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Featured Blog Posts – March 2012 Archive (27)

Romney's tough challenge with Latino voters

As a Republican primary race increasingly defined by demographics and math drags into April, a daunting demographic mountain looms on the horizon for Mitt Romney if he becomes the GOP presidential nominee: winning over Latino voters who could prove to be pivotal in November.

For Republicans, the math is simple -- and harsh. There are 38.7 million Latinos in the United…

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Added by HispanicPro on March 29, 2012 at 3:48pm — No Comments

3 Reasons Why Latinas Are Leaving Corporate America and Becoming Entrepreneurs

The statistics are remarkable and defy stereotypical notions about who Latinas are and the role we play in current U.S. society. Regardless of outdated and distorted perceptions about us as a group, the facts are incontrovertible.



For example:

788,000 Latinas now run their own businesses, according to the most recent Survey of Business Owners (last conducted in…

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Added by HispanicPro on March 27, 2012 at 12:02pm — No Comments

Tapping into the US Hispanic travel market

In a historic partnership between two visionary travel industry organizations, the NTA-ASTA Hispanic Business Development Task Force met for the first time in conjunction with Tianguis Turistico Mexico and developed a strategic plan to capture the undertapped US Hispanic travel market.

“Because tourism creates jobs and the Hispanic market represents 16 percent of the US…

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Added by HispanicPro on March 27, 2012 at 11:41am — No Comments

Frustration on Obama evident among Latinos

In the run-up to the 2012 presidential election, many Hispanics are talking about voting for the lesser of two evils. The hard part is figuring out the lesser evil.

African-Americans aren’t facing the same dilemma, and yet many of those on the far left are also disappointed in President Obama. While most black voters approve of his job performance, there is also frustration that he hasn’t been more attentive to issues such as the lack of economic development in African-American…

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Added by HispanicPro on March 27, 2012 at 9:39am — No Comments

National Association of Hispanic Nurses launches Mentorship Academy

The National Association of Hispanic Nurses launched a Mentorship Academy in July 2011 to maintain a formal peer-driven process to help advance Hispanic nurses' educations and careers.

The academy pairs novice nurses with experienced mentors, said Vivian Torres-Suarez, RN, BSN, MBA, director and founder of the Mentorship Academy. "They work together for a year on goals…

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Added by HispanicPro on March 26, 2012 at 4:19pm — No Comments

Judges Demand New Districts for Milwaukee Latinos

Finding "almost laughable" Republican claims that newly drawn electoral districts were not influenced by partisan factors, a panel of three federal judges unanimously ruled that new maps for two districts on Milwaukee's south side violate the Voting Rights Act and dilute Latinos' voting power.

The judges enjoined the state's Government Accountability Board from implementing Act 43 as it stands, but Wisconsin's 130 other newly drawn districts are expected to stay the same.

Act 43…

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Added by HispanicPro on March 26, 2012 at 9:16am — No Comments

Latino Small Business Owners Go to Washington

The closest those attending the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s (USHCC) Legislative Summit will get to the cherry blossoms now in season is a meeting room, make that many meeting rooms. Entrepreneurs have signed up for a crash course in Washington, D.C., to learn how to influence the players in government who can help Hispanic-owned businesses grow. This includes a new alliance between the USHCC and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced at this conference with…

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Added by HispanicPro on March 23, 2012 at 1:54pm — No Comments

Friends of the American Latino Museum Surpasses 100,000 Followers

The Friends of the American Latino Museum (Friends), a 501(c)(3) created to support the American Latino Museum initiative, surpassed 100,000 followers on Twitter and has accumulated 70,000 fans on Facebook and 67,000 supporters through its website, bringing its total reach to over 237,000 supporters. A renewed energy and hope for the museum is increasing rapidly since the introduction of the Smithsonian American Latino Museum Act earlier this year in the House and Senate. The Smithsonian…

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Added by HispanicPro on March 23, 2012 at 10:28am — No Comments

Why Bilinguals Are Smarter

SPEAKING two languages rather than just one has obvious practical benefits in an increasingly globalized world. But in recent years, scientists have begun to show that the advantages of bilingualism are even more fundamental than being able to converse with a wider range of people. Being bilingual, it turns out, makes you smarter. It can have a profound effect on your…

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Added by HispanicPro on March 21, 2012 at 1:21pm — No Comments

Employment for U.S. Hispanics Tops Pre-Recession Peak, Pew Says

Employment among Hispanics and Asians in the U.S. has climbed back to levels seen prior to the last recession, while hiring of whites and blacks has lagged behind, a study found.

