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Latino immigrants pursuing path of entrepreneurship

By Yanis De Palma With the growth of the Hispanic community in the United States, the number of Latino entrepreneurs is increasing, too. According to a study by the National Foundation for American Policy, immigrant entrepreneurs have started more than half of America’s startup companies. Those immigrant-founded companies have created an average of 600 jobs per company. Some Latino immigrant …

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Ramos using law career to help area’s immigrant community

When Denise Ramos came to the Kansas City area to start her law career, she felt that she should practice immigration law for a simple reason: She was an immigrant. A native of Chihuahua, Mexico, Ramos has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Universidad Autonoma de Chihuahua, a criminal justice degree from the University of Missouri and a juris …

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Mexican restaurant brings modern, authentic food to KC area

Fans of authentic Mexican cuisine might be disappointed in the typical presentation of Mexican dishes smothered in cheese or salsa – which is actually Tex-Mex food. Alfonso Esqueda believes he can give those fans an authentic experience. Esqueda owns CACAO Restaurante, located at 5200 W. 95th St. in Prairie Village, Kan. When customers first walk through its doors, they see …

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Former Casa Grande employees become owners, share their success story

By Melissa Arroyo For many years, Karen Manzanares dreamed of owning a restaurant and club. She spent hours of the day thinking about every detail and sharing it with her family and friends. “Even my 22-year-old son remembers hearing about it when he was a little kid,” Manzanares said. Manzanares said she knew that her passion for music and determination …

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How millennials are changing the work environment

Analysis by Melissa Arroyo The work environment is changing, as millennials continue to join the workforce and employers find themselves making accommodations for them. Some ways the millennial generation is changing the corporate work environment include the following: *Flexible schedules: Millennials understand that everyone has different patterns of productivity and focus, so they build their schedules around their own patterns. …

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Congress is back: Where to start?

Commentary by Dermidio Juez-Perez With the U.S. Congress back in session, Washington, D.C., is officially open for business again. And the list of must-do jobs is extensive. The following issues, in my opinion, should be among the highest priorities for Congress to address: *Hurricane Harvey relief: The first thing Congress should accomplish is to put a plan in place to …

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No 401(k)? No problem

Commentary by Dermidio Juez-Perez The most popular type of account being used to save for retirement is the 401(k). However, not everyone has access to a 401(k) plan because not every employer offers one. If your employer doesn’t offer a 401(k), it’s not the end of the world. There are plenty of other ways to save for retirement. It just …

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Logos and slogans are essential to local business owners

Commentary by Katherine Diaz Unique branding, an enticing logo design and overall customer service are essential in helping a small business be a top-of-the-mind brand. Here are a few tips to consider when narrowing down your logo design: *Determine your color scheme: One of the most important factors to consider when creating a logo design is color. Rather than simply …

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How to advertise your small business

Commentary by Katherine Diaz Being a small business owner isn’t easy. One of the challenges of running a small business is getting the word out to consumers about your existence. There are various ways you can go about advertising your small business, but here are some popular ways you should consider: *Social media: It’s the digital age. That means most …

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Be smart when starting a new business

Commentary by Katherine Diaz The first step of starting a new business is taking a leap of faith. But there are many factors to consider when deciding whether or not to take that leap. So if you’re thinking about starting a business, some of the most important factors you should consider include the following: *What interests you the most: There’s …

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