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LocalShops1 receives national honors!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011   (2 Comments)
Posted by: LocalShops1 Girl
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ST. PETERSBURG, AUG. 24 — is pleased to announce that it received honorable mention in the nationwide 2011 Small Business Influencer Awards sponsored by Small Business Trends and Blackberry. The company also was ranked 10th in the popular vote in the corporations category and 33rd overall., a grassroots company based in Gulfport, was up against 520 businesses  nationwide, including major entities such as UPS, The New York Times, Vistaprint, Verizon Wireless, the Better Business Bureau and the Wall Street Journal.

"We're beyond excited about this recognition," says Ester Venouziou, founder of "This shows the power of working together. We were overwhelmed by the number of shoppers and business owners who helped us get out the vote. And just as important, it shows that maybe small businesses aren't so small afterall when it comes to making an impact in the community."

The selection process involved two stages: voting by the community,  weighted at 40 percent, and voting by a panel of judges, weighted at 60 percent. The judges' vote was based on providing products widely used by significant numbers of small businesses, influencing significant numbers of small businesses by being a thought leader, or providing information or services of note to significant numbers of small businesses.

The awards ceremony takes place next month in New York.

About, launched in August 2008, connects local, independent businesses and community-minded shoppers all over Tampa Bay. In 2010 was recognized as the region's best voice for small businesses. The member-supported organization features an extensive online directory of independent businesses and a shopping card, the 1Card, that offers discounts at participating shops, restaurants and service providers. also organizes networking meetings, store promotions and community events. Membership is open to Shoppers and Business Owners.


Backyard Getaway says...
Posted Friday, August 26, 2011
Way to go! We are proud to be a part of the Localshops1 family!
Diane Schroder, SendOutCards says...
Posted Thursday, August 25, 2011
Yeah!!!!!! <3 LocalShops1