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Adventures In “SOX” Compliance Law firms have grown Sarbanes-Oxley expertise quicker than a Chia Pet, but most of the compliance materials and events they offer have been pretty staid: CD-ROMs, seminars, articles, and guidebooks. But other corporate compliance experts, many taking their cue from the law’s section 301 requirement that companies create anonymous tip lines, suffer fewer inhibitions when it’s time to tout corporate governance advice. We’ve chosen the most unabashedly entrepreneurial for an award we’ll call the Sarbanes(tm). The envelopes, please? — Heather Smith Award Product/Company What It Does Marketing Spin Best Dollar-Store Sarbanes Complaint Solutions Compliance consulting “Complete, Low-Cost Compliance Solution For Your Imitation (Pittsford, New York’s and audit committee Section 301 Burdens.” All for the low, low price of The Bonadio Group) administrative support -95 cents per employee. The answer to every CEO’s plea, “Get rid of my headaches, and do it cheaply!” Best Adapted Report-it.com Inc. Phone and Web — based Call it flexibility, or call it opportunism. But Report-it Product Line (Great River, New York) -compliance reporting hot line has made a sharp turn in strategy, from “preventing(for confidential reporting school violence” to Sarbanes-Oxley compliance.of concerns about a company) Best At-Least-We- Tell The Board, LLC Web-based compliance “Unlike others claiming to provide Sarbanes-Oxley- Aren’t-Those-Jerks (Tustin, California) reporting hot line compliant services, Tell The Board is not, nor is it Description -affiliated with, any security or audit company. We are not fraud investigators or a legal firm, nor are we owned by venture capitalists.” Best Huh?-Inducing InTouch Phone and Web — based InTouch’s examples of employee reports of corporate Marketing Ploy (Minneapolis) compliance reporting wrongdoing are a bit weird: a request for better hot line -parking facilities; complaints about a smelly fridge,and a confusing automated benefit system. Best Soundtrack Listen Up Group, LLC Phone and Web — based Listen Up offers tunes while you browse its Web site, (Chicago) compliance reporting hot line searching for the cleverly concealed contact information.

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