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Natalia-Olson-Urtecho SBA-Regional-Administrator Headshot-2Natalia Olson-Urtecho, SBA Mid-Atlantic Regional Administrador, showcases First State Manufacturing as an example of the SBA success in helping Women, Minorities, Veterans and other Small Businesses Thrive.

tony-jimenez Red Herring Story Nov-2016MicroTech announced that it has been selected as a candidate for Red Herring's 2016 Top 100 Global award. This is a prestigious recognition honoring the year's most audacious and far-reaching private technology companies and entrepreneurs from across the globe.

lus lobo 09-10-11 1315887200There is no making America great again. Since World War II, and, notably, the Soviet collapse, nearly every U.S. born citizen has benefited from the highest standard of living in the world. The United States has been the undisputed leader and innovator in the sciences, commerce and military power. 

Milford, DE - First State Manufacturing announces that President and Chief Executive Officer, Eli Valenzuela was named the 2016 Hispanic Vetrepreneur of the Year by the National Veteran-Owned Business Association (NaVOBA). 

In a tri-chamber celebration of the 2016 National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 - October 15), members of the Mid-Atlantic Hispanic, Greater Prince Williams and Virginia Hispanic Chambers of Commerce gathered in Manassas on September 15 for an award luncheon to recognize Hispanic leaders for their business and community accomplishments.

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Sonny Force turns in his homework assignments more dependably than the junior high school students Don Hallock taught for years. "I'm used to 12-year-olds and 13-year-olds. I've adjusted well to (teaching) a 72-year-old," Hallock said. Hallock and Force were brought together by the Franklin County (Pa.) Literacy Council as tutor and student

Imagine you're out with a few friends, looking for a place to grab dinner. You haven't got anything in mind so you open an app to look at options nearby. In a Yelp-like (at least in concept) interface, you see options according to your food preferences. Maybe some of the restaurants are offering specials or discounts — you can see that too.

Like every millennial in college, Mac Nagaswami was immersed in high tech, his world a digital swirl of cellphones, social media, and Internet portals. That's what made his approach to business seem so last century.

Following last night's electric debate, I found myself reflecting on my first encounter with the candidate who is best equipped to lead our country. Last fall, my husband and I joined hundreds in a packed high school gym in Northern Virginia to hear a message of opportunity and a vision for a stronger America. The speaker's powerful words made me feel newfound hope for our future. I remember turning to my husband and saying, "This woman should be our next president." The speaker was Carly Fiorina.

Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, a GOP presidential hopeful, announced her Virginia leadership team Monday, a list that features party activists but no current elected officials.Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, a GOP presidential hopeful, announced her Virginia leadership team Monday, a list that features party activists but no current elected officials.

Joyce Masterson in her Annapolis home earlier this month. She recently resigned as president and CEO of the Organization of Hispanic and Latin Americans of Anne Arundel County after 12 years in the position.
As she did for all board meetings at her home, Joyce Masterson made chili. But when she filled the slow cooker earlier this month, she had bittersweet emotions.

Angelette Aviles' baking hobby is now her full-time business, one that allows her to take her children to and from school. She grew up in Maryland, lived in Florida and then returned to her home state five years ago with plans of going into business for herself. Now she runs Cup+Cake Blvd, which started out of a food truck before gaining a Gambrills storefront two years ago. She is one of Anne Arundel County's estimated 1,500 Hispanic business owners, a group that is growing rapidly.

Participants in the Small Business Administration's Business Development Program for small, disadvantaged firms must abide by limits on income and personal wealth, under rules intended to prevent people from taking undue advantage of contracting preferences. To qualify as an 8(a) firm, owners must have income of less than $250,000 and a net worth of less than $250,000. To remain eligible, they must have salaries of less than $350,000 and a net worth below $750,000, not counting the value of their homes or businesses. When he started MicroTechnologies in 2004, Anthony R. Jimenez, a retired Army lieutenant colonel, and his wife lived in a $456,000 home they bought four years earlier.

Latino business leaders from all over the country, including the Washington area's Tony Jimenez, CEO of Tysons Corner MicroTech, gathered at the White House on Wednesday to share insights on economic problems and potential solutions.


The aging baby-boom population, coupled with lower birth rates in white and black households, would normally spell lower productivity and consumption rates in the United States. Enter U.S.-born children of immigrant or second-generation Hispanics. An otherwise declining American population is being undergirded and the growth curve lifted by the largest and younger consuming minority.

For some Hispanic students at North Forsyth High School, the idea of going to college can be a tricky one. Sure, they want to, says freshman Yaquelin Cruz, but it's not always that easy.

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