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OPEN Study Reports Growth of Women-Owned Businesses for 2012

Women of OPENAs of 2012, it is estimated that there are more than 8.3 million women-owned businesses in the United States, generating nearly $1.3 trillion in revenue and employing nearly 7.7 million people, according to the second annual State of Women-Owned Businesses Report, commissioned by American Express OPEN. The growth in the number (up 54 percent), employment (up 9 percent) and revenues (up 58 percent) of women-owned firms over the past 15 years exceeds the growth rates of all but the largest, publicly-traded firms.

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Research Shows Women and Minority Small Businesses Make Bigger Investments to Do

Investments Pay off For Women and MinoritiesMinority Small Business Government Contractors Investing More for Success but Efforts Pay Off, Finds New Study

Women and Minority Active Contractors More Likely Than Non-Contracting Peers to Exceed $1 Million in Revenue

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--A new report, “Women and Minority Small Business Contractors: Divergent Paths to Equal Success”, released today by American Express OPEN finds that minority active contractors1 are making a bigger investment to gain federal contracts in 2010 – 35% greater than the average small firm – and submitting more bids compared to the average small business contractor.

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Office Depot One of Top 50 Companies for Female Execs

Office DepotOFFICE DEPOT NAMED “TOP 50 COMPANY FOR EXECUTIVE WOMEN” BY NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR FEMALE EXECUTIVES

Office Depot Named to List for Eighth Consecutive Year

Boca Raton, Fla., March 1, 2012 -- Office Depot (NYSE: ODP), a leading global provider of office supplies and services that helps customers save time, today announced that it was named to the National Association for Female Executives (NAFE) 2012 Top 50 Companies for Executive Women list for the eighth year in a row. The list recognizes American companies that have moved women into top executive positions and created a culture that identifies, promotes, and nurtures successful women.

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ASCP Commits to New Healthcare Jobs in New York

American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCAP)American Society for Clinical Pathology Announces Clinton Global Initiative Commitment to Fill Healthcare Jobs in New York

Society to expand education opportunities to create job opportunities

CHICAGO–Feb. 23, 2012–The American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) has joined the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) as a member and has made a Commitment to Action to create more job opportunities in the medical laboratory by expanding educational access to laboratory science programs. ASCP first announced the Expanding the Laboratory Workforce for the 21st Century commitment at the 2011 CGI Annual Meeting, and ASCP plans to grow these programs inNew Yorkstate.

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