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Local Women Business Named among Nation’s Top 500,
Diversity Business Recognized in Maryland

Columbia, MD, December 1, 2004 - In recognition of the economic power of multicultural businesses,, 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 Business

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  “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 American business.” 


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 (formerly, the nation's leading multicultural B2B Internet portal that links large organizational buyers to multicultural product and service suppliers.


The winning companies will be honored at a special awards ceremony at’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:



DiversityBusiness launched in 1999, with over 25,000 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. The site has gained national recognition and has won numerous awards for its content and design. is produced by Computer Consulting Associates International Inc. ( of Southport, CT. CCA was founded in 1980 by CEO Kenton Clarke.

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