Norcross, GA, May 02, 2009 --(PR.com
)-- In recognition of the economic power of privately held companies, DiversityBusiness.com today honored APCO as one of the top privately held businesses in Georgia.
This is the 9th annual listing of Georgia’s top businesses by DiversityBusiness.com. The companies listed on the Top Business Lists represent the Nation’s top multicultural earners and challenge the long-held notion that a privately held business is small or insignificant. Winners are eagerly sought after by other corporations wishing to increase spending with businesses rich in diversity.
“Entrepreneurs 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. “This is a significant business segment that that provides jobs, products and services, and generates wealth for their communities. These are the new leaders in American business.”
Commenting on the award, CEO Larry Dorfman stated, “We have long shared Diversity Business’ values, and we deeply appreciate this recognition. APCO has always been committed to choosing the best and brightest partners to work with, regardless of ethnicity, color, or gender. The fact that our company is 40% ethnic minorities and 50% female is not a policy decision, but a natural result of that commitment.”
This List is a classification that represents the top 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, small and women-owned businesses use the list to find suppliers who share their goals and values. The List 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 are being honored at a special awards ceremony at DiversityBusiness.com’s “9th Annual Multicultural Business Conference,” taking place April 29 – May 1, 2009 at the Disney’s Contemporary Resort in Orlando, Florida.
For the complete list of winning companies, please visit: www.diversitybusiness.com
Founded in 1984, Automobile Protection Corporation – APCO is the leading independent provider of automotive benefits specifically created to appeal to the consumer and to enhance their vehicle buying and ownership experience in ways that create long-term bonds between the consumer and their dealership. APCO’s benefits are provided under the EasyCare brand as well as on behalf of some of the most prominent manufacturers in the automotive industry, including American Honda, Jaguar, Land Rover, Mazda and Volvo. With over 2 million contracts currently in force, APCO has paid over $2 Billion in claims, approximately $180 Million of which was in the last 12 months. EasyCare VSCs are fully insured by well-established insurance companies including Zurich North America’s Zurich American Insurance company and XL Capital, both of which have A or better ratings with A.M. Best. Please visit www.easycare.com.
Launched in 1999, DiversityBusiness, with over 46,000 members, is the largest organization of diverse businesses throughout the United States that provide goods and services to Fortune 1000 companies, government agencies, and colleges and universities. DiversityBusiness provides research and data collection services for diversity including the "Top 50 Organizations for Multicultural Business Opportunities," "Top 500 Diversity Owned Companies in America," and others. Its research has been recognized and published by Forbes Magazine, Business Week and thousands of other print and internet publications. The site has gained national recognition and has won numerous awards for its content and design. It is a leading provider of Supplier Diversity management tools and has the most widely distributed Diversity magazine in the United States. DiversityBusiness.com is produced by Computer Consulting Associates International Inc. (CCAii.com) of Southport, CT. Founded in 1980.