Southport, CT – January 26, 2001 – DiversityBusiness.com, the nation’s leading multicultural business website, today announced the Div500, the 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 101st spot of 2001’s Div500 is Alliance Rubber Company, headquartered in Hot Springs, AR. The “Top 500” companies will be honored at a special awards ceremony at DiversityBusiness.com’s Annual Multicultural Business Conference.
“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”.
The Div500 is a classification that represents the top 500 diversity-owned (Women, African American, 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.” bout Alliance Rubber Company
About Alliance Rubber Company
Since 1923, Alliance Rubber Company has been dedicated to Holding Your World Together. The company has grown into a global leader with over 2,100 skus of mailing, shipping, office and packaging products. Under the current leadership of Bonnie Swayze, president, Alliance continues its long history of innovation. Pioneering the women’s entrance into the boardroom, Bonnie was the first female board member of the Wholesale Stationers Association, and has served on the WBENC board and other HUB organizations.
SOURCE: Alliance Rubber Company