Local Business Gains National Recognition


Boca Raton, FL, April 30, 2009 In recognition of the economic power of multicultural businesses, DiversityBusiness.com, the nations leading multicultural internet site, recently named The Caler Group, Inc. as one of the top 500 diversity-owned businesses in the United States (Div500). The Caler Group, Inc. has also been named one of the top 100 Woman Owned businesses in Florida.

The Div500 is the 9thh annual listing of the Nation's top 500 diversity-owned businesses. Ranging in revenue size from $1 million to over $150 million, 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. Div500 members are sought after by major corporations wishing to increase spending with diversity owned companies. Over 650,000 businesses in the United States participated for this annual National Multicultural Awards. These awards take a comprehensive look at the most important segment of the United States economy—America’s privately held companies. This esteemed, elite list of companies is coveted by the most successful companies in the U.S. The list has become the most recognized and respected compilation of companies that truly differentiate themselves in the market place in a time when doing so has never been more important.

The Impact of Diversity Business
Major corporations wishing to increase market share realize it is no longer just the right thing to do business with diversity owned companies. Affected by recent economic and demographic trends and changes, corporations throughout the country have recognized that buying products and services from diversity owned companies positively impacts their business. Diversity-owned businesses contribute over $1.4 trillion in sales to the U.S. economy.

Diversity businesses and consumers 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. This is a whole business segment that can carry its own, that provides jobs, products and services, and generates wealth for their communities. These are the new leaders in American business.

"Having been in the business world for over 30 years, I have see tremendous changes in workforce diversity" said Colleen Perrone, President, The Caler Group, Inc.. In 1995, "I started my own company for retained executive search with a strong focus on providing companies with the best qualified individuals from a diversity slate of candidates. "

"Being a Minority/Women Business Enterprise company, certified by WBENC, we have continuously been proactively assisting our clients in the ongoing challenges of developing their diverse workforce. Many of our candidate pools have been comprised of diversity individuals, as have our final placements. The past three years of successful placements have consisted of: 2006—41% diversity ; 2007—43%; 2008—30%."

The Div500
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 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 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 9thh Annual Multicultural Business Conference, taking place April 29-May 1, 2009 at the Disney’s Contemporary Resport in Orlando, Florida.

The 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.

About The Caler Group, Inc.
A Certified WBENC business enterprise, The Caler Group, Inc. is headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida, and is a very successful retained executive search firm. Founded in 1995 by Colleen Perrone, clients are nationwide and international. All of The Caler Group, Inc. recruiters are full time employees with a business focus in technology, financial services, consumer, and energy industries. For more information please visit: http://www.calergroup.com

About DiversityBusiness.com
Launched in 1999, with over 30,000 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. Members use the sites technology to find and track new business opportunities. It also produces the country's largest conference on diversity education and training for major corporations and small business. Its research on top businesses appears in Fortune, Forbes and numerous magazines and media publications. 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.

For additional information, please contact:
Colleen Perrone
The Caler Group, Inc.


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