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Published minutes from a Dec. 14 meeting of Fed officials show that economic recovery, despite some promising early signs of growth, is still very fragile.

U.S. President Barack Obama Sunday signed the health bill for Sept. 11 workers while on vacation in Hawaii, the White House said.

Harsh winter storms from the Southwest to the East Coast may have put a significant damper on retails sales over the holiday season, but they did not affect robust sales in online shopping.

General Motors, Ford and Chrysler capped off a comeback year for the U.S. car industry, on Tuesday reporting strong sales in the year's final month, while Japanese giant Toyota still lagged in the United States in the wake of its recall scandal.

With sales of its iPhones, iPads and iPods continuing to soar, Apple's valuation is now over $300 billion, making it the only company besides oil giant Exxon to break that mark.

Jerry Brown asked Californians for "courage and sacrifice" today after being sworn in as the state's governor, replacing outgoing Republican Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Bank of America disclosed Monday that it expects its write offs of toxic mortgages to total $5 billion.

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 2010 directory provides the top 500 Hispanic-owned companies list in Excel format including: CEO names; company addresses and telephone numbers; e-mail addresses for 291 companies and Web addresses for 469 companies; and company revenue and employees numbers for 2008 and 2009.

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
Recursos Para Negocios
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 Influentials
Witness this year's 100 Influentials list: 100 luminaries selected from the halls of power in Washington; the corporate world; information technology professionals; the health care sector; education; the media and other areas. This year's list highlights Chicago influentials. Click through for the full list, complete with profiles.

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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