Thursday, December 27, 2007

"How to Live and Thrive in the U.S."

On this blog I usually post information about various opportunities for job seekers and entrepreneurs but I could not help sharing the following information about a BOOK that I have recently discovered: "How to Live and Thrive in the U.S." by Donna Poisl. It is a bilingual book targeted to Hispanic immigrants but it will be helpful to everyone else too.

While my book, "The Legal Alien's Guide", help you to find a job, start own business or just find friends, "How to Live and Thrive in the U.S." answers important day-to-day questions of newcomers to USA, such as:
Where do I get my driver license?
What hours are they open?
What do I need to register my children for school?
How do I find a new doctor? and many others.

The book has 2 sites:

In English:
In Spanish:

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Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Chicago Latino Network

Chicago Latino Network, as it is clear from its name is a resourse for all hispanics in Chicagoland. The value that the CLN offers to the community is a weekly newsletter generated with tons of useful information such as: announcements of networking events, career opporunities (i.e. job postings), social gatherings, cultural events (festivals) that are dedicated to Latino community.

You can sign up to receive a free e-newsletter at

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Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Polish American Association

In Chicagoland there are a lot of organizations that service specific nationality/country groups. One of the most prominent orgnizations among European ones is the Polish American Association:

This organization provides a comprehensive range of bilingual and bicultural programs and services to the Polish community in the areas of social services, education, employment, immigrant services, outreach and advocacy. It is especially notable that while most of PAA's clients are Polish immigrants, the organization is committed to serving anyone who is in need and it is especially famous for providing FREE employment services.

PAA has a lot of experience since it been in operation since 1922.

Here are examples of educational and employment services provided:
- English-as-a-Second Language and citizenship classes;
- literacy tutoring;
- vocational training for certified nursing assistants and Physical Rehabilitation Aid classes;
- office skills training;
- job development and placement;
- career counseling;
- computer literacy classes;
- computer lab.

PAA serves more than 3000 clients per month

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Saturday, December 8, 2007

Free webinar on how to do business in the City of Chicago

If you want to learn how to do business in Chicago you can do it from home while attending the following FREE webinar:

"The City of Chicago procures over $2 billion worth of quality goods and services annually. Here is your chance to enter the gates of opportunity for a piece of the pie. Learn the processes. Take advantage of expert knowledge and get real time answers to many questions! Presenters: Mark Hands, Managing Deputy Procurement Officer, Shannon E. Andrews, Director, Outreach and Marketing

Title: The "How Tos" of Doing Business with the City of Chicago

Date: Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM CST

System RequirementsPC-based attendeesRequired: Windows® 2000, XP Home, XP Pro, 2003 Server, Vista

Macintosh®-based attendeesRequired: Mac OS® X 10.3.9 (Panther®) or newer

Space is limited.Reserve your Webinar seat now at:

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Tuesday, December 4, 2007

The Book that Helps Your Dreams Come True!

Holiday season is upon us...

What is your New Year’s resolution?

Find a better job?

Start your own business or double the profits of an existing one?

If this is what you plan for next year (or know someone who does) here is the ONLY guide you will ever need: “The Legal Alien’s Guide. Building a Career and Life in Chicago, Illinois”. It will provide you with all information you need to know about finding a job and entrepreneurship.

When people wish you luck in career and business this holiday you may be assured that with this book you will make all the wishes come true!

More good news: the Guide is now also available at Borders:


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Monday, December 3, 2007

Palatine Business Professional Women

It is often believed that all major networking events happen downtown Chicago, which is not true. For, instance, in my book, "The Legal Alien's Guide", I list more than 30 networking groups which help those in career transition and which get together locally in each Chicago suburb.

The same is true for networking groups for small business owners. The only problem is that it is much easier to find information about a big Chicago based organization than about a small local one. Here is an example of a Palatine group for professional women: Palatine BPW

The goal of this organization is "To achieve equity for all women in the workplace through advocacy, education, and information" As it is mentioned on their website, Palatine BPW provides the following opportunities for women:

- The opportunity to stay current on the professional and community issues affecting working women today.
- Development of professional and leadership skills by participating in organization activities and the Individual Development Course offered by locals.
- Networking with other working women in the area, throughout the state and across the country as well as networking with other working women in the community.

Some of the activities that Palatine BPW hold on a regular basis:
- Monthly meeting with guest speaker
- Fundraisers for scholarships
- Career seminars
- Educational seminars for young girls
- Young Careerist competition Outstanding
- Working Woman competition or recognition
- Social outings (plays, ball games, special exhibits and events)

Therefore, this is an example of a "well-rounded" group that offers something for small business owners, those who a looking for a job and those who just want to meet likeminded people at a social event.

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Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Toy Drive Happy Hour

Charity events are good places to meet various types of people. The atmosphere is usually friendly and networking opportunities are plenty (since a charity event usually attract a decent crowd). In addition you are doing a good thing by supporting a good cause. Here is a charity event that is organized next week by Imerman Angels (, it an organization that connects cancer fighters, survivors and caregivers):

WHAT: Toy Drive Happy Hour
WHEN: December 7, 6 - 10 pm
WHERE: John Barleycorn's, 3524 N. Clark st., Chicago. 2nd floor

Price: $ 10 with a toy, $20 without a toy (I guess toys are for kids fighting cancer) The price includes appetizers, open bar, live music.

For more information contact

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Sunday, November 25, 2007

Networking Insight

I found another networking blog, managed by a fellow Chicagoan, Jason Jacobsohn. It is called Networking Insight: While on my blog and in my book you can find information on WHERE and WHEN to network Jason's blog gives you useful advice on HOW to it in order to achieve maximum success.

Networking Insight blog discusses such topics as Building Relationships, Entrepreneurship, Networking Techniques and many others.

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Monday, November 19, 2007

Painless networking

Just recently I found out about another interesting networking group in Chicagoland called PAINLESS NETWORKING. It includes over 400 people connected to sports and event marketing in Chicago. The members come from teams, brands, agencies, media and vendors.

Painless Networking Sessions are held approximately every 6 weeks and are a casual get together - no agendas, no fees no speakers. Just a way to meet solid people in and around the industry and network.

As a service to the PN group, a digest of job postings is sent out as they collect. Please, send any postings, list adds/changes, feedback and requests to join the group to Chris Hartweg

(This group doesn't have a website and all communication among the members is done via the e-mail above).

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Tuesday, November 13, 2007

National Association of Self Employed

When you decide to "do-it-alone" and start your own business, whether you are a local or an immigrant you have to consider the fact that you won't have all the corporate benefits, which include but not limited to your insurance policy.

At a networking event, I a met a person who represents the National Association for the Self Employed. This is a non-profit organization that offers business, health, and lifestyle benefits to its members. One of the associations benefits is access to affordable health insurance. If you are in need of one, please, contact Lori Ochman, Field Representative, 312-235-6989, she can help you with your insurance needs. You can visit her website at for additional information.

NASE also offers the following discounted services for small business owners:
A-Systems Accounting Software
Save 50% on small business accounting software
Background Screening Services
Know more about your new hires with this pre-employment screening process
Savings on incorporation services for your business in any state
Burns Graphics
One-stop source printing and specialty promotional products
Freight Savings Program
Save on transportation and shipping costs with one of the largest freight associations

and many others.

All the information can be found on Lori's website:

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Sunday, November 11, 2007

Network and Educate yourself with other women!

