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On Oct. 3, the Troubled Asset Relief Program, known as the bank bailout bill, loses authorization to make new expenditures. From that point forward, TARP will be in wind-down mode, although much of money lent out already has been repaid - at a profit for taxpayers.

The U.S. Justice Department on Monday sued American Express for anti-competitiveness while reaching a settlement with rival credit card firms Visa and MasterCard.

President Obama, whose bid last year to pump billions of dollars into community colleges was scaled back dramatically by Congress, is using his bully pulpit this week to raise the profile of two-year colleges.

Militants fired rockets on NATO oil tankers near the southern city of Shikarpur in Sindh province early Friday, destroying 27 tankers, and the police exchanged fire with the militants.

Bank of America will delay foreclosures in 23 states, the latest firm to do so, as it looks to see if employees signed foreclosure documents with reading them or verifying their accuracy.

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in September for the 14th consecutive month, but data point to a slowing of new orders.

In a stunning move that telegraphs the company's future direction, Hewlett-Packard once again reached outside its own ranks Thursday and chose a little-known but veteran tech executive to serve as CEO of Silicon Valley's largest company.

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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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...
The diversity that we have represents the growth of our business ... we're very proud of that," says Pat Harris, vice president and global chief diversity officer at McDonald's.

Diversity and inclusion programs are proving to have a much broader effect than once thought. "There's no doubt in my mind (spending with minority-owned businesses) has a positive net effect on local economies," says Joyce Ibardolasa, director of diversity and inclusion, PG&E.

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