VerticalResponse Honored as a Finalist in the 2009 San Francisco Chamber of Commerce Ebbies Awards

One of three companies nominated in "Emerging Growth" Category

SAN FRANCISCO, October 22, 2009 — VerticalResponse, Inc., a leading provider of self-service email marketing, online surveys and direct mail solutions, today announced it was a finalist in the 2009 San Francisco Chamber of Commerce Excellence in Business "Ebbies" Awards in the ‘Emerging Growth’ category along with Bauer’s Intelligent Transportation and SendMe. This marks the fourth award nod for VerticalResponse in the past week, as the company continues to grow its revenue, staff and services despite the difficult economic climate.

The "Emerging Growth Award" was presented by Recology and Wells Fargo and was awarded to a San Francisco small business or emerging-growth company that has demonstrated a capacity for creativity and innovation, experienced growth and established itself as a leader in its industry. Bauer’s Intelligent Transportation took out top honors for this category in 2009.

"We’re humbled to be nominated for the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce awards and be recognized along with local industry leaders," said Janine Popick, CEO of VerticalResponse. "The San Francisco Bay Area is a hotbed for so many great companies, and these awards motivate us to keep innovating for our small business customers."

Last night’s Ebbies Awards Gala was attended by 900 of San Francisco’s top-level business leaders from large, mid-size and small businesses, as well as key leaders from the city government administration, Board of Supervisors and community organizations.

"All of our finalists are leaders in their industries," said Steve Falk, President and CEO of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce. "They are innovative, entrepreneurial and excellent corporate citizens committed to enhancing the lives of their own employees and the lives of those who reside in the communities they serve."

VerticalResponse attributes the continued momentum and growth it has seen each year to its high quality, easy to use product, coupled with its superior and steadfast customer support. In the past year, VerticalResponse joined the Intuit® Partner Platform ( to deliver its award-winning products and services to Intuit Inc.’s user community of more than 4 million small businesses. VerticalResponse’s development team works tirelessly to keep the product at the cutting edge: continual product upgrades and new price offerings ensure that anyone, regardless of expertise, can have affordable marketing materials that look like the pros. The company also supports philanthropy, and grants 10,000 free emails to non-profits per month, plus discounts on additional mailings for non-profits.

About The Ebbies Awards

The SF Chamber of Commerce is proud to honor local businesses for their vision and recognize their determination to improve the quality of life in San Francisco - the city that continues to thrive throughout times of adversity. The 2009 Excellence in Business Awards Gala is the pre-eminent celebration of San Francisco’s entrepreneurs, business and civic leaders and exemplary corporate citizens.

The 17th annual Ebbies Awards were presented in six categories: Excellence in Business, Emerging Growth, Building San Francisco , Innovation Through Technology, Small Business, and Economic Development.

The Ebbies were created in 1991 by the Chamber to honor San Francisco businesses for their innovation, to celebrate their vision and publicly appreciate their contributions to the quality of life in the community and for their employees.

About VerticalResponse

VerticalResponse, Inc. is a leading provider of self-service email marketing, online surveys and direct mail services empowering small businesses to easily create, manage and analyze their own direct marketing campaigns. VerticalResponse’s flagship product is the Small Business Stimulus Package, which bundles email, online surveys and postcards to offer customers an integrated Web-based direct marketing solution that’s intuitive and affordable. VerticalResponse is headquartered in San Francisco, California. For additional information, please visit


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