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President Obama Appoints Miami Businessman and Obama Fundraiser Ricky Arriola to Presidential Arts Panel
Miami businessman, local arts leader and President Obama fundraiser Ricky Arriola has been appointed by Obama to serve on the President's 26-member Committee on the Arts and Humanities, which includes such creative luminaries such as actors Edward Norton and Sarah Jessica Parker and musician Yo Yo Ma.

A group of armed robbers targeting Hispanic-owned insurance companies has held up 29 businesses in Houston since May, with the last one occurring on Oct. 31, according to police.

Fox TV host Glenn Beck has lost a suit he filed against the creator of a satirical Web site spreading a rumor that even the site itself admitted was false: Beck raped and murdered a girl in 1990. Although he lost the case, Beck still received the domain name he sought, but not because the arbitrator awarded it to him. Rather, the man who established the site gave it to Beck himself -- but not without getting in a good parting shot.

Colorado Springs, Colo. Ralph de la Vega, President and CEO-AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets, has been named to a two-year term as chairman of the board of directors of JA Worldwide.

HispanTelligence Research
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 2009 directory provides the top 500 Hispanic-owned companies list in Excel format including: CEO names; company addresses and telephone numbers; e-mail addresses for 310 companies and Web addresses for 456 companies; and company revenue and employees numbers for 2008 and 2007.

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.

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