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Crisis on Wall Street? The $700 Billion Question, And Some Answers
News reports about the upheaval in the world of finance have been full of esoteric terms like "mortgage-backed securities" and "credit default swaps," but the crisis has resonated for people who know little about Wall Street and who did not think they would ever have to know. Here are several questions and answers of concern.

Not One New Penny to Honor Abe, But Four: U.S. Mint Unveils 2009 Designs
Earlier this year, Honest Abe's look was updated with the revamp of the five-dollar bill. Now the penny, the other currency that features Abraham Lincoln's face, is getting a redesign. In fact, it's getting four of them.

Oil Spikes $25 a Barrel on Anxiety Over U.S. Bailout
Oil prices spiked more than $25 a barrel Monday -- the biggest one-day price jump ever -- as anxiety over the government's $700 billion bailout plan battered the dollar and touched off frenzied buying of safe-haven investments including crude.

Gallup Poll: Consumer Mood Dropped Last Week
The percentage of U.S. adults in a daily poll who indicated the economy is getting worse increased sharply in three days last week, Gallup researchers said. The three-day rolling average of respondents indicating the economy is declining was 77 percent on Sunday, Sept. 14, Gallup said. On Thursday, Sept. 18, the number had jumped to 86 percent, Gallup reported.

HispanTelligence Research
Hispanic Economy in Transition Cover Art
Hispanics are now the largest ethnic minority in the United States and during the past decade, U.S. Hispanic purchasing power has rapidly increased. This report takes an in depth look at how today's Hispanic Economy is transitioning into an economic power in the U.S. Click here for the executive summary and table of contents!

Hispanic-Owned Businesses: Growth Projections to 2012
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.

From the current issue of Hispanic Business magazine...
Leading Scientist Ignites Passion for Education
When Lydia Villa-Komaroff was nine years old, she knew she wanted to be a scientist. What she didn't know was that she was destined to become one of the most influential role models in the U.S. Hispanic community.

Major Auto Makers Take Aim at Toyota in Battle for Green Market Shares
While Toyota currently dominates the hybrid automobile market, having manufactured 82 percent of the hybrids sold in April, at least three major automakers are entering the competition in a big way. Toyota's Prius now accounts for more than 54 percent of all the hybrids sold, but Chevrolet, BMW and Honda are leading the way toward the next generation of 'green' cars, which go beyond hybrids.

More Companies Embrace Diversity While Battle Over Talent Begins
Competition for the Diversity Elite 60 list was stiff this year. The point spread on which our research division's rankings are based showed that the gap between first place and 60th was closer than ever before. It's a sign that corporations are continuing to grow their diversity programs as understanding increases about the importance of workplace multiculturalism.

Top Universities Strive for 'Critical Mass'
Even as U.S. Hispanics fight to gain access to academia, universities and colleges are being challenged to reach out to the Hispanic community to achieve their diversity goals. Some of these schools have higher goals than others. To some, achieving diversity is about more than talk, it is about taking action. Some are aggressive, creative, and highly successful in their outreach to Hispanics. Each year, we celebrate these schools and their mission in our September issue. These are among the most progressive and laudable institutions of higher learning in the world.

Upcoming Events
Thursday, October 16, 2008 - HOUSTON, TEXAS
8:00AM - 10:00AM - NETWORKING BREAKFAST
A collaborative effort to bring together an elite handful of influential Hispanic business leaders, Hispanic Business Media has partnered with Aflac Insurance to present these exclusive opportunities to interact with top executives, leaders and thinkers. This is a unique chance to take a look behind the curtain, witness how these forward-thinking individuals operate and see how they have become a progressive force within the Hispanic business community. Call 305-852-3255 for more information or register online HERE

Thursday, November 6, 2008 - LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA
DAYTIME CONFERENCE & EVENING GALA
The 2008 Hispanic Business magazine EOY Awards will be held this year at the luxurious Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles. We will once again recognize and honor Hispanic entrepreneurs who have demonstrated uncommon drive, innovative courage, prosperity and civic responsibility. Call 805-964-4554 x 308 for more information or register online HERE






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