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The Informant, Volume 4, Issue #45 -- Thursday, November 20, 2003



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Q U E S T I O N: I have two girls ages 4 and 9 that we are considering sending to private school from 6th through 12th grade. The cost will be about $12,000-$15,000 a year. I know 529s are available for college savings. What are my options for saving for private middle/high school?

The Hidden Costs of Switching Cell Service

In this week's Cybershake, we look at how new federal rules will make it easier - but not necessarily cheaper - for consumers to switch cell phone service providers. Plus, we get a glimpse at a cell phone that could entice couch potatoes to become more mobile.

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Amidst 34-Country Talks, U.S. Seeks Four Bilateral Trade Pacts

With the prospects of an Americas-wide free trade agreement growing dim, the United States on Tuesday said it was exploring separate bilateral agreements with four Andean countries.

SBLI Invests $5 Million In Banyan Mezzanine Fund

SBLI USA Mutual Life Insurance Company, Inc., a New York-based financial services firm, today announced a $5 million investment in Banyan Mezzanine Fund, L.P. to assist Hispanic and minority- owned companies.

USHCC President George Herrera Announces Resignation

George Herrera, President and Chief Executive Officer of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) announced his resignation to the USHCC Board of Directors at a weekend meeting in Washington, DC.

Schwarzenegger Starts Governorship with Campaign of Laws

Arnold Schwarzenegger on Tuesday began governing California with plans for a "shock and awe" legislative attack on the state's gaping deficit and flagging business climate.

U.S. Employment On The Mend As Economy Rebounds: Snow

U.S. employment is set to recover further after recent tentative signs of a turnaround, U.S. Treasury Secretary John Snow said Tuesday.

TNS/CMR Expands Coverage of Hispanic Markets

Planners and buyers will get a more detailed picture of the expanding Hispanic advertising market now that a major data provider has significantly increased its coverage.

Latino Homeownership Gap Narrowing

They're a tag team of top real estate agents helping Latinos buy homes in Silicon Valley, leading a national trend that is slowly narrowing the "homeownership gap" for the largest minority group in the country.

Tortillas Demand a Place at the Table

Watch out, Wonder Bread. Sales of the unassuming but versatile tortilla are catching up to white bread, reflecting the growth of the nation's Hispanic population and the broadening of the American palate.

U.S. Senate Race: Housing Secretary Considers Run

U.S. Housing Secretary Mel Martínez said Thursday he's now exploring the race amid heavy lobbying from people "high in the Republican Party" worried that the GOP lacks a front-runner in the race to replace retiring Democrat Bob Graham.

Handheld Computers Get Snazzy Upgrades

New PDAs from the sector's pioneer, Palm, offer cell phone and wireless Internet features. Handhelds from Sony are touting multimedia entertainment capability. And one startup outfit is even touting its device as a portable video game machine.

Hispanic Usage Accelerates, Half Of Users Prefer Spanish Content

Like the population at large, Hispanic Americans are beginning to mirror the heavy Internet usage patterns of average online users, a yearlong analysis released Wednesday by comScore Media Metrix has found.

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The New Hispanic Information Economy

A convergence of market demand and capable researchers has created a viable market for numbers on U.S. Hispanics.

Helping Hands Overseas

Companies on the Hispanic Business Top 50 Exporters directory look to federal programs for help in foreign markets.


USAID "Inviting Small Business Conference"

Monday, November 24, 2003
Grand Hyatt Hotel -- 1000 H Street, NW, Washington, DC

Congresswoman Christensen's (D-VI) 3rd Annual Small, Minority, and Women-Owned Business Procurement Conference

Sunday, December 7, 2003
St. Thomas, United States Virgin Islands at the Marriott Frenchman's Reef and Morning Star Beach Resort

(NCMA) Annual East Coast Educational Conference

Monday, December 8, 2003
Tyson's Corner, VA

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