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With positive coronavirus cases rising in the city even as vaccine doses become more readily available, some residents have questions.

On Wednesday, a virtual event designed for the Latino community will be held to address questions regarding the novel coronavirus and the vaccines for it. The Illinois Department of Public Health has partnered with community entities such as Rock Valley College to create a safe space for people to ask their questions.

The hourlong event will include panelists Juana Ballesteros, manager of community public health outreach for the Illinois Department of Public Health, and Dr. Mellisa Simon of Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. READ MORE AT ROCKFORD REGISTER STAR

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Companies that want to provide customers with the best possible product or service -- and improve their bottom line -- need to recognize the diversity of those customers and employ people who reflect similar demographics.

Meet customers where they are.

Recognize that your entire customer base does not think or act in lockstep. Learn more about them to gauge how you can better meet their needs, Crichlow said. Encompassing inclusivity in your products or services can broaden your market, too. READ MORE AT SMARTBRIEF

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In the nation’s capital, three Latinas in lab coats are on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic.

Monica Mann, 34; Elizabeth Zelaya, 36; and Connie Maza, 33, analyze Covid-19 samples every day to track the spread of the virus and, more recently, to identify mutations. The three scientists and medical technologists are part of a small team in the Washington, D.C., Department of Forensic Sciences' Public Health Laboratory Division. READ MORE AT NBC NEWS

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The concept of diversity and inclusion (D&I) has continued to gain traction in corporate circles in recent years, as business leaders are beginning to see the untapped benefits to corporate culture and business success. When employees who differ in a lot of ways from their colleagues feel that their presence in an organization is valued and respected, they flourish, and the company, in turn, benefits from their unique ideas and skills. However, not many employers have realized this potential. READ MORE AT CORPORATE WELLNESS MAGAZINE

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At least 361 Latino men ages 18 to 49 have died from Covid-19 complications in the state of New Jersey. Hispanic men account for nearly half (43 percent) of all confirmed coronavirus deaths among adults under 50, even though they make up just 12 percent of that segment of the population, according to a WNYC/Gothamist analysis.

The analysis found that Latino men in New Jersey died at seven times the rate of white men, twice the rate of Black men and 4.5 times the rate of Latina women. READ MORE AT NBC NEWS

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Paid congressional internships are a prestigious and powerful stepping stone for college students, but a recent report found they are far from representative of the nation's diversity.

White students made up 76 percent of paid congressional interns, though they make up about half (52 percent) of the national undergraduate student population, according to a new report from the non-profit Pay Our Interns. READ MORE AT NBC NEWS

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The benefits of diversity and inclusion in the workplace have been proven time and again. Research shows that not only do diverse teams perform better, but that companies that invest in diversity efforts see a positive uptick in profitability, and value creation. Having a multitude of voices and perspectives leads to more effective, nuanced debate, and hopefully means that no one gets left behind. 

Companies certainly understand the benefits of diversity, yet many struggle with their diversity efforts. Hiring a more diverse talent pool is only one side of the equation. To reap the benefits of diversity, companies must create truly inclusive organizational cultures. READ MORE AT BENEFITSPRO

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Hugo Balta out at WTTW Chicago


Hugo Balta, news director at public television station WTTW-Channel 11, EP of the weeknight newscast “Chicago Tonight” and host of the weekly “Chicago Tonight: Latino Voices” is no longer employed by the company after just one year on the job.

Balta, who joined WTTW in February 2020, was placed on administrative leave last week. READ MORE AT MEDIA MOVES

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Breast cancer incidence and mortality rates are lower in some Hispanic/Latino subpopulations compared to Non-Hispanic White women. However, studies suggest that the risk of breast cancer-specific mortality is higher in US Hispanics/Latinas. In this review we summarized current knowledge on factors associated with breast cancer incidence and risk of mortality in women of Hispanic/Latino origin. READ MORE AT DOC WIRE NEWS

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Pre-Covid 19, Latina-owned businesses were doing quite well. There were 2.3 million of them, which accounted for 18% of all women-owned businesses, according to a 2019 American Express study. These businesses were growing at a healthy 10% per year. Latina-owned businesses also accounted for almost half of all Hispanic-owned businesses; however, they generated on average only about one third the revenue of women-owned businesses as a whole: $51,000 compared to $143,000 annually. This discrepancy is due to many reasons, but perhaps the greatest cause is lack of access to capital. READ MORE AT ALLBUSINESS

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Despite being the fastest-growing segment of the U.S. small business ecosystem, Latinos continue to struggle to secure capital from national banks.

That’s according to the State of Latino Entrepreneurship 2020 research study from the Stanford Latino Entrepreneurship Initiative. READ MORE AT CNBC

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U.S. hiring could rebound faster than expected


Hiring has weakened for six straight months. Nearly 10 million jobs remain lost since the coronavirus struck. And this week, the Congressional Budget Office forecast that employment won’t regain its pre-pandemic level until 2024.

And yet a hopeful view is gaining steam that as vaccinations reach a critical mass, perhaps around midyear, and the government provides further stimulus, the economy and the job market will strengthen much faster than they did after previous recessions. READ MORE AT NEWS TRIBUNE

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Latinx is a buzzword for individuals of Latin American origin in the United States, yet the use of “Latinx” as a noun to identify people of Latino and Hispanic heritage is not universally welcomed.