RBC Dain Rauscher organizes an educational and networking event for women:
Women, Wisdom and Wealth, a Seminar for Women Ready to take control of their finances Thursday, November 14th Tuesday, November 27th 12:00 p.m. or 5:30 p.m. 12:00 p.m. or 5:00 p.m.
The seminar will take place at 500 W. Madison Street Suite 2500 Chicago, IL 60661

The event is one hour.

The seminar will cover the following topics:
- Importance of having a life you love
- Prioritizing your finances
- Making your dream life a reality

Please RSVP to Jeff Simon at (312) 559-1704 or e-mail a response Seating is limited.

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Thursday, November 8, 2007

Career Fair for technology and engineering professionlas

A Career Fair for technology and engineering professionals, 2007 Dice Career Fair, will take place on Tuesday, November 1311 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza, 350 West Mart Center Drive, Chicago, IL 60654

You will be able to meet hiring managers from companies hiring technology and engineering candidates. Network with industry professionals. Even land an interview. Participation is FREE.

To pre-register visit here:

Participating companies include: Allstate, Appriss, Arxan, Defense Systems, Inc., Disney Worldwide Services, Empire Today, LLC, Hostway Corporation, Judge Group, Inc., Northern Trust, Pentair Water, United Airlines, Vantage Media, Walgreens, Zebra Technologies.

This job fair is organized by Dice ( and it holds career fairs all over the country. Visit their website to see the schedule per state for November and December 2007.

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Monday, November 5, 2007

Distinguished Remarkable Women

A new organization for women entrepreneurs has recently formed in Chicago - DRWomen (Distinguished Remarkable Women). The aim of this organization is to encourage women to be entrepreneurs by supporting each other.

WHAT THEY DO: "We are an intergenerational women's group with a passion for women's issues and personal growth. The organization provides a vehicle to spur entrepreneurship among women and a forum where experience and knowledge is shared. Our goal is to enrich all our lives, and challenge ourselves to achieve our dreams. Our programs are one-of-a-kind. We offer value and innovative ways to engage in enterprise and secure opportunities to cultivate effective partnerships. Men are welcome in our organization. Our goal is to provide the opportunity to create effective partnerships." -

DRW first big event will take place this month and I believe it is worth checking out:
Face of Chicago Nomination Event
WHERE: DelaCosta465 E. Illinois Street Chicago
WHEN: Thursday, November 15 6-9pm
Dress to Impress. Join the party for the nomination of Women And Men Who Define Chicago.
Dance, Live-Art , Elements of Fashion, Featured Guest Singer Appearance by Element's Contemporary Ballet Dancers
To RSVP and purchase tickets visit:

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Saturday, November 3, 2007

Marketing seminar for small business owners

Here is a classic event for those who want start their own business (and meet fellow entrepreneurs for networking purposes):

WORKSHOP TITLE: How to Market Your Business on a Shoestring Budget
HOST ORGANIZATION: Illinois SBDC at UIC - Center for Urban Business
WHEN: Wednesday, November 14th, 2007
TIME: 6:00p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
LOCATION: University Hall, 601 S. Morgan, 23rd Floor, Conference Room 2350, Chicago , IL . 60607
PHONE: (312) 996-4057 or email
WORKSHOP FEE: $35 if prepaid by 11/12/07; $45 at door fee
EVENT DESCRIPTION: Every business succeeds only if it can sell its products and services. Many businesses often waste precious marketing dollars and time, but achieve zero results. This workshop will show you how to make more effective marketing decisions and how to use some simple low or no-cost techniques to market your business on a ‘shoestring’ budget.

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Thursday, November 1, 2007

The Guide is now available at major on-line retailers

Great news!!!

"The Legal Alien's Guide" is now available in paperback and hardcover format from major retailers such as and

Enjoy the reading!

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A networking event in Palatine, IL

If you are located close to a Chicago suburb of Paltine, IL here is an interesting event to attend and network: Plalatine Professional Business Women organizes a dinner meeting on Tuesday, November 13 at Vittorio Del Roma, 154 W Northwest Hwy in Palatine.

You will not only have an opportunity to meet people, network, but also listen to a featured presentation from Tomboy Tools ( by Sharon Storbeck. You will learn about another type of "get together" in America which is good for networking - home parties.

RSVP: by Tuesday, November 6th via phone (847-622-4366) via email (

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Friday, October 26, 2007

The Guide is now available for purchase!


As of today "Legal Alien's Guide" is available for purchase at This is my publisher's book store.

Within 6-8 weeks the book will also be listed at major on-line retailers such as,, etc. It will also soon be available in some local book stores in Chicago and suburbs.

I will keep you posted. Stay tuned!

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Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Young Americas Business Trust

This information will be very useful for young entrepreneurs (under 35): The Young Americas Business Trust (YABT) is a non-profit corporation headquartereded in Washington D.C. working in cooperation with the General Secretariat of the Organization of American States (OAS). YABT "acts as a catalyst to spur the development of young entrepreneurs through business training, partnerships, leadership and technology. "

Recently YABT announced the start of its annual Talent and Innovation Competition. It will be officially launched on November 1, 2007. TIC Americas presents awards as an international business plan competition and accelerator for young entrepreneurs.

Open to young entrepreneurs under 35 years old, from the OAS Member State countries (USA included) in the Americas and the international community, TIC Americas has five priority areas including: environment, agribusiness, trade, tourism and technology. The program goes beyond a simple business plan competition and includes the additional focus on extensive training, mentoring, networking, and a prototype to test market feasibility. TIC Americas winners will also be nominated to participate at the Global TIC Award and Forum.

The competition will be held in two stages starting with an on-line semi-final phase. The finals will be on-site in Colombia in May 29, 2008. The deadline for the registration of the teams is on February 1, 2008.

Seven prizes will be awarded in the following categories: Creative Design, Tradition and Culture, E-business, Spirit of Entrepreneurship, New Markets, Social Entrepreneurship, and International Alliance, which is a prize for teams composed by members of regions outside the Americas. Prizes will include monetary rewards, training and networking opportunities, as well as the nomination to participate in Global TiC Award and Forum.

To learn more about this exciting opportunity and the organization itself, please, visit

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Thursday, October 18, 2007

Comprehensive Immigration Reform up-date

Turkish American Chamber of Commerce based in Chicago is organizing a luncheon program called "Comprehensive Immigration Reform". The luncheon will feature a presentation by Donald W. Garner, the founder of LL.M. Law Group.
The presentation will cover news and developments relevant to all legal aliens.

WHEN: OCTOBER 31, 12:00 p.m.,
WHERE: 875 North Michigan Avenue, 13th Floor, Chicago.

No charge; advance registration required. For information & registration, please e-mail:

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Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Seminar/Discussion/Networking event at Harris Bank

Harris Bank organizes an event for women on Building Wealth - Beginning with the End in Mind -- How to Monetize the Value of your Business.

Whether you run a retail establishment, nonprofit organization, professional practice, service business or manufacturing company, this interactive, educational series is for you. Join an exciting group of seasoned women business owners to explore leadership issues through a panel and round table discussions.

The moderator will be Marilyn Hellman, an independent consultant and entrepreneur. Marilyn has become a "coach" to other women entrepreneurs by assisting them in every phase of business from crafting a plan to marketing and growing their business, to transitioning and moving on with the next phase of their lives.

