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After a seemingly never-ending election season, voting day is almost upon us. One of the big questions people are asking is "Where am I registered to vote?" This is important information to verify, as it might be different from prior elections. What follows is information on where to vote, when to vote, and what you'll be voting on. Because everyone (of legal age and status) should be voting!

A roundup of recent personnel moves and awards affecting the Hispanic business community.

This year, it's been a bumpy ride for the automotive business, with overall sales of vehicles declining, and even Detroit's traditional powerhouses aren't immune. The Ford Motor Company announced on Monday sales figures that reflect substantial slowdown spurred by the current economy. The company's sales in the U.S. market during October measured an unadjusted 30.2 percent drop from the same period last year.

Circuit City Stores Inc. will close 155 stores and abandon 12 markets in the United States, the consumer electronics retailer announced this morning. It also will reduce its workforce by 17 percent.

U.S. construction spending fell by 0.3 percent in September, less than the 0.8 percent decline expected by analysts, the Commerce Department reported Monday.

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!

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.

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...
tech innovation, RCRD LBL, Trident capital, peter rojas, alberto yepez, HITEC, hispanic executives
Ever heard the phrase, "one must spend money to make money?" With today's tight credit markets, that's one cliche in danger of fading from memory. To compensate, an increasing number of companies are spending a different kind of currency -- intellectual capital in the form of innovation. Regardless of industry or sector, it is the innovators -- those coming up with new technologies, or new, interesting ways to utilize existing technologies -- who are redefining successful business models.

Words like "hope" and "change" drove the 2008 U.S. presidential campaign while the two major candidates deposited promises of tax cuts and new programs at nearly every stop. But just as Americans began casting early votes for their next president, a major meltdown on Wall Street gripped the nation. Now, anxious voters wonder what might become of the high-sounding campaign promises.

From Los Angeles to Miami, Hispanic auto dealers innovate and tighten belts as they bump through tough economic times.

Developments of recent weeks--talk about shock and awe--are regrettably reminiscent of 9/11. "Who would have thought?" we hear over and over. Mighty sequoias of finance have become overwhelmed by the fear and trembling of markets seized by forces not unloosed since the 1930s. So far the onset of the 21st Century has been a shocking wake up call. In the midst of sound bites and blogging chatter, one can discern glimmers of a new economy.

Upcoming Events
Thursday, November 6, 2008 - LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA
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

Thursday, November 6, 2008 - LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA
In association with Aflac, Hispanic Business Media is pleased to invite our magazine subscribers to join us in Los Angeles for this landmark event. This exclusive panel discussion will highlight the opinions and experiences of four highly respected members of the business community, followed by a 30-minute Q & A segment. Whether you are looking to increase business or simply network and develop new contacts, we encourage you to sign up now... Seating is limited! For more information, please visit our events page

Thursday, Dec. 4, 2008 - HOUSTON, TEXAS
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

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