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Int'l Trade
U.S. President George W. Bush, angry over congressional refusal to bring the U.S. free trade agreement with Colombia to a vote, Monday declared the agreement "dead." Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has refused to schedule a vote on the bill, which has 90 legislative days for passage under the fast track procedure.

Farecast Reportedly Sold in $75M Deal
Farecast -- a service desinged to advise travelers on the best time to purchase airline tickets -- has been sold in a deal that values the online travel search startup at more than $75 million, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. The buyer was not known, and Farecast Chief Executive Hugh Crean declined to comment late Sunday. But one natural choice would be Expedia.

Generic Drugs' Quick, Simple Route to Market Has Many Roadblocks
The process to bring generic drugs to market is designed to be relatively quick (according to the FDA). To bring a new drug to market, manufacturers must prove in animal and human studies that the drug is both safe and effective. But to apply to sell a generic drug, manufacturers do not need to repeat those tests; they only need to show that the drug performs in the same manner as the drug it seeks to copy. It certainly sounds a easier, but reality tells a different story. Getting generic drugs to market can be exceedingly difficult.

'College Credit' Takes On New Meaning: Crunch Limiting Student Loans
The credit crunch is squeezing virtually every part of the consumer world, including one group that can ill afford a shortage of funds -- college students. As families are applying for college financial aid or are receiving financial aid packages from schools, they face a landscape of uncertainty and more effort to find funds to pay for their children's education. There is still money available to students . . . but you need to know how and where to look.

HispanTelligence Research
The number of Hispanic-owned businesses in the United States is expected to grow 41.8 percent in the next six years to 4.3 million, with total revenues surging 39 percent to more than $539 billion, according to new estimates by HispanTelligence. Spurred by growing entrepreneurial trends and affluence among the nation's largest minority population, the increase is expected to come at a robust rate of 8.5 and 8.7 percent, respectfully, over the next couple years.

Purchase the 2007 Hispanic Business 500 Directory
For more than two decades, the annual Hispanic Business 500 directory has served as a barometer of the U.S. Hispanic economy. A purchase of the 2007 directory provides the top 500 Hispanic-owned companies list in Excel format including: CEO names; company addresses and telephone numbers; e-mail addresses for 375 companies and Web addresses for 430 companies; and company revenue and employees numbers for 2005 and 2006.

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.

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Competitive Intel
Venturing far beyond the realm of market research, formal competitive intelligence has become a valuable tool as the business arena grows fiercer across the globe, while at the same time in the United States, corporate governance comes under harsher scrutiny. Competitive intelligence firms typically employ not only former law enforcement officials, but also prosecutors and investigative journalists, as well as an alphabet soup of MBAs and PhDs, to dig up all types of information companies aren't eager to advertise.

The Winner's Circle: Hispanic Business Magazine's Elite Women
Today, due to advancements in women's rights and education, more Hispanic women than ever are rising to the top of the corporate, government, and academic hierarchy. Every April since 2003, Hispanic Business magazine has reported on the notable achievements being made by Hispanic women. Read the full text of this article for the reveal of this year's Woman of the Year and Elite 20.

Tenacious Trailblazer: Sandra Hernandez, Public Health Pioneer, is Hispanic Business Woman of the Year®
Dr. Sandra Hernandez is a relentless supporter of the poor and uninsured, even in the face of great opposition continues her fight for them -- and continues to win. She was the first Hispanic and first woman to serve as public health director for the city and county of San Francisco; now she's chief executive officer of the San Francisco Foundation -- where again is was the first woman and Hispanic in the post. The foundation, which distributes $60 million yearly, is dedicated to improving access and quality health care for the underserved.

Diana Bonta -- Keeping People Healthy and Thriving
As Kaiser Permanente's Vice-President of Public Affairs in Southern California, Diana Bonta is a strong advocate for health reform and improving access to health care. Prior to joining Kaiser in 2004, she spent nearly 35 years in the health care field, often leading the battle for better medical care for Hispanics and other underserved populations. Her remarkable career has earned her a selection as one of Hispanic Business magazine's Outstanding Women to Watch for 2008.

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