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Partnership with outsourcing firm that hires people with disabilities helps reach sales projections

COLUMBUS, OH (October 14, 2008) - AMT Machine Systems, a recognized leader in control systems engineering and product development, has teamed up with Pearl Interactive Network employee Jerry Hypes, a seasoned sales professional who happens to be blind. Thanks to Hypes' more than 35 years of experience in retail, industrial sales and manufacturing-as well as assistive technology which provides the accommodations he needs to accomplish his workload-Hypes has helped AMT Machine Systems achieve 10% of its sales goal so far, with another 15-20% of prospects in the pipeline for closing.


Knockdowns not enough to shake business resolve

Reprint of article by Jennifer Hodroge from February 22, 2008 issue of Columbus Business First

Pearl Interactive Network

Pearl Interactive Network is a social enterprise that provides virtual home-based contact center customer service solutions and candidate recruitment services.  All of our efforts are focused on linking people with challenges to work to sustainable and long-term career pathways.

Pearl Interactive Network’s emphasis on social responsibility is driven by a desire to create best practice workforce solutions that are both long-term and socially inclusive.

Having access to a variety of sources for obtaining diversity candidates, Pearl Interactive utilizes these to hire its own employees for the Virtual Contact Center. The Candidate Recruitment Division at Pearl Interactive Network assists organizations with EEO Compliance by offering potential employees from diverse backgrounds including:

• People with Disabilities
• Mature Workers
• Military Spouses & Caregivers
• Transitioning Veterans


Vendor Diversity

Pearl Interactive Network received national certification as a Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). WBENC’s national standard of certification implemented by the Women’s Business Enterprise Council – Southeast (WBEC-SE) is a meticulous process including and in-depth review of the business and site inspection. The certification process is designed to confirm the business is at least 51% owned, operated and controlled by a woman or women.

By including women-owned businesses among their vendors, corporations and government agencies demonstrate their commitment to fostering diversity and the continued development of their supplier/vendor diversity programs.

The Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) is the nation’s largest third party certifier of businesses owned and operated by women in the United States. WBENC is a resource for more than 700 US companies and government agencies that rely on WBENC’s certification as an integral part of their supplier diversity programs. For more information visit online at www.wbenc.org