUS015303Gold
ProChoHightstown High SchoolNew York MetroUS015477Gold
Protectors Insurance CompanySAYVILLE HIGH SCHOOLLong IslandUS015670Gold
PrushVR Eaton High SchoolSouthUS015237Gold
QuisineJohn Jay Senior High SchoolNew York MetroUS015603Gold
Re:StartBrooklyn Technical High SchoolNYCUS015434Gold
RefillHERRICKS HIGH SCHOOLLong IslandUS015393Gold
RefreshHERRICKS HIGH SCHOOLLong IslandUS015183Gold
RestorationHERRICKS HIGH SCHOOLLong IslandUS015182Gold
ReVino EssentialsStockdale HighWestUS015345Gold
ReviveLYNBROOK SENIOR HIGH SCHOOLLong IslandUS015506Gold
RizilientNew Dorp High SchoolNYCUS014809Gold
SafeNet InsuranceYeshivah of Flatbush Joel Braverman High SchoolNYCUS015165Gold
Ship'N ScoopsOceanside High SchoolLong IslandUS015398Gold
Shore2ShoreSAYVILLE HIGH SCHOOLLong IslandUS015456Gold
Smart ScentsSyosset High SchoolLong IslandUS015501Gold
SoteriaWesthampton Beach High SchoolLong IslandUS015337Gold
SummitNeuqua Valley High SchoolMidwestUS013489Gold
Sweets on the StreetSUSAN E WAGNER HIGH SCHOOLNYCUS015522Gold
TempusPAUL D SCHREIBER SENIOR HIGH SCHOOLLong IslandUS011897Gold
The Animal Kingdom, Inc.Loretto High SchoolSouthUS01125Gold
The Zone: Ping PongFountain Valley High SchoolWestUS015606Gold
Tidy-TechAcademy of Finance and EnterpriseNYCUS015564Gold
Torn n WornBrooklyn Technical High SchoolNYCUS015436Gold
Triple ZHERRICKS HIGH SCHOOLLong IslandUS015420Gold
Tru. NutritionAnn Arbor Skyline High SchoolMidwestUS015470Gold
unwindGreer High SchoolSouthUS015227Gold
UpRiseSOUTHOLD JUNIOR-SENIOR HIGH SCHOOLLong IslandUS015581Gold
VENAA.P. Leto Comprehensive High SchoolSouthUS015187Gold
Waffle WagonWhippany Park High SchoolNew York MetroUS015533Gold
WagsSouth Pasadena Senior HighWestUS015209Gold
Whatnots, Inc.Summertown High SchoolSouthUS014412Gold
A Second CupOceanside High SchoolLong IslandUS015397Silver
AffinityNeuqua Valley High SchoolMidwestUS012484Silver
Apex FitnessPITTSFORD-MENDON HIGH SCHOOLNortheastUS015575Silver
Attire WireBABYLON JUNIOR-SENIOR HIGH SCHOOLLong IslandUS015532Silver
Aura CorporationHigh School for Arts and BusinessNYCUS015539Silver
Bamboo BreezeCoral Springs Charter SchoolSouthUS015364Silver
BetterBoxCary-Grove Community High SchoolMidwestUS015271Silver
CelestialGenesee Career InstituteMidwestUS013338Silver
Coastal TreasuresCOOPER CITY HIGH SCHOOLSouthUS015259Silver
College CratesPITTSFORD SUTHERLAND HIGH SCHOOLNortheastUS015579Silver
CrispiesSabine High SchoolSouthUS015242Silver
DataCoreNew Dorp High SchoolNYCUS015600Silver
Eagle EnergyVR Eaton High SchoolSouthUS015236Silver
FanBoxMetea Valley High SchoolMidwestUS06436Silver
HardheadsJEFFERSON HIGH SCHOOLSouthUS015204Silver
K.O. CombatCOMSEWOGUE HIGH SCHOOLLong IslandUS015372Silver
KIYOWilliam Cullen Bryant HSNYCUS015396Silver
livcomfyWaubonsie Valley High SchoolMidwestUS015728Silver
LiveIt UnlimitedMetea Valley High SchoolMidwestUS015664Silver
Maki EnergyWestminster High SchoolWestUS015375Silver
MatchWearFrancis Lewis High SchoolNYCUS014826Silver
MendTalityCentennial High SchoolWestUS015373Silver
MINNE-SORTA NICE CO.Minnetonka High SchoolMidwestUS014378Silver
MynetBakersfield HighWestUS015255Silver
MysterraMidwood High SchoolNYCUS015472Silver
