was nominated for several prestigious Internet awards this week.

The website was named as a finalist for an EPpy award on Thursday in the category of Best Internet Business Service with fewer than one million visitors.

The EPpy Awards, which were launched 11 years ago and focus on websites affiliated with the media industry, are presented by Editor & Publisher and Mediaweek. Past winners have included and the Wall Street Journal Online. is joined by Crain's Chicago Business and in the business service category.

Earlier in the week, Fresh Inc., the site's staff blog, was shortlisted for its first Webby Awards by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences.

The Webby Awards, created a decade ago, recognize outstanding websites that are setting the standards for the Internet, according to founder Tiffany Shlain.

This year, organizers received a record 5,500 entries from around the world.

Shlain called Fresh Inc.'s nomination, in the Best Business Blog category, a testament to the skill, ingenuity, and vision of its creators.

Other nominees in the category include GM Fastlane, Gartner,, and 5 Blogs Before Lunch.

Frech Inc. was also nominated in the People's Voice category, in which winners are chosen by popular vote.'s blog, updated several times daily by Inc. columnists, editors, reporters, and guest contributors, was launched on Aug. 13, 2003, with a post on universal health care by editor Carole Matthews.

It has since grown into a wide-open forum for topics ranging from best business practices, to questionable federal contracting, immigrant labor, and the impact of Wal-Mart on smaller firms, among other issues. Regular contributors include Matthews, Inc. executive editor Mike Hofman, who covers a variety of entrepreneurship news and trends, and Inc. associate editor Nadine Heintz, who highlights real-world business lessons from "The Apprentice."

Yet much of the blog's success stems from the dialogue it generates between Inc. staff and entrepreneurs across the country, according to editorial director Laura Rich.

"Entrepreneurs are always on the lookout for good places to discuss the issues they're grappling with in their businesses every day," Rich said.

The 10th Annual Webby Awards will be held in New York on June 12. The winners in each category will be announced on May 9.

Winners of the EPpy Awards will be announced in Las Vegas on May 19., which attracts some 700,000 unique visitors each month, is the daily online voice of Inc. magazine.