Small Business Technology Magazine Awards FreeConference® as a Product of the Year Finalist for 2006

LOS ANGELES, CA — February 1, 2007 — Global Conference Partners™ today announced that Small Business Technology Magazine, the only print and digital publication in the U.S. focusing on the technology needs of small businesses, has recognized as a Product of the Year Finalist in its 2006 Product of the Year Awards, its annual salute to the best technology products and services for small business. Honorees are profiled online and in print as part of Small Business Technology Magazine’s Best of the Year Issue and 2007 Buyer’s Guide, available now at

The Product of the Year Awards program recognizes outstanding technology products that improve key functions in a small business, such as business operations, management, marketing and sales, productivity and financial management, in addition to critical technology areas such as security and infrastructure. 2006 honorees were selected from nearly 300 entries and comprise four categories: Top 10, Finalists, Products to Watch and Products that Get the Job Done.

“We are pleased by this recognition of the value we bring to small businesses as a Product of the Year award recipient. It reflects our commitment to provide businesses of all sizes with simple, convenient and reliable conferencing services at little or no cost,” said Alex Cory, CEO of Global Conference Partners, parent company of FreeConference. “In the first quarter, we’ll be adding to this value with free recording and web conferencing features that will continue to provide our customers with the best and lowest cost conferencing solutions in the industry.”

“Small Business Technology Magazine prides itself on helping entrepreneurs make technology decisions that drive real results in their business,” said Patrick Cook, Product Editor and Labs Director, Small Business Technology Magazine. “Our 2006 winners represent the best of the best – demonstrating the breadth and quality of technical products aimed specifically at the small business market, with robust features and price points that are just right for their needs.”

Presented by Small Business Technology Magazine, the 2006 Product of the Year Awards honor the best technology products and services for small business. A panel of judges, consisting of editors, technology writers, trainers and consultants, analysts and small businesses, evaluates products based on criteria such as: overall fit; functionality and ease of use; quality and breadth of support; innovation and potential impact on the bottom line of a small business. Judges also consider factors for successful technology adoption, such as pricing, learning curve, ease of setup and installation, breadth of user materials and support. The program is open to manufacturers and developers of technology hardware, packaged software and hosted services available for purchase by small businesses in the United States.

About FreeConference®

FreeConference is a service of Global Conference Partners™ (GCP). Founded in 1985, GCP has continuously advanced new telecommunications technology solutions to bring highly automated, enterprise quality conferencing services to businesses and organizations that want top-tier performance at little or no cost. Flagship sites, and are serving millions of customers worldwide with simple, convenient, and reliable teleconferencing services.

About Small Business Technology Magazine

Small Business Technology Magazine is the only print and online magazine in the U.S. that focuses on the technology needs of small businesses. The media company offers hundreds of articles, research reports, case studies and product demonstrations that help entrepreneurs make the right technology decisions simply, quickly and effectively. Subscribe at

Note: awards reflect the opinion of the judges and should be considered as one of many reference points when researching and evaluating products for small businesses.