SurePayroll Selected as One of Chicago's Most Innovative and Successful Companies

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The Chicago Innovation Awards names SurePayroll as one of the top 75 most innovative companies of 2008

It doesn't matter if you own a three-person or 50-employee company -- the service solves a real business issue. I'm impressed and obviously the small business community is as well. SurePayroll has quickly generated tens of thousands of customers who understand the value of the service.

Software-as-a service payroll and HR services pioneer, SurePayroll, announced today that it has been honored by the Chicago Innovation Awards as one of 2008's top 75 most innovative companies. SurePayroll was selected for its fresh, inventive offerings to the national small business community, making payroll processing and other HR tasks more convenient.

The Awards recognize Chicago-area companies that offer unique products or services that address an unmet need, generate a competitive response in the marketplace, exceed market expectations and achieve financial success. By placing an emphasis on regularly creating novel features and programs that make small business owners' lives easier, SurePayroll has solidified its position as a leader in small business payroll

Founded in 2000, SurePayroll offers small business owners an online alternative to call-in or fax-in payroll services. The affordable service allows small business owners to process payroll online at anytime and from anywhere they want. They simply log in, enter payroll hours and SurePayroll does the rest, including paying and filing the business' federal, state and local payroll taxes.

In 2008, the company introduced a variety of features designed to help eliminate hassles from small business owners' lives, including a "same-day enroll and pay" service that allows a small business owner to pay their employees through direct deposit the same day they sign up for SurePayroll's service. They also began offering free HR and compliance tools that allow small business owners to stay in compliance with several laws without having to make an effort, Saturday phone support hours, and the ability to process payroll on an iPhone.

In addition, SurePayroll has set its services apart from other payroll companies by introducing service add-ons such as 401(k) and healthcare programs specifically tailored to meet the financial and logistical needs of small businesses.

Susan Dee, an IBM representative who works with SurePayroll, nominated the company for the award based on its easy-to-use interface, straightforward, step-by-step process for tax filing and other compliance tasks, and dedication to small businesses of any size.

"What SurePayroll is doing is very unique compared to traditional payroll companies," says Dee. "It doesn't matter if you own a three-person or 50-employee company -- the service solves a real business issue. I'm impressed and obviously the small business community is as well. SurePayroll has quickly generated tens of thousands of customers who understand the value of the service."

Michael Fineberg, Chief Technology Officer at SurePayroll, says the company's online platform is one reason SurePayroll has been able to remain ahead of the competitive curve and keep the service fresh.

"The great thing about offering a software-as-a-service solution (SaaS) is that it's easier to effectively implement enhancements. We can make changes dynamically and release them almost instantly," he says. "This allows us to keep up with the demands of our customers who expect us to stay on the bleeding edge of technological innovation in order to make their business lives easier."

About SurePayroll:

Voted Editor's Choice for best payroll service by PC Magazine, a Top 100 Product by Accounting Today and finalist in the Best Customer Care and Best Product categories of the 2008 American Business Awards, SurePayroll is America's largest full-service online payroll service and honoree of the of the Inc. 500 Fastest Growing Businesses award two years in a row.

SurePayroll is passionate about small businesses and their payroll. The company is dedicated to providing an extremely friendly and simple payroll experience - at a price small business owners can afford.

In addition to its payroll and ClickFREETM tax file and pay service - which allows a user to complete the entire payroll process in minutes - SurePayroll offers a suite of online services designed specifically for small business, including HR and compliance resources, 401(k) retirement solutions, health insurance and workers' compensation products.

SurePayroll also offers a private-label and co-branded payroll service to accountants and banking partners to offer payroll processing to their small business clients.

About the Chicago Innovation Awards

Kuczmarski & Associates and prominent local journalist Dan Miller established the Chicago Innovation Awards in 2002 as an annual program to honor significant innovations introduced by Chicago-area companies. Each year, the Chicago Innovation Awards honor 10 winners who have introduced products or services that uniquely fill unmet needs, generate a competitive response in the marketplace, exceed market expectations and achieve financial success. For more information, visit http://www.chicagoinnovationawards.com.

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