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The Informant, Volume 4, Issue #42 -- Friday, October 31, 2003


Feedback from Harriet Michel, Diversity Leader

Harriet R. Michel is president of the National Minority Supplier Development Council. She talks with UPI's Al Swanson about how changing demographics are altering the face of business in the U.S.

SBA and District of Columbia Launch E-Bic

Last month, the U.S. Small Business Administration and the District of Columbia announced the opening of the city's Enhanced Business Information Center (e-BIC) at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library.

Millions in Refund and Child Credit Checks Returned to IRS

IRS Commissioner Mark W. Everson reminded taxpayers they have until Dec. 5 to claim 115,744 undelivered checks from this summer's advance child tax credit. After the December cut-off, taxpayers cannot claim the checks until they file their tax returns next year.

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The Business of Diversity

Bringing customers and businesses together is the job of the National Minority Supplier Development Council, a private non-profit group that includes 3,500 corporate members and more than 15,000 minority-owned businesses.

National Hispanic Corporate Council Holds Annual Meeting

The National Hispanic Corporate Council (NHCC) will hold its Annual Member Meeting, titled Leadership and Winning Hispanic Initiatives: Crisis Management and Community Relations, at the Hyatt Regency, Riverwalk in San Antonio, TX, November 4-6, 2003.

The Wal-Mart Effect

Discount retail giant Wal-Mart is poised to bring is supermarkets to Southern California, sparking labor strikes and lockouts as unionized workers fear competition from non-unionized Wal-Mart stores. Columnist Steven Pearlstein was online to talk Wal-Mart as a symbol of the hyper-globalization of the economy.

Antonio Banderas To Promote Spanish Olive Oil in the U.S.

Spanish Hollywood star Antonio Banderas, 43, will promote his country's olive oil as part of healthier eating campaign in the United States, press reports said Wednesday.

New York Commission to Bring Latin Media, Shows to Big Apple

The New York mayor's office on Tuesday appointed a Latin Media and Entertainment Committee whose task it is to promote the city as ideal headquarters for Hispanic media and show business aconcerns.

U.S.-Born Latinos to Spur Growth of Minority Population, Study Says

While the Latino population has become the largest minority in the nation mostly because of immigration, a new study says that in the next 20 years that growth will come largely from the U.S.-born children of immigrants who came here before 2000.

Minorities Need More Than Just Translating

In a country where half a dozen cable channels run in languages other than English, most businesses understand that they can't neglect marketing to minority groups. Exactly how to do that, however, is a big question.

A Closer Look at "Unfair" Imports

Julia Garcia tells BusinessWeek how he overcame three disadvantages that many small, foreign businesses face as they try to penetrate the American market.

Hispanic Advocacy Group Opposes Spanish-language Media Giant

Hoping to unravel the creation of a Spanish-language media giant, a small New York-based Hispanic advocacy group is arguing that the newly enlarged company violates federal laws on media concentration.

Latinos Becoming Growing Force in New Jersey Marketplace

According to the last available Census Bureau economic survey, there were 36,116 Hispanic-owned businesses in New Jersey in 1997, generating $5.1 billion in revenues.

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100 Most Influential Hispanics

As Hispanic leaders reach new levels of success and status, they dispel stereotypes and set the precedent for further progress.


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