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Julie Inman, President of SupportAbility NAMED AS FINALIST IN 2006 AMERICAN BUSINESS AWARDS annual Stevie Awards will be presented on June 12 in New York City May 15, 2006 –

Julie Inman of SupportAbility was named a Finalist today in the Best Corporate Communicator category in The 2006 American Business Awards. Hailed as “the business world’s own Oscars” by the New York Tribune (April 27, 2005), the American Business Awards are the only national, all-encompassing business awards program honoring great performances in the workplace. Nicknamed the Stevies for the Greek word “crowned,” winners will be announced during the annual gala on Monday, June 12 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City. More than 800 executives from across the U.S.A. are expected to attend.The ceremonies will be videocast on the Internet and broadcast on radio. More than 1,500 entries from companies of all sizes and virtually every industry were submitted for consideration in more than 40 categories, including Best Overall Company, Best Executive, Best New Product or Service, and Best Corporate Social Responsibility Program. SupportAbility will be competing in the above- mentioned category for a non-profit corporation. Julie Inman is the director and president of SupportAbility, a group that Rewards Courage in high school seniors who graduate despite tremendous obstacles. The Julie Inman Courage Award founded by her parents in 1984 when she graduated high school after having a brain hemorrhage as a high school sophomore. After her graduation from college she formed SupportAbility, a non-profit. This year over 40 deserving students will receive her Award at 18 Orange/Los Angeles high schools. With the Awards given in 2006 over $100,000.00 will have been distributed to deserving children. Members of the Awards' Board of Distinguished Judges & Advisors and their staffs will select Stevie Award winners this week from among the Finalists. Finalists were chosen by business professionals nationwide during preliminary judging in March through early May. The elegant Stevie trophy was designed by R. S. Owens, the same company that makes the Oscar and the Emmy. “Being named a Finalist in The American Business Awards is an important achievement,” said Michael Gallagher, founder and president of The Stevie Awards. It means that independent business executives have agreed that the nominee is worthy of national recognition We congratulate all of the Finalists on their achievement and wish them well in the competition Details about The American Business Awards and the list of Finalists in all categories are available at , Hailed as “the business world’s own Oscars” by the New York Post (April 27, 2005), Stevie Awards are conferred in three programs: The American Business Awards, The International Business Awards, and The Stevie Awards for Women Entrepreneurs. 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" Premier sponsors of The 4th annual American Business Awards include the City of Toronto, Pitney Bowes, RealLife HR, and The Professional Society for Sales & Marketing Training. Media sponsors include CIO Decisions magazine, CRMAdvocate, Human Resource Executive magazine,, and Selling Power magazineHB Group will videocast the awards ceremonies live on the InternetThe Business TalkRadio Network will broadcast the ceremonies live on radio nationwide