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Conquering the Spanish-language television, radio and recorded music market in the United States has left Univision Communications Inc. with a quandary: Where to look for growth?

High Demand Drives More Women to Own Construction Firms
Construction firms are still unconventional businesses for women to own. According to the Census Bureau, only about 7 percent of them are run by women. But thanks to raw need, more women are heading firms in specialties ranging from framing to architecture and engineering.

Mutual Fund to Invest $50 Million in Emerging Market Loans
Mutual fund CRA Qualified Investment Fund has announced an initiative to raise $50 million to support loans to small businesses in minority and emerging markets. The initiative is a joint project of Florida-based CRAFund Advisors and the Minnesota-based Community Reinvestment Fund.


Business

Making an Educated Decision
Nurturing and enhancing the visions of their forefathers is the goal of many young people who inherit family businesses. Still, not everyone is convinced that following in their family's footsteps is the right career path.

Consumers Spend January Shopping
Retail sales rose at the fastest pace in more than four years in January as consumers cashed in holiday gift cards and unusually warm weather enticed shoppers to get out of their homes and spend, the government said Tuesday.

New Fed Chief Says More Rate Increases May Loom
The new chairman of the Federal Reserve said Wednesday that more interest rate increases might be needed to combat inflation. The Fed has raised the core interest rate 14 consecutive times since June 2004, and it now stands at 4.5 per cent.


Politics

Purging Voter Rolls Could Hurt Hispanics
Nearly 40 percent of Hispanic voters in Chicago have seen their registrations challenged by election officials in recent years, and they could be purged from voter rolls in the next four years, Hispanic activists say.

Good, Bad News on Student Loans
Educated Americans are America's competitive edge, President Bush said in last month's State of the Union address. But thanks to a bill he signed last week, the cost of getting an education could increase. That's no way to encourage today's students.

CA Health Plans to Provide Care In Primary Language
The California Department of Managed Health Care announced the release of draft regulations "that will require all health plans in California to provide care in the patient's primary language."

HispanTelligence Research
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While the U.S. median age continues to rise, from 35.3 years in 2000, the median age of Hispanics remains the lowest of all groups. Demographers predict faster growth among young Hispanics than among other young ethnic groups for the next decade.

Inside the House: Hispanics Subgroups Differ by Age
More than 20 percent of Cubans are 65 or older, while a scant 4 percent of Mexicans are in that age bracket. On the other hand, 37 percent of Mexicans and 31 percent of Puerto Ricans are younger than 18.

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The economic tempo may slow in 2006, but marketers see high notes in the Hispanic sector.

The New Cachet of Being Hispanic
Yankelovich Inc., a leading marketing research and consulting firm, emphasizes in its predictions for 2006 that the Hispanic market is "a main driving force" and "catalyst for growth" in the American economy, destined to receive heightened attention from marketers this year and beyond.






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