2011 Small Business Influencer Awards Presented in New York

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Network Solutions® and Social Media Swami Shashi Bellamkonda have been named to the Small Business Influencer 2011 list by Small Business Trends and Smallbiztechnology.com for having a meaningful and lasting impact on a significant number of small businesses in North America.

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We were really honored to be nominated for the work we do to help small businesses grow and prosper

Network Solutions® and our own Social Media Swami, Shashi Bellamkonda, have been named Small Business Influencer 2011 Honoree and Champion, respectively. Sponsored by BlackBerry®, Infusionsoft® and Sage®, the awards recognize individuals, companies and organizations in North America for their commitment to small businesses and were presented at a ceremony in New York City at the New York Institute of Technology in Broadway on September 13th,

“We were really honored to be nominated for the work we do to help small businesses grow and prosper,” said Melina Formisano, VP Marketing and Communications of Network Solutions. “For Network Solutions and Shashi B. to be recognized as critical players and contributors to the health of small businesses and therefore the economy as a whole, is validating. Those who know Shashi also know that he goes to great lengths to promote and support small businesses and their owners.”

As part of its small business initiatives, Network Solutions fosters communities at Growsmartbusiness.com and womengrowbusiness.com, the latter focusing in particular on Women Entrepreneurs. Followers of the Network Solutions Twitter® accounts @netsolcares and @growsmartbiz are treated to a variety of Small Business news from across the social sphere.

Organized by Small Business Trends and Smallbiztechnology.com, the winners were selected from 520 nominations, which received more than 125,000 votes and thousands of Tweets and Likes. The selection process involved two stages: voting by the community (weighted at 40%) and voting by a panel of Judges (weighted at 60%).

All nominations had to have a meaningful and lasting impact on a significant number of small businesses in North America to be considered. This could include providing products that are widely used by small businesses, influencing small businesses through thought leadership, or providing information or services small businesses.

About Network Solutions:

Network Solutions® fosters small business success in the highly competitive online space by providing the tools and resources to start, grow and manage businesses online. Leveraging more than thirty years of pioneering experience, Network Solutions helps companies thrive in an increasingly digital world. To ensure our customers’ success, we support them with outstanding customer service and solutions that are simple, innovative and reliable. Additional information can be found at about.networksolutions.com.

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