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(c) ABCTelevision: Greg Chavez and his family celebrate his "American Inventor" victory.
The viewers of an ABC television program have picked Greg Chavez, a firefighter, husband and father of six from Camarillo, California, as the nation's top new inventor for his device to make Christmas trees safer.

Small Business, Big Disaster
Critics in the past have charged the SBA with mishandling disaster assistance loans, which residents as well as business owners can apply for after crippling emergencies.

So. Calif. Business Center Expands Reach
When California suddenly dropped its financial and administrative support for the state's 30 Small Business Development Centers in the 2003 budget crisis, the future for this training and counseling program seemed dim. The U.S. Small Business Administration, which created the nationwide SBDC network, scrambled to find another way to fund California's centers.



LiveChat Tuesday: Submit Your Questions Early!
With consistent Dow volatility, tanking Hedge funds, and a housing market mired in subprime mortgage woes, is there a light at the end of the tunnel for individual investors?



POLITICS

State Lawmakers Tackle Immigration Issue
The failure of Congress to pass a U.S. immigration reform measure has sparked action on the issue in state legislatures across the country.

Iglesias, Ethics Members To Meet; Wilson Denies Inquiry
Former U.S. Attorney David Iglesias said he will talk privately with two members of the House ethics committee today about his pre-election telephone call from Rep. Heather Wilson, RN.M.

Kyl's Border Bill Gives Senators a Laundry List
Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., introduced federal legislation Thursday that outlines a catalog of ideas for an enforcement-first approach to immigration and border issues.


HISPANIC MARKET

Pew Survey Charts Voters' 'Summer of Discontent'
While 40 years ago the Summer of Love gave rise to a politically passionate public, this summer may best be described as the summer of disaffection, "don't know," and disapproval. A newly released report from the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press reveals an unimpressed America's dwindling trust in its federal government across all branches, on both sides of the aisle, and particularly in its handling of the war in Iraq.

Minority Home Loans Rise at Wachovia, BofA
Bank of America Corp. and Wachovia Corp. made more home-purchase mortgages to Hispanic and African American borrowers last year, but they continued to deny their loan applications more often than whites, an Observer analysis of loan data found.

Latino Youth Look to Future
Since 1982, the Chicano Latino Youth Leadership Project has organized the training conference in Sacramento. More than 2,000 of the state's brightest Latino high school students have participated. Many, like Julio Heredia and Andrea Negrete, grew up in barrios and farmworker communities.

HispanTelligence Research
Media
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.

Search the 2007 HB 500...
Search the 2007 Hispanic Business 500, a national benchmark of the surging development of U.S. Hispanic-owned companies.

Inside the House: Hispanics Subgroups Differ by Age
More than 20 percent of Cubans are 65 or older, while a scant 4 percent of Mexicans are in that age bracket. On the other hand, 37 percent of Mexicans and 31 percent of Puerto Ricans are younger than 18.

From the current issue of Hispanic Business magazine...
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Companies on our 2007 list of the Fastest-Growing Companies experience substantial increases in dollars and employment.

Firm Takes 'Local' Worldwide
Florida-based construction company builds business with international clientele.

Freeing the Wheels of Commerce
Mexico is the third-largest U.S. trade partner, but the relationship is only as good as its most congested bottlenecks. SecureOrigins hopes to smooth out these shipping woes at the U.S.-Mexico border.






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