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N.J.-based companies recognized for efforts to promote woman-owned firms

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Several New Jersey-based companies have been named to the list of America's Top Corporations for Women's Business Enterprises, as announced by the Women's Business Enterprise National Council.

The 14th annual list, which honors companies for leveling the playing field for women's business enterprises to compete for corporate business, recognized 32 corporations this year for their productive business partnerships with women entrepreneurs.

The list, which was released last week, includes Avis Budget Group, of Parsippany, which has been honored 13 times.

“We take great pride in providing women-owned, minority-owned and small businesses with equal opportunities to compete for our corporate business,” said Ronald L. Nelson, Avis chairman and CEO, in prepared remarks. “We thank WBENC for recognizing our continued commitment to supplier diversity and for this distinguished honor.”

This is the seventh time on the list for New Brunswick-based Johnson & Johnson, and its chief procurement officer, Hans Melotte, is pleased that his company is on the list again.

“Johnson & Johnson has long recognized the important role that women-owned businesses play in the success of our family of companies,” he said. “We support these businesses because we understand that growing them has incredible returns for the health of our communities and the success of our economy.”

Alcatel-Lucent, whose U.S. headquarters is in Murray Hill, was named to the list for the sixth time.

“We are of course thrilled to be recognized by WBENC as a top corporation supporting women businesses,” said Mark Artigues, senior director of supplier diversity for Alcatel-Lucent. “We see the diversity of our supplier base as a critical competitive advantage, and including women-owned suppliers is a very important element of our strategy and a high priority for the company.”

Verizon and Pfizer, which were both named to the list for the ninth time, also have a presence in New Jersey.

“Thanks to the extraordinary leadership of our top corporations, women's businesses are generating strategies and solutions for meeting the fast-changing needs of today's marketplace,” said Pamela Prince-Eason, president and CEO of WBENC, in a prepared statement. “Our top corporations are deeply committed to strategic business development programs that cultivate competition and achieve measurable results.”

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