Local Women Business Named among Nation’s Top 500,
Diversity Business Recognized in
Columbia, MD, December 1,
2004 - In recognition of the economic power of multicultural businesses,
DiversityBusiness.com, the nations’ leading multicultural B2B online portal,
recently named Lingual Information System Technologies, Inc. (LinguaLISTek)
as one of the top 100 diversity-owned businesses in Maryland.
The Div100 is the 5th
annual listing of the Nation’s top 500 Women-Owned businesses, the State’s
Top 100 Diversity-Owned businesses, and the State’s Top 100 Small business.
Ranging in revenue size from $89,000 to over $1.1 billion, the companies
listed on the Div500 and Div100 represent the Nation’s and State’s top
multicultural earners and challenge the long-held notion that a
diversity-owned business is small or insignificant.
The Power of Diversity
It is no longer just “the
right thing” to do business with diversity suppliers. Affected by recent
economic and demographic trends and changes, corporations throughout the
country are realizing that diversity in suppliers positively impacts their
business. Diversity-owned businesses contribute over $1.4 trillion in sales
to the U.S. economy.
“Diversity businesses are
a growing force in the U.S. economy, and a force to be reckoned with,” said
Kenton Clarke, CEO of Computer Consulting Associates International, the
company that built DiversityBusiness.com. “It’s no longer only about the
Fortune 1000, or the Fortune 1000. This is a whole business segment that
can carry its own, that provides jobs and valuable products and services,
and generates wealth for their communities. These are the new leaders of
The Div500 and Div100
The Div500 and Div100 is a
classification that represents the top diversity-owned (women, Blacks,
Hispanics, Asians, Native Indian and other minority groups) businesses in
the U.S., in sectors such as technology, manufacturing, food service and
professional services. Large organizational buyers throughout the country
that do business with multicultural and women-owned businesses use the list.
The Div500 and Div100 is produced annually by DiversityBusiness.com
(formerly Div2000.com), the nation's leading multicultural B2B Internet
portal that links large organizational buyers to multicultural product and
The winning companies will
be honored at a special awards ceremony at DiversityBusiness.com’s 5th
Annual Multicultural Business Conference, taking place March 30, 31 & April
1, 2005 at the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut.
“This will be our second
year attending this event and we are please to be recognized by
DiversityBusiness. We look forward to establishing new relationships with
fellow minority business owners,” said Elizabeth Rendón, President and Owner
of Lingual Information System Technologies, Inc.
“The Div100 companies are
the heroes of diversity-owned business in America,” said Kenton Clarke.
“While Fortune magazine lists the best companies for minorities to work for,
we list the top businesses owned by minorities. 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:
launched in 1999, with over 25,000 members DiversityBusiness.com 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. The site has gained national
recognition and has won numerous awards for its content and design.
DiversityBusiness.com is produced by Computer Consulting Associates
International Inc. (CCAii.com) of Southport, CT. CCA was founded in 1980 by
CEO Kenton Clarke.