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Obama's Speech, inauguation speech, presidential inauguration
The following is the text of President Barack Obama's inaugural address delivered Tuesday on the National Mall in Washington:

Falling consumer demand, tight credit, and problems with cash flow are forcing many small- and medium-sized businesses to operate proactively and tighten their belts. Firms are targeting labor costs and increasing employee productivity. But are layoffs the only answer? While many companies are saying "yes," layoffs come with a big price tag. And there are some interesting alternatives.

Ensuring that video gaming is safe as well as fun is among the goals of Get Game Smart, a new nationwide campaign by Microsoft Corp. in partnership with prominent consumer media advocates and consumer electronics retailer Best Buy.

In 2000, Alfredo Casta launched information technology business from his home. Today, he has 87 employees and takes in nearly $10 million in revenue. As CEO of Cascades Technologies in Virginia, Casta has turned his entrepreneurial fire into a thriving IT company. But it was a long journey for the Puerto Rico-native. His ride to success was anything but predictable.

Quepasa.com has found itself in a very interesting -- and enviable -- position. Originally founded as a Web portal for Spanish speakers in 1997, the site was made over into a social network in September 2007. That relaunch failed. But the subsequent management team has proved that the goal of successfully transitioning to a social network was a good one . . . to the tune of more than 1.6 million unique visitors per month and growing.

The newly convened House of Representatives has turned its attention to health care and today authorized funding for an expanded version of the State Children's Health Insurance Plan. The Congress also expanded the health insurance program to include lower-income children that are legal immigrants.

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...
Lydia Villa-Komaroff, biology, hispanic scientist
Troubled by her low chemistry grades, Lydia Villa-Komaroff turned to her adviser at the University of Washington for some career direction. He turned to her said, "of course you are doing badly. Don't you know that women don't do well in chemistry?" That misguided advice only served to motivate the New Mexico native into becoming one of the country's foremost and influential scientists. Hispanic Business recently honored Ms. Villa-Komaroff with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

In the world of information technology, Hispanic innovators and risk-takers are at the frontier of some of the Web's most dynamic business ventures. They are forging new marketing models and redefining business-to-business relationships in the vanguard of tomorrow's business environment. Hispanic Business magazine recently caught up with three online entrepreneurs who are leading the way.

With the subprime debacle and housing market meltdown morphing into the current credit crisis, business owners are wondering what lies ahead in the first quarter of '09. Chief among the concerns is credit availability. To find out, we contacted some top financial experts to share their thoughts on how to manage cash and liquidity given the state of current credit markets. Here are some tips on surviving in today's volatile credit market conditions.

He was young, charismatic, and making great money at a Fortune 500 company. At 23, Detroit-native David Segura was living the good life. But like so many entrepreneurs, Mr. Segura had fire in his heart and a yearning to do something more. He walked away from his job at Ford Motor Co. in search of something more personally enriching. More than a decade later, there's no doubt that he made the right move.





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