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Net Driven in Scranton was one of 50 Pennsylvania companies recognized by Gov. Tom Corbett at the 2014 Governor’s ImPAct Awards Luncheon May 30th in five categories: Jobs First, Community Impact, Small Business Impact, Entrepreneurial Impact and Export Impact. Net Driven received an Entrepreneurial Impact Award for the Northeast Region.
“Net Driven is truly honored to be nominated for such a prestigious award. All of the companies in our category are excellent firms in their own right and winning on a statewide level for Entrepreneurship is something we’re very proud of,” said Pat Sandone, Net Driven CEO.
Pictured from left to right: David J. Karafa, President, PA Operations, FirstEnergy; Governor Tom Corbett; Patrick W. Sandone, III, President and CEO at Net Driven; John D. Moran, Jr., President & CEO, Moran Industries Inc. and Co-Chair, Team Pennsylvania Foundation; and Jeffrey J. Vrabel, Partner and Manufacturing, Distribution and Technology Industry Practice Leader, ParenteBeard LLC.
Net Driven is the leading provider of websites and Internet marketing solutions to the automotive industry in North America. They focus exclusively on the automotive industry including auto service and repair shops, tire dealers, auto body shops, new and used car dealers, and auto parts retailers. The proprietary website and Internet marketing platform offers independent automotive businesses a solution that they may not have been able to create individually. This solution allows them to compete against large big-box stores on-line, grow, and create jobs in their community. Net Driven helps independent business owners thrive!
Nominations for each award were provided by the state’s regional economic development partners – the Partnerships for Regional Economic Performance (PREP) network. All 10 PREP regions were eligible to submit up to five nominations per category. A total of 247 nominations were received. The winners were chosen by an independent judging panel selected by the state’s partners, Team Pennsylvania Foundation (Team PA) and Journal Multimedia.
“Today, we honor the men and women who spend countless hours providing the leadership and care that it takes to run a successful and growing business,” Gov. Corbett said. “This recognition goes beyond the contributions made to Pennsylvania’s diverse and vibrant economy. Today, we celebrate Pennsylvanians who embody the American dream by taking risks, working hard and achieving success.”