Oneupweb Wins Stevie® Award in 9th Annual American Business Awards℠

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Oneupweb’s philanthropic documentary, Step & Close announced Stevie Winner at the 2011 American Business Awards in New York City.

The process and intensity of editing, filming and premiering our film [Step & Close] was exciting, but now to receive recognition is just downright thrilling.

The digital marketing leaders’ philanthropy documentary that advocates music education has been awarded with top honors from The Telly Awards, Communitas Awards, Communicator Awards, Videographer Awards, and now it’s added an official Stevie Award to its winning streak.

“The production of Step & Close was quite an experience in itself,” explains Oneupweb Founder and CEO, Lisa Wehr. “The process and intensity of editing, filming and premiering our film was exciting, but now to receive recognition is just downright thrilling.”

Although Oneupweb is based in beautiful, quaint Traverse City, they took on competitors from large metros, like Los Angeles, Chicago and New York City, as they accepted the Stevie for P.R. Non-profit Fundraising. More than 2,800 entries from organizations of various sizes and industries were submitted.

“There’s certainly a ‘wow’ feeling when receiving a prestigious award like a Stevie,” explains Wehr. “But having earned an award for a project that we all felt passionate about, and one that was rewarding to execute is remarkable.”

And Wehr isn’t the only one who feels the energy of the award winning documentary, Step & Close. The Traverse City West Marching Band members are also enjoying the film’s media buzz.

“The kids and I couldn’t be happier,” explains Traverse City West Senior High School Director of Bands, Pat Brumbaugh. “It was exciting for them to be a part of a huge production, and now that it [Step & Close] has received national recognition with multiple awards, they’re really psyched.”

To view the official Step & Close trailer, purchase DVDS and peruse the complete list of awards, please visit

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 companies 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

About Step & Close
Step & Close is a 45 minute philanthropy documentary created and donated by Oneupweb. The film features Traverse City West High School Titan Marching Band and assists music educators all over the country with recruiting and retaining band students.
The Traverse City State Theatre, home to Michael Moore’s Traverse City Film Festival, proudly premiered the film this past December. 100% of the proceeds from the premiere and merchandise sales (DVDs and t-shirts) go directly to Traverse City West Middle and High School Band Programs. To view the official Step & Close trailer, purchase DVDs and t-shirts, and to learn more about the film, please visit

About Oneupweb
Oneupweb has been an innovator in digital marketing for more than a decade, creating integrated online marketing plans that incorporate Search, Social and Design services. Heralded by an independent research firm for their leadership team, Midwestern work ethic and solid experience in optimizing complicated sites, Oneupweb has been named a Top 20 Search Marketing Agency by Advertising Age for five consecutive years, and CEO Lisa Wehr is recognized as an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year. The company publishes an award-winning blog entitled StraightUpSearch, and an award-winning monthly newsletter entitled The Merge. Oneupweb is a privately held company located in Traverse City, Michigan. For more information on Oneupweb, please call 231.922.9977, visit or follow them on Twitter @Oneupweb and @LisaWehr


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