Sonal Shah - selected as Small Business Person of the Year.
Beaverton, OR, April 14, 2002 — Sonal C. Shah, President of Northwest Software, Inc. . has been selected by the U.S. Small Business Administration as the 2002 Oregon State Small Business Person of the Year. This is the state’s highest state-level honor given annually to an outstanding diversity business owner. As an Oregon State Small Business Person of the Year, Ms. Shah will represent Oregon and Northwest Software, Inc. during National Small Business Week ceremonies in order to compete for the Regional and National Small Business Person of the Year 2002 awards. ( ).
U.S. Small Business Administration Portland District Director Phil Gentry said, "NSI is a premier software company because of its technological innovation and exceptional talent. The company has survived economic downturns by deepening relationships with current customers and creating new ones. Under Ms. Shah’s leadership, NSI has been nominated as the Top 50/100 fastest growing companies in Oregon across all industries for the last consecutive six years," said SBA district director Philip Gentry.. Gentry will present the award to Sonal Shah today at the National Minority Enterprise Development Week Business Award luncheon at the Oregon Convention Center.

Commenting on this honor, NSI’s President, Ms. Sonal Shah said, “Considering how competitive these awards are, it is a great honor to be recognized by U.S Small Business Administration. We are thankful to our customers and employees who have contributed to our growth and success.”

“We are constantly innovating and investing in technology and refinement of processes to streamline our customer’s human capital acquisition process”, Shah said. “We have played a key role as investors in, Inc., a company developing enterprise-wide products to streamline our clients’ recruitment and supply-chain processes. After over 30 person-years of development we have perfected EZRecruit and are using it effectively to rapidly source, screen and present matching candidates to our clients. In addition, we believe in giving back to the community especially to the educational systems that will fuel our future growth.”

About Northwest Software, Inc. Northwest Software, Inc., is a global Information Technology Consulting Services Company headquartered in Beaverton, Oregon. NSI provides Information Technology services either on a staff augmentation or on a project basis, drawing from a pool of diverse, highly skilled talent including IT professionals, software engineers and seasoned project managers located locally and internationally. NSI has grown from a staff augmentation company to one that can also provide complete solutions. The company has delivered over 600 person-years of IT consulting services to hundreds of satisfied clients. For more information, please visit

About EZRecruit™ EZRecruit is a unique e-recruiting service that uses powerful search and screening capabilities and real-time Internet connectivity to automate the recruiting process from candidate sourcing to final hiring. Working around the clock and without supervision, EZRecruit™ goes beyond applicant tracking to help employers build relationships with candidates, contractors, recruiting portals and vendors. The EZRecruit™ service is designed for companies of all sizes, recruiting across all disciplines. EZRecruit™ is available as an ASP-based service, and the software is also available for lease or purchase. For more information, please visit

About U.S. Small Business Administration U.S Small Business Administration serves as an invaluable resource for the estimated 20 million small businesses in America. The SBA was created in 1953 to help small businesses get started, stay in business and grow. The agency provides financial, management and government contracting assistance to small firms nationwide. In the Pacific Northwest, the SBA’s five district offices have a portfolio of business loans, loan guarantees and disaster loans totaling almost $2 billion. For more information, please visit their web site at