Assemblyman Benoit Recognizes Luminex Software, Inc. as Small Business Of The Year

Special Event in Sacramento Honors Small Businesses

Sacramento, CA—May 30, 2006—Assemblyman John J. Benoit (R-Riverside) recognized Luminex Software, Inc. of Riverside today at a special event in Sacramento. The event was a part of the California Small Business Association’s Small Business Day honoring the contributions that small businesses make to the state. Honorees from participating State Senate and Assembly Districts around the state attended a tribute luncheon at which 82 small businesses were recognized.

“It’s time for the Legislature to get serious about restoring the California dream,” said Assemblyman Benoit. “Small businesses like Luminex Software make a vitally important contribution to our community. They are creating new jobs, improving our economy and providing important services. Small businesses are the life-blood of our economy. We must protect and encourage small business growth; when they suffer, California suffers," stated Benoit.

Luminex Software, Inc. is a leading developer of data storage products that tackle the complex challenges of storing, archiving, distributing and protecting data. Founded in 1994, the company and its founders, Brian Hawley, Michael Saunders, and Arthur Tolsma have been the recipient of numerous awards including Business of the Year, Riverside Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business Eagle Award, Spirit of the Entrepreneur’s 2005 Technology Entrepreneur, and was named one of the fastest growing technology companies in North America by both Deloitte and Touche’s 2003 Fast 500 and INC. Magazines 500.

"Assemblyman Benoit understands that small business drives the California economy and what we need to survive and grow. We could have many more successful businesses if there were more representatives like John Benoit,” said Brian Hawley, Chairman & CTO, Luminex Software, Inc., who accepted the award on behalf of his company.

According to the Small Business Administration, there are nearly 23 million small businesses in the United States, representing a staggering 99.7 percent of all private sector employers, employing half of the private sector workforce. Small businesses account for three-quarters of the new jobs created annually.

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About Luminex

Luminex develops and markets mainframe channel gateway, connectivity and data storage products.  Luminex products and technology are used worldwide by the leading companies in financial, technology, healthcare and other major industries.  Luminex’s Channel Gateways™ stream data from mainframe channels, at channel speed, to fibre channel fabrics and provide the ability to securely encrypt mainframe tape data for backup, archive, and distribution.  The Data|WARE™ product line offers CD and DVD production, distribution and encryption for mainframe and network applications.  The Virtual|BLUE™ product line provides native connectivity from mainframes to open-systems servers and storage networks.

Founded in 1994, Luminex Software, Inc. is headquartered in Riverside, California with development offices in San Diego, California, and Beaverton, Oregon. Luminex products are available directly from the company and through partnerships with leading systems integrators and resellers worldwide. Call 1.888.LUMINEX or email us at for more information, or visit our web site at

Luminex, Channel Gateway, Data|WARE and Virtual|BLUE are trademarks of Luminex Software, Inc.  All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.

Luminex Software, Inc.
871 Marlborough Avenue
Riverside, CA 92507

Media Contact: Eric Christensen

Tel: 1-951-781-4100 ext. 161
Tel: 1-888-LUMINEX
Fax: 1-951-781-4105