Cbeyond Named as Finalist in 2013 American Business Awards(SM)

Cbeyond Named as Finalist in 2013 American Business Awards(SM)  11th Annual Stevie(R) Awards Will be Presented September 16 in San Francisco  ATLANTA, June 17, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- On May 9, the American Business Awards named Cbeyond Inc. (Nasdaq:CBEY), the technology ally to small and mid-sized businesses, a Finalist in the Best New Product or Service of the Year - Software category in the 2013 American Business Awards. Cbeyond will ultimately be a Gold, Silver, or Bronze Stevie® Award winner in the program.  The American Business Awards are the nation's premier business awards program. All organizations operating in the U.S.A. are eligible to submit nominations – public and private, for-profit and non-profit, large and small.  The American Business Awards will be presented at two awards events: the ABA's traditional banquet on Monday, June 17 – in Chicago for the first time, after 10 years in New York; and the new product & technology awards event on Monday, September 16 in San Francisco.  More than 3,200 nominations from organizations of all sizes and in virtually every industry were submitted this year for consideration in a wide range of categories, including Most Innovative Company of the Year, Management Team of the Year, Best New Product or Service of the Year, Corporate Social Responsibility Program of the Year, and Executive of the Year, among others.Cbeyond is nominated in the Best New Product or Service of the Year - Software category for Cloud Application/Service.  Launched in October 2012, Cbeyond's TotalCloud™ Data Center service enables small and medium-sized businesses to customize cloud services without having to purchase, configure, install and manage servers.Specifically, TotalCloud Data Center allows businesses to adjust storage, security and processing power quickly and efficiently to reflect changing business and operating requirements.  TotalCloud Data Center combines enterprise-class networking, storage and security to handle demanding, real-time business application workloads. Available in both public and private formats based on security needs, the service includes managed and monitored security features, backup services and round-the-clock infrastructure monitoring and support.  "Cbeyond is thrilled to see the achievements of our technical and product marketing teams recognized in the shape of this award. They did an excellent job in developing and deploying this commercially successful cloud platform specifically designed for small and mid-sized business," said Chris Gatch, executive vice president and CTO, Cbeyond.  Finalists were chosen by more than 140 business professionals nationwide during preliminary judging in April and May. More than 150 members of nine specialized judging committees determined Stevie Award placements from among the Finalists during final judging May 13-24.  To view a social media version of this release, click here.  About Cbeyond  Cbeyond, Inc. (Nasdaq:CBEY), a cloud and communications services provider, is the technology ally for small and mid-sized business.Our private, proactively-managed IP network connects customers to voice, data and enterprise applications hosted in our award-winning cloud data centers.Since 1999, Cbeyond has served the unmet needs of businesses through technology and service innovation.We were the first company to build an all-IP network specifically for small businesses and among the few to offer consultative sales and service professionals onsite.Today, our expanded portfolio helps customers reduce the burden of outlaying capital and manpower to manage infrastructure.Creating an exceptional customer experience is in our DNA.It's why more than a third of our approximately 60,000 customers come from referrals.For more information on Cbeyond, visit www.cbeyond.com and follow Cbeyond on Twitter: www.twitter.com/cbeyond.  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. A fifth program, the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, will debut this year.Honoring organizations 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 www.StevieAwards.com.  Sponsors and partners of The 2013 American Business Awards include the Business TalkRadio Network, Callidus Software, Citrix Online, Dynamic Research Corporation, Experian Consumer Services, John Hancock Funds, LifeLock, PetRays, and SoftPro.  All products, company names, brand names, trademarks and logos mentioned or described in this release are the property of their respective owners.  CONTACT: Media Contact:                   Helga Ojinmah          (678) 370-2243          helga.ojinmah@cbeyond.com  Cbeyond, Inc. Logo