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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