Chamber names top organizations

Five Eastside organizations were singled out for Eastside Business Awards on Thursday by the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce.

Five Eastside organizations were singled out for Eastside Business Awards on Thursday by the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce.

The winners, announced at a noon luncheon at the Meydenbauer Center, are:

Eastside Business of the Year: Concur

Eastside Small Business: HipCricket, Inc.

Eastside Emerging Business: Avidex

Non-Profit/Community Impact: Kindering Center

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Concur offers automated business travel and expense reporting that takes the challenge out of time consuming, manual, and frustrating expense reports and countless employee hours spent processing requests.

HipCricket is a pioneer in mobile marketing. It has implemented more than 17,000 successful, turnkey campaigns with radio and TV stations and brands.

Avidex is an audiovisual firm that provides design, integration, project management, equipment procurement and support services for commercial and residential audiovisual projects of any size. It has successfully completed more than 1200 projects in 12 countries and 27 states and established offices from Southern California to their headquarters in Bellevue.

Kindering Center provides highly individualized, family-centered, interdisciplinary early intervention programs for families with children ages birth to three years with developmental risks, delays, or disabilities. In 1962, Kindering Center served 5 children. In 2007, the organization provided services to 2,874 children and their families.

Ruby Slipper Guide to the Eastside was created in 2005 by two stay-at-home moms looking for ways to entertain their kids close to home. Today, it shares news and communicates with thousands of parents. In the year since Ruby Slipper Guide officially went online, the number of unique visitors to the site has grown to about 2,500 each month, and the newsletter subscription has grown to 700 parents across the Eastside.

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