DENVER – Sept. 17, 2010 Qwest Communications (NYSE: Q) was named 2010 Corporation of the Year by the Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week Partners, a consortium of 14 Colorado-based chambers of commerce, development councils and agencies committed to promoting the growth of minority-owned firms.

Qwest was the sole corporate winner in MED Week’s 2010 Business Awards. The awards also recognize companies in six other categories, ranging from construction firms and retail operations to youth entrepreneurs, and one individual.

“Qwest was chosen for its consistent commitment to providing opportunities for a wide range of diverse businesses and organizations in our community,” said Elizabeth Leake with the Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce, a MED Week Partner. “They have been a great partner to minority firms and a huge support to the community.”

“Our company is proud of the work we have done with minority-owned businesses over the years,” said Roland R. Thornton, executive vice president, Qwest Wholesale Markets, and a member of the board of directors of the Colorado Black Chamber of Commerce, a MED Week Partner. “By encouraging diversity among our suppliers, we have the advantage of a wide range of viewpoints and perspectives, and we become a stronger company as a result. Diversity – within our company and among our suppliers – is more than the right thing to do. It also makes good business sense.”

MED Week will present its 2010 Business Awards Friday, Sept. 17, at a luncheon at the Red Lion Hotel in Denver capping Minority Enterprise Development Week.