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The nation's factories churned out another increase in production last month, posting a 0.2 percent rise that adds to a nearly uninterrupted string of gains in the last year, the Federal Reserve reported Wednesday morning.

Meg Whitman is the biggest self-funding political candidate in U.S. history, having spent $119 million of her own cash in her campaign to become governor of California.

In its efforts to empower urban and multicultural communities by offering small businesses the unique opportunity to vie for $150,000 in business grants with its signature program, the MillerCoors Urban Entrepreneurs Series (MUES) and Business Plan Competition.

Today through Oct. 15 is Hispanic Heritage Month, initiated in 1968 by President Lyndon B. Johnson. The month-long observance celebrates the culture and traditions of those who trace their roots to Spain, Mexico and the Spanish-speaking nations of Central America, South American and the Caribbean.

Paris police evacuated the Eiffel Tower late Tuesday after an anonymous caller said a bomb had been placed on one of the world's most popular tourist attractions, France Info radio reported.

Cuba is set to scrap more than 500,000 jobs in its large government sector by the first quarter of next year, with a view to increasing productivity and easing pressure on the treasury, the island's single trade union said Monday.

Lady Gaga was the big winner at Sunday's 27th annual MTV Video Awards on Sunday, winning a female record eight of the 11 categories in which she was nominated, including Video of the Year for her "Bad Romance."

HispanTelligence Research
HB500
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.

Download a FREE copy of Hispanic-Owned Businesses - Growth Projections to 2012
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U.S.Hispanic-owned firms are expected to reach $539.0 billion by 2012. Download a free copy of the Hispanic-Owned Business Growth Projections at Hispanic Business Recursos Para Negocios site brought to you by Aflac.

From the current issue of Hispanic Business magazine...
100 Fastest Growing
As a group, the 100 Fastest-Growing Companies brought in a heady $10.9 billion in revenue in 2009 more than double the $4.7 billion they posted in 2005.

Growing association gives an edge to young professionals through mentorship, hands-on experience, scholarships and exposure to potential employers.





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