SALT LAKE CITY, May 1, 2009  — In recognition of the economic power of privately held businesses,, the nation’s leading business-to-business internet site, recently named McKinnon-Mulherin Inc. as one of the top women-owned businesses in Utah. 

This is the ninth annual listing of the nation’s top businesses by Companies listed on the Top Business Lists represent the nation’s top multicultural earners and challenge the long-held notion that a privately held business is small or insignificant. Winners are sought after by major corporations wishing to increase spending with small businesses. 

“Entrepreneurs 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 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 are proud to have made this list four years in a row,” said McKinnon-Mulherin Copresident Kate Reddy. 

The List 

This list is a classification that represents the top small businesses in the U.S., in sectors such as technology, manufacturing, food service and professional services. Large organizational buyers throughout the country that do business with multicultural, small and women-owned businesses use the list. The list is produced annually by, the nation’s leading multicultural business-to-business 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’s Ninth Annual Multicultural Business Conference, taking place through May 1, 2009, at Disney’s Contemporary Resort in Orlando. 

For the complete list of winning companies, please visit 


Launched in 1999, DiversityBusiness, with over 46,000 members, 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. DiversityBusiness provides research and data collection services for diversity including the Top 50 Organizations for Multicultural Business Opportunities, Top 500 Diversity Owned Companies in America and others. Its research has been recognized and published by Forbes Magazine, Businessweek and thousands of other print and internet publications. The site has gained national recognition and has won numerous awards for its content and design. It is a leading provider of supplier diversity management tools and has the most widely distributed diversity magazine in the United States. is produced by Computer Consulting Associates International Inc. ( of Southport, CT. Founded in 1980.