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The Stevie Awards

April 21, 2009 09:00 ET

Last-Minute Tips for Entering the Seventh Annual American Business Awards

April 30 Final Deadline for Top Business Awards; Opportunities in Key Categories

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - April 21, 2009) - The final entry deadline for the seventh annual American Business Awards is just nine days away, and while the competition is on track to attract a record number of entries, several categories present special opportunities for aspiring entrants.

Widely recognized as the premier business awards program in the U.S.A., The American Business Awards honor organizations and individuals in a wide variety of categories, from Company of the Year and Executive of the Year to Best New Product or Service, Best Annual Report, and Best Corporate Web Site.

"Like everything else in life, 20% of the ABA's categories receive 80% of the entries," said Michael Gallagher, president of The Stevie® Awards, organizer of the ABAs. "On the other end of the scale, some categories receive relatively few entries, and the competition is less intense in these categories."

Gallagher recommends that entrants take a look at the following categories:

--  Advertising - there are now 33 industry-specific categories for ad
    campaigns
--  Web Sites & Blogs - there are also 33 industry categories for web
    sites and blogs
--  Live Events - nominate your organization's annual meeting, sales
    meeting, convention, new product introductions, or public events
--  Any of the non-executive individual categories, such as Corporate
    Communicator of the Year, Marketing of the Year, Support Staffer of the
    Year, and Sales Representative of the Year.  There is no entry fee for
    these categories, just the $35 late fee at this point.
    

Historically, the majority of companies that enter the ABA's categories that recognize entire companies have fewer than 2,500 employees. Because separate Stevie Awards are conferred in these categories to organizations with up to 100 employees, up to 2,500 employees, and more than 2,500 employees, Gallagher recommends that organizations with more than 2,500 employees also look at submitting entries to the following categories:

--  Best Overall Company of the Year
--  Most Innovative Company of the Year
--  Business Innovation of the Year (a new category for 2009)
--  Business Turnaround of the Year
--  CSR Program of the Year
--  Environmental Responsibility Program of the Year
--  Fastest-Growing Company of the Year (also a new category)
    

Entry kits for The 2009 American Business Awards are available at www.stevieawards.com/aba. The 2009 awards will honor achievements since January 1, 2008.

The awards will be presented at ceremonies in New York on June 22, 2009.

About The Stevie Awards

Stevie Awards are conferred in four programs: The American Business Awards, The International Business Awards, The Stevie Awards for Women in Business, and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. Honoring organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide. Learn more about The Stevie Awards at www.stevieawards.com.

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