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NEW YORK, March 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Booker (formerly GramercyOne), a service management platform (SMP) that unifies operations and automated marketing on a single cloud-based system, has been named one of 20 finalists in the "Take the H.E.L.M." competition.
"Take the H.E.L.M." – short for Hire + Expand in Lower Manhattan - was launched to help attract critical high-growth industries to the area, and ensure Lower Manhattan remains a global center of innovative business. The competition rewards companies who are: bringing the best and brightest employees to the area, diversifying the economic base by complementing the financial sector, and re-branding Lower Manhattan as a hub poised for growth. Booker achieved each of these goals, and in 2012 the company more than tripled its headcount, achieved triple-digit revenue growth for the fourth consecutive year, and doubled its footprint in its Lower Manhattan headquarters.
"Booker is eager to be a part of the rebirth of Lower Manhattan," said Josh McCarter, CEO of Booker. "We are a sharp, goal-oriented team, and we are excited to make a positive impact on the local area."
Booker was chosen from more than 300 applicants to a prestigious group of 20 finalists that will each receive $10,000 and have the chance to win one of five prizes of $250,000. Booker is in the "Expanding in Lower Manhattan" category alongside fellow finalists Bright Power, Inc., Of a Kind and SHoP Architects.
The final five winners will be announced on Thursday, March 14.
Booker is transforming the way local services are managed by businesses and discovered by consumers. Booker replaces everything from manual methods to disconnected software, and unifies the essential components of running a service business into a single web-based platform, accessible from any device. Booker also enables service business to sell their services online, through their website and a network of partner sites and apps, creating a seamless online booking experience for consumers. Booker processes over one million appointments each month across 70 countries. Headquartered in New York City, Booker's customers include thousands of local service businesses as well as Fortune 500 companies. For more information, please visit www.booker.com.
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