CALNET joins the ranks of NMSDC certified companies

November 15, 2001

Vienna, Virginia, November 15, 2001 - CALNET, Inc. a leading provider of Information Technology and Telecommunications Solutions, announced today that they been certified by the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) headquartered in New York City.

The National Minority Supplier Development Council, one of the country's leading business membership organizations, provides a direct link between Corporate America and certified small businesses. Since 1972, NMSDC has provided increased procurement and business opportunities for qualified minority businesses of all sizes. In 1974, the Office of Minority Business Enterprise entered into a contract with NMSDC "to pursue the single objective of encouraging major corporations to adopt and implement programs to increase their purchases of goods and services from qualified minority businesses." This resulted in the establishment of a network of Regional Minority Supplier Development Councils (RMSDCs) throughout the country.
The amount of purchases by NMSDC corporate members from minority businesses has grown from an estimated $86 million in 1972 to $47.8 billion in 1999.

"CALNET is certainly encouraged to be considered among qualified members of this important organization. We appreciate the work that NMSDC has done over the last thirty years to empower the small business community and the opportunity to bring forward solutions to NMSDC corporate members.", said Kaleem Shah, President and CEO, CALNET.

About CALNET Inc.

CALNET delivers explicit results through the application of IT and Telecommunications solutions and best-practices. We are a consulting services firm to many of the largest corporate, government, telecommunications, manufacturing and financial organizations in the world. CALNET consultants help our customers remain agile by integrating solutions that can deliver positive bottom line results and tangible outcomes. CALNET's experience in both IT and Telecom systems allow clients a single source for completely integrated enterprise-wide solutions, to help optimize investment in technology products, skills, tools, and infrastructure needed to continuously enhance and maintain enterprise systems. For more information please visit our web site at or contact our information technology services group at (703) 547-6800

The National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) is a 30-year-old non-profit organization that links more than 15,000 minority business enterprises (MBEs) with more than 3,500 corporate members including, America's top publicly-owned, privately-owned and foreign-owned corporations, as well as universities, hospitals and other large purchasing organizations. NMCDC provides certified MBEs the access, technical assistance training and support that are needed to expand and market their services to prospective corporate buyers.

# # #

CALNET is a registered trademark of CALNET Inc. All other brands and products referenced herein are acknowledged to be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.

12359 Sunrise Valley Drive
Suite 270
Reston, VA 20191
(877) 3-CALNET
(703) 547-6800 (Main)
(703) 547-6806 (Fax)

2443 Warrenville Road
Suite 600
Lisle, IL 60532
(630) 955-3460 (Main)
(630) 955-3706 (Fax)