Named One of the Nation's
Top Diversity-Owned Business
For Immediate Release
Rose International Named One of the Nation's Top Diversity-Owned Business
Chesterfield, Mo.-based firm named to diversity-owned, woman-owned and Asian American-owned business lists.
ST. LOUIS (November 5, 2004) - In recognition of the economic power of multicultural businesses, DiversityBusiness.com, the nation’s leading multicultural B2B online portal, recently named Rose International as one of the top Diversity-owned, Women-owned and Asian-American-owned businesses, as well as one of the top Small Businesses in the United States.
Ranging in revenue size from $12 million to over $1 billion, the companies listed on the Div500 represent the nation’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 500, 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.”
“Being a diversity-owned business has certainly presented challenges, but it has also presented many opportunities, as well,” says Mrs. Himanshu Bhatia, CEO, Rose International. “I truly appreciate organizations like DiversityBusiness.com that recognize the significant contributions of companies like ours.”
The Div500 is a classification that represents the top 500 diversity-owned (women, Blacks, Hispanics, Asians, Native Indian and other minority groups) businesses in the United States, 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 is produced annually by DiversityBusiness.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 5th Annual Multicultural Business Conference, taking place March 30 – April 2, 2005 at the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut.
For the complete list of winning companies, please visit: www.diversitybusiness.com
About Rose International
Founded in 1993, St. Louis-based Rose International is a leader in providing information technology and business services to corporations and government agencies nationwide. With nearly 1,000 associates and steady revenue growth, Rose is recognized as one of the country's fastest-growing and most successful companies.
In 2003, Rose received the SBA National Entrepreneurial Success award, and in 2001, CEO Himanshu Bhatia was named the Missouri Small-Business Person of the Year. The company has been consistently recognized for its success, having been named to the VARBusiness 500, Inc 500, St. Louis Regional Technology Top 50,Deloitte & Touche Fast 500 and Working Woman 500, among many other honors. Most recently, the company was named one of 12 Regional Suppliers of the Year by the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC).
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.