The panelists will be Hope Newman, CLTC, Senior Sales Associate of GCG Financial, Inc.; and Jackie Runnberg, Financial Advisor for Harris Investor Services; and Margaret Johnsson, CEO, Magnolia Restorations LLC.

When: Wednesday, November 1, 2007 Registration: 5:30 p.m. Program: 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Where: The Harris Executive Dining Room 111 West Monroe St. Chicago, Illinois

RSVP by calling Jeanne Doherty at (312) 461-6184 before October 25, 2007 to reserve your place.

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Saturday, October 13, 2007

Union des Francais de L'Etranger

This organization unites all French people living abroad. It has chapter in various countries and cities including Chicago:

The Union organizes various events mostly of social nature: galas, dinners, etc. It also has several clubs that fall into three main categories: art, sport and other (under "other" there are various clubs from aviation to architecture to travel) Any member is free to join the clubs.

The Union's website also provides a place for employment related issues: members can post their CVs and employers can post their job offers.

Membership is for a small fee but it is well worth it. it is a unique organization for all French people abroad.

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Monday, October 8, 2007

Networking event for business professionals


When: Wednesday, October 10th, 2007 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM Central
Where: KREM 1750 North Clark Street Chicago, IL
WHO: A List Business Professionals
WHAT: Casual Networking . Keynote Speaker Jon Immerman, " The Power of Networking"

The price of attendance is 25 USD. To buy tickets, please, go to:

This event will be a good opportunity both for business development, finding potential clients and partners and for enhancing your career since the event is sponsored by Humatal, a staffing company, specializing in "complete outsource recruiting solution handling every step of the staffing process". (see more at

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Thursday, October 4, 2007

Diversity Career Fair in Virginia, The Wall Street Journal's career site for executives, managers and professionals, announces the next Executive Diversity Career Fair, to be held on Tuesday, October 23rd, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Embassy Suites Hotel Old Town in Alexandria, V.A.

The fair, presented by CareerJournal, CollegeJournal, The Wall Street Journal and Lucas Group, and sponsored by UBS, provides a unique setting for job seekers from diverse backgrounds to meet with top companies seeking senior-level diversity talent.

Top employers in a range of industries will attend. Participating companies include: Smith Barney, Eli Lilly & Company, Fitch Ratings, Aon Corporation, UBS, Target Corporation, Blue Cross Blue Shield, The Timken Company, Golden Corral, Swiss Re Financial Services, T-Mobile, CCS Fundraising, VISA, Vangent, The Broad Center, Innovex, Constellation Energy, Fannie Mae, Zurich North American Insurance.

The event is free to candidates and registration is on-site the day of the event. Be sure to bring multiple copies of your resume. Free seminars throughout the day will cover such topics as job-search success tips and career-advancement strategies. A free resume critique will also be available throughout the day.

For more information:

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Monday, October 1, 2007

Graduate and Professional School Fair

This is a bit of a short notice but I have just received information about this great event:

3rd annual Chicago Graduate and Professional School Fair will take place on Tuesday, October 2 from 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at the UIC Pavilion, 525 S. Racine,
Chicago, Illinois 60607.

The UIC Pavilion is ½ block south of the Racine Street exit off of the CTA Blue line.

Meet 200 recruiters to learn about their schools/ programs, admission requirements, and scholarship opportunities. Whether you are interested in an MBA, Law School, Medical School,
a PhD, Master's program or other professional degree, you will find contacts from across the country and abroad at the fair.

Follow this link to learn more about the participants pf the fair.

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Sunday, September 30, 2007

If you enjoyed the movie "Catch Me if You Can"

A unique event will take place on October 16, 2007 - lunch, presentation and networking with Frank W. Abagnale, the author of "Catch Me if You Can" book, one of the worlds' most famous confidence men portrayed in the movie "Catch Me if You Can" (based on his book) by Leonardo Di Caprio.

Mr Abagnale will give a presentation for business owners on how to reduce the exposure to fraud, forgery, and embezzlement called "Catch the 'Business Initiative" if you can". Mr. Abagnale is quite a personality and I believe his presentation will be of great interest to everyone. In addition there will be a lot of opportunities for networking and this wonderful event is FREE of charge!

When: 11.30 am - 1.30 pm, October, 16
Where: Drury Lane Oak Brook, 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace, IL

To reserve your spot, please, RSVP by phone: 630-773-0350, ext. 450.

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Wednesday, September 26, 2007

For moms/women anywhere in USA

Here is a great on-line networking community which is called CafeMom:

You can join it for free and enjoy the interaction wherever you are in USA. The membership is FREE and there are 2 useful sides to this network: it provides social interaction opportunities (mostly for moms, obviously) and information on employment opportunities. In terms of the latter not only moms but any women can benefit from the information provided if she wants to work part-time or work from home.

When you sign-up you can join multiple groups on this site: if you are interested only in employment you can join a group called "Staying at home and making money", for instance. And this is just an example because there are loads of other groups within this network discussing job opportunities. Alternatively, you can join any of the social groups in such categories as: home and garden, schools and education, cultures and ethnicity, and many other. You can also find groups by geographic location.

I am sure every mom and most of women will find at least 1 group of interest on this site. If you are new to this country this is a good start to build new friendships!

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Saturday, September 22, 2007

Highlife Adventure Club

Highlife Adventure is a club for singles which operates in two locations in USA: Chicago and Indianapolis. If you are new to one of these cities this organization is worth checking out.

It provides activities for singles where they can have fun and meet people in the process.
Their website claims that there are over 2500 members in the Chicagoland area. Each month the club organizes about 50 events in various categories: sports, social activities (dinners, parties, etc.), classes (ex. pottery classes), excursions, etc. When you become a member you will receive a monthly calendar of events and you will choose the ones you would like to attend. There are special events, i.e. "ice breakers", for new members too.

Here are the websites for the two locations:

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Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Useful statistical information on U.S. states

If you are a newcomer to the United Sates you will definitely find the following website very useful:

It is a unique statistical database which allows you to research and compare a multitude of different data on US states. Do you want to know which state is the most taxed, most educated, most murderous, the healthiest, the richest, etc. before you decide where to settle? Or alternatively, instead of checking the rankings, you can go directly to a state page you are interested in and get all the data you need from housing to lifestyle to unemployment, etc.

This website will give you loads of valuable statistical information, maps and state profiles.

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Saturday, September 15, 2007

The Guide receives 2 awards!

We are very pleased to announce that Legal Alien's Guide has just received two prestigious awards from iUniverse Publishing: Editor's Choice and Publisher's Choice.

The two awards together reward editorial integrity and design quality. It means that our book meet exceptional standards of content and design set up by the publishing company.

I can't wait to introduce the Guide to the readers which is now likely to happen late September - October 2007. I will up-date the blog with the information where and when the book will be available for purchase.

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Thursday, September 13, 2007

Diversity Career Fair

I already wrote in this blog about Diversity Career Fairs (the last one was in Chicago ) The next fair will be held on Tuesday, October 23, in Washington D.C.. from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Embassy Suites Hotel Old Town.
The Executive Diversity Career Fair provides a unique setting for job seekers from diverse backgrounds (and all legal alliens are representatives of this group) to meet with top companies seeking senior-level talent.

