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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