Integrative Practitioner was named a Finalist today in the Best New Product or Service category in The 2008 American Business Awards.



6th annual Stevie® Awards will be presented on June 12 in New York City


Portland, Maine – June 6, 2008 – Integrative Practitioner has been named a Finalist in the Best New Product or Service category in The 2008 American Business Awards.

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

Stevie Award winners will be announced during the annual gala on Thursday, June 12 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City.  More than 600 executives from across the U.S.A. are expected to attend.  The ceremonies will be broadcast on radio nationwide by the Business TalkRadio Network and hosted by Liz Claman of FOX Business Network.

More than 2,600 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, Best Corporate Social Responsibility Program, and new categories including Best Management Team and Best Corporate Environmental Responsibility Program. Integrative Practitioner will be competing in the Best New Product or Service category.

“We are honored that Integrative Practitioner has been recognized by the American Business Awards,” said Brian Randall, VP of eMedia at Diversified Business Communications, the Portland, Maine-based company that produces Integrative Practitioner.  “This recognition validates the hard work of not only the team, but the entire community and Advisory Board whose fingerprints on Integrative Practitioner are helping to mold and shape the integrative healthcare community.”

Members of the Awards’ Board of Distinguished Judges & Advisors and their staffs will select Stevie Award winners from among Finalists in final judging during the week of May 19.   Finalists were chosen by business professionals nationwide during preliminary judging in April through early May.

“ABA entries grew more than 30% this year, so being named a Finalist is more of an accomplishment than ever before,” 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.”

Marydale Abernathy, Executive Producer of Integrative Practitioner, said, “Recognition as a finalist is a wonderful note of achievement for our company and for the team that has fostered the gathering and growth of this online community. The passion and collaborative spirit of those committed to integrative healthcare shines through in business media!”

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

About Diversified Business Communications

 Diversified Business Communications provides information and market access through trade shows, publications and eMedia products. Based in Portland, Maine, the company organizes over 50 exhibitions on four continents. Diversified serves a number of markets, including health and medical, commercial marine, food and ethnic food, seafood and natural products. For more information about Diversified Business Communications, visit


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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

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, CRM Advocate, and Human Resource Executive.