Va., Feb. 16 /U.S. Newswire/ -- Travel management company Omega World
Travel heads the latest Top 500 Diversity- Owned Business chart -- known
as the "Div500" -- as the number one woman-owned business in
the U.S., representing the nation's top multicultural earners.
According to Kenton Clarke, CEO of DiversityBusiness.com, the source of
the list and the largest organization of diversity- owned businesses,
"The Div500 companies (like Omega World Travel) are the heroes of
diversity-owned business in America."
"We're pleased to accept accolades from DiversityBusiness.com as
a reinforcement of an effective corporate philosophy centered on the value
of a diverse workforce," said Gloria Bohan, president, CEO, and Owner
of Omega World Travel. "We look forward to continuing our successful
path as a diversity employer."
Omega World Travel will be honored at an awards ceremony at the DiversityBusiness.com
Sixth Annual Multicultural Business Conference, beginning March 29, at
the MGM Mirage in Las Vegas.
The Div500 is a classification that represents the top 500 diversity-owned
businesses in the U.S., in trade sectors such as technology, manufacturing,
and professional services. Many corporations and government agencies throughout
the country that do business with women-owned businesses use the list,
most recently featured in Professional Woman's Magazine.
In a recent article in The Chief Executive: "Reaping the Rewards
of a Diverse Company," Gloria Bohan spoke of the value of diversity
and how it relates to the market. "One of the ways to think about
diversity is to look at the customer base you're trying to reach and how
it's changing," she said. "Our work force should reflect that."
Along with many other business awards throughout her illustrious career,
Bohan has been relatedly recognized as "Business Woman of the Year"
by Diversity Best Practices, an organization involved in uniting, networking,
and promoting nearly 8 million business women.
Considered an industry trendsetter, Omega World Travel was one of the
first private businesses to provide official government travel. The organization's
diversity qualifications include certifications as a women-owned business
enterprise by the Women's Business Enterprise National Council and National
Minority Business Council, and designation by the National Women Business
Owners Corporation as a private and public sector contractor and supplier.
"It is no longer just 'the right thing' to do business with diversity
suppliers," said Clarke. "Major corporations are realizing that
having a diverse supplier base positively impacts their business revenue."
About Omega World Travel
Launched as a small business in 1972, Fairfax, Va.-based Omega World Travel
(Omegatravel.com) is the top woman-owned
business in the U.S.-founded by President and CEO Gloria Bohan -- with
1100 employees and annual sales revenues in excess of $1 billion. Ranked
by Business Travel News as the third largest travel management company,
the organization provides online travel solutions-as well as personalized
service at 200 locations worldwide-to a diverse clientele: from individual
leisure travelers to Fortune 500 enterprises and the federal government.
Omega World Travel owns TravTech Inc. (Travtech.com),
a travel technology provider, and Cruise.com, the Internet's largest cruise
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