Flint's ParkingCarma Finalist for 2007 DELL/NFIB Small Business Excellence Award, Receives Funding from Ann Arbor SPARK

ParkingCarma is named a finalist for the 2007 Dell/National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Small Business Excellence in Customer Experience Award.
Additionally, ParkingCarma has received funding totaling $1 million from Ann Arbor SPARK, Automation Alley and the Mott Foundation. ParkingCarma is using the funds to propel the company's growth as it expands beyond its initial pilot program to cities nationwide.

"ParkingCarma's innovative approach to intelligent transportation was borne out of shared frustration between drivers and parking owners," said Rick Warner, CEO, ParkingCarma. "Searching for parking in any city is inconvenient, costly, and detrimental to the environment. By offering drivers the ability to easily find and get a parking space, drivers benefit from increased convenience, and parking facilities owners benefit from enhanced utalization and profits".

To qualify for the Dell/NFIB Small Business Excellence in Customer Experience Award, ParkingCarma had to show how it uses information technology to drive a significant change or develop a competitive advantage, and show a commitment to superior customer value and experience.

Students at Nashville's Vanderbilt School of Business selected ParkingCarma and nine other award finalists for their spirit of innovation. The award winner will be announced in July as part of a Dell small business event.

The winning small business will receive $30,000 in Dell products and services, a lifetime membership to NFIB and a full day with Dell executives, including chairman and CEO Michael Dell, to share best practices at the company's headquarters in Round Rock, Texas.

About ParkingCarma

ParkingCarma, Inc. a new Michigan Intelligent Transportation Services company makes
parking convenient --- "Get your Spot". With development offices in Berkeley California, and operations in Flint, Michigan; ParkingCarma leverages applied research and development in converged communications and dynamic data services to bring consumer and enterprise services to the market.

About NFIB

NFIB logo.jpgNFIB is the nations leading small-business advocacy association, with offices in Washington, D.C. and all 50 state capitals. Founded in 1943 as a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, NFIB gives small- and independent-business owners a voice in shaping the public policy issues that affect their business. NFIBs powerful network of grassroots activists send their views directly to state and federal lawmakers through our unique member-only ballot, thus playing a critical role in supporting Americas free enterprise system.

About Dell

Dell logo.jpgDell Inc. (NASDAQ: DELL) listens to customers and delivers innovative technology and services they trust and value. Uniquely enabled by its direct business model, Dell is a leading global systems and services company and No. 34 on the Fortune 500.

About Ann Arbor SPARK

Ann Arbor SPARK, a non-profit organization, is the driving force in establishing the Ann Arbor region as a destination for business expansion, retention, and location by identifying and meeting the needs of business at every stage, from startups to large organizations. Ann Arbor SPARK represents all communities in the Washtenaw County. Ann Arbor SPARK collaborates with business, academic, government, and community investor partners.
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