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4th annual Stevie® Awards will be presented on June 12 in New York City

VENICE, CA. May 15, 2006 — Venice Consulting Group was named a Finalist today in the Most Innovative Company category in The 2006 American Business Awards.

Hailed as "the business world's own Oscars" by the New York Post (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 in 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. Venice Consulting Group will be competing in the Most Innovative Company category.

Venice Consulting Group (VCG) pioneered "hybrid nearshore outsourcing", a form of outsourcing that retains the benefits of outsourcing and reduces or eliminates the risks often found with the business practice. The hybrid nearshore model enables VCG to offer companies ranging from Fortune 1000 firms to government agencies the ability to quickly and confidently execute projects with reduced cost and risk as compared with other outsourcing approaches.

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."

"It's a great honor to be recognized by such a well-respected organization as the American Business Awards," said Jake Ryan, Managing Partner of Venice Consulting. "In this era of hyper-competitiveness, companies need every edge they can get. The benefits of our hybrid nearshore outsourcing model have been proven time and time again to help companies deliver on critical projects on time and on budget."

Details about The American Business Awards and the list of Finalists in all categories are available

About Venice Consulting Group

Venice Consulting Group is a leading software consulting and development company, specializing in time-sensitive and mission-critical system development. With extensive experience in technologies such as .NET, Java and open-source environments, our consortium of seasoned consultants deliver quality solutions on time and within budget. The benefit of our consortium approach is our agility and flexibility. Because of our depth of resources, we can field complete project teams or skilled individuals to augment your team quickly. Our team has deep industry experience that cross many vertical markets from real estate to media & entertainment to new start-up ventures. Please visit us at to learn more.

About The Stevie Awards

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, ValueVision Associates, RealLife HR, and The Professional Society for Sales & Marketing Training.

Media sponsors include CIO Decisions magazine, CRMAdvocate, Human Resource Executive magazine,, and Selling Power magazine. HB Group will videocast the awards ceremonies live on the Internet. The Business TalkRadio Network will broadcast the ceremonies live on radio nationwide.

Media Contacts:
Venice Consulting Group: Edward Yang, (949) 500-6422