9th annual Stevie® Awards will be presented on June 20 in New York City

Bainbridge Island, WA – May 12, 2011 – Avalara (www.avalara.com), North America’s leading provider of automated, up-to-date sales and use tax solutions, was named a Finalist today in both the Support Department of the Year and New Product or Service of the Year category in the 2011 American Business Awards.

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.

More than 2,800 nominations from organizations of all sizes and in virtually every industry were submitted this year for consideration in more than 40 categories, including Most Innovative Company of the Year, Best New Product or Service of the Year, Corporate Social Responsibility Program of the Year, and Executive of the Year. For the first time, Avalara has been named Finalist in two categories for the Computer Software and Software as a Service Industry.

Avalara’s Support Department of the Year nomination was chosen by judges for their “Cult of the Customer” mentality, extensive metrics to monitor customer behavior and key role in the implementation of tax automation solutions. In addition, the judges chose Avalara’s vCert™ E-Commerce Exemption Certificate Management solution as a contender for Product of the Year in the SaaS Category for its revolutionary Software as a Service (SaaS) application that enables e-commerce retailers to handle tax exempt sales without disrupting or slowing down the online purchasing process.

“We are thrilled to be named Finalist in not only one but two categories this year,” said Avalara Founder and CEO Scott McFarlane. “The Stevie American Business Awards are the most coveted business awards in the country, recognizing significant accomplishments of enterprises such as Avalara. Making the final cut is a testament to our creativity, resilience, dedication and hard work. Avalara continues to be a leader in our space, delivering superior solutions and customer service. It is because of the people, partners and customers at Avalara that our name is on the list.”

Finalists were chosen by business professionals nationwide during preliminary judging in April and May.  Stevie Award winners will be selected from among the Finalists in each category next week by members of 10 specialized final judging committees.  More than 150 executives will have participated in judging this year.

Details about The American Business Awards and the list of Finalists in all categories are available at www.stevieawards.com/aba.

About Avalara
Headquartered in Bainbridge Island, WA, Avalara is the recognized leader in web-based sales tax solutions, and is transforming the sales and use tax compliance process for businesses of all sizes.  Avalara’s AvaTax family of products provides end-to-end compliance solutions and is regarded as the fastest, easiest, most accurate and affordable way for companies to address their statutory tax requirements. Avalara is the industry’s most trusted provider of sales and use tax automation solutions and is one of America’s fastest growing companies earning recognitions such as Microsoft’s SaaS Partner of the Year for 2010. For more information, please visit www.avalara.com.
To set up an interview with executive Scott McFarlane please contact Yvonne Tomascak, Marketing Manager at Avalara, at 206-826-4900 x1149, or email yvonne.tomascak@avalara.com.