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Hispanic Trailblazer Tapped As CEO Of United Airlines




A Hispanic entrepreneur with humble beginnings has taken the helm as CEO of United Airlines after the head of the airline company was forced to resign on Tuesday.

Oscar Muñoz, a railroad executive and head of United’s audit committee, is a trailblazing executive who has twice been named as “100 Most Influential Hispanics” by Hispanic Business magazine.

The California native is the oldest of nine children and has said that he pushed for all siblings to attend and graduate college. Muñoz graduated from the University of Southern California with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, and he received a master’s in business administration from Pepperdine University.

“I am a first-generation college graduate, and I’m proud to say that most of my other siblings have college degrees as well,” he told the Hispanic Executive in 2012. “Our parents taught us to work hard and never forget our …

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New Britain Works To Create A ‘Barrio Latino’ District

New Britain's Mayor Erin Stewart is joined by Latino leaders for the groundbreaking of a new business on Arch Street. Photo: Ray Shaw/New Britain Herald

New Britain’s Mayor Erin Stewart is joined by Latino leaders for the groundbreaking of a new business on Arch Street. Photo: Ray Shaw/New Britain Herald



A new Dollar General store at the end of Arch Street near Shuttle Meadow Avenue will be just the beginning of a neighborhood transformation if local Latino leaders have their way.

Joined by Mayor Erin Stewart and other officials, the New Britain Latino Coalition attended the groundbreaking ceremony for Dollar General Tuesday afternoon, saying the project is the first step in what is envisioned as a multi-pronged neighborhood redevelopment initiative.

Local Latino leaders are calling the nascent district “Barrio Latino.”

Francisco Cuin, the coalition’s founder and former president, said the development plan represents a longtime vision.

“It’s not a new idea,” he said.

Carmelo Rodriguez, the coalition’s chairman, said the vision aligns with and is fundamental to the organization’s efforts to change the …

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Study Shows More Women At The Helm Of U.S. Businesses

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When it comes to small business in the United States, more women are running the show.
On Wednesday, the National Women’s Business Council released an analysis of preliminary Census data which showed there were nearly 10 million women-owned small businesses in the U.S. in 2012, a 27.5% increase from 2007. (The Census defines a woman-owned business as one where a woman owns 51% or more of the business equity or stock).

While men still own more businesses than women, women-owned businesses grew at a rate of four times that of male-owned businesses. In 2012, men owned nearly 15 million businesses.

Overall, women-owned businesses earned a total of $1.6 trillion between 2007 and 2012 and the vast majority (89.4%) were run by sole proprietors, meaning the only employee was the owner.

The report, which pulled data from the Census’s Survey of Small Business Owners, also highlighted major increases in small business …

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