Eligibility: Companies recruiting at the fair are strongly committed to seeking executive, managerial and professional women, disabled and minority candidates, including recent graduates from M.B.A. programs. However, all candidates are welcome.

Cost: The event is free to candidates, and all eligible attendees can register on-site at the event. Attendees should bring multiple copies of their resumes.

Environment: All interviews will be conducted in private suites with company representatives.

Career Assistance: Free seminars throughout the day will cover such topics as job-search success tips and career-advancement strategies. A free resume critique will also be available at the event.

For more information:

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Friday, September 7, 2007

My other 2 blogs

If you are an international person living in Chicago you might be interested in 2 other blogs I have with "international flavor":

1. International Experiences In this blog I post a lot of useful information (links, stories, advice, etc.) related to:
-international business
-marketing (mostly international aspects of it)
-country profiles
-culture and society

2. International Art This is my new blog which I run for a client of mine (I have my own international marketing consulting business which addresses various issues related to art field mostly local insights from artists from around the world, their stories, unique works of art - everything you cannot find in regular media.

I hope you will enjoy these blogs too!

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Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Dialogue on Diversity

Dialogue on Diversity is a nonprofit educational organization, an official NGO recognized by the United Nations. It is based in Washington D.C. and it organizes nationwide conferences, seminars, internships, and annual leadership award recognition as part of its larger program of entrepreneurship training and international exchange. It's mission is: "The social and political advancement of women and men from diverse cultural, ethnic, and national traditions, fostering increased economic empowerment through promotion and development of entrepreneurial excellence, technology training, networking, and education."

I already posted information about an event put together by Dialogue: But now I wanted to draw your attention to organization itself. The programs it offers are great for both entrepreneurs and those working for someone else. The issues they address directly concern legal aliens here in the U.S. because all of them constitute the diverse strata of American population.

Also it is important to point out that a lot of their events are free of charge (like the aforesaid 1 day Diversity Symposium that took place in Chicago in July). They also provide you with free newsletters. It is worthwhile monitoring their website for up-coming programs and events in your area and may be even become a member.

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Friday, August 31, 2007

Employment in European companies doing business in USA

Recently I came across a retained executive search firm, DSML Executive Search, that specifically focuses on recruiting Senior Level Executive talent for the US subsidiaries of European companies. They specialize in General Management, Sales and Marketing Management positions.

If you are a Legal Alien with European background living in USA you may have a unique skill set that European companies are looking for: on the one hand you know European business models, European markets and European languages; on the other hand since you are located in USA you know the local market and is uniquely positioned where a company would want you to be (they won't need to pay a relocation package). Therefore it is worthwhile to check out DSML's website where they describe what they are, what they do and how they do it.

This company is located in Chicago but they cover all North American operations of European companies.

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Tuesday, August 28, 2007

8th Annual National Small/Diversity Business Awards Program Announced

Here is interesting information for diverse small business owners (those who represent various ethnicities and nationalities as well as women-owned businesses) from a press release that I have recently received:

On Agust 21, 2007, one of the biggest American small business Internet portal announced that it "will be conducting it's 8th annual "Top Small Businesses in America" survey. This year's survey will determine the Top 500 Small Businesses, Top 500 Women Owned Businesses and Top 500 Diversity Owned Businesses in the United States. Also, for each State, the Top 50 Small Businesses, Top 50 Women Owned Businesses and Top 50 Diversity Owned Businesses."

"DiversityBusiness research has been recognized and published by the world's most preeminent publications including Forbes Magazine, Business Week and thousands of media outlets throughout the world. Honorees will be recognized and honored at the 8th Annual Multicultural Business Conference in April of 2008 in Orlando, Florida."

In order to participate, businesses should register at by September 15, 2007. All Small, Women and Minority owned businesses are encouraged to register. Last years winners received enormous recognition and exposure for their companies.

"DiversityBusiness is the nation's largest and most comprehensive online resources for Small, Women, and Minority owned businesses and large procurement organizations. It is a membership-based exchange platform that facilitates contacts and communication, streamlines business processes and provides vital business news and information. "Small businesses are now a fundamental element of the business landscape in America", said Kenton Clarke, CEO of "Our job is to provide full administrative and organizational support to our members at every stage of their business cycles. With DiversityBusiness behind them, companies can devote all energies to expanding their multicultural markets: publicizing their organization, negotiating contracts, and providing or receiving goods and services", said Clarke. "

About it was launched in 1999 and now has over 35,000 members. DiversityBusiness provides research and data collection services for diversity including the "Top 50 Organizations for Multicultural Business Opportunities", "Top 500 Diversity Owned Companies in America", and others. Its research has been recognized and published by Forbes Magazine, Business Week and other print and Internet publications.

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Friday, August 24, 2007

Small Business Seminar/Breakfast meeting

Itasca Bank & Trust Co. organizes FREE small business seminar and breakfast which is aimed at teaching small business owners how the team of professionals they work with on regular basis (attorney, accountant, banker, insurance agent, etc.) can help their small business grow.

There will be a panel of experienced professionals whoi will reveal how to best partner with those on your resource team: the situations to call upon them, the questions to ask, tge pitfalls you may face, etc.

Even if you are not a business owner yet but are thinking about entrepreneurship as your future career this seminar will be helpful too because you might already have the aforesaid resource team in place (account, real estate agent, insurance agent, immigration lawyer if you are a legal alien, etc.) and all these people have connections and networks they belong too that you may be able to utilize to start and grow your business if you know how.

WHEN: September 11, 2007, 7.30 - 9.30 am
WHERE: Maggiano's Little Italy, 1901 E Woodfield Rd, Schaumburg, IL

Since this is a free event and the sitting is limited, please, register in advance by calling 630-773-0350, ext. 450

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Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Subscirption to my blog is now available

Dear my blog readers!

I am delighted to inform you that now you can subscribe to the content of this blog either through a feed or e-mail. This way you will be getting my posts in a convenient manner the moment they are published!

The subscription options are located on the left-hand side navigation bar of this blog after Introduction and LABELS section.

I will continue to regularly bring you useful information about employment, business start-up/business development and social scene in Chicago, Illinois and nationwide.

Yours truly,

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Monday, August 20, 2007

Small Buiseness Forum

WHAT: Craine's Small Business Forum addressing the issue of Internet Marketing for small businesses. During the Forum you will be able to hear from a panel of small business owners how interactive personalized content on their Web sites has helped build customer relationships. Learn how to match your Web site to customer needs, partner with the customer to integrate their knowledge and expertise back into your site, and develop an effective and rewarding customer relationship.

Some of the topics to be discussed:
- Blogs – traffic influencers adding visibility to your site
- Relevancy – the essential ingredient to a successful online experience
- eMarketing – drive sales and measure ROMI
- Lead generation and conversion

WHEN: September 5, 2007, 7.45 - 10.00 am

WHERE: The Hyatt Regency O’Hare, 9300 West Bryn Mawr Avenue, Rosemont, IL 60018

For more information and to register:

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Thursday, August 16, 2007

ComEd Scholarship Fund 2007

The Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement in partnership with ComEd, an Exelon Company plan to assist Illinois Latino students in furthering their educational goals. ComEd committed to award five qualified recipients a $2,500 scholarship check each in October 2007.

