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Behind the scenes, World Wide Technology (WWT) helped power the transition to working from home. Teaming up with manufacturers such as Cisco and Dell, the technology-services behemoth helps a broad range of organizations—including major hospitals and the Department of Defense—select and install computer systems and other digital infrastructure. In 2020, to deal with the surge in demand as companies rushed to move to the cloud, WWT hired more than 600 additional employees. Revenues for the company, the largest Black-owned business in the U.S., increased 12.4% to $13.4 billion last year.

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