NutriGumBearden High SchoolSouthUS015629Silver
OdysseyBlackman High SchoolSouthUS015249Silver
On The GoalEast Hampton High SchoolLong IslandUS015527Silver
Opti EdgeElmwood Park High SchoolMidwestUS015232Silver
Pampered PawsCOMSEWOGUE HIGH SCHOOLLong IslandUS015221Silver
PawPackCrystal Lake South High SchoolMidwestUS014540Silver
PetConnectThe Academy of Mathematics, Science & EngineeringNew York MetroUS015326Silver
R3FillBeech High SchoolSouthUS014436Silver
RE'MEDYGolden West High SchoolWestUS015215Silver
REM+San Juan Hills High SchoolWestUS015308Silver
RevelationBerks Career & Technology CenterNew York MetroUS014603Silver
Safe SipCARLE PLACE MIDDLE SENIOR HIGH SCHOOLLong IslandUS015544Silver
SansaRidgeview HighWestUS015126Silver
Ship N' ChefMurrieta Valley HighWestUS015164Silver
Solar SolutionsLincoln Technical AcademyWestUS015205Silver
TIMEWISELegacy Magnet AcademyWestUS015693Silver
UnboxedPITTSFORD-MENDON HIGH SCHOOLNortheastUS015567Silver
well-bee-ingBearden High SchoolSouthUS015340Silver
1ChargeMorris Hills High SchoolNew York MetroUS015230Bronze
45NorthAlpena High SchoolMidwestUS015116Bronze
Aegis, Inc.Homestead HighWestUS015374Bronze
AI AIDMiller Place High SchoolLong IslandUS015498Bronze
AmbrosiaLegacy Magnet AcademyWestUS015692Bronze
Ambrosia SkinForest Hills High SchoolNYCUS015547Bronze
Armor WaveCareerline Tech CenterMidwestUS015607Bronze
Balanced BitesLegacy Magnet AcademyWestUS015690Bronze
Baron Brew CafeFountain Valley High SchoolWestUS014706Bronze
Boards & BitesGW Hewlett High SchoolLong IslandUS015624Bronze
Cloud Co.PATCHOGUE-MEDFORD HIGH SCHOOLLong IslandUS015568Bronze
ClublinxArchbishop Molloy High SchoolNYCUS014681Bronze
Community Watchdogs, Inc.Brandon High SchoolSouthUS015261Bronze
CoreTechGreat Neck S High SchoolLong IslandUS015365Bronze
CoziezWest Orange High SchoolNew York MetroUS015438Bronze
DivurzJ. F. Webb High SchoolSouthUS014863Bronze
DogGoSmithtown HS EastLong IslandUS015513Bronze
DreamScapeMount Sinai High SchoolLong IslandUS015696Bronze
Dry BrushNorthside School of Innovation Technology and EntrepreneurshipSouthUS015784Bronze
EcoKicksHillcrest High SchoolNYCUS015599Bronze
EdaptaWareStockdale HighWestUS015346Bronze
Electric AvenueSt Charles East High SchoolMidwestUS014839Bronze
ElevATEMorris County School of TechnologyNew York MetroUS015659Bronze
ESCENTIALSRalph McKee High SchoolNYCUS015546Bronze
ExotixzWest Side High SchoolNew York MetroUS015480Bronze
EZ-GymWEST ISLIP SENIOR HIGH SCHOOLLong IslandUS015266Bronze
Farm AlarmPalisades Charter HighWestUS015313Bronze
Fit CheckCannon County High SchoolSouthUS061080Bronze
Fits4FansMiller Place High SchoolLong IslandUS015496Bronze
FlexFuelISLIP HIGH SCHOOLLong IslandUS015662Bronze
Flotsam & JetsamLegacy Magnet AcademyWestUS015691Bronze
FLY NY VEHigh School of Fashion IndustriesNYCUS011213Bronze
Gimme GolfCOMSEWOGUE HIGH SCHOOLLong IslandUS015223Bronze
Glow Pro SportsW TRESPER CLARKE HIGH SCHOOLLong IslandUS015592Bronze
Goodmorning Co.BETHPAGE SENIOR HIGH SCHOOLLong IslandUS015198Bronze
Guardian Insurance VEJacqueline Kennedy Onassis High SchoolNYCUS012626Bronze
H2FlowSouth Hills HighWestUS015476Bronze
HairvanaPlainview-Old Bethpage JFK HSLong IslandUS015447Bronze
