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Kacy Carlsen Of UpDog Media Honored As  Redlands’s 2022 Local  Business Person Of The Year

BOSTON, MA: February 16, 2022 — The largest online referral network for small businesses, is announcing the results of its national search for leaders who’ve gone above and beyond guiding peers and supporting entire communities as they strive to recover.

Today, Alignable’s network has chosen Kacy Carlsen of UpDog Media as Redland’s 2022 Business Person Of The Year!  

The 2022 contest is the most popular competition Alignable has ever hosted, marking a 64% increase in participation over last year. In all, 2,400+ small business owners were elected by their peers to be their Local Business People Of The Year across the U.S. and Canada.

During the contest, which ran from Jan. 10 to Feb. 11, 2022, 160,000+ votes and 32,000+ testimonials were posted praising thousands of local leaders for helping their peers and communities through a turbulent year with many challenges: skyrocketing inflation, labor shortages, supply chain problems, and COVID variants.

Because of these issues, 70% of small businesses have yet to recover and recovery rates have declined 13% since December, according to Alignable’s latest poll of 6,305 small business owners. This recovery reversal highlights how important it is for the contest winners to continue their work helping even more businesses bounce back from pandemic-era hurdles.

Giving Is The Glue Holding Us Together

“In our tight-knit community, you almost always get back what you give,” said Carlsen. “And the challenges we’ve all encountered have compelled many of us to offer counsel and other support to peers struggling to keep their businesses afloat. While I’m thrilled to receive this award, it’s really a testament to our entire community. And it reinforces my resolve to push toward a full recovery for everyone here in Redlands by the end of 2022, if not earlier.”

Carlsen received a special badge on her Alignable profile, recognizing this big win. In past years, the awareness generated through similar contests has spurred expanded connections, as well as new business for many winners.

Driving Recognition Is Key

“This has been a fun and rewarding contest to watch unfold,” said Alignable’s President & Co-Founder Venkat Krishnamurthy. “Local business owners are the heart and soul of their communities and they ought to get way more recognition for all they do. Friendly competition aside, this contest generated some incredible peer testimonials (to the tune of 32,000+), showing exactly why small business owners are stronger together.”

To arrange interviews with Kacy Carlsen and/or an Alignable representative,  please contact Chuck Casto at He also can offer JPEGs and other visuals, as well as local winner testimonials.

Kacy Carlsen – CEO UpDog Media
Kacy Carlsen - CEO UpDog Media
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About UpDog Media
UpDog is a local business superstore that services the Inland Empire business community. Fostering a “business helping business” atmosphere, UpDog provides a feeling of support and motivation with access to marketing services, products, and resources. UpDog is on a mission to help business owners grow and thrive by making it easy to obtain all of the products and services required to MARK YOUR TERRITORY all from one convenient location.

The list of products and services that UpDog offers is always expanding!  Listening to business owners’ needs allows UpDog to continue to create solutions that they can use in the day-to-day of running their business.


For Printing, Signs, Commercial Vehicle Graphics, Apparel, Promotional Products, Tradeshow Displays, Digital Marketing, Direct Mail, and more contact UpDog today!

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About Alignable is the largest online referral network for small businesses in the U.S. and Canada. With 7 million+ members across 35,000+ local communities, Alignable is the network where small business owners drive leads and prospects, generate referrals, land new business, build trusted relationships, and share great advice.


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