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Two Gwinnett businesses among 16 finalists for technology honor

DULUTH - Two Gwinnett businesses were announced as semifinalists for the Technology Association of Georgia's annual Top 10 Innovative Technology Companies in Georgia.

The Intellection Group, a Web-based business solutions company in Duluth, and Vystar, a credit union in Duluth, were among the 16 semifinalists named at The Gwinnett Technology Forum Tuesday.

"These kind of opportunities are exactly what small companies like ourselves need to grow," said Dave Bernard, vice president of The Intellection Group.

The two companies were chosen from a list of the Top 40 Innovators in the state as selected by the Technology Association of Georgia.

The Top 40 Innovators are chosen based on a number of criteria, including degree of innovation, scope and financial impact of innovation, likelihood of success and promotion of Georgia's innovative efforts nationally and internationally.

"This has been our most successful Top 40 competition ever with nearly 100 companies applying," said Tino Mantella, president of the Technology Association of Georgia.

In addition to The Intellection Group and Vystar, five other Gwinnett businesses had been named to the Top 40, including: Cnetics Technologies LLC of Norcross, Digital Resolve of Norcross, Electrochemical Research Corporation of Norcross, EMS Technologies Inc. of Norcross and InfoWeapons Inc. of Duluth.

All of the Top 40 businesses will participate in a showcase at the Georgia Technology Summit Feb. 28 at the Cobb Galleria Centre. The finalists for the Top 10 will make presentations at the Summit.