TechMaine Names CashStar Gazelle Company of the Year

CashStar, the digital gifting and incentives company, today announced that it won the Gazelle Company of the Year Award from TechMaine: The Technology Association of Maine. The award, presented to the company that, through innovation in products, services or business approach, has emerged from its start-up phase to become a solid presence in the marketplace, recognizes CashStar’s achievements since launching last year.

“We are thrilled to be honored by TechMaine as the Gazelle Company of the Year,” said CashStar CEO David Stone. “This award belongs to the entire CashStar team, now 35 strong, who is dedicated to and passionate about providing our customers with innovative solutions that enable a whole new way of gift giving. To be acknowledged by our local community is a testament to the quality and talent of our team, who has driven the company’s explosive growth over the past year.”

One of Maine’s fastest growing companies, CashStar is leading the digital commerce evolution as the only digital gifting and incentives company for top brands including The Home Depot, CVS/pharmacy and Chili’s. The company is revolutionizing the industry by creating a new category of print-on-demand media with its digital gift card and incentive solutions. It provides retailers with a convenient, low cost and eco-friendly online alternative to plastic cards that can be used as part of their marketing mix to boost overall sales, increase brand recognition, amplify lift and drive in-store traffic. For consumers, CashStar’s platform provides a richer experience for both the purchaser and the recipient through added personalization, customization and focus on a rich user experience.

“We live and breathe in our technology community every day, but it’s important to gather once a year to honor our leaders and visionaries,” says Joe Kumiszcza, executive director for TechMaine. “Exciting new companies like CashStar joined established firms like Harbor Technologies for recognition among this year’s winners. We had more nominations this year than we had in the past two years combined. Our judges were impressed with the high caliber of the entries submitted, and said it was a challenge to select only one winner in each category.”

Since 2002, TechMaine has honored Maine businesses and individuals for their contributions to the state’s technology-reliant economy. The Technology Awards recognize the accomplishments of the state’s technology sectors over the past year, and present awards to Maine’s top technology companies and individuals.

About TechMaine
The Technology Association of Maine (TechMaine) is the statewide trade association for Maine’s technology sectors. TechMaine supports its members by serving as the leading resource and advocate for Maine technology-reliant companies, bringing together technology, community, and education to enhance career opportunities, increase workforce development, and support rich economic growth in the state of Maine. As a resource, TechMaine supplies information, educational programs and services to increase awareness of the industry, develop community, and promote workforce development. As an advocate, TechMaine’s legislative agenda promotes the importance of Maine’s technology sectors. TechMaine is dedicated to growing our industry by creating a constructive and stimulating environment. For more information, call 207-857-3003 or visit

About CashStar, Inc. CashStar is the preferred digital gifting and incentives partner for retailers nationwide. These retail brands leverage CashStar to easily and securely integrate digital gifting strategies to increase sales and customer loyalty. CashStar offers consumers an unmatched personalized eGift experience via email, mobile and social channels. It is the only company to successfully combine an on-demand B2C and B2B digital gifting and incentives platform with innovative multichannel marketing strategies. More than 250 brands are successfully partnering with CashStar to drive incremental sales, increase retention and boost profitability including Best Buy, Chili’s Grill & Bar, CVS/pharmacy, Gap, Pottery Barn, QVC, Staples, Starbucks, T.G.I. Friday’s, The Home Depot, and Williams-Sonoma. To learn more about how CashStar is constantly innovating the way businesses deliver personalized gifting experiences to consumers and partners in the digital world, please visit or e-mail


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