Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Holiday season networking

Traditionally in the U.S. December is the month of multiple Christmas celebrations. Most of networking, community and other organization will be organizing their holiday parties, soirees and other types of gatherings that are excellent opportunities not just to celebrate but to network since a lot of people show up for these festive events.

Some of them will be free of charge, others – for e fee (quite often part of the proceeds will go to a charity so you are not just doing good for yourself but also helps someone else too). You can just Google your location and easily find what’s happening.

Here are a couple of examples of what will be going on in Chicago in December:

1. Streeterville Chamber of Commerce Allegresse, 12/9/08:

2. Step Up Women Network Networking Event 12/11/08:

Have fun, network and enjoy the holiday season!

Monday, November 24, 2008

Holiday networking event for women

Here is an great event for women: you will enjoy a Holiday Wine Tasting/Reception and the opportunities to learn and connect. There will be a free netwworking session and 4 formal presentations on the following topics:
1. Declutter Your Closet, Find Your Style with Noelle Cellini, Personal Stylist
2. Back to Basics: Living with Greater Meaning with Julia Rahn, Ph.D.
3. Financial Empowerment for Women with Laurie Barry, CFP
4. Wake Up Inspired in 2009 with Marian Baker, Master Certified Coach

WHEN: Tuesday, December 9th, 6:00 – 8:30 pm (Reception from 6-6:30 pm)
WHERE: Flourish Studios, 3020 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago

Price: $25 ($40 for two) Net proceeds will be charitably donated

RSVP: Online at (Got to the calendar at the TOP and click on Dec. 9th)

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Monday, November 17, 2008

Toy Building networking event

I have just learnt of an exciting event that will take place tomorrow in Chicago: Corporate Event Interactive organizes annual Toy Building charitable event. You can come and network with Chicagoland professionals while building toys for less fortunate children. If you don't want to spend time on building a toy you can just bring one with you and devote your time meeting people.

As far as I understood the event is FREE but you should bring a toy.

WHEN: November 18, 2008, 5.30 - 8.00 pm
WHERE: 401 N. Michigan Avenue (beautiful location!)

There will be complimentary hors d'oeuvres and drinks.


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Monday, November 3, 2008

Women networking and learning

"Smart Women and Their Money" Networking Event
When: Wednesday, November 12, 2008, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Where: Franklin Center, 222 West Monroe Street, Chicago, Illinois, Second Floor
Sponsor: Jeffrey C. Simon, CFP®, Vice President - Financial Consultant, RBC Wealth Management

Please join Chicago Women Network at the CW-Network Fall Professional Development and Networking Event: "Smart Women and their Money".

Confused about where to invest in today’s shaky economy? With the market as turbulent as it is, many investors are questioning their investment strategy. Or, if you are a first-time investor, you might be unsure as to the different types of investments and the various options available to you – especially in today’s volatile markets. No matter where you are in your financial life, you will leave this event armed with knowledge and financial ammunition.

Join us for a very timely panel discussion on different ways to invest in today’s economic climate and learn innovative concepts that you can use to manage your investments and help you take control of your money and your financial future.

You will learn:
How to balance investment risks and rewards
How to optimize your investments in volatile markets
How to incorporate different investments into your portfolio
How to invest in alternative energy
How to identify your financial personality

And…what does every successful women need besides money smarts? A BlackBerry full of great contacts! Bring plenty of business cards and meet prospective clients and business partners, potential employers and key business contacts and professional connections.
Complimentary appetizers, wine and refreshments are all included in the price of admission.
COST: $30 Member Price/$35 Non-member Price Advance Reservations
This is sure to be a sellout event and early registration is advised. Registration will be closed once capacity is reached.


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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Alliance Francaise

Alliance Francaise is Chicago’s French cultural and learning center dedicated to the study of French language,cultural exchange, and friendship between Americans and French speaking people. But actually everyone is welcome: if you like France, events with French flavour or just would like to meet a nice international crowd you will definitely enjoy AF events.

AF organizes classes, cultural events, presentations, etc. which are good both for social and business networking (you can meet various types of professionals at the events) You can find the calndar of events on AF's website.

AF also organised a Facebook group which will help you in online networking with members. (the link to it is on AF's homepage)

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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Excellent seminar for job seekers

Seminar: How to Effectively Get a WIA Grant for Job Training
Sponsor: MicroTrainLocation: Lombard, IL (see below)

The "Workforce Investment Act" (WIA) provides for grants that can help you offset the costs of job training. In this seminar, Dennis Muller, President of Microtrain, will speak about the opportunities for training grants.

