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Glen Burnie, Maryland, November 10, 2005. In recognition of the economic power of woman-owned businesses, DiversityBusiness.com, the nations’ leading multicultural internet site, recently named TeleRep (TeleRep.com), a Division of ATS Call Centers, Inc. as one of the top woman-owned businesses in Maryland.

The ranking is the 6th annual listing of the Maryland’s top woman-owned businesses. Ranging in revenue size from 1.5MM to over 150MM, the companies listed represent Maryland’s top Women earners and challenge the long-held notion that a woman-owned business is small or insignificant. Members are sought after by major corporations wishing to increase spending with woman-owned companies.

The Impact of Woman Owned 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.”

TeleRep’s Founder and President, Sandie Olson, states: “We are proud to be recognized as one of Maryland’s Top Businesses. In recent years we’ve leveraged our resources with other Woman Business Enterprises (WBEs) and that has only added to our success. 2005 is a much different era than 1976 when I started my first telephone answering service back in my home. The business climate today provides many more opportunities for woman looking to build successful businesses.”

The Top Woman List

This is a classification that represents the top woman-owned businesses in Maryland, 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. This 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 will be honored at a special awards ceremony at DiversityBusiness.com’s 6thh Annual Multicultural Business Conference, taking place March 29 – March 31, 2006 at the MGM Mirage in Las Vegas, Nevada.

“The listed companies are the heroes of woman-owned business in America,” said Kenton Clarke. “While Fortune magazine lists the best companies for women and minorities to work for, we list the top woman owned 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:


About TeleRep

TeleRep ( http://www.TeleRep.com )is a division of ATS Call Centers, Inc. and is nationally certified through WBENC as a woman-owned business. In business since 1976, ATS provides 24/7/365 inbound call center services for medium and large companies that need advanced customer support, complex call handling or professional call center and telephone support services. TeleRep offers the advanced services of a corporate call center with the advantage of process efficiency, customization and economic pricing typical of a smaller business model. Traditional Call Center and Modernized Contact center services such as fax, email, web and other direct response solutions are also developed and delivered from TeleRep's location in Glen Burnie, Maryland.

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:

Joseph Simpkins

TeleRep; a Division of ATS Call Centers, Inc.



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