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La Bella, Al Rodriguez, hair products, placenta, Sissi Fleitas
Known for its placenta-based shampoos and firm gels, La Bella didn't come along until 1988. Today it's the nation's top-selling brand of hair products for Hispanics. It all started in one man's garage.

You can't win if you don't enter. That's the advice to entrepreneurs who want to compete for some of the millions in contracts expected to be up for grabs at Super Bowl XLV in 2011 through the NFL's Emerging Business Program. The campaign to get female and minority business owners certified and eligible for consideration kicked off at a Friday luncheon at Fair Park that featured former Cowboys running back Emmitt Smith, himself a business owner.

An off-the-cuff remark made by conservative Fox News commentator Glenn Beck stating that President Obama is a racist is coming back to bite Beck nearly a month later -- in the form of advertising revenue.

Ultra-portability just got a little more ultra-portable with the Hewlett-Packard Mini 1151 NR. Verizon is the first major carrier in the U.S. to embed an EV-DO chip directly into a computer. In other words, the 1151 NR works a lot like your smartphone when it comes to the Web. It can dial up blazing speeds on Verizon's 3G network just about anywhere. And like a smartphone, Verizon is subsidizing the cost of the machine when you sign up for a one- or two-year commitment.

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...
Hispanic Businesses' 100 Fastest-Growing Companies, 2009
The economic pillars of the business world have fallen, but HispanicBusiness Magazine's 100 Fastest-Growing companies have figured out that the recession need not be insurmountable. Despite the economic climate, the entrepreneurs behind these businesses continue to grow, posting major gains in revenue during the last five years.

From retail and automobile to construction and technology, the decline of traditionally strong industries has shaken the economy and rattled the American work force. When companies are squeezed, they sometimes turn to what are perceived as voluntary or bonus programs. In that context, supplier diversity contracts often take a hit. In fact, among the hardest hit during this recessionary economy are the minority-owned suppliers the small businesses that contract with Fortune 500 companies to provide an array of services.

Conceived by its founders as a gadget site where fans could "hang out all day," gdgt combines a sleek interface, gadget database, and social networking-style features to create a forum where the devices are the stars

Tony Jimenez, a veteran, knows the value of a military education. A former lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army, Mr. Jimenez learned self-discipline, how to work smart, and how to motivate others. He also received a business education through the military and invaluable IT training. Mr. Jimenez, now the CEO and founder of Vienna, Va.-based MicroTech, has led his company to an extremely strong performance -- one that's landed it at the top of HispanicBusiness Magazine's 2009 Fastest-Growing Companies list.

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