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U.S. consumer confidence rose in October, after falling the previous month amid a still fragile economy and high unemployment, a private research group said Tuesday.

Even in good times, applying for a job is a nerve-wracking experience. In this economy, it's flat-out terrifying. Dozens of other people are probably vying for the same position, many of them younger, smarter and better-looking than you.

While candidates are watching the polls, they're going after different numbers, too -- their Twitter followers and Facebook fans.

A coalition of technology industry giants announced a new wi-fi standard Monday that will allow individual devices to easily connect to each other, even if there is no conventional wi-fi hub in range.

Small-business owners remain concerned about the economy, but are reporting a small increase in optimism about their company's business and economic recovery moving forward, a recent survey concluded.

A new generation of credit cards is about to come on line, with computerlike features that allow cardholders to choose whether to pay in reward points or credit, and fraud protection baked into the plastic.

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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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