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Local Diversity Business Gains National Recognition

Tarrytown, NY, February 9, 2005 - In recognition of the economic power of multicultural businesses,, the nation's leading multicultural B2B online portal, recently named DataLinx as one of the top 100 diversity-owned businesses in New York and one of the top 500 diversity-owned businesses in the United States.

The Div100 is the 5th annual listing of the state’s top 100 diversity-owned businesses. 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 Div500 is the listing of the nation’s top 500 diversity-owned businesses representing the nation’s top multicultural earners.

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 500. 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.”

Div100 and Div500

The Div100 is a classification that represents the top 100 diversity-owned (women, Blacks, Hispanics, Asians, Native Indian and other minority groups) businesses in each state, in sectors such as technology, manufacturing, food service and professional services. The Div500 is a classification that represents the top 500 diversity-owned businesses in the U.S.

The Div100 and Div500 lists are produced annually by, the nation's leading multicultural B2B Internet portal that links large organizational buyers to multicultural product and service suppliers. Large organizational buyers throughout the country that do business with multicultural and women-owned businesses use these lists.

“The Div100 and Div500 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.”

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.

For the complete list of winning companies, please visit:

About DataLinx Corporation

DataLinx was founded in 1992 with the vision of delivering cost-effective business and systems consulting, OSS solutions, and network infrastructure & technology that address the critical business needs of global telecommunications service providers, enterprises and government agencies. Our solutions emphasize open technology, speed to market and business flexibility. DataLinx's corporate headquarters are located in Tarrytown, NY, with additional offices located in Florida, Virginia, Maryland, Texas, and Canada. For further information visit DataLinx at


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

For additional information, please contact:

Lori Bernardi
DataLinx Corporation