Special business edition.

 
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SMALL BUSINESS is the backbone of our nation's economy. Two-thirds of all new American jobs are created by small businesses, and Hispanic enterprises are leading this critical growth; starting new ventures at a rate three times the national average.

An estimated 55 million Hispanics live in the U.S., approximately 17% of the country's population, according to the Census Bureau. Further, there are more than four million Hispanic-owned businesses throughout the U.S., and their collective annual revenues have climbed to more than $668 billion, according to the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Furthermore, the number of Hispanic-owned businesses has doubled since 2002. Had these businesses not been created, unemployment rate would have risen to over 10% for the first time in over 30 years, and the recession would have inched closer towards a depression. Hispanic firms helped put a floor on the financial collapse, and helped pave the path toward America's economic recovery. Hispanics will account for 40% of employment growth over the next five years and more than 75% from 2020 to 2034.

In this issue we want to recognize and celebrate businessmen and women who represent the best of our community. They are critical to our economic recovery and strength, to building America's future, and to helping the United States...

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