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Corn is pinching other prices, perhaps
Is your soft drink costing you more? Blame corn. Is your pork chop more expensive? Spending more money to bake? Blame corn. The cob-cultured kernels are taking heat for much of the recent runup in prices on everyday goods, at least when food producers, grocery chains and restaurants are pointing fingers. These businesses protest that the federal government's mandate to make more ethanol -- most of which comes from corn -- has caused corn demand to spike, resulting in higher prices for the crop. And higher prices on corn mean higher prices on many items because

Business Most Popular Major in U.S. Colleges
Over the next few weeks, more than 1.5 million college graduates will receive diplomas, and chances are good they'll be picking up degrees in business, the social sciences, education or psychology. Business is by far the most popular major, both nationwide and at local colleges. But that has not always been true. In 1970, the most popular major was education, and business was a distant third. Educators say today's students might not be as idealistic as their counterparts in the 1960s.

Five Cars that Offer Savings at the Pump
Skyrocketing oil prices have Americans hoping for relief, fast relief. Car buyers are rushing to smaller, more gas efficient vehicles. Here's a look at today's five most efficient gasoline-powered cars.

Tips for Choosing the Right IT Vendor
Making the decision to upgrade from separate applications to a single integrated system controlling a company's business operation is one fraught with anxiety and questions. Will you lose data in the transition? Will it take too much time to implement the new technology? Will the interruption cause a loss of revenue? These are valid concerns. In large part, the answers to these questions depends on the skills of the IT vendor you choose and the quality of the software. Choosing the right vendor is perhaps the most critical step in the entire process.

Where the Heck is My Stimulus Check? An Update on Payments in Progress
A few weeks ago, outlined the government's plans to stimulate the stumbling economy by putting a little cash into our pockets and pocketbooks. The program's roll out seemed promising: the IRS got a full week's jump on the original schedule, and by May 2, more than 7.7 million people had received a combined $7.09 billion. The agency also released a fairly straightforward schedule, outlining when each taxpayer is due to collect. So . . . what happened?

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.

Hispanic-Owned Businesses Estimated to Reach at Least 2.2 Million in 2008
HispanTelligence estimates that existing trends support the projections of at least 2.2 million Hispanic-owned businesses generating close to 388.7 Billion Dollars in revenues in 2008 according to a new report released by Hispantelligence. With a compound annual growth rate of 9.1 percent over the last 5 years, Hispanic-owned businesses are increasingly impacting the overall U.S. Economy.

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Students graduating--thanks to scholarships
By awarding a whopping 82,000 college scholarships worth more than $221 million, the Hispanic Scholarship Fund may be breaking all records for nonprofit success. Founded in 1975 to boost college education among U.S. Hispanics, the fund has changed the lives of tens of thousands of Hispanic students. As the nation's preeminent organization supporting Hispanic higher education, and one of Hispanic Business magazine's Top 25 nonprofits, the fund reportedly is a model of efficiency and results.

Green Building Boom: Architects, Builders & Buyers Seek Energy Efficiency
Despite the current downturn in housing, the long-term prospects of green housing look promising. Backing up that belief is a recent American Institute of Architects poll that indicated that a remarkable 91 percent of registered voters nationwide would pay more for a house if it has a reduced destructive impact on nature. Just exactly what constitutes a "green" house is up for interpretation, but anything that saves energy, and reduces waste and pollution qualifies.

Move Over Gas Guzzlers--The Hybrids Are Coming!
Not long ago, hybrid cars were little more than novelties. But those days are long gone. Today's hybrids can be sleek, stylish, and fast. With the price of gasoline soaring toward $4 per gallon in the United States, they are increasingly attractive economically. In fact, these gas-savers may claim 80 percent of the market by 2020.

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