Eligibility Requirements
- Latino students who are Illinois residents
- High school seniors who are expected to graduate in Spring 2008
- College freshmen, sophomores, juniors & seniors who are expected to graduate in spring 2008
- Minimum 3.0 grade point average
- Documented community service
- College studies include or will include: Accounting, Business/Business Administration/Management, Chemistry, Communications, Computer Science, Engineering, Law/Pre-Law, Liberal Arts, Math, Media Relations or Physics

Deadline for application: August 24, 2007

More information and the application form is at:

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Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Hispanic Business Expo

WHAT: A full day event which will include: a lot of networking (with exhibitors and during the official reception in the evening) and very useful seminars for business owners or those who are thinking to start their own business. Some of the seminars are:
- Can I afford to start a business?
- How to sell to the Government?
- How to get money for your business?
- Sales and Marketing
- Managing people and managing risks

WHEN: August 16, 2007 from 8 am, whole day.
WHERE: Chicago, IL, Navy Pier


Saturday, August 11, 2007

Google networking event for sales/mktg/mgmt professionals

What: an evening of networking with Google! Online Sales and Operations (OSO) and Google Media Sales (GMS) for advertising, sales, operations, and general management professionals. This is a FREE of charge event.

They are hosting two separate events, one in Chicago that will include both our Chicago and Ann Arbor offices on August 14th, and a second event at our Headquarters in Mountain View on August 16th. There will be food, drinks, and presentations about opportunities at Google Online Sales and Operations and Google Media Solutions. You will also have an opportunity to meet and mingle with other attendees as well as discuss and exchange ideas with members of the local Google offices.

Where (Chicago event): Chicago Lakeshore Hotel Altitude Room644 N. Lakeshore Drive Chicago IL 60611
(California event): Bldg 40, Seville Tech Talk1600 Amphitheatre Parkway Mountain View, CA 94043
Time: 6 to 9 pm


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Thursday, August 9, 2007

The Japan American Society of Chicago

JAS Chicago is a great organization that puts together various events which will be of interest for wide audiences, not only Japanese and people interested in Japan culture, business, etc. Here is a sample of events for the upcoming 4-5 weeks:

August 23 - Meshi (Business) Cards Exchange - for those interested in general networking for business development
August 30 - a presentation on building global brands in Japan - this one is for those who are specifically interested in this country
September 9 - the History of Chicago at Navy Pier - a tour into the past, present and future of the city which would be of interest for all aliens here, great opportunity for social interaction too.
September 15 - "Sunglasses at Night" Guided Bike Tour of Chicago - fantastic social event for everyone

JAS Chicago also organizes Japanese language courses.

For more information on all events and activities, please, visit

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Monday, August 6, 2007

Unique networking opportunity

The event listed below can be categorised as "general networking" opportunity. You can come for social interaction, meet some business contacts or representatives of the companies/organizations you want to work for. You never know who can show up for this sort of event and since the cost of attending is negligible it's worth checking out:

Cheers to Heroes!
Event Details:
Thursday, August 9th, 2007
Boss Bar -- 5:00 to Close
420 North Clark Street (Clark and Hubbard), Chicago, IL
$10 Suggested Donation at the Door
All Proceeds From Food and Drink go directly to the
Wounded Heroes Foundation!
Contact Info and Other Information:
Anna Sherony -- Wounded Heroes Foundation
847 456-8061 --

Celebrity Bartenders Include:
Alderman Brendan Reilly
Robbie Gould of the Chicago Bears
Billy Dec
Anna Davlantes of NBC5
Susanna Homan of The Chicago Sun Times

Wounded Heroes Foundation helps with the "financial wounds" injured heroes face when they come home. They provide care packages to men and women of the armed forces when they're hospitalized. And through charitable contributions, also provides financial and other assistance to them when the military is not equipped or unable to assist.

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Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Small Business Expo

The City Treasurer's 6th Annual Small Business Expo is a forum, free to attendees, designed to provide assistance to small business owners and those that would like to become one. The Expo will bring local government, lending institutions, and technical advisors together to provide information and direction that is vital to the success of a small business.

Existing and prospective business owners can attend workshops, network with other business professionals, and obtain useful information from technical advisors and representatives of financial institutions. Also, this year we are delighted to add a procurement component to address the growing need for supplier diversity with the small business community. This will allow minority companies to establish partnerships with majority companies as well as government agencies.

When: August 3, 2007, 8 am - 3.30 pm
Where: McCormick Place Lakeside Center 2301 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL
For more information, please call: 312-744-3365 or visit:

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Monday, July 30, 2007


Goethe-Institut is "the cultural institute of the Federal Republic of Germany with a global reach". Their mission is to "promote knowledge of the German language abroad and foster international cultural cooperation."

This is a great place to learn more about Germany from all angles: cultural, political, etc. They have a lot of informational resources including the library if you are interested in German literature. The Institute provides great German classes if you want to learn the language and it also constantly hires German teachers if you are interested in this kind of job.

They also organize a lot of cultural events: music events, films, art events, etc.

So based on the types of activities and events organized, Goethe-Institute can be a great place to go to for social networking for both Germans and non-Germans. I friend of mine who is not German but speaks German as a 2nd language and visits the Institute often says it's the best place for anyone interested in anything "German".

The website of the Institute in Chicago is but the good news is that it operates in other major US cities as well. To find the website of the Institute in your city, please, go to

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Wednesday, July 25, 2007

International Trade Association of Greater Chicago

ITA/GC is a big organization that can offer a lot to those who are interested in growing business internationally, international cooperation and international interaction. As it mentioned on their website their "focus is on practicality: on building knowledge and enabling relationships that help people do international business. While our scope of interest is complex—all aspects of trading across all geographies and all industries—our work is simple: to help others gain understanding that is personal, current, and useful."

ITA/GC organizes several events per month: some of them are more education-oriented, others are more networking-oriented. But even those that are more educational give you chance for networking during the registration as well as after the event.

You can benefit from what ITA/GC if you are an entrepreneur or business professional interested in gaining international contacts or if you are an international yourself and want to meet your countryman or your American counterparts.

Membership in this organization is for a fee as well as all events. However, you don't need to be a member to attend events, you just pay a little bit more to attend an event and the fees are very reasonable.

ITA/GC also offers a lot of useful resources: newsletter, white papers, trade literature, etc.

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Sunday, July 22, 2007

"Championing Hispanic Higher Education Success"

Under this name an anual national conference will take place in Chicago, IL on October 20-22, 2007 organized by Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU). It is organized as a forum for both students and professionals to discuss issues of higher education.

Undergraduate, graduate and professional school students from colleges and universities throughout the Americas are invited from all academic disciplines. Arrive with resumes to discuss career, internship, research and advanced education opportunities. Special Student Track Workshops, Leadership Forums, Student Mixers and a Career Fair will be part of HACU’s 21st Annual Conference.

Students conference rate is 299 USD but before August 10, 2007 you can apply for a Conference Scholarship that will cover the cost of:
(1) conference registration;
(2) travel and lodging for out-of-state students;
(3) conference-related meals; and
(4) conference-sponsored entertainment events.

However the admission to Career Fair only is always FREE and open to all students.

For more information contact Student Track Coordinator: (207) 692-3805,

The detailed information aboiut the event and how to apply for scholarships is available at

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Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Chicago Sister Cities

As stated on its website: "The Chicago Sister Cities International Program, under the auspices of the Department of Cultural Affairs, provides leadership to develop, manage and coordinate comprehensive exchanges with Chicago’s 27 international Sister Cities [worldwide]. It aims to increase international trade, economic development, promote exchanges of culture, education, medicine, environment, technology & social service opportunities with its sister cities for the benefit of the City of Chicago, its residents and businesses."

