Thursday, May 23 2013 9:08 PM EDT2013-05-24 01:08:29 GMT
A staple atop Church Street in downtown Burlington is gone. We told you the fountain was being removed last month. Church Street Marketplace leaders say it was too expensive to run and blocked foot traffic.More >>
A staple atop Church Street in downtown Burlington is gone.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 9:01 PM EDT2013-05-24 01:01:37 GMT
If you're approached by a Vermont State Trooper, there's one thing you may not see, a tattoo. That's because for six years the department hasn't allowed visible ink.But VSP Captain David Notte saysMore >>
Vermont State Police say it's considering changing its tattoo policy, to get more recruits. Right now you can't have any visible tattoos, but that could soon change.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 6:54 PM EDT2013-05-23 22:54:33 GMT
Yesterday's quick downpour is leaving long-term damage to Burlington roads and businesses. So much so it has the Department of Public Works looking closely at making some major repairs to the entire system. TheMore >>
Yesterday's quick downpour is leaving long-term damage to Burlington roads and businesses.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 6:24 PM EDT2013-05-23 22:24:21 GMT
Undocumented immigrants in Vermont won a huge battle in the state legislature this year that will eventually give them the chance to earn driver's licenses. That includes Jose Norman. "I've been hereMore >>
The new law won't take effect until January 2014.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 2:51 PM EDT2013-05-23 18:51:07 GMT
Crews are responding to a garbage truck that caught fire off Shelburne Road in Shelburne, Vt. According to the Shelburne Fire Department, something in the back of a Casella Waste truck caught fire. TheMore >>
Crews are responding to a garbage truck that caught fire off Shelburne Road in Shelburne, Vt.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 2:04 PM EDT2013-05-23 18:04:40 GMT
The N.H. Senate is expected to take up a bill Thursday to legalize medical marijuana in the state. According to the legislation HB573, it would allow patients with cancer, glaucoma, positive status forMore >>
The N.H. Senate is expected to take up a bill Thursday to legalize medical marijuana in the state.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 12:34 PM EDT2013-05-23 16:34:26 GMT
The Essex Fire Department and Vermont Gas are currently investigating the smell of propane at the Edge Fitness Center in Essex, Vt.FOX44 and ABC22 reporter Michael Page says they haven't found anythingMore >>
The Essex Fire Department and Vermont Gas are currently investigating the smell of propane at the Edge Fitness Center in Essex, Vt.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 12:22 PM EDT2013-05-23 16:22:39 GMT
The annual Spring Move Out Project in Burlington Thursday. The project allows you to get rid of unwanted, but still usable household goods. You can bring clothes, books, furniture, household items, andMore >>
The annual Spring Move Out Project is being held in Burlington Thursday.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 10:40 AM EDT2013-05-23 14:40:21 GMT
If you're planning on traveling this holiday weekend, you're not alone. According to AAA, more than 30 million Americans will be on the roadways. On average, they'll also be driving at least 50 miles forMore >>
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Thursday, May 23 2013 9:31 AM EDT2013-05-23 13:31:51 GMT
Each year between 5 and 7 million animals enter a shelter. Purina Cat Chow is trying to offset some of those costs. The company is donating $200,000 to 50 shelters and that's where you come in. A quickMore >>
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Panel Explores Data from MassMutual Study and Fiscal Health of Hispanic Businesses in Phoenix Area
PHOENIX, March 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Phoenix's economic recovery continues to be one of the strongest in the country* and housing prices are up 25 percent since the depths of the recession. But as the Hispanic population growth fuels this growth, it is clear that Hispanic businesses can play a role. But many of Phoenix's Hispanic business owners may be lacking resources and tools to help them create a more solid future for themselves and their families, according to a study sponsored by Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual).
A presentation and panel discussion of the MassMutual study gathers area experts to take a look at the recent study findings and their implications on the fiscal health of Phoenix-area Hispanic businesses. The panel, moderated by Gonzalo A. de la Melena, Jr., President and CEO, Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, is taking place Thursday, March 21 at 5:30 p.m. MT at the Ritz-Carlton, Phoenix, 2401 East Camelback Road.
Eighty-nine percent started their businesses to provide financially for their families (vs. 77 percent of general population business owners)
Thirty-one percent want to provide jobs for other family members (vs. 19 percent of the general population)
Fifty-four percent report that "giving back to the community" is a motivation for starting their businesses, when only 21 percent of general population business owners said the same.
But even as the cultural values of Hispanic business owners have motivated them to start their businesses, their long-term ability to provide for their families and communities may be in danger. Hispanic business owners are worried about meeting both their business and personal financial goals:
Three in 10 say it is all they can do to keep up with everyday business expenses, much less think about the future.
Twenty-three percent have too many immediate financial concerns to think about saving for retirement, compared to 16 percent of general-market businesses.
Eighteen percent say they wouldn't know where to go for financial assistance vs. 12 percent among general-market businesses.
Also troubling is the lack of future planning when it comes to the eventual sale or transition of businesses. The good news is that Hispanic business owners know to whom they want to pass on their businesses: seven in ten say to a family member (vs. just over half of general population business owners), yet
Only 17 percent are concerned about transitioning ownership upon retirement (vs. 32 percent general population).
Sixty-two percent have not even told the designated successors that they will be taking over the businesses.
Only 24 percent have a business succession plan in place.
Of those who have a succession plan in place, close to one third indicated that the plan was prepared by a friend, family member or by the owner himself or herself either alone or with a business partner.
"Latinos in the Phoenix area understood the meaning of the 'American Dream' long before the term was coined," said Vlasta Duffy, general agent of MassMutual Arizona in Scottsdale. "As business owners, they put incredible pressure on their shoulders to succeed, not just for themselves, but for the good of their families. The good news is that many already know they want to transition their businesses to the next generation; they just need to understand the advantages of having a formal succession plan, the information and tools to help them improve their ability to reach that dream," she concluded.
"In our 40-year history, there has never been a greater economic or business need than now to build future Latino business leaders," said Manny Espinoza, ALPFA chief executive officer. ALPFA-a professional organization for Latinos in business, finance, accounting and related fields-is dedicated to enhancing career opportunities, as well as building leadership and professional skills.
"Future planning for Latino business owners in Phoenix is vitally important to ensure that this vibrant segment of the business community continues to grow and thrive into the next generations and further," said Gonzalo A. de la Melena, Jr., President and CEO, Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and panel moderator. "As the primary advocate for Latino-owned businesses statewide, the Arizona Hispanic Chamber is obligated to help provide financial education and tools for succession planning to the Latino business market to ensure the health and prosperity of the state and national economy."
For more information on MassMutual's Business Owner Perspectives study, log on to massmutual.com/bizownerperspectives. For Spanish-language information about MassMutual and its financial professionals, visit massmutual.com/espanol.
MassMutual Financial Group is a marketing name for Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual) and its affiliated companies and sales representatives. MassMutual is headquartered in Springfield, Massachusetts and its major affiliates include: Babson Capital Management LLC; Baring Asset Management Limited; Cornerstone Real Estate Advisers LLC; The First Mercantile Trust Company; MassMutual International LLC; MML Investors Services, LLC, Member FINRA and SIPC; OppenheimerFunds, Inc.; and The MassMutual Trust Company, FSB.