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ABA08 Finalists Announced


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Jill Feldman, jill@mediashoppr.com
Mediashop PR, (212) 867-4260 x228


2008 AMERICAN BUSINESS AWARDS ANNOUNCE FINALISTS
FOR COVETED ANNUAL HONORS


Stevie® Award Winners to Be Honored June 12 in New York City;
Ceremony Will Shine a Spotlight on Green Business Initiatives


New York, NY – May 14, 2008 – Companies as diverse as Accenture, Acxiom Corporation, Harrah’s Entertainment, KV Pharmaceutical, and Teamwork Athletic Apparel are among those vying for Stevie Awards in The Sixth Annual American Business Awards.  Complete lists of Finalists in all categories are available at www.stevieawards.com/aba.  

The American Business Awards are the only national, all-encompassing awards program honoring great performances in business.  

In a nod to corporate America’s focus on “green,” the 2008 awards will present its first ever award in the Best Corporate Environmental Responsibility Program.  Finalists in this category - including InterContinental Hotels, John Hancock, and the Philadelphia Eagles - are taking action to protect the environment.

More than 2,600 entries were submitted for consideration in more than 40 categories, including Most Innovative Company, Best Executive, Best Corporate Social Responsibility Program, and Best New Product or Service.

Finalists were selected by business professionals nationwide during more than five weeks of preliminary judging.  Members of the Awards' Board of Distinguished Judges & Advisors and their staffs will select Stevie winners from among the Finalists during the week of May 19.

Nicknamed Stevie for the Greek word “crowned,” the coveted award was designed by the same company that makes the Emmy and other major awards.  Stevie winners will be announced during a gala event at New York’s Marriott Marquis Hotel on Thursday, June 12.  Tickets are on sale now.

A portion of each ticket sold for the gala will be contributed to the Alliance for Climate Protection, a nonprofit, nonpartisan effort founded by Nobel laureate and former Vice President Al Gore that seeks to halt global warming by educating people that the climate crisis is both urgent and solvable.  Learn more about The Alliance for Climate Protection at http://www.wecansolveit.org/.

For press credentials for The 6th Annual American Business Awards banquet or for more information, please contact Jill Feldman at jill@mediashoppr.com or 212-867-8778.

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 www.stevieawards.com.

Global Sponsor of the 2008 Stevie Awards is Dow Jones. Supporting sponsors of The 2008 American Business Awards include FIS Softpro, High Performance Technologies Inc., John Hancock, RCN Corporation, Richardson, and Ultimate Software.  Media sponsors include the Business TalkRadio Network – which will host a nationwide radio broadcast of the ceremonies- CRM Advocate, and Human Resource Executive.

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