Various events are organized under the umbrella of this this program (lectures, art exhibitions, community events (with ethnic food, music and dances), etc., usually several events per month. These events can serve several networking purposes:

1. social interaction for those who want to learn more about OTHER countries and cultures and for those who want to meet their fellow countryman (ex. a lot of Indians will be expected at a Delhi-related gathering)

2. business development if your business is related to international trade (since the mission of the program is "to increase international trade .... and service opportunities that benefit Chicago businesses" - see above) - you will be able to meet people from a whole range of business that you can network with.

The Web site of this program is It not only lists the scheduled events but provides a lot of useful resources on various global topics from language to travel to business.

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Friday, July 13, 2007

Ask Liz Ryan

Ask Liz Ryan is a virtual networking community that is great for everything: social networking, job advice, business development, etc.

Ask Liz Ryan has 2 types of forums which everyone can join for FREE:
1. Worldwide forum (anyone anywhere in the world can join)
2. local forums across United States (active in 42 major cities which pretty much cover most of the states).

People communicate via (a) daily e-mail digest(s) to which anyone can submit a questions or request: anything from career advice to recommendations of a good plumber, hair dresser, nurse, etc. in your vicinity; from information on household items you want to sell to advice on wedding planning.

Members read digests and if they know someone they can recommend or can give advice they post the answer for you. Generally this community is very helpful and very big (hundreds of participants in local communities and more that 20,000 in a global one) and your question will never be unanswered.

General site:
Global Community:
Local US communities per city:

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Tuesday, July 10, 2007

College Recruiter

It is difficult to be an alien not knowing what to do and where to turn to especially if you are at a turning point in your life: graduating from high school or college. College Recruiter is the best website I saw so far for young people, fresh graduates looking for that important first position as well as high school graduates looking for information about higher education.

Information the site offers for high school seniors:
1. Colleges and universities
2. Student loans
3. Advice on exciting new majors that a student can choose, such as biomedical photography or biomedical engineering

Information for college graduates:
1. Lists of available jobs on the site
2. Information on employers and from employers as well as information on recruiters and from recruiters
3. Useful links on such topics as: salary reports, resume writing and distribution, personality assessment, industry magazines and many others

And these are just the examples of numerous other useful resources that are on this site.

Finally, there is a section of the site that will be useful for everyone: the site supports various blogs. The authors of the blogs are various experts: admission counselors, career counselors, resume experts, internship experts, networking experts (yours truly was honored to be included as an author of the career-related blog).

The site is also very user-friendly and it is constantly up-dated with new information.

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Thursday, July 5, 2007

Networking group for women in Chicago western suburbs

West Suburban Women Entrepreneurs (WSWE) is an organization that provides a forum for women business owners in Chicago's western suburbs.

WSWE organizes monthly meetings and special programs which are good networking opportunities for members and which have some educational content as well. The purpose of this organization is also to provide support and referrals for women entrepreneurs. Another advantage for business owners is that WSWE publishes information about all its members on its site which is good advertising.

Membership is for a fee which is a little bit higher than an average fee in a women network in Chicagoland but if you are based in Western Suburbs and are looking for a support group this is the one for you.

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Friday, June 29, 2007

"What Works in Women's Networks"

This article was published in June 18, 2007 issue of Business Week magazine. It tells stories of 3 big companies, GE, Best Buy and Deloitte, that realised the importance of networking for finding and promoting talent as well as promoting their business.

Importance of networking for getting a great job: This issue was described on the basis of Deloitte experience. Though most of the companies try to first find talent withing their organization when it comes to a lucrative job opening, women found it hard in Deloitte to get to positions they aspired to have. That's why internal Deloitte women network, WIN, was created. Why is this relevant to people who are not working for Deloitte and who are not women? Because if it is extremely difficult to get that great job being already in the company, imagine how difficult it is for an outsider to penetrate into the system unless he/she has a way in through a reliable and trustworthy contact he/she has within the company. And such contacts are obtained mostly through networking.

Importance of networking for growing your business: This issue was described o the basis of GE experience which created a network that included not only GE employees but also its customers and suppliers. In such a network the opportunities for cooperation and strengthening ties are endless. This example shows that a company of any size benefits from building networking relationships with potential and existing customers, partner, suppliers, etc. This is especially true for entrepreneurs, small business owners who don't have the GE's leverage and who need their own circle of support.

To sum up, this article once again underlines the importance of networking nowadays both for job search and business development. You can read the full article at:

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Tuesday, June 26, 2007

More about this blog's structure

I wanted to clarify to my readers the structure of this Blog since I have received a couple of questions about it: if a post doesn't have any "nationality", "ethnicity" or "country" type tag attached to it then it means that this information will be usefull to immigrants from all countries coming to USA as well as Americans relocating to Chicago from other parts of the country.

If there is one of the aforesaid tags attached to a post than only individuals from that particular nationality/ethnicity/country group will benefit from the information in the post.

However if there is a "women" tag attached to the post it means that especially women should pay attention to this post but it does not necessarily mean that men will not benefit from the information provided.

I hope this clarification will help.

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Monday, June 25, 2007

Dialogue on Diversity Symposium

I would like to extend the invitation to this Symposium that I received the other day to all my readers - it is expected to be an fantastic event for all "legal aliens" (all international minorities), ethnic minorities and women who are interested in starting/growing their own business.

This will be a FREE full day (8.30 am - 6 pm, breakfast and lunch included) event on July 11, 2007 focused on "tools, technology and the new roadmap: your drive for entrepreneurial success"

Who should attend (as suggested on the invitation): "women entrepreneurs, both aspiring and experienced; micro-enterprise and home-based business owners from Latino, African-American, Asian, mainstream and other cultural and ethnic communities."

The first half of the day will be devoted to 2 big presentations: on Supply Chain and IT/Telecommunications/Wireless Innovations. The second half of the day will be devoted to entrepreneurship topics such as:
-Raising Business Productivity: the Available Resources
- Trade and Entrepreneurship in Emerging Economies
- Diversity Roundtable
- Corporate Suitors/Minority Suppliers

At the end of the day there will be a reception (4 - 6 pm) which will be a great opportunity for networking.

Where: Chicago, IL, Navy Pier
To Register: call: 703-631-0650 or e-mail with your and company name and address.

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Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Sports and Business Luncheon

This truely unique networking event is being organized by Black Ant Sports Marketing. The event will consist of reception, lunch and panel discussion with the guest star Ben Gordon of Chicago Bulls. Other pannelists are: JR Rickert (President and CEO of National Sports Management), Bill Scherr (wrestler, 1985 World Champion and 1988 Olimpic Medalist)

The topics of the interactive discussion will include:
- Share insights on the past NBA season
- Explore impact of the relationship between sports, business and community
- Assess Chicago’s opportunities in the pursuit of the 2016 Olympic
- Introduce examples of engagement in community development

Since the topics of this Sports and Business Lunch are so varied and exciting this event is not only targeted to people specializing in sports marketing and sports management. I predict that there will be a lot of business profesionals and entrepreneurs alike some of whom are Chicago Bulls fans and others interested how potential of holding 2016 Olympics in Chicago can profit the business community.