Many Latinos and Hispanics who are familiar with the word “Latinx” respect and understand it in the context of LGBTQ inclusiveness. But it’s overwhelmingly unsupported as a pan-ethnic identity word. READ MORE AT HOUSTON CHRONICLE

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(Chicago, IL) - The Little Village Chamber of Commerce and The Little Village Community Foundation announce the selection of Loretta Ivette Trevino as Executive Director effective February 1, 2021. As Executive Director, Ivette will oversee the overall planning, coordination and execution of all Little Village Chamber of Commerce, Little Village Community Foundation and Little Village Special Service Area #25 (SSA #25) staff, operations, programs, projects and services, and will create and implement overall strategic planning and execution of its joint vision and mission.
Previously, Ivette held various roles that led to the growth of the Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (IHCC). Her roles included Director of the Cook County COVID-19 Recovery: Small Business Assistance Program where she engaged with suburban Cook County small businesses with grants and technical assistance. Ivette also served as the Senior Director of Business Development & Strategy, Director of Community Engagement and Facilitator to the Latinx Incubator in partnership with 1871 Chicago.

“Loretta Ivette Trevino has a strong and proven track record of implementing innovative programs and invaluable experience that will assist us in carrying out our vision and mission to create impactful change for the Little Village community,” said Manny Martinez, President, The Little Village Chamber of Commerce.

On behalf of The Little Village Community Foundation, Dan Arce, Little Village Community Foundation Board President added the following, “We look forward to working with Loretta Ivette Trevino as we continue to build out the Xquina Incubator Café, a transformative, community-driven incubator and café which aims to be an exceptional and thriving ecosystem for the economic growth of Latino communities.”

“The Latino business community, in particular, have suffered from higher rates of COVID-19, higher levels of unemployment, and is generally recognized as being critically underserved. This is the right time to work together towards a common goal to support and empower our growing community and our business owners,” said Loretta Ivette Trevino, Executive Director, The Little Village Chamber of Commerce and The Little Village Community Foundation. “I am ready to get to work with the Chamber, the Foundation and the SSA #25 to make a lasting impact for generations to come.”

The Little Village Chamber of Commerce represents local business by promoting and supporting the growth and success of the Little Village commercial corridors while leveraging the community’s unique cultural identity in order to generate new opportunities. The Little Village 26th street commercial corridor has historically been one of the most dynamic and vibrant entrepreneurial corridors known to provide meaningful economic contributions for the City of Chicago and the State of Illinois.

The Little Village Community Foundation is dedicated to empowering residents to achieve an equitable livelihood and is leading the effort in developing the Xquina Incubator Café, a cross-cultural business incubator in Little Village that will create an open, accessible and inclusive learning environment by providing bilingual, adaptable training and coaching for current and emerging businesses, start-up companies, local residents, artists, multi-media professionals and local youth.”

The Little Village Special Service Area #25 (SSA #25) was established in 2004 to elevate the 26th Street commercial corridor’s existing assets; to create a dynamic public space that attracts new businesses and shoppers and strengthen the residential community.

The Executive Director has supervisory authority over all staff and reports directly to the Board of Directors of The Little Village Chamber of Commerce, The Little Village Community Foundation and The Little Village SSA #25.

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Monica Lozano joins Apple’s board of directors


Apple today announced that Monica Lozano, president and CEO of College Futures Foundation, has been elected to Apple’s board of directors. Lozano brings with her a broad range of leadership experience in the public and private sectors, as well as a long and storied track record as a champion for equity, opportunity, and representation.

Prior to joining College Futures Foundation, Lozano spent 30 years in media as editor and publisher of La Opinión, the largest Spanish-language newspaper in the US, helping shine a light on issues from infant mortality to the AIDS epidemic. She went on to become chairman and CEO of La Opinión’s parent company, ImpreMedia. Lozano continues to serve on the boards of Target Corporation and Bank of America Corporation. READ MORE AT APPLE

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As 2020 comes to a close, the first Hispanic Commodore of the Chicago Yacht Club reflects on the last two years he has led the club, including during the pandemic.

Lou Sandoval is a groundbreaker. He is the first Hispanic to hold the post in the club's 145-year history and his tenure ends December 31, 2020.

Sandoval said he's grateful he can be an example for parents, including several of the club's staff members who are of Hispanic and African-American heritage.

"I stand as an opportunity for them to see that their children can aspire to something. In that, there's strength," Sandoval said.

Sandoval is a trailblazer, inviting others -- especially Latinos, to join his journey on the water. READ MORE AT ABC 7 CHICAGO

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Arizona Hispanics’ buying power is expected to hit an all-time high at $57.3 billion by 2022. In the Phoenix region alone, about 310,000 Latinos plan to buy a vehicle over the next year. About 95,000 plan to purchase a home or condo.

​These are just a few of the facts contained in the 2020 DATOS report, “The State of Arizona’s Hispanic Market,” which paints a telling portrait of Latinos’ growing economic power and influence in Arizona. READ MORE AT AZ BIG MEDIA

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Out of the sorrow of 2020, shared experiences through the virtual vortex of our home computers, phones and smart TVs managed to create organic and emotionally binding moments across the spectrum of U.S. society. At the core of many of these moments were people of Latin origins. READ MORE AT THE LOS ANGELES TIMES

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