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Press Release -- October 7th, 2011
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Cbeyond Partners with Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce to Sponsor Small Business Development Programs

Sponsorship Provides Support, Education for Aspiring Washington, D.C.-Area Entrepreneurs

ATLANTA--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Cbeyond (NASDAQ:CBEY, news, filings), a leading provider of IT and communications services to small businesses, today announced its sponsorship of the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce's INC.spire business development program. INC.spire is a non-profit incubator program that offers coaching and tools to help entrepreneurs throughout the Washington, D.C. area successfully start and maintain businesses.

Cbeyond's contribution to INC.spire will further programs designed to ultimately enhance the region's economic prosperity. During the last decade, INC.spire has assisted more than four dozen entrepreneurs, who have created more than 500 jobs in the Greater Reston area through two primary initiatives:

  • An overarching incubator program, which offers advice, support and networking — both physically and virtually — to stabilize startup local businesses by providing a mentorship model that engages the talent and commitment of volunteers from the Chamber's membership;
  • The Business Education Series, which offers continued education for both startup and existing businesses.

"As a company that values promoting the entrepreneurial spirit throughout all stages of business development, Cbeyond is an ideal partner for INC.spire's efforts, led by Executive Director Bruce Mancinelli, to foster small business success," said Mark Ingrao, President and CEO of the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce. "When Chamber members support business and economic growth, we all win, and we are confident that Cbeyond's sponsorship is an investment in the future prosperity of the Greater Reston area."

As an INC.spire sponsor, Cbeyond will participate in the program's business development initiatives, including opportunities to work and share tips with aspiring entrepreneurs through the Business Education Series, networking events and Chamber communications.

"Cbeyond has a core value of donating time, talent and technology to improve the communities in which our employees live and work," said Dean Young, vice president of Cbeyond's Washington, D.C. Office. "Small business is the heart of the local business community, and we are honored to work with INC.spire because of its dedication to equipping all aspiring entrepreneurs — whether a high-school student learning business skills for the first time, or a veteran entrepreneur working to establish a new start-up — with the necessary tools to execute their ideas."

To learn more about INC.spire and to get involved as a sponsor or mentor, visit http://www.restonchamber.org/incspire/. For more information about Cbeyond, visit www.cbeyond.net/dc. To view a social media version of this news release, visit http://pitch.pe/172385.

About INC.spire

INC.spire is a catalyst for qualified, fast-growing businesses. We provide active coaching with the goal of fostering success, thereby enhancing the region's economic prosperity. INC.spire is sponsored by the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce. This successful program, sponsored by members of the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce, has assisted four dozen entrepreneurs over the past decade who have gone on to create over 500 jobs in the Reston area. These firms have attracted $45 million in business value and have secured more than 80,000 square feet of commercial office space in Northern Virginia. For more information about INC.spire, visit http://www.restonchamber.org/incspire/.

About Cbeyond

Cbeyond, Inc. (NASDAQ: CBEY) is a leading provider of IT and communications services to more than 59,000 small businesses throughout the United States. Serving growing entrepreneurs, Cbeyond offers more than 30 productivity-enhancing applications including local and long-distance voice, broadband Internet, mobile, BlackBerry®, voicemail, email, Web hosting, fax-to-email, data backup, file-sharing, virtual private networking and cloud services. In addition, Cbeyond's new Cloud Services division offers virtual and dedicated services and cloud PBX to small businesses worldwide. The Cloud Services division won Microsoft's Hosting Partner of the Year for 2009 and 2010 in connection with Microsoft's Hyper-V virtual server product. Winning over 50 awards for product innovation, growth and providing a quality customer experience, Cbeyond continues to focus on helping small businesses succeed and grow through high-performance technology, superior services and world-class support. For more information on Cbeyond, visit www.cbeyond.net/smb and follow Cbeyond on Twitter: www.Twitter.com/Cbeyondinc.

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Cbeyond, Inc.
Shana Keith, 678-384-8304
shana.keith@cbeyond.net

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