July 18, 2005 17:46 ET

'Supplier Diversity Fair - The Virtual Tradeshow' Returns Online Showcasing Diverse Suppliers to Corporate America

Corporate America to Visit Virtual Exhibit Hall in the 7th Event in the Supplier Diversity Fair Series Featuring Diverse Suppliers in Month-Long Web-Event, Going Live Aug 17, 2005 at

STILLWATER, OK -- (MARKET WIRE) -- July 18, 2005 --, Inc. announced today the launch of the 7th virtual tradeshow in the Supplier Diversity Fair series with its Summer 2005 event, a virtual tradeshow aimed at providing Minority-owned, Women-owned Business Enterprises (MWBE) and other diversity-owned businesses with direct access to power-buyers in Corporate America via the Internet.

At Supplier Diversity Fair Summer 2005, the virtual tradeshow, diverse-owned businesses as virtual exhibitors, will 'staff' virtual booths from their own offices without incurring the expense of traveling to a trade show venue, shipping booths or taking time away from work. Exhibitors will enjoy visibility for their virtual booths to decision-makers and influencers in corporations, who rarely travel to tradeshows.

"Where corporations are not able to bring all buyers to diversity tradeshows, we take tradeshows to the corporate buyers and their Tier 1 suppliers, directly via their desktops. Virtual tradeshows have become part of mainstream procurement processes with corporate buyers adopting it widely," says Ramesh Sambasivan, co-founder of, Inc., the technology company that powers Supplier Diversity Fair.

Power-buyers, end-users, decision-makers and supplier diversity officials from several corporations will attend Supplier Diversity Fair, Summer 2005 from their personal computers without traveling. Corporate participants include Alcoa, Eastman Kodak Company, Enterprise-Rent-A-Car, First Energy, IBM and Johnson & Johnson among others.

It takes about 60 minutes to build a virtual booth once the digital content is lined up. Certified diverse-owned businesses are invited to exhibit at the virtual tradeshow. Exhibitor registrations are now open online. To purchase exhibiting rights, visit the event website, select 'Suppliers Click Here' and register, or call 405-372-6200 (extension 1) for more information.

Supplier Diversity Fair Summer 2005 will be held only on the Web at for a 30-day period, with the live portion from Wednesday, August 17th till Friday, August 19th, 2005 from 12:00 Noon until 4:00 PM Eastern Time.

About Supplier Diversity Fair is powered by virtual tradeshow technology from™ a technology company that configures specific business solutions using virtual interactive events, bringing to the market best-practices and easy-to-use web-technology since early 1999. Supplier Diversity Fair Summer 2005 is the result of a joint initiative by several corporations seeking innovative ways to enhance their Supplier Diversity programs. For more information about virtual trade shows or itradefairs, please visit, e-mail or call 405-372-6200.

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