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The Informant, Volume 4, Issue #61 -- Wednesday, March 10, 2004


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Dialogue on Diversity 2004 Public Policy Forum

Dialogue on Diversity, a non-profit educational organization for business and professional women of all ethnic and cultural communities, will present its 2004 Public Policy Forum, titled "An American Agenda: Members of the Club" on March 17, 2004.

Kentuckiana Minority Business Council Gets Overhaul

Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, the Kentuckiana Minority Business Council boasts a new name, a new Web site, new programming, a new regional office and a sharpened focus.

Toyota Announces New Supplier Diversity Awards

The awards were given at Toyota's Annual Business Meeting and Awards Ceremony, which brings together the automaker's approximately 500 North American suppliers to share expectations for the coming business year.

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Bush, Kerry Waste No Time in Courting Hispanic Voters

In the first week of their head-to-head matchup, both candidates for the White House were already trying to appeal to Hispanic voters, an up-for-grabs constituency that could determine the outcome in several crucial swing states.

Minorities Getting More Subprime Loans

Black and Hispanic borrowers are much more likely than whites to deal with subprime lenders when refinancing their homes, increasing the cost of borrowing, according to a new study by a community advocacy group.

Original Shows Pay Off for Spanish-Language Television Network Telemundo

The network wanted to move away from imported telenovelas -- the soap opera-like programs that dominate Latin TV's primetime schedules -- to create its own original shows. Currently, Telemundo is producing 75 percent of its primetime programs.

Hispanic a Senate Long-Shot in Illinois Vote

Gery Chico has failed in his attempts to turn his campaign into a Hispanic cause to elect "one of our own" to the Senate. On March 16, Illinois' Hispanic voters likely will split evenly among the Democrats and even a few of the eight Republicans seeking the Senate seat.

Bush Strikes Border Deal with Mexico to Woo Hispanic Voters

The United States has made a concession to Mexico on immigration, agreeing to exempt millions of short-term visitors from the country from the strict new security checks imposed at its borders in the wake of the September 11th attacks.

First Hispanic Named to VA Board of Education

Gov. Mark R. Warner yesterday appointed the first Hispanic member of the Virginia Board of Education.

OPINION: The Deportation Game

Thousand of illegal-immigrant Hispanic mothers get flagged by the INS every year, so why is the media making such a fuss over one Northern California woman that got sent back to Russia?

New Jersey Governor's Budget Proposal Raises Aid to Hispanics by $1 Million

The $1.1 million increase is a small fraction of the $2.1 billion in "major increases" offered by the $26.3 billion plan, but it constitutes a marked reversal from last year, when the same programs were threatened with cuts.

Amsterdam, N.Y., Newspaper Aimed at Hispanics Attracts Loyal Following

About a year ago, Enrique Lopez thought putting out a small newspaper would help him market his thriving DJ business, Divine Productions. So Latino Voice was born.

Kerry Launches Vice-Presidential Headhunt

Democratic presidential nominee Senator John Kerry on Wednesday launched his quest for a vice-presidential running-mate for the November election, with Senator John Edwards and Governor Bill Richardson among the favorites.

From the current issue of Hispanic Business Magazine...

Hispanic Business Magazine

Loan Stars

From micro-loans to SBA programs, banks are slowly waking up to the possibilities of the Hispanic market.

The VC Process

Hispanics have lagged in the private-equity market, but experts offer ways to improve the chances of finding financing.


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Mapping Your Future Success: A Conversation with Women in leadership roles

Tuesday, March 16, 2004
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2004 National Multicultural Business Conference

Wednesday, March 17, 2004
Foxwoods Resort Casino -- Mashantucket, CT

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