HispanicPro's Blog – January 2013 Archive (29)

Prominent investors to launch new Latino media company

Prominent investors are merging their businesses — including a Spanish-language cable movie channel and a Puerto Rican television network — to form a new public company to be known as Hemisphere Media Group.

Investment groups InterMedia Partners VII and Los Angeles-based Azteca Acquisition Corp. said they have agreed to combine their Spanish-language properties…


Added by HispanicPro on January 28, 2013 at 12:42pm — No Comments

Will Red Lobster's Spanish Pitch Pay Off?

Can Red Lobster say “langosta roja?” On Jan. 14, the seafood chain best known for endless shrimp and affordable surf and turf, will launch a $3 million Spanish language TV ad campaign. It’s the restaurant’s first sustained effort to reach Hispanic customers, with ads running on Telemundo, Univision, ESPN Deportes, and other Spanish language channels through…


Added by HispanicPro on January 26, 2013 at 10:45pm — No Comments

US Population Trends Affecting Business: Hispanic Growth

Over 315 million people and counting! That is the approximate population of the United States, which has increased by nearly 100 million people in the past 30 years. And while this comes with little surprise, there is no denying the demographics of our population are on the move.

Again, this should come as no surprise. We know the US population is changing.…


Added by HispanicPro on January 26, 2013 at 10:39pm — No Comments

Latinos applaud rock band Mana's Obama inaugural gig

Mexicans and Mexic an Americans have been weighing in about the performance of Mexican superstar rock band Maná at an inaugural ball for President Obama.

The consensus so far? It was a good night for rock en español -- and a smart political move as well.

In numerous tweets, Mexican Americans and other Latinos expressed their feelings of pride in witnessing the…


Added by HispanicPro on January 24, 2013 at 9:44am — No Comments

Are Businesses Hesitant to Connect With Hispanic Consumers?

As we learned in the recent presidential election, it’s always a good idea to connect with Hispanic Americans. In many parts of the country, this is as true in business as it is in politics. But for some reason, many businesses seem hesitant to try to appeal to this big and important demographic.

At my boutique advertising agency in Austin, Tex., I see lots of…


Added by HispanicPro on January 24, 2013 at 9:32am — No Comments

With Obama fundraising, Latinos demonstrate growing clout

Cecilia Soto-Loftus, co-founder of a Malibu party services company, was new to presidential politics when she started raising money for President Obama's reelection bid last year.

After pulling in more than $400,000, she is getting the red carpet treatment at this weekend's inaugural festivities, with invitations to a strategy briefing for top fundraisers, a VIP…


Added by HispanicPro on January 22, 2013 at 3:24pm — No Comments

Biden subtly courting Hispanics for 2016

Vice President Joseph R. Biden’s choice of Supreme Court justice to swear him into office — Justice Sonia Sotomayor — has fueled rumors of a 2016 presidential run, as analysts guess he was subtly courting the Hispanic vote.

The crowd cheered at Mr. Biden selection; Justice Sotomayor is the first Hispanic in the nation to issue the oath. But on top of that, Mr.…


Added by HispanicPro on January 22, 2013 at 3:12pm — No Comments

The National Hispanic University Launches New Online M.B.A. Degree Program

As the world becomes more culturally diverse and globally connected, the need for versatile business leaders with knowledge and insight into U.S. and global multicultural markets continues to grow. To help meet this demand, The National Hispanic University (NHU) is introducing an online Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program, offering students a broad base…


Added by HispanicPro on January 22, 2013 at 2:50pm — No Comments

Carbondale business is 'a tale of two tortillas'

Mario Lara stood in front of the humming tortilla press. Each time it rose, he used his fingertips to snatch a paper-thin flour tortilla from its hot surface, and threw another lump of dough onto the griddle just before the machine thumped shut again.

