Local Business Gains National Recognition: ESPS Named Among Maryland's Top 50 Woman Owned Businesses For Second Year

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In recognition of the economic power of multicultural businesses, DiversityBusiness.com, the nations’ leading multicultural internet site, recently named Eastern Shore Psychological Services (ESPS) as one of the top 50 small and woman/ diversity owned businesses in Maryland (Div50) for the second year. ESPS engages in a variety of activites including direct mental health services, research, training, and consulting. ESPS developed the CARE: Child and Adolescent Risk Evaluation, completed a ground-reaking study on school-based mental health services, and created 2 self-help CD and Journal sets and one training DVD on Disrupted Attachment Patterns.

In recognition of the economic power of multicultural businesses, DiversityBusiness.com, the nations’ leading multicultural internet site, recently named Eastern Shore Psychological Services as one of the top 50 small and woman/ diversity owned businesses in Maryland (Div50) for the second year.

The Div50 is the 6th annual listing of MD’s top 50 small and woman/diversity owned businesses. Ranging in revenue size from $1,000,000 to over $156,000,000, the companies listed on the Div50 represent MD’s top multicultural earners and challenge the long-held notion that a diversity-owned business is small or insignificant. Div50 members are sought after by major corporations wishing to increase spending with small businesses.

The Impact of Small Business

Major corporations wishing to increase market share realize it is no longer just “the right thing” to do business with small businesses. Affected by recent economic and demographic trends and changes, corporations throughout the country have recognized that buying products and services from small companies positively impacts their business.

“Small 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 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.”

“We bring significant economic, product, and service strengths to our community.” Dr. Kathryn Seifert said of her organization. From humble beginnings with 5 staff, we continue to be dedicated and hard-working. We now employ over 80 people. We are living proof that the American Dream is still alive and well.”

The Div50

The Div50 is a classification that represents the top 50 small businesses in Maryland in sectors such as technology, manufacturing, food service and professional services. Large organizational buyers throughout the country that do business with small businesses use the list. The Div50 is produced annually by DiversityBusiness.com, the nation's leading multicultural B2B Internet portal that links large organizational buyers to small businesses offering various products and services.

The winning companies will be honored at a special awards ceremony at DiversityBusiness.com’s 6th Annual Multicultural Business Conference, taking place March 29 – March 31, 2006 at the MGM Mirage in Las Vegas, Nevada.

“The Div50 companies are the heroes of small businesses in MD,” said Kenton Clarke. “While Fortune magazine lists the best companies for minorities to work for, we list the top small businesses. 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.”

For the complete list of winning companies, please visit:

http://www.diversitybusiness.com

About Eastern Shore Psychological Services

Eastern Shore Psychological Services (ESPS) is a multi-program organization providing treatment, education, and evaluation services for residents of the Eastern Shore, as well as research an consulting services, nationally. As an agency, ESPS has focused on and specialized in providing programs and services targeted for children, adolescents, and their families; especially the emotionally disturbed, behaviorally disordered, victimized and resistant youth. ESPS is currently providing services to our community through 3 Service Divisions: the Consultation, Research, and Training Programs, our Child and Family Oriented Programs and the Behavioral Accountability Program. ESPS developed the CARE (Child and Adolescent Risk Evaluation) published by Research Press. The organization has also completed a groundbreaking study of school-based mental health services. Soulight Publishing has released 2 self-help CD and journal sets and one training DVD on Disrupted Attachment Patterns by Dr. Seifert. Also recently published was a book of poetry by Jim Hyde about his long-time struggle with and survival from the major life disruption of AIDS. The Seifert Enrichment Centre opened an art gallery for local artists that is available to the public at no cost.

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.

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