DENVER, April 3, 2008 — The Rocky Mountain Minority Supplier Development Council (The Council) awarded Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE:Q) with The Council’s most prestigious award - Corporation of the Year.
The Corporation of the Year award recognizes the corporation or government agency that, in the opinion of certified minority business owners, has best evidenced its commitment to minority business development during the past year.
“Qwest is honored to receive the Corporation of the Year award,” said Ric Padilla, Qwest vice president of corporate social responsibility. “We are committed to the development of minority business partnerships and the importance of our company-wide diversity efforts.”
“One of the most powerful success stories in business today is the partnership with minority suppliers,” said Greg Lopez, The Council president and CEO. “Qwest’s superior dedication to minority supplier initiatives has made a difference in Colorado’s workplace. For that we are eternally grateful, and we look forward to another year of partnership with Qwest to continue growing Minority Business Enterprises.
The Corporation of the Year award is regarded as one of the highest honors to a major corporation for the utilization of minority suppliers. Qwest was recognized at the 2008 Business Opportunity Fair Awards Gala held in Denver.


About Qwest

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About The Rocky Mountain Minority Supplier Development Council

Providing a direct link between corporate America and minority-owned businesses is the primary objective of the National Minority Supplier Development Council, one of the country's leading business membership organizations. It was chartered in 1972 to provide increased procurement and business opportunities for minority businesses of all size


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