1. What grants are available for Job Training? (WIA, ITA, TAA )
2. What are the requirements and criteria for WIA job traininggrants? (Laid-off, on unemployment, when, where)
3. What types of training programs and certifications are available?(Technology, Microsoft, Cisco, Project Management etc.)
4. Where and how to apply. (The process)

A portion of MicroTrain's business comes from providing training viathe WIA grants; therefore MicroTrain has had several years of experience helping people effectively preparing for the grant application.

Here are the seminar details:

Seminar: How to Effectively Get a WIA Grant for Job
TrainingDate: Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Time: 12:00 noon - 2:00 pm
Address: 720 E Butterfield RoadSuite 100 Lombard IL 60148(Just east of the Yorktown Mall)Cost: FREE
Lunch: Free pizza lunch will be provided.

Two methods: Either...1. Send email to or...2. Call 888-737-8512

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Monday, October 6, 2008

Young Professional Networking

French-American Chamber of Commerce will be organizing monthly networking events for your professionals:

When : October 15 - 5:30-7:30 pm
Where : Madame Tartine, 22 East Hubbard Street, Chicago

FACC Young Professionals Committee's monthly cocktail offers valuable business networking opportunities in a fun atmosphere - it's a monthly networking event designed especially with younger members in mind that will take place every 3d Wednesday of the month.

Admission is free for FACC members and $5 for non -members.


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Monday, September 29, 2008

Webinars for new employees


The truth is most companies spend a great deal of time and energy recruiting and even convincing a candidate to join them, and very little time and energy preparing them to succeed once they walk through the door.

In short: your new employer’s expectations of you are high even if the level of support they provide is not. WHAT YOU DO IN THE FIRST FEW DAYS IMPACTS WHETHER YOU ARE LOST, MERELY SURVIVE OR THRIVE IN YOUR NEW JOB!

In order to get ahead of the learning curve and become more productive more quickly, you need to look at your new job from your employer’s perspective, so you can prepare to go above and beyond their expectations.

Recently I came across a company that organizes webinars for new employees: it is called Novita and it is based in Chicago. I think the webinars they organize may be especially useful for foreigners because they definitely need to know how to adjust to an American employer.

Here is what their regular 60-minute webinar covers:
􀂉 The ideal new employee: what every employer wants and expects
􀂉 Why companies so poorly “onboard” a new employee
􀂉 Getting ahead of the new employee learning curve
􀂉 Questions you need your manager to answer, and what not to ask
􀂉 Your job begins now – preparing for the first day
􀂉 Before the weeks fly by – objectives for your first month
􀂉 Top 10 resources to search out (you’ll need them!)
􀂉 Befriend these people! (the keepers of information)
􀂉 How to integrate, and then innovate

You can find more information here:

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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Sheque Chicago

The other day I found an interesting organization for the Ladies - Sheque Chicago
SHEQUE'S MISSION is to make women "Feel Beautiful" and "Look Beautiful" by providing a pampering nightlife experience which is unique and unlike anything else in Chicago.

Sheque was established in May of 2003 to provide women with the ultimate girls night out experience. They offer monthly events at a variety of bars, nightclubs, spas, and lounges throughout the Chicagoland area. Sheque events include 4 signature beauty services (manicures, massages, makeovers, and waxing) and three hours of an open martini bar which means good 3 hours of networking with fellow women in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

They have recently incorporated other events such as boat parties, fashion shows, wine tastings, bellydance lessons, salsa dance lessons, etc. You can contact Sheque at: (312) 638-9033 or email at and visit the Events page on their website - they have several interesting events planned in September, october and November 2008.

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Saturday, September 13, 2008

International Business Cards Exchange

Here is an excellent event for everybody - THE INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS CARDS AND INFORMATION EXCHANGE. Event sponsored by The World Trade Center Illinois.

