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MESA OFFERS HELP

Mesa will join Tempe and Phoenix in offering financial help to businesses along the Metro light-rail construction route. Mesa’s assistance program started Oct. 6, and provides up to a $20,000 line of credit for operational expenses during construction. Construction of the Mesa section of light rail is scheduled to be finished by spring 2008.The city […]

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DIVERSITY LEADERS

The Diversity Leadership Alliance honored those advancing the cause of diversity at its fifth annual conference in October. Awardees are: Jason Meyers, the Heard Museum, diversity champion; Tolleson Dairy, small company; Embry Riddle, medium company; Cox Communications, large company; and Yuma Regional Medical Center, government/nonprofit. For more, www.diversityleadershipalliance.org.

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QWEST LAYS OFF

Qwest says it will lay off 367 employees at its Phoenix call centers. The company recently gave 90-day notices to the employees, who took calls for sales, service and collections, says Jeff Mirasola, a Qwest spokesman. He adds the company is moving the jobs to other existing call centers around the nation for efficiency. For […]

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MOSES ANSHELL HONORED

The Association of Hispanic Advertising Agencies (AHAA) announced the winners of the 2006 Hispanic Account Planning Excelencia Awards. Phoenix-based Moses Anshell agency received an honorable mention award for its Teen Pregnancy Prevention campaign it created for the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS). “Moses Anshell recognizes the value of understanding consumers from various backgrounds,” said […]

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Poised for the future

Poised for the future

By Angela Rabago-Mussi At 35, Israel Torres already has a resumè that people years older would envy. After completing law school in 1999, Torres worked with the city of Phoenix, first as chief of staff for a council member, then, in the planning department. In 2003, Gov. Janet Napolitano appointed him director of the state Registrar […]

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JAFRA HELPS NONPROFIT

JAFRA HELPS NONPROFIT

Jafra Cosmetics International, a direct sales company with a multilevel marketing program in the skin care and beauty industry, kicked off Hispanic Heritage Month by presenting a $7,332 check − the “Jafra: Hand in Hand with the Hispanic Community” grant − to The WellCare Foundation in Phoenix. The WellCare Foundation is a non-profit that provides […]

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SRP HISPANIC STUDY HIGHLIGHTS LATINAS

Salt River Project and ASU have released the second annual Arizona Hispanic Business Study. This year the report offers a detailed look at the state’s Hispanic women business owners. The survey’s findings include: • Hispanic-owned businesses in Arizona have median annual revenues of less than $250,000, four or fewer employees, and do business within their […]

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NEW PEW RESOURCE

The Pew Hispanic Center has posted a new resource on its Web site, A Statistical Portrait of Hispanics at Mid-Decade. The information is based on the center’s tabulations of the 2005 American Community Survey, which was fully implemented by the U.S. Census Bureau for the first time this year. The 2005 ACS, released August 29, […]

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GEICO HIRING

Insurance provider GEICO, which opened a Tucson operations center three years ago, says it expects to hire 600 additional workers for the center over the next 15 months. The company will focus on hiring associates for its customer service and claims departments. Applications may be filed online by visiting the company’s Web site at www.geico.com, […]

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SKIN FRENZY MOVES

SKIN FRENZY MOVES

Skin Frenzy Day Spa is relocating to downtown Phoenix at the historic Gold Spot Market building, 1001 N. 3rd Ave. Owner Liz Treviño says the day spa, in addition to its regular services, will feature ladies’ lingerie and RazAmerican, a new designer line of clothing. For more information: (602) 258-9099.