BrandMuscle, Inc. Recognized for Outstanding Growth and Philanthropic Excellence

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Leading provider of local ad customization software and services receives two awards at the 2011 Crain's Leading EDGE Awards ceremony.

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This award is especially important to us because it exemplifies the culture at BrandMuscle, something I believe is one of our most valuable assets.

BrandMuscle, Inc., a leading provider of local ad customization software and services, was one of several prominent Northeast Ohio companies honored recently at The 2011 Crain’s Leading EDGE Awards at Cleveland State University. In its fifth year, this prestigious award was created by The Entrepreneurs EDGE to recognize value-creating, middle-market companies in the Northeast Ohio region. Recipients of the award were identified for their value creation in the regional economy, based on their EBIT (earnings before interest and taxes) added to taxable employee compensation. Last year, BrandMuscle achieved its largest, single-year increase in new client acquisitions and grew its staff by over seven percent.

In addition to receiving the Crain’s Leading EDGE award for the third consecutive year, BrandMuscle was selected as the recipient of the Richard Shatten Civic Distinction Award. This award recognizes a Leading EDGE honored company that demonstrates a strong love for the region by giving back to the community. “There are a number of ways to measure a company’s success,” states Philip Alexander, president and CEO of BrandMuscle, Inc. “This award is especially important to us because it exemplifies the culture at BrandMuscle, something I believe is one of our most valuable assets.”

Each year, BrandMuscle employees collaborate to organize dozens of civic involvement opportunities for their peers. These activities have included food drives to benefit the Cleveland Foodbank, preparing and serving meals at the Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland, participating in cleanup events at Beech Brook, a facility for at-risk children, collecting shoes for Soles4Souls and prom dresses for area high schools, among many others. “Our employees are deeply passionate about making a difference in the community and I’m both proud and honored to accept this award on their behalf,” concludes Alexander.

Learn more about BrandMuscle and its suite of local ad customization software and services by visiting http://www.BrandMuscle.com or by calling the company at (866) 464-4342.

About BrandMuscle, Inc.
BrandMuscle, Inc. is a leading provider of marketing software and services for national brand advertisers with strong distributed or local marketing programs. Through the use of BrandMuscle’s BrandBuilder® software, marketers can empower field-level customization and execution of advertising and marketing campaigns to optimize local marketing performance. Founded in 2000, BrandMuscle is headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio with a regional service office in Los Angeles, California. BrandMuscle clients include many of the nation’s most recognizable brands including Allstate Insurance®, Chase Bank, BMW of North America LLC®, DIRECTV®, Hunter Douglas®, and T-Mobile®.

About The Entrepreneurs EDGE
The Entrepreneurs EDGE, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, provides services, programs, education, civic and networking opportunities to mid-market companies in Northeast Ohio to help them grow in value. For more information about EDGE and its programs and services, contact Pam Schwaller at pam(at)edgef(dot)org or visit http://www.edgef.org.

Media Contact:
Lori M. Alba
Director of Marketing
(216) 454-2047
lalba(at)BrandMuscle(dot)com

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