Manetta, Leader in Supply Chain Managed Services Industry, Joining Women Business Leaders Nationwide to Identify Future Business Communications Requirements and Trends

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To serve the emerging communications technology needs of U.S. women-owned businesses and help drive continued innovation and growth, Betty Manetta, President and CEO, Argent Associates, Inc. has been selected by AT&T* for participation in the company’s recently launched AT&T Women Entrepreneurs’ Forum.

The forum, announced Sept. 28 by Cathy Martine, AT&T Executive Vice President of Small Business Solutions, at the annual Women Impacting Public Policy Conference in Washington D.C., brings together 30 of the most accomplished leaders of women-owned businesses from across the country. Forum members include entrepreneurs and business leaders in telecom, marketing and consulting, advertising, communications, healthcare, and accounting. The forum will focus on members’ business communications technology needs, future trends in their respective industries, and provide a look into how AT&T can help their businesses grow.

The country’s 8 million women-owned businesses generate a U.S. economic impact of $3 trillion, according to a 2009 study from the Center for Women’s Business Research.

“AT&T Women Entrepreneurs’ Forum will help foster growth and innovation for women owned businesses like Argent Associates. Women-owned businesses already drive significant global advantage for the U.S. economy and are poised to do even more. As telecommunications and computing technologies converge across many industries, women-led companies are already taking a leadership role in exciting mobility, M2M (machine-to-machine) and cloud products. We are honored to work with AT&T to help women-owned businesses be a driver of industry change and transformation," Manetta said.

“The AT&T Women Entrepreneurs’ Forum is designed to drive innovation and operational excellence by encouraging the sharing of new ideas, different perspectives and proven best practices,” Martine said. “Women-owned businesses today are creating new jobs and will play a big role in the country’s economic recovery. To continue this trend, they need the latest communications technology, and AT&T is committed to helping ensure that’s it’s both available and affordable.”

AT&T was recognized earlier this year for its leadership in women’s business issues by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council and the National Association for Female Executives.

Members of the AT&T Women Entrepreneurs’ Forum held a kick-off teleconference Oct. 19 and will gather in person later this year for an inaugural conference at AT&T’s Global Network Operations Center in Bedminster, N.J.

*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.

About Argent Associates
Argent Associates, Inc. provides supply-chain managed service solutions, new mobile technology deployment, end-of-life cycle management, and environmental products and services for government and Fortune 500 markets. Established in 1998, Argent is headquartered in Edison, N.J. and has warehousing, staging and manufacturing facilities in Texas, Arizona, Colorado, North Carolina, Illinois, California and New York. Argent Associates was named the 2010 #1 Fastest Woman Owned Company in the US by WBENC and Open. In addition, Argent was number 261 of INC500 businesses in the US. Argent is certified as a female- and minority (Hispanic) owned business. For more information, visit Argent Associates at http://www.argentassociates.com.

About AT&T
AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) is a premier communications holding company. Its subsidiaries and affiliates – AT&T operating companies – are the providers of AT&T services in the United States and around the world. With a powerful array of network resources that includes the nation’s fastest mobile broadband network, AT&T is a leading provider of wireless, Wi-Fi, high speed Internet and voice services. A leader in mobile broadband, AT&T also offers the best wireless coverage worldwide, offering the most wireless phones that work in the most countries. It also offers advanced TV services under the AT&T U-verse® and AT&T DIRECTV brands. The company’s suite of IP-based business communications services is one of the most advanced in the world. In domestic markets, AT&T Advertising Solutions and AT&T Interactive are known for their leadership in local search and advertising. In 2010, AT&T again ranked among the 50 Most Admired Companies by FORTUNE® magazine.

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