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NEW DETROIT ANNOUNCES MENTORING PARTNERS

 NEW DETROIT ANNOUNCES MENTORING PARTNERS
 DETROIT, Oct. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- IBM has joined New Detroit Minority


Business Partnership Plan in a mentoring relationship with DMC Network, a Detroit-based communications systems corporation.
 DMC Network President Kirkland Dudley stated that his company has already benefited at several levels from training by IBM. Returning from a week at the Wharton School (University of Pennsylvania) provided by IBM, Dudley said that IBM has made available training for his sales/marketing and management staff. Technical training is next on the agenda. The 6-year-old company employs 85 people; most are minorities and Detroit residents.
 According to IBM's manager of consulting services, Charlie Johnson, "Our role as mentors is to assist DMC in becoming more successful. IBM's strong suit is its focus on market-driven quality with particular emphasis on improving marketing and technical skills and improving business processes."
 Both IBM and DMC had asked to become a part of New Detroit's Partnership Plan which includes 16 other pairings of large companies with smaller, minority-owned manufacturing, construction, health care and professional services companies. A prior business relationship between IBM and DMC enabled this partnership to move quickly through the process of identifying needs and resources.
 New Detroit President Paul Hubbard explained that the partnerships are voluntary and are based on the willingness of larger, more established companies to share their expertise and business opportunities with newer, smaller companies that are minority-owned. "We are grateful that companies like IBM have come forward to help improve the business climate here by helping smaller, minority-owned companies succeed," said Hubbard.
 George Samenuk, IBM general manager for Detroit, stated, "Assisting locally owned companies benefits the entire community. This commitment to the community enables us to offer resources to DMC that would be unavailable to them otherwise."
 The business mentoring program is one of several initiatives offered by New Detroit, the nation's oldest urban coalition, to foster entrepreneurship and business success for minorities.
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 /CONTACT: Mary D. Hubbell, 313-496-2026, or Ron Hall, 313-496-2040, both of New Detroit, Inc.; or Elise Schepeler of IBM, 313-262-3974; or Kirkland Dudley of DMC Network, 313-836-4640/
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