Winners Announced in Best in Biz Awards 2013

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More than 500 entries in this year's highly competitive program were scored by a distinguished panel of judges from the media.

Best in Biz Awards, the only business awards program judged by members of the press and industry analysts, today announced the winners in its 2013 competition. The third annual program in North America, featuring its most distinguished judging panel yet assembled, received the largest number of submissions since the award program’s inception. An array of public and private companies of all sizes and industries across the U.S. and Canada participated in this year’s program. In all, over 500 entrants vied to receive top honors in the various company, executive, team, and product award categories.

“This year’s Best in Biz Awards nominees offer services and products that reflect the most current trends in technology, from cloud computing through mobile devices to network connectivity,” said Samara Lynn, lead analyst of networking and business at PC Magazine, judging her second Best in Biz Awards program. “Truly, all of the nominees and winners represent the ongoing innovation and trends in technology that we who cover the space see on a daily basis.”

Best in Biz Awards 2013 honors were presented in more than 50 categories, including Company of the Year, Fastest-Growing Company of the Year, Most Innovative Company of the Year, Best Place to Work, Technology Department of the Year, Executive of the Year, Most Innovative Product of the Year, Best New Product of the Year, PR Campaign of the Year and Website of the Year.

“What impressed me the most about the winning entries was the way their business plans were geared toward filling real voids in our communities,” said Best in Biz Awards judge Evan S. Benn, staff writer at the Miami Herald. “While they all have sound investment platforms, none of the winning plans are get-rich-quick schemes that will only serve investors. They have developed products, tools and ideas that will truly help improve the way we function.”

Gold award winners in this year’s program include: 360 Incentives, Actiontec, AirWatch, American Specialty Health, Bankrate, Beyond20, Canary, Clarizen, Clinical Research Advantage, College Works Painting, Dell, Dell SonicWALL, DisclosureNet, Divurgent, DudaMobile, Dyson, Eastman Chemical Company, Experian, ForeSee, The Fresh Market, Geary LSF, Hewlett-Packard, HGST, iAcquire, Jobvite, Localytics, lynda.com, Memjet, MWW Group, PEER1 Hosting, PreciouStatus, PrimeRevenue, Pure Storage, Quality Systems, Safelite, Salus Capital Partners, Sandisk, Secunia, Stewart, Strategic Medical, Tallwave, tastytrade, TrackVia, Ultimate Software, Umpqua Bank, UnitedHealthcare, Unitrends, USANA, Wajam and YMCA of Greater New York.

Multiple award winners in this year’s program include: Actiontec, Airpush, AirWatch, BlueCat Networks, Canary, Clinical Research Advantage, College Works Painting, Creative Lodging Solutions, Dell, Dell SonicWALL, Exablox, Experian, Forte Payment Systems, Harbortouch, Localytics, Marvell, Medtech College, MWW Group, NQ Mobile, Nutricap Labs, Pure Storage, Quality Systems, Savoir Media, Secunia, Tallwave, The Company of Others, TIBCO, UnitedHealthcare, Unitrends, Virtela, Wajam and YMCA of Greater New York. For a full list of gold, silver and bronze award winners in Best in Biz Awards 2013, visit: http://www.bestinbizawards.com/2013-winners.

“The winning entries this year show a high degree of innovation combined with a keen focus on business and consumer services,” said Jack M. Germain, ECT News Network, who returned to the Best in Biz Awards judging panel for the third time. “Often products seek a novel way to repurpose an already successful idea. This year’s competition proves that products which bring new approaches to solving vendor and consumer needs can build a better business environment. This certainly raises the bar for next year’s contestants.”

Winners of Best in Biz Awards 2013 were determined by an independent panel of 50 judges from top-tier news, business and technology publications, as well as broadcast outlets and analyst firms, such as Accounting Today, Arizona Daily Star, Atlanta Tribune, Bloomberg Businessweek, Cascade Business News, Chicago Tribune, Chip Design Magazine, Computerworld, Crain’s New York Business, CRN, Dallas Morning News, Dayton Business Journal, Detroit Free Press, ECT News Network, Entrepreneur, eWeek Channel Insider, Executive Travel Magazine, Fast Company, Financial Times, Fortune, Hartford Business Journal, Hartford Courant, Inc. Magazine, King Features Syndicate, Lab Reviews, Law Technology News, Miami Herald, Memphis Business Journal, Network World, NorthBay Biz, Orange County Register, PC Magazine, Phoenix Business Journal, Pittsburgh Business Times, Prairie Business Magazine, Quad-City Times, Reuters, San Francisco Chronicle, San Jose Mercury News, Savannah Morning News, Small Business Digest, South Florida Business Journal, Tech.Blorge, Tech-Gaming, Times (Munster, Indiana), Upstart Business Journal and USA Today. For a complete list of this year’s judges and bios, visit: http://www.bestinbizawards.com/2013-judges.

About Best in Biz Awards

Best in Biz Awards recognizes top companies, teams, executives and products for their business success as judged by established members of the press and industry analysts. Best in Biz Awards honors are conferred in three separate programs annually: North America, EMEA, and International. Entries are currently being accepted in the third annual Best in Biz Awards 2013 EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) program, until the final entry deadline on January 24, 2014. Any organization from any industry operating in EMEA may enter any of the more than 50 company, department or team, executive and product categories. For more information about the entry process and categories in the EMEA program, please visit: http://emea.bestinbizawards.com.

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