Northbound LLC's CEO and Co-Founder Hetal Mehta Wins Prestigious Asian Entrepreneur of the Year Award

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Northbound LLC CEO and co-founder Ms. Hetal Mehta has been selected as the winner of the 16th annual National Asian Entrepreneur of the Year award.

I am very honored to receive this award and would like to thank Asian Entrepreneur Magazine for putting the spotlight on companies and people that have a positive impact on the Asian American community

Northbound LLC CEO and co-founder Ms. Hetal Mehta has been selected as the winner of the 16th annual National Asian Entrepreneur of the Year award.

The award, sponsored by the Asian Entrepreneur Magazine, is given annually to honor the entrepreneurs, small businesses and Fortune 500 companies that have made an impact in the Asian Pacific American community. Ms. Mehta was selected as the winner in the technology category and will be presented with the award at the annual Asian Entrepreneur's banquet on September 18, 2009 at the Sheraton in Santa Monica, California.

"We are very proud to have selected Ms. Mehta as the winner in the technology sector," said Willy S. Borromeo, Publisher, Asian Entrepreneur Magazine. "Time and time again she has demonstrated her interest in promoting the growth of Asian American businesses as well as helping SMBs and women in business."

Northbound is aligned with the US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce (USPAACC) and works extensively with Asian American suppliers. The company helps train its Asian American suppliers on such things as how to work with U.S. companies and helps these suppliers to become direct suppliers to clients.

Northbound believes very strongly in helping to educate members of the Asian American community, specifically women and students, on how to work with U.S. companies. The company offer training programs throughout the year that focus on such things as cultural differences in the workplace and on-site training on technical skills. In addition they offer programs designed to help Asian American students find employment in the U.S. For those students, Northbound helps teach these students how to apply for jobs in the U.S. and what skills potential employers look for in a new hire. In the future Northbound will offer these types of programs online so they can reach a broader audience.

"I am very honored to receive this award and would like to thank Asian Entrepreneur Magazine for putting the spotlight on companies and people that have a positive impact on the Asian American community," said Ms. Mehta. "This award is a direct reflection of the outstanding work the team at Northbound does with a very diverse customer base. We believe in the importance of helping to strengthen the Asian American community."

In addition to winning the Asian Entrepreneur of the Year award, Northbound has been recognized for its outstanding work by many other media outlets. The company has won the "Best Places to Work in the Bay Area" award given annually by the San Francisco Times and the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal and was voted in the top 10 of the Nation's "50 Fastest-Growing Asian American Businesses" for 2008 and 2009 by the USPAACC. In addition the company was a finalist in the NCSDC Supplier of the Year award, and two of the 2008 Stevie Awards for "Best Overall Company of the Year - Service Business " and the "Fastest Growing Company of the Year". On a personal level, Ms Mehta was named one of the 2009 Women of Influence in Silicon Valley by the Silicon Valley / San Jose Business Journal.

About Northbound, LLC
Northbound, LLC is the trusted IT consulting and implementation services provider for some of the world's largest companies including McGraw-Hill, Wells Fargo, GMAC, Southwest Airlines, Dun & Bradstreet, UBS and IBM. With numerous industry and client distinctions as well as an uncompromised dedication to quality and professionalism, Northbound, LLC is the vendor of choice for mission critical and time sensitive IT outsourcing projects. Learn more about Northbound, LLC at http://www.northboundllc.com.

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