Small Business AwardSan Francisco, CAThe Praetorian Group, Inc., the leading online media company in the public safety and security market, has been named the 2013 U.S. Chamber of Commerce DREAM BIG Small Business of the Year. The award, sponsored by Sam’s Club, was presented to Praetorian Group at America’s Small Business Summit in Washington, D.C. on April 30th.

Competing against representatives from six other regions of the country, Praetorian was hailed for “showcasing exemplary business practices in the areas of staff training and motivation, community involvement, customer service, and business strategy.” As winner, Praetorian will receive a $10,000 prize.

“This award is a credit to our amazing team, which is tirelessly devoted to serving the first responders and military service men and women who are out there risking their lives every day to keep us safe,” said Alex Ford, CEO of the Praetorian Group. “This is a very meaningful triumph and a testament to the incredible amount of hard work and the unwavering commitment to our mission that has made us successful. It is a great honor to be recognized from among so many other great small businesses that are out there making a difference and creating jobs for our country.”

Small Business AwardFounded in 1999, The Praetorian Group provides cutting-edge resources to help first responders and military personnel stay safer, become better informed and better protect their communities. Its best-in-class websites include,,, and, which launched on Veterans Day 2012. In all, Praetorian’s properties are visited by more than 3 million safety and security professionals every month and count more than 1 million registered members.

In addition, Praetorian’s Grants division, which includes the websites, and, recently surpassed $20 million in grant funding for public safety departments. The funding is critical in helping police departments, fire departments and EMS agencies to get the equipment and training they need in an era of tight budgets.

This is the second time Praetorian Group competed for the award, having been recognized as the Western Regional Finalist in 2011 as well. The DREAM BIG Award is open to businesses with fewer than 250 employees and less than $20 million in annual revenue.

“The U.S. Chamber is proud to honor Praetorian Group for its leadership in its local community over the past fourteen years,” said Thomas J. Donohue, president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. “Praetorian Group is a shining example of a small business that has succeeded through hard work, sound business judgment, quality customer service, and a commitment to their employees.”

Watch the Praetorian Group finalist video here:

More information on the award can be found at:

About Praetorian Group
The Praetorian Group is the leading online media and technology company in the public safety and security market. Our properties are visited by more than 3 million public safety professionals every month and count over 1 million first responders as members. Praetorian owns and operates,,, and, as well as more than 15 topical public safety websites providing resources ranging from online video to grant assistance. We are deeply committed to providing resources and cutting edge information that help first responders and military personnel stay safer, become better informed and more effectively protect their communities.

For more information on the Praetorian Group, visit

About The U.S. Chamber of Commerce
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations.

About Sam’s Club
Sam’s Club, a division of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT), is the nation’s eighth largest retailer and a leading membership warehouse club offering superior products and services to more than 47 million members in clubs across the U.S., as well as in Brazil, China and Mexico. Members save an average of 34 percent over traditional retailers. To learn more about Savings Made Simple®, visit, and look for Sam’s Club on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and our Mobile and iPad® Apps.