Lara, 32, then tossed the pressed tortillas onto a rotating burner, where they were heated, flipped and ejected…


Added by HispanicPro on January 22, 2013 at 2:46pm — No Comments

Las Comadres Releases Spanish Version of Count On Me

AUSTIN, Texas – January 8, 2013 – Las Comadres Para Las Americas, headquartered in Austin, is proud to announce today the launch of the Spanish-language version of their book, Count On Me: Tales of Sisterhoods and Fierce Friendships. The original English-language version made its worldwide debut on September…


Added by HispanicPro on January 17, 2013 at 10:32am — No Comments

Advertisers Must Pay Attention to Hispanic Consumers as Rising Trendsetters in 2013

U.S. Hispanics are not valued enough by America’s corporations, government and mainstream media. In particular, brand marketers do not take Hispanic consumers seriously enough, especially their buying power or trend setting influence. Although the proportion of U.S. Hispanics is scaling upwards rapidly, corporations and advertisers continue to underestimate the…


Added by HispanicPro on January 16, 2013 at 10:56am — No Comments

Miami grows as Latino TV hub

If you had to guess where most of the TV programming for Latinos is being produced these days, where would you guess? L.A., New York, Texas? How about Miami? A recent deal has solidified Miami as a major television hub.

Ana Sagastegui was born in Peru. She has worked in the Miami TV industry for 20 years. Sagastegui remembers how different Miami was then. Just a…


Added by HispanicPro on January 16, 2013 at 10:49am — No Comments

Ken Salazar's Exit Leaves Obama Cabinet Without Latinos

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar will leave the Obama administration by the end of March, a departure that means that the president's cabinet may be left without any Latino members.

Salazar, a fifth-generation Coloradoan and former senator, plans to return to his home state. The interior secretary was one of two Latinos serving in President Obama's cabinet; the…


Added by HispanicPro on January 16, 2013 at 10:47am — No Comments

Obama Has 'Binder Of Latinos' Problem With Cabinet

President Barack Obama’s press conference Monday was dominated by questions about the “debt ceiling” and gun control, but he was also quizzed about diversity on his second term cabinet.

It was the last question of the press conference and Obama was asked about the diversity in his picks for the new cabinet.

Obama said critics should wait until the cabinet…


Added by HispanicPro on January 16, 2013 at 10:46am — No Comments

Latina Women Earn 60 Cents for Every Dollar Paid to Men

It's true that working women earn far less than their male counterparts: roughly 77 cents on the dollar. But try being a working Latina. Their situation is even more dire.

Latina women in the United States make just 55 cents for every dollar paid to white, non-Hispanic men, and only 60 cents for every dollar paid to men overall, according to an analysis of…


Added by HispanicPro on January 12, 2013 at 12:15pm — No Comments

Latinas raise awareness about #1 killer: heart disease

Many women don’t know that heart disease is the number one killer of women, and many Latinas don’t know that they are especially at risk.

According to a study conducted by the American Heart Association, Hispanics have a higher risk for cardiovascular disease than Caucasians and are less aware of their cardiovascular risk factors. Among Mexican Americans 20 and…


Added by HispanicPro on January 12, 2013 at 11:49am — No Comments

New Mortgage Rules Could Help Latinos, CFPB Says

With the country still reeling from the aftermath of the housing crisis and the economy in a slow recovery, the federal government’s consumer watchdog group introduced a new set of rules Thursday in an attempt to rebuild a shaky housing market and to protect homeowners from defaulting on loans.

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) new rules could help…


Added by HispanicPro on January 12, 2013 at 11:34am — No Comments

Radogno praises passage of immigrant driving measure to increase road safety

For Immediate Release

Contact: Patty Schuh (217)782-5530


Springfield, Ill. – Illinois’ House lawmakers approved legislation (Senate Bill 957) on Jan. 8 that would allow undocumented immigrants to apply for a temporary driver’s license, a move applauded by Illinois Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno (R-Lemont), a chief sponsor of the…


Added by HispanicPro on January 10, 2013 at 3:03pm — No Comments

Hispanic Professionals of Greater Milwaukee Executive Director named one of The Business Journal’s 40 under 40 award winners for 2013

January 10, 2013 – Griselda Aldrete, Executive Director of Hispanic Professionals of Greater Milwaukee (HPGM) and HispanicPro partner, was named one of Milwaukee 40 under 40 award winners. “I am very humbled by this recognition but very excited,” said Aldrete. This is the 20th year The Business Journal has recognized Milwaukee’s up-and-coming community leaders. These…


Added by HispanicPro on January 10, 2013 at 2:35pm — No Comments

Latinos, blacks, take more time to graduate in STEM

Latinos and African Americans take more time to complete their graduate degrees in science, technology, engineering and math fields, according to a new study from the American Institutes for Research.

This trend is affected by whether they had a master’s degree, funding for their program, marital status and the educational attainment of their parents. The study…


Added by HispanicPro on January 10, 2013 at 11:55am — No Comments

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