There will be plenty opportunities to network with high caliber business professionals: before lunch at the reception, during lunch at your table (Union League Club sit about 10 people around the table) and after lunch.

When and where:
Wednesday, June 27 at the Union League Club of Chicago – 65 West Jackson
11:30 am – Reception
12:00 pm – Lunch and Panel Discussion

Please note that the dress code at the Union League Club is Business Casual. Admittance
will not be permitted to those wearing jeans or shirts without collars.

The Tickets
The luncheon is $45 per person inclusive. Click here to reserve your ticket:
Or checkout

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Sunday, June 17, 2007

For Sales professionals

If you are in Sales now or just planning a career in Sales here is a useful information for you : Wright Business Institute organizes an event for sales professionals on June 20. The main goal of the event is to introduce and promote their training program - "Advantage for Sales".

Whether this training program is right for you or not is a very subjective matter, however what is objective is that this sort of event is a great networking opportunity. There will be a lot of sales professionals, entrepreneurs and sales managers (who might have sales jobs openings in their department if you are looking for one). This means that anyone interested in Sales will benefit from this event in terms of learning opportunity and making useful connections.

The event is FREE (at least it looks like it because neither the leaflet I got nor the website have a price tag on it) and some refreshments will b served.

When: June 20, 5.30-8.00 pm
Where: 445 E. Ohio St. suite 340, Chicago, IL
RSVP: Kathy Schroeder, 312-645-8300

For more information:

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Thursday, June 14, 2007

Chicago Women in Trades

Chicago Women in Trades is a non-profit organization committed to improving women's economic equity by increasing the number of women working in well-paid, skilled trade jobs traditionally held by men. It is not a networking but rather a support, advisory and educational organization for women who want to have a career in trades.

Careers in the trades include carpentry, plumbing, welding, auto mechanics, and other high-wage, high-skill blue-collar careers. These careers offer women insurance benefits, pensions and career advancement.

CWIT offers:
1. Information Sessions on succeeding in these careers and the entry routes into apprenticeship programs and employment opportunities. These sessions are held 4 times a month and you can see the schedule on the organization's website.
2. Useful resources on CWIT website, for instance PowerPoint presentations of webinars.
3. Information on available apprenticeships posted on the website and job leads sent to its members.

CWIT also organizes various events, such as Pride! Parade participation and 25th Anniversary Gala.

This is quite a unique organization in Chicago the only one I know of in this field.

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Saturday, June 9, 2007

Life in the USA

Life in the USA is the complete web guide to American life for immigrants and Americans. This site has a great collection of articles related to various aspects of living in the United States. Some of the traditional sections include:
- Culture
- Education
- Making a living
- Retirement and aging
- Medical care
- Government and Law
and dozens more!

Some non-traditional sections (rarely found on other sites) will provide you information on such topics as:
- Payday loans
-Rent to own purchases
- Networking
- Fraternities and Sororities, etc.

The website is very informative - a virtual encyclopedia about life in America. All information is FREE and the site is really user-friendly.

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Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Chicago Shakers Social and Adventure Club

Chicago Shakers is a great group for social interaction in Chicago and suburbs. If you are single or new to the city or just lonely this is a perfect network for you. CS is NOT a dating service, it is a social club for single from late 20s to 40s.

The group promotes itself as a primiere club for diverse individuals who want to "expand their horizons, meet new people and do new things". They organize 8 to 10 events per month of various nature: sports activiteis, cultural events, fine dining, cooking classes - everyone will be able to find something interesting on their schedule.

To join you have to submit a form online and then go through an interview: this way CS makes sure that people meet in a non-threatening environment and that there is a fit between applicants' needs and what CS can offer.

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Wednesday, May 30, 2007

University of Chicago Women Business Group

UCWBG is good networking group for professional women and women business owners. The motto of this organization is: "Connecting With Leadership and Growth". Though many women in this group are University of Chicago alumni you don't need to be one to join the community.

UCWBG organizes excellent networking events targeted to personal and professional development of women, many of them are great events for women entrepreneurs. This is also a good community for social interaction too - UCWBG promotes connections on multiple levels: business, professional AND personal.

Events take place either at lunch time or in the evening and include open or structured networking, a presentation on a topic important for any woman in business (such as "Secure in Business" or "Package Yourself Successfully", for instance.) and some food/drinks.

Main events take place in downtown Chicago, but there are a couple of active subgroups in the suburbs: one in the North and one in the West

Membership and events are for a fee.

You can learn more information at:

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Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Spanish Coalition for Jobs

Today I found an great organization that helps with employment of Spanish speaking population: Spanish Coalition for Jobs located in Chicago, IL

SCJ has various programs:
1. Educational Programs (ex. Customer Service and Sales program, Office Technology program, etc.)
2. Students Services (ex. career fairs)
3. Employment Services ex. resume writing assistance, job placement counselling, etc.)

SCJ does not organize a lot of networking events but it holds great career fairs. One of them is coming up on May 24. More information can be found at:

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Thursday, May 17, 2007

Doing business on the golf course

In my Guide I devote special attention to golf as an important business development and relationship building experience. If golf is not popular in your country I must tell you that a lot of networking is done on the golf course in USA. You will be able to learn Why and How from the Guide but here is a unique opportunity to learn more practical tips about golf at the following FREE networking event:

Demystifying the Golf Outing Experience
An educational event for glofers and non-golfers sponsored by RSM McGladrey and Harris Bank

The event will take place on May 30, 2007 from 2 to 7 pm at Hyatt Regency Downtown, 151 E. Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL.

The event will include:
1. Golf Simulator with LPGA Pro
2. Various seminars related to the golf outing expereince for golfers and non-golfers
3. Fashion Show sponsored by Macy's and Networking Cocktail Reception with seasoned women business owners and professionals.

Please, RSVP your attendance to Debra Reid via e-mail at or phone 847-413-6368

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Saturday, May 12, 2007

Networking Table for those in career transition

Peg Barry, the President of Barry Personnel Resources, Inc. based in Chicago, IL organizes monthly Networking Tables (3d Thursday of the month). This networking group meets for a buffet lunch and the next gathering is Thursday, May 17th at 11:30 a.m.

This time there will be an interesting speaker at the event, John Challenger (of Challenger, Gray & Christmas). He will be speaking about the three elements to successful Career Building Strategies: People, Education, Experience.

The event begins with a reception at 11:30 a.m., followed by lunch and the program at noon. The cost is $25 per person inclusive and the reservation policy is in effect. Reservations are NOT accepted after 9:00 a.m. on the day of the event. To reserve by phone and confirm the location of event, please, call 312-435-5000.

The Network Tables will continue through summer too but there won't be speakers, just relaxing lunches with other members.

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Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Education in USA - FREE seminar

This information will be extrememly valuable for those who plan to study in USA or send their children to study in USA.

Ask any American parent and he will confirm that it is a tremendously difficult task of sending one's kid to college. Preparations take months (sometimes years) and the end result costs a lot of money, especially if a child doesn't graduate in 4 years but carry on studying for 1-2 extra years.

If it is very difficult for an American to deal with this task it is 100 times more difficult for a newcomer to USA to go through this process (oneself or with one's kids). The whole system of education and the process of applying and then studing in a US colledge/university is unfamiliar and complicated. Therefore I strongly recommend attending the following FREE seminar (available for those residing in Chicagoland area):

What Parents Don't Know About College Can Jeopardize Their Child's Future and Cost Them Tens of Thousands of Dollars!

