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The End Of An Era – ‘Sabado Gigante” to End Its Run

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Saturdays are about to be a lot less giant. “Sábado Gigante,” the Spanish-language TV staple that brought millions of Latino families together with its madcap contests and cheesy sketch comedy bits, will end its record 53-year run Sept. 19, Univision announced Friday.

For many Latino immigrants and their children, the program has been the equivalent of comfort food, reminding them of the high-energy entertainment of their homeland and serving as a unifier for the Latino diaspora.

Led by carnival barker host Mario Kreutzberger — who used the stage name Don Francisco — the Miami-based “Giant Saturday” looked as if “The Gong Show,” “Let’s Make a Deal” and “Saturday Night Live” were put in a kitschy blender and served up a jumbo, three-hour weekly program.

Though the show is beloved by generations of Latinos, however, ratings have dropped sharply in recent years among the young adults prized by advertisers. …

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One In Eight Undocumented Immigrants In The U.S. Now Has A White-Collar Job

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The share of all unauthorized immigrant workers with management and professional jobs grew to 13% in 2012 from 10% in 2007 — an overall increase of 180,000, according to new data from the Pew Research Center.

Meanwhile, the share with construction or production jobs declined to 29% from 34%.

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“In a reflection of changes in the overall economy since the Great Recession, the U.S. unauthorized immigrant workforce now holds fewer blue-collar jobs and more white-collar ones than it did before the 2007-2009 recession,” Pew says.

Despite these advances, undocumented workers’ representation among all white-collar occupations remains low — just 2%. Agriculture has replaced construction as the industry with the largest share of undocumented workers. Sixteen percent of all ag workers were undocumented as of 2012, the most recent year for which data was available.

That compares with 12 percent for construction. In 2008, according to Pew, they comprised 14 …

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SBA’s Maria Contreras-Sweet Uses Her Experiences to Help To Other Business Owners

Maria Contreras-Sweet, head of the Small Business Administration for the Obama administration, speaks at the Ain't She Sweet Cafe in Chicago. (Zbigniew Bzdak / Blue Sky / Jan. 19, 2015)

Maria Contreras-Sweet, head of the Small Business Administration for the Obama administration, speaks at the Ain’t She Sweet Cafe in Chicago. (Zbigniew Bzdak / Blue Sky / Jan. 19, 2015)

Maria Contreras-Sweet’s best sounding board throughout her career has been her “kitchen cabinet.” During weeknight dinners or Sunday brunches after church, she would tell her husband and three children about her workday, whether it involved meeting with a consulting client or working to start a community bank.

“I wanted my family to feel that the entrepreneurial road I was [going] down was something the family was doing, so we did it together,” she says.

Small Business Administration Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet visited Chicago Monday to announce $750,000 in funding for microloans to the Chicago Neighborhoods Initiative and said she wants to change SBA’s image so that tech founders turn to the federal government…

Small Business Administration Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet visited Chicago

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