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NJBIA member Stateside Affairs, a woman and minority-owned government affairs and public relations company based in Manasquan, recently was honored with the Gold Stevie Award in Achievement in the Web Writing/Content category of the 21st annual American Business Awards.

Stateside Affairs won for its work completely overhauling the website of the Housing Authority of the City of Elizabeth (HACE). In addition to the Gold Stevie, Stateside Affairs also received a Bronze Stevie Award in Achievement in the User Interface Design category. The PR company was the sole New Jersey winner in these categories.

Additionally, Stateside Affairs Social Media and Public Relations Manager LisaMarie Gaeta won a Silver Stevie Award in the Communications Professional of the Year category and a Bronze Stevie Award in the Marketer of the Year category. Gaeta was the sole award winner representing a New Jersey business in both of these categories.

The Stevie Awards will be presented at the 2023 American Business Awards Banquet on June 13 at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square, New York. Stevie Awards are the premier business awards in the U.S. and are open to public and private businesses and nonprofits.

This was the first time that Stateside Affairs submitted nominations to the American Business Awards competition. Judges praised the company for identifying the challenges of HACE’s old website and tackling the update in a way that balanced text and images, while also adding social media to help users engage with content of various platforms. The judges also commended the decision to include a “press room” on the website to show users local media coverage demonstrating the value of HACE’s programs and the ongoing impact on the community.

HACE Deputy Executive Director Cathy Hart had high praise for the work Stateside Affairs did on the website overhaul, which was spearhead by Stateside Affairs President & CEO Cristina Pinzon; Web Developer Mike Darche; and Gaeta, who served as the account manager for the HACE project.

“The care that their staff shows to us, not only with our staff but with the residents, they’re very thoughtful, very engaging, very aware,” Hart said. “I can’t say enough about Stateside Affairs and the work that they do.”