Seminar Topic: Successfully Graduating from College in 4 Years
Sponsored by: Fifth Third Bank and Application2Graduation
Date: May 10 (Thursday) and May 15 (Tuesday) 6:00pm
Location: Fifth Third Bank,1801 Algonquin Road, Rolling Meadows IL 60008

Seating Limited. (RSVP: 866-605-0728)

College Board study shows since 2000, 50% of students drop out of college in first 2 years. 80% of those who stay in college takes 6 years to graduate.
Extra 2 years of college funding easily adds over $50,000 to the financial responsibility of the parents. At the same time, it takes away 2 years of earning potential from the child. This double jeopardy is taking a toll on the America's middle class. Organization such as Application2Graduat ion is leading an effort to turn this tide.

Internet sites with information on college graduation:

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Saturday, April 28, 2007

CONFERENCES and SUMMITS are always great for networking

Conferences are great networking events because they help you achieve several objectives:
1. They are educational and thus are great for personal and professional development. The depth of your knowledge in the field of your expertise will separate your business from competitors or, if you are job seeker, will separate you from other job candidates.

2. Conferences are excellent events to meet potential partners and clients in your field

3. For job seekers conferences are a great chance to meet managers, directors, business owners who actually might have the job you are interested in. When you apply for a job through traditional channels you go through HR department, you don't have a chance to talk to the actual person advertising the position in his department until may be the last interview. But you first have to get to that last interview. At a conference however, you have a chance to network with people the whole day, find out who might have a position of interest, connect with that person directly (not through HR), make a good impression and after the conference you will have an opportunity to follow up on the event and invite the person for a coffee to discuss this issue further.

The up-coming Pay Per Click Summit (will take place in various US locations: New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and, of course, Chicago) is a unique opportunity for business development because it is not only great in terms of point 1 & 2 mentioned above it also actually teaches you how to grow business with the help of Pay Per Click strategy. The tools and techniques that will be discussed are good for any business in any industry.

The site of the event is: The summit is coming to Chicago on May 22 and 23.

This particular event may not be ideal for job seekers because it is a bit costly, however, most of the conferences do not charge as much and conferences and summits organized by universities are usually the cheapest in my experience (but as informative as the ones organized by professional associations)

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Sunday, April 22, 2007

Flexible Employment

Here is a great organization - Mom Corps ( - which helps people who are trying to find flexible employment (flexible working hours, part-time work, work from home, etc.) and that's what working moms often look for. And though this organization is an obvious choice for the latter, Mom Corps supports Equal Opportunity policy and help everyone regardess of their gender, race and age

The services are FREE for all candidates. You can post your resume on the company's site and also look for positions in their on-line database. Mom Corps also organizes various events which you can check out on their News and Events page.

This is a nationwide organization and they currently have offices in Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, New York and Washington.

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Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Thursday Salon

Jane Hamill Boutique in Chicago, IL has just launched a unique series of weekly networking events called "Adventures in..." They consist of a short presentation on a certain topic (an Adventure) and then open networking. This format is great for social networking and your small business development (these events are attended by quite a big number of small/medium size business owners)

I put a label "for Women" on this post because some of the events are particularly designed for women, such as "Adventures in Jewlry" and "Adventures in Design" but other events are equally interesting for men too, for instance "Adventures in Achieving Financial Empowerment", "Adventures in Books" or "Adventures in Successfully Launching Your College-Bound Teen". So these events are very educational as well.

The presentations are made by fellow small business owners who specialise in a particular feild. Events are FREE of charge and everyone is welcome. The host provides some wine and cheese for the evening.

You can see the schedule of events at:

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Saturday, April 14, 2007

Free seminar for small business owners

My goal for this blog is to provide the readers with useful information they will have difficulty finding otherwise. Most of the information I receive comes to me through my network that I built and most of it is not widely advertised. This is another benefit of networking: being privileged to get first-hand valuable information. Other benefits of networking were described in my previous posts "Importance of Networking".

The event I am talking about is an educational FREE seminar for small business owners is being organized by Merrill Lynch in Chicago:

"Are you contemplating selling your business and interested in learning how to maximize its value? Or, are you just curious about what your business may be worth today?
Merrill Lynch invites you to a financial education seminar to give you the tools to answer these
questions. The market for privately owned businesses is very robust and business valuations are near record highs. As a business owner, this may be a perfect time for you to take action.
Join us for lunch or cocktails to learn how we can bring value to you.
Location: Mid-day Club
Date: Thursday April 19th at 12 PM
Wednesday April 25th at 6 PM
Hosts: Nora Winsberg, First Vice President
Investments, Senior Financial Consultant
Yasmina Slimani, Financial Advisor
Robert Larue, Vice President Commercial
Finance Manager
RSVP: 312-269-5038. Space limited."
One last comment about the event: this sort of occasions should not be treated as just an educational opportunity. Always approach them as an excellent networking opportunity too: you never know who you might meet at such an event, may be a potential partner or a client.
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Tuesday, April 10, 2007

ANOTHER Diversity Career Fair

This month is really good for people with diverse backgrounds! Here is information I received today about another Diversity Career Fair taking place in Chicago (organized by Career Concepts USA). Similar fairs in other cities are listed on the website of the company (see the message below):

"We will be hosting a Workplace Diversity Job Fair in Chicago on April 11, 2007

Our clients are seeking candidates in a variety of positions that may include: Account Advisors, Account Executives, Accountants, Accounting Assistants,Audit Services Managers, Bankers (Business and Personal), Billing Supervisor, Branch Managers,Business Development Specialists, Consumer Lenders, Credit Officers,Customer Service Representatives, Financial Advisors, Financial Analysts,Instructional Designers/Developer s, Internal Controls Consultants, LoanConsultants, Loan Originators, Marketing Coordinators, MultimediaDevelopers, Phlebotomists, Proof Operators, Recruiters (Executive/Manageme nt), RegionalSales Representatives, Retail Sales Associates, Retail Sales Managers, SalesAssociates, Sales Consultants, Sales Executives, Sales Managers, SystemsBusiness Analysts, Telesales, Tellers, Teller Supervisors, and more...

This is a Workplace Diversity Job Fair however, we encourage everyone toattend.You will have an opportunity to meet hiring managers from industry-leading companies. Employers are seeking Entry Level or Recent College Graduates to SeniorLevel Professionals who either have a background or an interest in: Accounting, Banking, Engineering, Financial Planning, Financial Services, Health Care,Human Resources, Information Technology, Insurance, Management, MortgageSales, Operations Management, Recruiting, Retail, Sales, and more...

Our upcoming event is scheduled for: Wednesday, April 11, 2007 from 12:00 to 3:00 PM Hyatt Regency Chicago 151 East Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60601. To Pre-register: EITHER send your resume via e-mail to OR fax it to 866-728-9144. Please indicate"Chicago Diversity Job Fair" on the cover sheet or resume. THEN, simply arrive at the hotel sometime between 12:00 to 3:00.The email address above only accepts registrations. Please send anyinquiries to Or call us at 888-757-5627 andspeak to the representative who answers the phone.

Our web site shows the current month's list of our Job Fairs throughout the country. You may visit us online at "

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