Robert L. Johnson Unveils OppsPlace.com Through Vibrant Pittsburgh Alliance to Highlight Regional Employers and Diverse Workforce Talent

Vibrant Pittsburgh and Leading Regional Employers to Connect Minority Job Seekers and Business Owners with Career and Procurement Opportunities at Area Companies

PR Newswire

Robert L. Johnson, chairman of The RLJ Companies and founder of Black Entertainment Television (BET) will announce on Wednesday, March 28th that Vibrant Pittsburgh and eight regional employers have joined OppsPlace.com to create a more diverse workforce in the Pittsburgh region and to enhance jobs and vendor supplier opportunities for individuals and businesses.  OppsPlace is a diverse online network that will provide minority job seekers and minority business owners with the best opportunities for success in online job searches, networking, and procurement opportunities. 

OppsPlace will address the challenges of unemployment and creating business opportunities by providing a dedicated online network for helping qualified diverse job seekers and business owners engage directly with key decision makers at the region's businesses.  Additionally, it gives the region's corporations a vehicle to promote, recruit and attract multicultural professionals and minority businesses.

For many years, Johnson has been focused on creating opportunities for minorities and recently announced the RLJ Rule for public and private sector businesses. The RLJ Rule is an adaptation of the National Football League's (NFL) Rooney Rule, named after Art Rooney, owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers and chair of the NFL's diversity committee, which requires the 32 teams, to interview at least one qualified minority candidate whenever a head coaching or general manager position become available.

To date, nearly 40 national companies have joined OppsPlace. Companies in the Pittsburgh region that have joined Vibrant Pittsburgh as charter members of OppsPlace include PNC Financial, BNY Mellon, Education Management Corporation (EDMC), FedEx Ground, Giant Eagle, Highmark, PPG Industries, Inc., UPMC and United States Steel Corporation.  These regional companies are committed to taking direct action to increase employment and business opportunities for the minority community.

More About The RLJ Companies: The RLJ Companies, founded by Robert L. Johnson, is an innovative business network that provides strategic investments in a diverse portfolio of companies. The RLJ Companies seeks to target undiscovered or underserved markets then exercise solid management to achieve results. Within The RLJ Companies portfolio, Johnson owns or holds majority interests in businesses operating in banking, private equity, real estate, hospitality, automobile dealerships, entertainment, and video lottery terminal (VLT) gaming. The RLJ Companies is headquartered in Bethesda, MD, with affiliate operations in Charlotte, NC; Orlando, FL; Little Rock, AR; Los Angeles, CA; San Juan, PR; and Monrovia, Liberia. Prior to founding The RLJ Companies, Johnson was founder and chairman of Black Entertainment Television (BET). For more information visit www.rljcompanies.com. Media inquiries: Traci Otey Blunt 240.744.7858 or press@rljcompanies.com

More About OppsPlace: OppsPlace, LLC created by Robert L. Johnson, founder and chairman of The RLJ Companies and Ariel Friedler, CEO of Symplicity Corporation, is the preeminent online network for minorities looking to build net worth. It is the only online community that aggregates rich content, minorities looking for jobs and minority businesses seeking to do business with U.S. corporations – all in a robust networking environment. OppsPlace provides U.S. companies with the best opportunity to find qualified, minority job seekers and minority businesses in one online destination. For more information visit www.oppsplace.com. Media Inquiries: Traci Otey Blunt 240.744.7858 or press@rljcompanies.com

/PR Newswire – March 23/

SOURCE The RLJ Companies; OppsPlace