Notes from the Field …

Home Depot's board members no-shows for annual meeting—meeting lasts minutes. Wal*Mart's annual meeting includes a live Broadway review—meeting lasts hours.

Asian cars' market share in U.S. exceeds 40% for the first time—fuel-efficient cars lead the way. American response: GM effectively gives fuel away to new Suburban and Hummer buyers.

On Sunday, May 21, 97 new docs graduated from the University of Vermont's College of Medicine—62% were women. On June 2, Tom Mortenson of the Pell Institute for the Study of Opportunity in Higher Education was quoted as saying: "Women have been making educational progress, and the men are stuck. They haven't just fallen behind women. They have fallen behind changes in the job market."

The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation's (Kansas City) annual "Index of Entrepreneurial Activity" finds that immigrants are starting new businesses at a rate that's about 25% higher than native-born Americans.