Health HouseCOLD SPRING HARBOR HIGH SCHOOLLong IslandUS015437Bronze
Herd HiveThe High School for Language and DiplomacyNYCUS015432Bronze
HiveHUNTINGTON HIGH SCHOOLLong IslandUS015537Bronze
HygieneXStranahan High SchoolSouthUS015751Bronze
Island HopperRiverhead High SchoolLong IslandUS015555Bronze
Lens Scape PhotographySouth High SchoolWestUS015129Bronze
Lunch Lady CompostObra D. Tompkins High SchoolSouthUS015231Bronze
LuneHomestead HighWestUS015371Bronze
LuxDesignsFrancis Lewis High SchoolNYCUS011212Bronze
Mattituck MerchMATTITUCK JUNIOR-SENIOR HIGH SCHOOLLong IslandUS014628Bronze
Memory Lane Toy Co.Miller Place High SchoolLong IslandUS015497Bronze
Midnight CupcakesWEST ISLIP SENIOR HIGH SCHOOLLong IslandUS015265Bronze
Mind Over MatterJohn H. Pitman HighWestUS015251Bronze
Mirror MagicFREEPORT HIGH SCHOOLLong IslandUS015679Bronze
Naturally ThreadedBerks Career & Technology CenterNew York MetroUS014604Bronze
NovaAiWALT WHITMAN HIGH SCHOOLLong IslandUS015484Bronze
NuappsFrancis Lewis High SchoolNYCUS014868Bronze
Nutri-ShorePLAINEDGE SENIOR HIGH SCHOOLLong IslandUS015559Bronze
P.I.E.WALT WHITMAN HIGH SCHOOLLong IslandUS015529Bronze
Pangea PlatesLa Mirada HSWestUS015189Bronze
Par-Tee TimeWALT WHITMAN HIGH SCHOOLLong IslandUS015523Bronze
PentecHorace Greeley High SchoolLong IslandUS015105Bronze
Plant PalMount Miguel HighWestUS015307Bronze
POP PlanningMetea Valley High SchoolMidwestUS015707Bronze
Pure-OBakersfield HighWestUS015311Bronze
RarityIN-Tech AcademyNYCUS015560Bronze
RenewUGW Hewlett High SchoolLong IslandUS015625Bronze
REVE & CoHigh School of Fashion IndustriesNYCUS015685Bronze
Revive1Plainview-Old Bethpage JFK HSLong IslandUS015448Bronze
Royal HavenAnn Arbor Skyline High SchoolMidwestUS015468Bronze
ScrubgyGolden West High SchoolWestUS015355Bronze
SeaSweepBETHPAGE SENIOR HIGH SCHOOLLong IslandUS015197Bronze
SkylineMarengo High SchoolMidwestUS012462Bronze
Snappy SuitsPITTSFORD SUTHERLAND HIGH SCHOOLNortheastUS015601Bronze
Sound WaveSan Juan Hills High SchoolWestUS015309Bronze
SoundPakMount Miguel HighWestUS015305Bronze
Spectrum SoundNeuqua Valley High SchoolMidwestUS061074Bronze
SplitzJEFFERSON HIGH SCHOOLSouthUS015203Bronze
Stadium ProAnn Arbor Skyline High SchoolMidwestUS015469Bronze
Stage StreamSyosset High SchoolLong IslandUS015502Bronze
State of MindFarragut High SchoolSouthUS015133Bronze
SUPERCHARGEDDeer Park School DistrictLong IslandUS015145Bronze
SupplemizePATCHOGUE-MEDFORD HIGH SCHOOLLong IslandUS015186Bronze
The Geneva CollectionGeneva High SchoolMidwestUS015269Bronze
Tiny TreasuresRidgeview HighWestUS015127Bronze
Tornado WatchLawrence High SchoolLong IslandUS014153Bronze
TraceYeshiva Gedolah of WaterburyNew York MetroUS014515Bronze
UnchartedWaubonsie Valley High SchoolMidwestUS06551Bronze
VIBESEWANHAKA HIGH SCHOOLLong IslandUS015467Bronze
ViBraceWEST ISLIP SENIOR HIGH SCHOOLLong IslandUS015113Bronze
VirtuFitWakefield High SchoolSouthUS015172Bronze
WaveSyncISLIP HIGH SCHOOLLong IslandUS015661Bronze
Whip n DipWestbrook Regional Vocational CenterNortheastUS015163Bronze
World PantryFREEPORT HIGH SCHOOLLong IslandUS015680Bronze
Xtreme Comfort, Inc.St Charles East High SchoolMidwestUS014851Bronze
ZingPalisades Charter HighWestUS015314Bronze