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Bob Johnson forms alliance with BET Digital, UPTOWN Media to promote jobs site

(March 12, 2013) OppsPlace, LLC, an RLJ Company, has announced it has joined efforts with Black Entertainment Television Digital and UPTOWN Media to create a multifaceted cross promotional web-based venue designed to address minority unemployment and help users find jobs and opportunities from leading Fortune 500 companies that truly value diversity and inclusion.

OppsPlace.com, created by Robert L. Johnson, founder and chairman of The RLJ Companies and founder of Black Entertainment Television, is a new online portal for diverse individuals and business owners looking to find employment opportunities in corporate America. With over 20,000 open jobs on OppsPlace.com, OppsPlace gives top talent countless opportunities to get their foot in the door at leading corporations around the country. There are currently thousands of job vacancies available in entry-level, mid-level, and senior executive levels.

Today's announcement marks the beginning of multiple media partners who firmly believe in Robert L. Johnson's mission of providing a solution to the current unemployment crisis in America -- particularly among minorities. The strategic alliance between OppsPlace, BET Digital, and UPTOWN Media will increase awareness about the thousands of employment opportunities and provide valuable content in key areas such as career success, business development, and gaining financial stability. 

"We are excited to work with BET Digital and UPTOWN Media in this collaborative effort to assist diverse individuals in finding employment in leading companies that truly understand the business case for diversity and inclusion. By working collaboratively on the unemployment issue, we are confident that thousands of unemployed people will have access to wonderful job opportunities that are available on our OppsPlace platform," said Kelli Richardson Lawson, President and COO of OppsPlace, LLC. "BET and UPTOWN are two of the top media networks within the minority community and I cannot think of better allies in helping to find a solution to minority unemployment and other issues that directly impact African Americans."

Each site will feature links to job postings from companies looking to further their commitments to diversity in hiring and employment. In addition to opportunities, job seekers will have access to weekly editorial content, expert advice, blogs, and newsletters on topics such as career, business and finance, and can participate in real-time networking forums discussing the latest job numbers, upcoming events and other employment news.

Job opportunities will be available and cross-promoted through OppsPlace.com, BET.com, and Uptown magazine.com starting mid-March, 2013.  Each networking site will announce new openings and career advice via their respective social media outlets, direct marketing, and career fair and industry events across the country. 

Visit www.oppsplace.com, www.bet.com, or http://uptownmagazine.com for more information and opportunities available in your industry.


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