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Press Release -- October 18th, 2011
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Cbeyond Selected as Top Company for Training and Development

Company Receives 2011 BEST Award from ASTD for its Commitment to Employee Development

ATLANTA--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Cbeyond (NASDAQ:CBEY, news, filings), a leading provider of IT and communications services to small businesses, has been named a BEST Award winner by the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) for the second time in the last three years.

The ASTD BEST Awards is the training industry's most rigorous and coveted recognition. The BEST Awards recognize a select 32 organizations that demonstrate enterprise-wide success through employee learning and development. "These 32 companies excelled in creating innovative, vibrant learning cultures that clearly aligned with strategic business goals," said Tony Bingham, ASTD's president and CEO. "They get it. The leadership of these organizations value learning and know it is a strategy driver."

Cbeyond ranked seventh among honored companies and is one of three Georgia-based companies included in this year's rankings. As a BEST Award winner, Cbeyond training leaders had the opportunity to share the company's training best practices during the ASTD Learn from the BEST Conference held earlier this month.

"Cbeyond is committed to providing a dynamic environment in which our nearly 2,000 employees can continuously develop both personally and professionally," said Susan Mitnick, senior director of training at Cbeyond. "We place great value in ensuring our employees have all the necessary tools to serve our customers and enhance their individual skills. This award reflects the success of these ongoing efforts."

ASTD unveiled the winners at this month's conference and also published the complete list in the October issue of Training±Development, a leading publication for workforce management professionals. ASTD selection criteria also included the overall investment organizations make in learning and performance initiatives and the extent to which companies connect individual training to organizational performance.

Nicole Ashe, Director of Operations Leaning & Development stated, "To be recognized as one of the 'BEST' by one of the training industry's premier professional associations is quite an honor. Since learning is such an integral part of the culture at Cbeyond, we will continue to strive to offer innovative opportunities for growth that allow our employees to develop and advance throughout the organization."

To learn more about the ASTD BEST Awards, and to view the complete list of winners, visit http://www.astd.org/ASTD/aboutus/AwardsandBestPractices/bestAwards/.

For more information on Cbeyond, visit http://www.cbeyond.net/. To view a social media version of this news release, visit http://pitch.pe/179805.

About Cbeyond

Cbeyond, Inc. (NASDAQ: CBEY) is a leading provider of IT and communications services to more than 59,000 small businesses in the U.S. 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, and virtual private networking. In addition, Cbeyond's Cloud Services division offers virtual and dedicated servers and cloud PBX to small businesses worldwide. Recently, the Cloud Services division won Microsoft's Hosting Partner of the Year Award for 2009 and 2010 in connection with Microsoft's Hyper-V Server product. Winning more than 50 awards for product innovation, growth and 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 and follow Cbeyond on Twitter: www.twitter.com/Cbeyondinc.

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Cbeyond, Inc.
Shana Keith, 678-384-8304
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