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You Crowned Miss Florida Asia 2007

One of South Florida's most anticipated events concluded at the North Miami Beach Performing Arts Theater last July 21st as a prestigious panel of judges chose Xiaozhen You, representing China, as MISS

Ms. You, born in Fujian, China, speaks fluent Mandarin and English. She is in her second year of a Ph.D. program in Biomedical Engineering at Florida International University and is looking forward to a career
as a medical engineering research director. Her taste for the arts include watching musicals, singing and dancing, which she has been involved since she was 4.   n more

Revitalization of Florida's Underserved Communities addressed in FMCRC Summit

posted July 20, 2007
n Regions Financial Corporation Announces $100 Billion Commitment to Community Development in the Southeast, Midwest and Texas
n $15 Billion set for Community Development initiatives in Florida

Attendees at 5th Annual Minority Community Economic Development Summit held in Tampa, Florida. Jackson Moore, Chairman, Regions Financial Corp. Al Pina, Chairman, FMCRC

Susan Martinez, Regions' Florida Regional President underscored the financial institution's commitment to community development in Florida.  "Florida is an important state for Regions, and we recognize the economic potential of all of our communities here and we're committed to serving them."  The community development initiatives will be over a seven-year period. n more 

n 'Sell Your Home with Feng Shui': A Complete Guide to Staging Homes for Quick Sale in Any Market

Community Asset Analysis Report to Assist Development of Florida Minority Communities

A historic minority community reinvestment report on Northwest Jacksonville, Florida, was completed by the Institute on Assets and Social Policy, The Heller School for Social Policy and Management Brandeis University for the War on Poverty Florida, Inc.

War on Poverty Inc., (founded by the Florida Minority Community Reinvestment Coalition and now it's own non profit) and Brandeis University have teamed up in an effort to create a mechanism that will assist in the development of assets for impoverished Florida minority families and communities that have been economically left behind. War on Poverty will work with Florida minority communities in the development of an "asset needs assessment" that will aid financial institutions and local governments in specific community reinvestment targets.
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of the Report 

Housing Partnership of North Miami Holds First-Time Homebuyer Training

Thirty-three North Miami residents learned about and discussed money management, credit reporting, mortgage requirements and the process involved in successfully buying and maintaining their first homes, during the eight-hour Homebuyer Education Training that was held at the NANAY Community Center.

”I am so proud that the attendees are making an effort to be on the road to homeownership, and taking the responsibility, “says North Miami Mayor Kevin Burns.  n more
(R-L) North Miami Mayor Kevin Burns, Tom Zuniga, DSG Community Marketing Managing Director and  Rosa Sabater, HSBC Vice-President of Community Development.


Protecting Yourself Against Foreclosure
By Charles J. Kovaleski

Hurricanes aren’t the only threat to Florida this summer; foreclosure is taking the state by storm, affecting one in every 336 households. In May 2007, there were 21,704 foreclosure filings in Florida – the nation’s second-highest total by state, according to RealtyTrac, which keeps tabs on foreclosure rates. n more

Crispin A. Borja: Exemplifying Business Leadership and Integrity
He founded a company that has been cognizant of the rapidly evolving needs of homebuyers and sellers in today's real estate market. As president and chief executive officer of ACE Brokers in Alpharetta, Georgia, Crispin A. Borja is committed to meeting the real estate needs by providing the highest level of service to every client.  n more

Philippine Business Conference and Exposition
(PBCE) set for Oct. 24-26, 2007
It is seen as the convergence of brilliant minds and ideas, making it the ideal venue to develop synergies and partnership between government and business. This year's event is chaired by Amb. Francis Chua, Special Envoy on Trade and Investment to China and a member of PCCI’s Board of Advisers   n more
Amb. Francis Chua 
Dr Eduardo G Ong
Search is on for PCCI BIDA Awards
The Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) through its PCCI Training, Education, Science, and Technology Committee (PCCI-TEST) is now accepting nominations for Best Business Idea and Development (BIDA) Award for college students. Dr. Eduardo G. Ong is the Vice President for Education and Chair of the PCCI-TEST Committee   n more
Dr. Eduardo G. Ong 
Businessmen Hail Government for Strong
Q1 Growth Performance

The Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI), the country’s biggest business organization, hailed the strong performance of the first quarter gross domestic product (GDP) growth of 6.9%  n more
Samie Lim,
PCCI President 
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