The number of Hispanic workers reached 20.7 million in the last three months of 2011, up from 19.9 million in the final quarter of 2007 when the economic slump began, according to a report by…

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Added by HispanicPro on March 21, 2012 at 12:18pm — No Comments

Once-burgeoning Latino population dips in many U.S. cities

For years, America’s growing and mobile Latino population helped transform cities such as Atlanta and Las Vegas as well as many smaller communities. But the deep recession slowed this great dispersion, a new analysis shows, raising economic and political implications.

Between 2000 and 2010, the nation’s Latino population jumped 43 percent to 50.5 million, growing…

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Added by HispanicPro on March 20, 2012 at 12:34pm — 1 Comment

In Hunt for Latino Votes, Romney Softens Some Positions

Mitt Romney won a landslide victory over Rick Santorum in Puerto Rico last weekend and Santorum is not taking his 75-point defeat lightly.

Santorum, who spent two full days campaigning in the Caribbean island, congratulated Romney on his victory in a press release late Sunday night, but in the same breath accused the former governor of pandering to Puerto Rico's Latino…

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Added by HispanicPro on March 20, 2012 at 10:25am — No Comments

California study finds Latinos struggling at college level

While more than half of California's public school children are Latino, they are underrepresented on college campuses, particularly in four-year schools, according to a new statewide study.

The Campaign for College Opportunity's "Latinos and Higher Education" report finds that Latinos are not going directly to college after high school graduation in as many numbers as…

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Added by HispanicPro on March 19, 2012 at 3:28pm — No Comments

To boost Latino turnout, group will enlist Latinas

NALEO researchers are redirecting their aim to improve Hispanic voter turnout, pointing efforts at the most influential target inside Latino households: the women.

The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials is using new findings from recently gathered focus groups to retool its campaign for the Hispanic vote, after participants in Houston revealed…

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Added by HispanicPro on March 18, 2012 at 12:51pm — No Comments

'Cosmo Latina' Launches In May

Cosmopolitan, the iconic women’s lifestyle magazine, is launching a Hispanic-focused, English-language version, Cosmo Latina, in May, per Adweek, which reported the news earlier this week. Cosmo Latina aims to attract beauty and fashion advertisers looking for a platform to reach young, bilingual and bicultural Latinas.

Self-identifying bicultural Latinos (of both…

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Added by HispanicPro on March 16, 2012 at 9:48am — No Comments

The Porous Glass Ceiling: Lessons in Breaking Through From Hilda Solis

The glass ceiling still keeps many women from reaching the top echelons of business or government. But it's something that Labor Secretary Hilda Solis hasn't experienced herself. The 54-year-old former lawmaker, the first Latina to become a Cabinet secretary, knows firsthand that women can overcome barriers. She was born into a large family of limited means in Southern…

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Added by HispanicPro on March 14, 2012 at 9:11am — No Comments

Hispanic Homebuyer Mega Market Is Emerging

The era of the Hispanic homebuyer is upon us, according to the 2011 State of Hispanic Homeownership Report released by the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP). The 36-page document offers an analysis of data on the Hispanic homebuyer market and points to youth, birth rates, household formation, rising purchasing power, labor trends, educational…

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Added by HispanicPro on March 13, 2012 at 9:53am — No Comments

Will Hollywood ever speak Hispanic audiences' language?

It's not obvious what language Will Ferrell's new film, Casa de Mi Padre, is speaking. Everyone's favourite cross-eyed man-child had last-minute cramming sessions in order to be able to drawl the Spanish-language dialogue for the comedy – a sendup of cheesy rural-Mexico telenovelas. But just as Ferrell admits he still can't really hold a conversation in Spanish, Casa looks like…

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Added by HispanicPro on March 13, 2012 at 9:21am — No Comments

The two sides of Sofia: Superstar or stereotype

You can't escape Sofia Vergara these days.

She plays the loud Colombian wife with the tight tops and high heels on ABC'stop-rated sitcom "Modern Family."She's in ads for Diet Pepsi and Cover Girl cosmetics. The self-branding Latina, who's been known to split her time between South Florida and Hollywood, even has a clothing line at Kmart.

But is the actress and…

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Added by HispanicPro on March 13, 2012 at 9:16am — No Comments

Who Will Win Over America's Latino Voters?

There's a man in Phoenix with a political playbook that has become valuable. So valuable, the Obama campaign believes it could help clinch the president's re-election.

Phoenix City Council Member Daniel Valenzuela is a fourth-generation Mexican-American. Last year, he won a seat on the Phoenix City Council in a traditionally Republican district, and he did it by increasing Latino voter turnout by 488 percent.

"I decided early on that this campaign would be a campaign for social…

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Added by HispanicPro on March 13, 2012 at 9:10am — 1 Comment

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