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The Informant, Volume 4, Issue #56 -- Friday, February 6, 2004


Hispanics Can Get Help with Business at Milwaukee Campus Center

A new Hispanic Entrepreneurial Center is being launched by the Small Business Development Center at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee to provide training, technical assistance and networking activities for aspiring Hispanic entrepreneurs and business owners.

Disc Offers Help for Richmond, Va. Startups

The CDs are the first of their kind in the nation when it comes to simplifying the business startup process, Neal said. Each CD is customized to the requirements of the particular locality and contains links with state, federal and other resources.

IDOT Center to Help Minority Firms Get Piece of Action

Chicago area minority- and women-owned businesses looking to land part of the $1.4 billion in construction contracts awarded by the Illinois Department of Transportation annually have a new resource to assist them.

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Hoy to Publish Wall Street Journal Insert

Dow Jones & Company and Hoy, published by Tribune Company, announced today that they have entered an agreement to publish a new weekly section, written and produced by The Wall Street Journal, for the New York, Chicago and Los Angeles editions of Hoy.

Minorities Accuse Democratic National Convention of Contractor Hiring Bias

As some minorities accuse the Democratic National Convention of not hiring enough black, Hispanic, or Asian contractors, records show the convention relied heavily on two politically connected white-owned firms for early preparations.

Latinos in U.S. Lag in Home Ownership, But Dream May Be in Sight

The idea of Hispanic home ownership is no pipe dream, says Al Penaranda, a real estate appraiser by trade. But convincing both lending institutions and prospective buyers of the need to reach this growing market and the feasibility of ownership presents its own set of challenges.

Importer Offers Familiar Products for Hispanic Consumers

For Chris Hartmann, whose import business was built to serve the Hispanic market, success comes from forcasting that Hispanics and mainstream Americans buy different health and beauty products.

Tommy Hilfiger Corporation Appoints Two New Board Members

Tommy Hilfiger Corporation announced today the appointment of two new independent members to serve on its Board of Directors. Mr. Mario L. Baeza and Ms. Jerri DeVard have joined the Board as of February 2, 2004, bringing the total Board size to eight members, five of whom are independent

San Antonio-Area Hispanic Chamber Turns to Young Entrepreneur

A young technology entrepreneur who helped revitalize the local work force development board will lead the Hispanic Chamber this year on a new mission to foster a better-skilled work force for area companies.

Bush Budget Would Slash Small Biz Loans

President Bush's proposed budget for fiscal year 2005 would severely cut loans to small businesses and reduce funding to the Small Business Administration by over 10 percent.

Generacion Next

Urban Latino -- with its glimpses of DJs and designers, low-riders and Los Lobos, filmmakers and food -- is at the heart of a cultural whirlwind storming through the world of Hispanic media these days.

Stars Help Retailers Reach Hispanic Market

Venezuelan Barbara Palacios, a former Miss Universe, has become the latest in a string of high-profile Hispanics to join forces with major retailers whose image has been more apple pie than empanada.

Franchising North of the Border

Franchising in the United States gives entrepreneurs access to the great American Dream by providing an opportunity to turn their business into a competitive growth organization. But does this kind of success only come to businesses that originate in the United States?

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Why Brightstar Shines

Brightstar's CEO, Marcelo Claure, wins the Hispanic Business Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

Fast Change for Lopez Foods

A leadership switch brings new horizons for the 13th-largest Hispanic-owned company in the nation.


3rd Annual Viva el Amor

Friday, February 13, 2004
MECA -- 1900 Kane, Houston, Texas 77007

NSHMBA Dallas-Ft. Worth Quarterly Membership Meeting

Tuesday, February 17, 2004
Belo Corp. building -- 400 South Record Street, Dallas, Texas

Second Annual Urban Fashion Awards Show

Wednesday, February 25, 2004

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