Diversity Business Recognized in Florida and the USA
St Petersburg , Florida , November 11, 2004.
In recognition of the economic power of multicultural businesses, DiversityBusiness.com, the nations' leading multicultural B2B online portal, has for the 2nd year in a row named Custom Manufacturing & Engineering™ (CME™) to its top 100 Florida diversity owned businesses. CME was ranked #21 for the year 2004.
The Div100 is the 5 th annual listing of the State's top 100 diversity-owned businesses. Ranging in revenue size from $1,780,000 to over $150,000,000, the companies listed on the Div100 represent the 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 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 American business.”
The Div100 is a classification that represents the top 100 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 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 service suppliers.
The winning companies will be honored at a special awards ceremony at DiversityBusiness.com's 4 th Annual Multicultural Business Conference, taking place March 17 – 19, 2004 at the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket , Connecticut .
“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: