June 13, 2007 |
More than three decades into his fight to support small African American businesses in Los Angeles, Earl "Skip" Cooper II doesn't entirely like what he sees. A persistent lack of financial resources, complacency with institutional racism and apathy on the part of young African Americans are undermining some of the progress his generation carved out in the 1960s and '70s, he said.
March 22, 2006 |
The number of Latino-owned businesses grew at three times the national rate for all companies from 1997 to 2002, the government said Tuesday. Latinos owned nearly 1.6 million businesses in 2002, a 31% increase from five years earlier, the Census Bureau report said. The overwhelming majority of the new businesses were one-person enterprises, according to the report. Only 13% of Latino-owned businesses had any employees other than the owner. About a fourth of all U.S.
November 14, 2004 |
Questions about the future are percolating at F. Gavina & Sons Inc., a family-run coffee company in Vernon. The same is true at Pasadena-based Liborio Markets, which is run by two generations of the Alejo clan: Enrique and his sons, John and Rick. Like hundreds of other businesses across Southern California, these so-called ethnic family companies are thriving. Gavina, for example, has just moved into a new headquarters and roasting plant, bringing seven operations together in one building.
November 26, 2003 |
Expanding the scope of his domestic agenda, Rep. Richard A. Gephardt proposed a series of measures Tuesday that would shift federal spending toward minority communities in an effort to increase opportunities that he said "for too long have been denied for too many." The Missouri congressman's proposals represent one of the first efforts by the top-tier candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination to focus on the economic needs of minority voters.
November 18, 2003 |
The Supreme Court on Monday dealt another setback to affirmative action foes, turning away a white contractor's challenge to a Denver city ordinance that seeks to ensure more contracts are won by firms owned by minorities and women. Justice Antonin Scalia, joined by Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, dissented, saying the court's action suggests its earlier rulings opposing minority business set-asides have "effectively been overruled."
August 25, 2003 |
Rolando Herrera washed dishes, broke rocks and sometimes slept in his car in his struggle to become a winemaker. Naming his wine was easy: Mi Sueno, my dream. But Herrera, whose chardonnay was poured at President Bush's first state dinner with Mexican President Vicente Fox, is unusual. The harsh reality is that at many vineyards, minorities are still more likely to be running tractors than wineries. Slowly, change is coming as Latinos, blacks and Asians stake their claim to wine country.