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Nydia Velazquez
On a day that saw California's Nancy Pelosi become the first female speaker of the house, Nydia Velazquez of New York became chair of the House Small Business Committee on Thursday, the first-ever Latina and first-ever Puerto Rican to do so.

America, Meet Speaker Pelosi
Nancy Pelosi carves her place in American history today as the first woman to become speaker of the House, the main event in a three-day celebration of faith, family, feminism and her blue-collar roots.

Velazquez Proposes Help for Small Businesses
In her first full day on the job, the new chairwoman of the House Small Business Committee introduced two pieces of legislation she says should help the little entrepreneur.

Battle Over Immigration Reform Resumes With New Congress
The battle over immigration is resuming in a U.S. Congress that is now under Democratic control, yet despite that party's generally more sympathetic stance toward immigrants, many Hispanics view the legislative session with a mixture of hope and apprehension.


BUSINESS

Column: Open Doors Wider for Skilled Immigrants
We have a big challenge ahead as we decide how to deal with the millions of unskilled workers who have entered the U.S. without documents. An equally important issue, one that will affect the long term competitiveness of the U.S., is the issue of skilled immigrants who came through the front door.

Use the New Year to Get Your Business in Shape
Exercising more and eating less are two of the most common New Year's resolutions that people make. But if you own a small business, the new year is also a good time to get your company in shape by starting -- and sticking to -- a few good habits.


HISPANIC MARKET

Survey: Hispanics' Support for Iraq War Continues Decline
Hispanics have long been more skeptical than the population at large over the U.S. presence in the war in Iraq, and a new survey from the Pew Hispanic Center finds they have grown more so, especially those born outside of the United States.

A Better Way to Wire Cash Home?
Atsumasa Tochisako's $2 million, 60-employee microfinance and remittance processing upstart, Washington [D.C.]-based Microfinance International (MFIC), wants to shake up the $268 billion worldwide remittance industry, traditionally dominated by Western Union (WU).

Doing It Their Own Way in Latin America
A new wave of Latin American leaders is changing the face of the region and its relations with the United States, multilateral institutions, international financial markets, and foreign investors.

HispanTelligence Research
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Double-digit gains in Hispanic advertising expenditures were made in all media, but television continues to garner the majority of all ad dollars, according to a new HispanTelligence research report.

U.S. Hispanic Media Market: Projections to 2010
Advertisers' efforts to reach Hispanic consumers are becoming more targeted, and language is a major factor. Advertisers spent more than $3.3 billion to market products to U.S. Hispanics in 2005, a 6.8 percent increase from 2004.

2006 Hispanic Business 500 Directory
Get the entire 2006 Hispanic Business 500 Directory in Excel format.

From the current issue of Hispanic Business magazine...
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Joe Baca
WASHINGTON INSIDER: Shortly after the November congressional elections, Hispanic Democrats selected the chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus for the new session beginning in January. And while the heir apparent took the seat, it wasn't without controversy.

Top 20 Independent Hispanic Advertising Agencies
Companies on the listing report an increase in overall billings from $1.05 billion in 2005 to $1.18 billion in 2006, an increase of 11.86 percent.

CHARTS: Advertising Expenditures, 2006
Companies on the listing report an increase in overall billings from $1.05 billion in 2005 to $1.18 billion in 2006, an increase of 11.86 percent.






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