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The Informant, Volume 4, Issue #47 -- Thursday, December 4, 2003


Layoffs With Care: How to Lessen the Blow

Job cuts don't always have to be brutal. Tips on ways to ease the pain of a cutback or even to avoid one.

Louisville, Ky.-Based Agency Certifies Businesses as Minority-Owned

Owensboro's minority-owned businesses should get a boost next year when the Louisville-based Kentuckiana Minority Supplier Development Council begins offering its services here.

Miami Herald Business Book Review

In Review -- "THE INNOVATOR'S SOLUTION: Creating and Sustaining Successful Growth." Clayton M. Christensen and Michael E. Raynor. Harvard Business School Press. 288 pages. $29.95

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CAMPAIGN 2004: 'New' Democrats Seek Hispanic Vote With Ads

Signaling an early battle for the Hispanic vote in 2004, a centrist Democratic group today begins airing Spanish-language TV ads in Central Florida that seek to shore up support among new immigrants.

U.S. Lawns Franchisee Beats Odds with Success in Fla.

Twenty-three year old Oscar Maya, owner of a local franchise of U.S. Lawns, has faced and trimphed over several obstacles to build his half-million dollar company.

Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Gets Into Gear

The newly formed Manhattan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce has launched its first major initiative -- a monthly program starting in January that brings in professional organizations to educate entrepreneurs.

Univision Programming Chief Steps Down

Mario Rodriguez is stepping down as president of entertainment for Univision Television Networks to form his own a new Hispanic media company, New Skies Media.

Achievement Gap Targeted by Legislators

Black and Latino legislators Tuesday joined forces in backing a national initiative to close student achievement gaps resulting from race and poverty.

Comprehensive Tax Guide Available at IRS.gov

The IRS comprehensive tax guide for individuals has been updated for tax year 2003 and is now available at IRS.gov.

Slouching Toward A Trade War?

The Bush Administration doesn't often blink, but when it does, the financial markets take notice. With world equity and currency traders jittery over the prospects of a two-front trade war with China and Europe after the U.S. imposed restrictions on some Chinese textile imports, Washington abruptly changed tack.

More Will Shop Online for Holidays

Americans plan to spend an average of nearly $775 on holiday gifts this year, with a growing chunk going to online retailers, an ABCNEWS poll finds.

Author Has Hope for a Calif. License Law

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger munched on strudel while state Sen. Gil Cedillo sipped on power juice. On the table in the governor's Santa Monica office that Friday was a law that would allow illegal immigrants to obtain driver's licenses.

Televisa to Strengthen U.S. Operations

The Mexican media giant, Grupo Televisa, is planning to strengthen its operations in the U.S. in 2004, as the U.S. Hispanic market has strong potential, with a double-digit growth rate.

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Putting Pension Funds to Work

The New America Alliance has launched an initiative to channel state pension-fund money to Hispanic investment firms.

Helping Hands Overseas

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


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


Saturday, December 20, 2003
Tucson, AZ

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