Northborough, Southborough Companies Win Stevie Awards

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BeeVisual founder Michele Walker (left) and Oncology Rehab Partner co-founder Diane Stokes pose with their awards. Photo Credit: Contributed Photo

NORTHBOROUGH, Mass. — A Northborough company and a Southborough company both won awards recently at the Stevie Awards For Women In Business.

The Stevie Awards are designed to recognize the achievements of companies and business people worldwide. 

The winners of the 2012 "Gold Stevie" awards, which were given out at a ceremony in New York City earlier this month, included Oncology Rehab Partners of Northborough and BeeVisual of Southborough.

Founded in 2009, Oncology Rehab Partners is a health-care company responsible for creating the STAR Program Certification, which helps hospitals develop rehabilitation services for cancer survivors who are suffering the side-effects of treatment. So far, it has been adopted by institutions in more than 40 states. Oncology Rehab Partners won two Gold Stevies for its work: an award for Company of the Year with less than 10 employees and an award for Most Innovative Company of the Year with less than 10 employees.

"It was very exciting," said co-founder Diane Stokes. "We were quite honored to win both those golds."

BeeVisual, which was founded in 2005, won a Gold Stevie for best Smartphone or Tablet App. The app, called "Choiceworks," was launched in 2011 as a picture-based learning tool that helps young children complete their daily routines while learning to improve their patience and learn positive behavior.

"It feels wonderful," said BeeVisual founder Michele Walker. "People are really using this as a teaching tool and a therapeutic tool and they've come to rely on it."

Walker said that users have logged almost 500,000 app sessions. Choiceworks is also used in Northborough and Southborough schools.

"It's humbling to be a small mom-owned company from Southborough competing against all these large firms," Walker added.

The two companies competed against those from all over the U.S. and the world. The complete contest results can be found here.

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