The first, second and third place winners were slated to receive $3,000, $2,000 and $1,000 scholarships, respectively. In this year’s national competition, first place was awarded to Tatyana Bradberry from the Boys & Girls Clubs of the LA Harbor in California who presented her project, E-Vents. Second place went to Lupe Martinez-Nateras from Irving, Texas with J.E.S.A Catering. Third place went to Sarah Cervantes for her business plan, Extravagant Events. In addition to the winners, finalists included: Kaitlyn Andrews (San Pedro, CA) — Gap Year Round the World Alexander Arredondo (Wilmington, CA) — Food for Education Elvin Bonilla (Irving, TX) — Tutor U Enrique Guadian (Fort Worth, TX) — Bright N’ Fit Julio Jimenez (Wilmington, CA) — All Natural Guadalupe Paulin (For Worth, TX) P & G Pallets Vanessa Solorio (Wilmington, CA) — Monkey Cupcakes Elsa Tovar (Fort Worth, TX) — Just for the Health of It Erik White (San Pedro, CA) — White Shine Dental “I am inspired by the talent and innovation exhibited by these young people,” said USHCC President & CEO Javier Palomarez. “Hispanic youth are the future of America’s business community, and I trust each and every one of this year’s Bizfest participants will be an entrepreneurial leader of tomorrow. Congratulations to Tatyana, Lupe, Sarah, and the nine other top competitors for their success in this rigorous competition.” During the BizFest program, expert trainers from the University of Texas — Pan American taught the students various business techniques including how to network in business environments, how to deliver presentations and how to develop succinct pitches. Students also worked to refine their winning business plans from the regional competitions then presented them to an esteemed panel of judges which included Bank of America representatives. Throughout the competition, students attended credit building and financial education workshops presented by Bank of America. Students also had the opportunity to bring their theoretical networking lessons to life as they met with successful Hispanic entrepreneurs and business leaders. “We are proud to support this unique opportunity and advance the entrepreneurial spirit of our youth,” said Kerry Sullivan, president of the Bank of America Foundation. “Our partnership with the USHCC Foundation has encouraged this impactful and innovative program, which promotes the development of personal interests into viable business opportunities.” About the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Founded in 1979, the USHCC actively promotes the economic growth and development of Hispanic entrepreneurs and represents the interests of over 3 million Hispanic owned businesses across the United States that contribute in excess of $465 billion to the American economy each year. It also serves as the umbrella organization for more than 200 local Hispanic chambers and business associations in the United States and Puerto Rico. For more information, visit About the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation The USHCC Foundation is committed to giving Hispanic entrepreneurs life-long learning by developing and implementing initiatives and educational campaigns to awaken and nurture their entrepreneurial spirit. The Foundation leverages corporate and public support to ensure that existing and aspiring Latino entrepreneurs gain access and achieve success in the world of business.

United States Must be the Place to Reward Hard Work

Until that becomes the norm, Obama says, quote, “we can’t let up and we can’t rest.” Obama spoke at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s annual awards dinner on a rainy Saturday in Washington. The event paid tribute to the “Spirit of 1963,” including the civil rights movement and the March on Washington for Jobs and Justice that was led that year by Martin Luther King Jr. In keeping with the theme, Obama spoke of work to be done to reduce a black unemployment rate that is twice what it is for whites, increase the minimum wage and provide health care and education for all.United States Must be the Place to Reward Hard Work Related Stories Check Back Often for NewsChannel9 Sponsored Events! NewsChannel9 Top Stories Business News Chinese stocks rise as manufacturing gathers pace BANGKOK (AP) — Mainland Chinese stocks edged up Monday after a survey showed manufacturing in the world’s No.2 economy rose to a six-month high last month. Stock markets were subdued elsewhere in Asia. Consumer Info Eds: APNewsNow. WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal regulators have ordered JPMorgan Chase to pay $80 million in fines and about $309 million in refunds for billing customers for identity theft protection they never received. … Entertainment News ‘BREAKING BAD’ WINS THE BIG AWARD LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Breaking Bad” breaks its losing streak, winning the Emmy Award for best drama after three previous nominations. Science/Tech News IN THE NEWS: COMPUTER PROBLEM PREVENTS IN-SPACE DOCKING CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — You probably know how frustrating it can be to get your phone to hook up to a WiFi network — or a Bluetooth device. Tonight on WTVC NewsChannel 9 8:00 PM- The Middle: The Friend (HD, Repeat, TV-PG) Mike gets upset when he realizes Frankie set him up on an adult playdate with a new neighbor; Brick makes Axl question if he’s smart enough.

The United States Opposes Democracy Worldwide

taxpayers, though successive American presidents were happy to look the other way because he ensured Western business elites easy access to the Congos vast resources; Brazil, 1964: Reformer Joao Goulart had been president for three years when the military, with U.S. support, overthrew his government. Fifteen years of despotic rule followed, as all traces of democracy vanished amidst an orgy of torture and killing; Indonesia, 1965: One of the bloodiest episodes in recent history began with a Washington backed and armed coup that resulted in the killing of approximately one million peasants and the installation of the dictator Suharto. Ten years later, Suharto invaded East Timor, again with crucial U.S. support (and weapons) and wiped out 30% of the Timorese population; Dominican Republic, 1965: Shortly after the CIA assassinated long-time dictator and American puppet Rafael Trujillo because his act had gotten too extreme, Juan Bosch became president in the nations first free election in 38 years. Five months later, U.S. backed generals ousted Bosch, and a groundswell of popular support for his reinstatement was snuffed out by a U.S. invasion. Another Washington puppet, Joaquin Balaguer, became president in a fraudulent election that took place with 40,000 American soldiers occupying the tiny nation and participating in the murder of Bosch supporters; Chile, 1973: Much as it has done in Venezuela in recent years, the U.S. began funding oppositionists and fomenting strife as soon as Salvador Allende was elected president in 1970. With additional help from the U.S., the Chilean military overthrew and murdered Allende in 1973 and the long reign of fascist Augusto Pinochet began; Haiti, 1990-2004: In a country that suffered one agony after another under U.S. playmates Papa Doc and Baby Doc Duvalier, a popular upsurge led by the Lavalas party swept Jean Bertrand Aristide into office in 1990. A coup three years later by generals close to drug cartels begat brutal repression until Washington allowed Aristide to return on the condition he implement harsh austerity measures. When he chose instead to push the widely supported program of Lavalas, the Clinton administration whisked Aristide out of the country at gunpoint. Haiti has been ruled by heirs of the Duvalier tradition since. One dramatic change in the last 50 years is the consistent opposition of the American public to such interventions.