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Top 500 Diversity Owned Businesses in the United States Announced

SOUTHPORT, CT, December 07, 2006/ DiversityBusiness.com -- DiversityBusiness.com, the nation’s’ leading multicultural business website, today announced the Div500, the 7th annual listing of the nation’s top 500 diversity-owned businesses. Ranging in revenue size from $20 million to over $2 billion, the companies listed on the Div500 represent the nation’s top multicultural earners and challenge the long-held notion that diversity-owned businesses are small or insignificant.

At the top of 2006’s Div500 are Software House International, Inc., headquartered in Somerset, NJ, with $2.6 billion in 2005 revenues, World Wide Technology, Inc., headquartered in St. Louis, with $1.8 billion in 2005 revenues, Ensemble Workforce Solutions, based in Los Angels, CA, with 1.4 billion in 2005 revenues, and Omega World Travel, based in Fairfax, VA, with $1.3 billion in 2005 revenues. These four businesses are Asian American, African American, Hispanic, and Woman-owned respectively. The top companies will be honored at a special awards ceremony at DiversityBusiness.com’s 7th Annual Multicultural Business Conference, taking place April 11 – April 13, 2007 at the Mirage in Las Vegas, Nevada.

“Diversity-owned businesses contribute over $1.4 trillion in sales to the U.S. economy,” said Kenton Clarke, CEO of Computer Consulting Associates International, the company that built DiversityBusiness.com. “It is no longer just “the right thing” to do business with diversity suppliers. Because of recent economic and demographic trends and changes, major corporations are realizing that having a diverse supplier base positively impacts their business revenue from this sector of buyers”.

“This group represents the entrepreneurial spirit that drives our economy and even more. It offers insights into a vastness of cultures and an exchange of ideas that are so valuable in helping me to understand how to reach the needs of today's consumers” commented Gloria Bohan, CEO of Omega World Travel from Fairfax Virginia.

The Div500
The Div500 is a classification that represents the Top 500 diversity-owned (women, Blacks, Hispanics, Asians, Native American and other minority groups) businesses in the U.S., in sectors such as technology, manufacturing, food service and professional services. Major corporations, government agencies and college/universities throughout the country that do business with multicultural and women-owned businesses use the list The Div500 is produced annually by DiversityBusiness.com, the nation's leading multicultural B2B Internet portal that links large organizational buyers to multicultural product and service businesses.

“The Div500 companies are the heroes of diversity-owned business in America,” said Kenton Clarke. These are the people that have conquered the hurdles and made the sacrifices, building and strengthening their communities, providing jobs and helping to keep the fabric of the U.S. economy together.”

For the complete list of winning companies, please visit: www.DiversityBusiness.com

About DiversityBusiness.com
Launched in 1999, DiversityBusiness.com with over 32,000 members is the largest organization of diversity-owned businesses throughout the United States that provide goods and services to Fortune 1000 companies, government agencies and colleges and universities. DiversityBusiness.com performs research on diversity businesses for such leading publications as Forbes, Fortune magazine and numerous other media outlets. The site has gained national recognition and has won numerous awards for its content and design. DiversityBusiness.com facilitates contacts and communication, streamlines business processes and provides vital business news and information. DiversityBusiness.com is produced by Computer Consulting Associates International Inc. (CCAii.com) of Southport, CT. Founded in 1980; CCAii is a computer-consulting and diversity specialist firms.

Press Contact: Odetta Rogers, Director of Communications, DiversityBusiness.com

Source: DiversityBusiness.com

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