As the owner of a small business, I have always been interested in the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year competition. Therefore, I was pleased to read that Perry Evans, CEO of Local Matters, was honored by E&Y with the Entrepreneur of the Year award in the software category.
Everyone who has ever been considered for this award knows full well that winning it requires surrounding yourself with an outstanding team, and Local Matters is no exception. However, Evans has very impressive credentials. He had been CEO of Webb Interactive, a software development company; a founder and chairman of Jabber, an XML-based messaging company; founder and president of MapQuest Publishing Group; and founder of netIgnite.
Local Matters provides software and media services to allow Yellow Pages publishers and 411 service providers "to expand their traditional service offerings and capitalize on emerging opportunities in the local search market."