The U.S. Commerce Department announced today that SizeUp.com, a service of GIS Planning, has won first prize in the nationwide Commerce Business Apps Challenge. The prestigious judging panel that selected SizeUp included Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer at Facebook; Vint Cerf, Chief Internet Evangelist at Google; Vivek Kundura, VP at Salesforce.com; Tim O’Reilly, CEO of O'Reilly Media; John Bryson, U.S. Secretary of Commerce and Steven Van Roekel, CIO of the United States. In its announcement, the Commerce Department stated that SizeUp provides "a comprehensive overview to small and medium-sized business about their competitiveness and where to find resources to improve. This will improve the success of small businesses so they can prosper and create new jobs."
The second place winner, ZoomProspector.com, is also a service of GIS Planning. According to the Department’s statement, ZoomProspector.com “provides a way for new and expanding businesses to find, compare and deeply analyze communities and available properties nationwide. This tool will be valuable for American companies looking to expand their operations inside the United States or companies choosing to bring jobs back from overseas.”
Read the Commerce Department's full announcement here.
Read the press releases here and here.
Eric has worked in economic development in the service of small businesses for over 10 years. He has consulted with business improvement districts, managed multi-million dollar employment services contracts, and provided technical assistance to small businesses affected by the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. He is the Product Manager for also manages the national site selection website, ZoomProspector.com. Eric has a Master's degree in City and Regional Planning from U.C. Berkeley.