Fresh Inc., the staff blog, has been nominated for its first Webby Awards -- one of the top honors for online publications -- by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences.

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

This year, organizers received a record 5,500 entries from across the nation and 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., which attracts some 700,000 unique visitors each month, is the daily online voice of Inc., billed as "The Handbook for American Entrepreneurs."