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Frank Sanchez
Frank Sanchez of Tampa was sworn in Monday as U.S. undersecretary of commerce for international trade, one of 15 recess appointments made by President Barack Obama and objected to by Republicans.

Emboldened by the passage of health care legislation, Hispanic activists are pressuring the Obama administration and Congress to tackle immigration reform as its next major priority.

Demi Lovato, the 17-year-old up-and-coming actress and singer whose big break came with the Disney film "Camp Rock," has landed a guest-starring role in Grey's Anatomy.

Oscar-winning actor Sean Penn is being taken to task by actress and Grammy-nominated singer Maria Conchita Alonso for his strident support of Hugo Chavez, the socialist president of Venezuela -- where Alonso was raised.

The mayor of Hazleton, Pennsylvania -- a city some consider to be ground zero in the national debate over illegal immigrants -- is lambasting a college course at Temple University that spotlights the city's struggle on the issue.

As the "Ugly Betty" TV series comes to a close, the new career of America Ferrera, the actress who portrays her, is beginning to blossom.

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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