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Inside the April 2009 Issue

Will Small Businesses Cash In on Stimulus Dollars?

Hispanic-owned companies are calling for better federal contracting policies. The $787 billion stimulus package signed into law in February has reignited concerns among some small-business owners and advocates, who question whether the Small Business Administration is prepared to handle the massive expansion of lending and investment programs. ...continue

Corporate Attorney Ramona Romero Beats the Odds

As Corporate Counsel for Logistics and Energy at DuPont, a multinational products and services company that reaps annual worldwide sales of $30 billion, Ramona Romero has assumed wide responsibilities. Ms. Romero is one of the 25 women honored this year by HispanicBusiness Magazine, as part of its 7th annual Woman of the Year awards. ...continue

Amelie Ramirez: Public Health Pioneer

Amelie G. Ramirez, DrPH, is a public health pioneer, but that should come as no surprise for a woman who has been breaking stereotypes and demanding equality for decades. She's ascended to a position that allows her to battle for the rights of women and underserved populations in the public health arena, and, in doing so, she has become an inspiration. ...continue

Lily Eskelsen: Teacher Rises to Executive Post at Nat'l Education Association

From school salad lady to U.S. Senate candidate and now Vice President of the National Education Association, Lily Eskelsen has always found a way to create her own destiny. ...continue

Samsung Omnia: Stepping Up to the Plate

While the debate surrounding personal computers tends to center on Microsoft vs. Apple, when it comes to smartphones, Windows Mobile is often an afterthought. WinMo needed a homerun to get back in the game. Good thing the Samsung Omnia wields a mighty bat. ...continue

Corner Office: Women Ascending by Grit, Smarts

To get perspective on the odds our 2009 Women of the Year have had to overcome, consider the following: Between l997 and 2007, the percentage of Hispanic women with four or more years of college behind them increased from 10 percent to nearly 14 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The 2007 percentage for black women was 19, and for all women it was 28. The pendulum of advancement moves slowly; it's been largely prodded by affirmative action legislation and affirmative policies of college admissions. ...continue

Women of Vision, 2009

In addition to the five women featured in our April issue -- Frances Garcia, Lily Eskelsen, Marion Luna Brem, Amelie Ramirez, and Ramona Romero -- here are the other finalists that comprise our Top 25 for 2009. ...continue

2009 Woman of the Year Frances Garcia: 'Watchdog' Breaks Barriers

Frances Garcia broke some bones on her way to breaking the glass ceiling. This first-generation Mexican-American picked cotton and sugar beets; waited tables; and worked side by side with the white men as the first woman and Hispanic at accounting firm Arthur Andersen in Dallas. She also survived a serious car accident -- one that left her with broken bones and other major injuries. Years of hard work and personal sacrifices ultimately led her to the nation's capital, where she has been Inspector General of the U.S. Government Accountability Office since 1996. ...continue

At Work and in Life, Courage Aids Owner of a Texas Auto Dealership

Tales of people who thrive in the face of adversity can be inspiring, but, as the story of Marion Luna Brem illustrates, in real life, there's no such thing as "happily ever after." In the real world, there's always a sequel. Ms. Brem's unbelievable ascent from being a single mom with terminal cancer and no health insurance to a millionaire owner of one of the top car dealerships in Texas is the stuff of national news. ...continue

Hispanic Women Soar to Leadership Positions

Every April, in celebration of the sometimes gravity-defying strides made by Hispanic women, recognizes the significant achievements and advancements made by Hispanic women in America. This year, continuing a tradition that began in 2003, Hispanic Business magazine surveyed a group of Elite Women identified by HispanTelligence, the research arm of Hispanic Business Media. ...continue

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