WHEN: September 17, 2008 5 - 7 pm
Presentation on Chicago’s Competitiveness for Inbound Investments by Tom Bartkoski, Director of International Business Development, World Business
WHERE: 200 East Randolph Street, Suite 2200, Chicago.
PRICE: WTCI Members - $25; Non-members - $35; advance registration mandatory.
For information & registration, please see:

This event takes place about once every 6 months and I personally attended 3 of them. It draws a good and big crowd and it's a perfect opportnity for networking for internationals

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Monday, September 8, 2008

Book discussion and netowking

Now that summer is over networking will be back on track in Chicago! There will be a free business book discussion, "America's Corporate Brain Drain", and (right afterwards) a networking event on Tuesday, Sept. 9 at 7:30 pm at Barbara's Bookstore, 1218 S Halsted at Roosevelt, Chicago.

There have been more than 20 groups and 800 people invited, so it's a great networking event. The author is a Chicagoan who is discussing why the best people have left big companies. If you are thinking about working in a big company or already do this will be interesting for you. The author traveled in 78 countries, and was a senior exec at GE, Citibank and Kawasaki. The presentation will reveal a lot of interesting info about corporate America.

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Friday, August 29, 2008

Chicago Fair Trade

Here is an interesting international event:

WHAT: Luncheon and Talk by Women Artisans from Thane, India
WHEN: Sept 18th at noon4th Presbyterian Church at 126 E. Chestnut (across from the Water Tower Place)
PRICE: $10 includes light lunch

To find additional information about the cooperative please go to

I decided to bring this event for your attention first of all, because of its international flavor, second of all, depending on what business you have you might see some trade/business development/partnership opportunity. In addition, whatever you do the sponsoring organization, Chicago Free Trade (see the website above) is worth checking out. If you are interested in starting a fair trade business or are already running one this organization will be of great help.

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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Show and Tell: the Interactive Way to Network

WHERE: Black Jade Creative & Flourish Studios, 3020 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL 60657
WHEN: Wednesday, August 27, 4:30PM to 7:00PM
Phone: 773-485-5815
Cost: $15 per person

Looking for an event where you can get to know more about a person than the usual 5 minutes of conversation and one business card later? Then join Show and Tell: the only gallery-style networking event centered around art and your business providing the opportunity to interact among your fellow networkers.

Show and Tell portion promptly begins at 5:15 pm.
$10 Members
$20 Non-Members, At the Door

Featuring the urban photography of Rose Mulroney"Manhattan Found", a recently uncovered body of work exploring the scenes of New York City Hosted at the fine art gallery of Flourish Studios Fine wine and food provided by Vines On Clark Live jazz provided by Megan Hathaway, Special Events Vocalist

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Monday, August 18, 2008

"The Legal Alien’s Guide" is now available in the library!

Great news!!!

I just found out that "The Legal Alien's Guide" is now available in the Chicago Public Library! You can see the infomration on the book at You can also place it on hold on the website if you need to.

The website mentions that the book is located in the following branch: HWLC 4th Floor. This is the central Harolnd Washington Library Center conveniently located downtown Chicago in the Loop, 400 S. State street 60605, tel 312-747-4300

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Thursday, August 14, 2008

Immigration lawyers - are they really helpful?

Today I would like to share with you another personal observation. I meet a lot of immigrants and I went through the immigration process myself and I know that out of all organizations there is only one with which an immigrant deals most closely and sometimes for a very long period of time, not just months but years - this is the office of their immigration lawyer. Since every immigrant spends so much time (and money) dealing with an immigration lawyer from the point of view of the former the latter is considered to be an expert on a wide variety of issues related to immigration and generally life in the U.S. Immigrants seek advice from their immigration lawyers beyond their visa or green card but how willing are they to help? - Not very much.

When "The Legal Alien's Guide" was published I sent an official letter and press release to all immigration lawyers in Chicagoand that I could find in an official legal directory on the Internet. I believed that they should see the value of it and make sure each there client knows about it and may be have access to it in their office if the need be. Not a single lawyer responded! Not one wanted to learn more information to provide their clients better service and help them with a friendly advice on life after green card. Nobody wanted to deal with something they are not paid for.

The only immigration lawyer that expressed interest and understood the value of the guide was Tony Kim whom I met at one of the networking events and now his profile is featured on "Best of Chicago" page on the "Legal Alien's Guide" website I guess he was the only one interested because he really new what hardships immigrants endure since his parent immigrated to the U.S. from South Korea.

So I would challenge every immigration lawyer (and you can challenge yours too) to open their minds beyond legal matters and not do their job with just with one goal of making money but with a goal of helping people they bring into this country as much as they can.

I would qualify every immigration lawyer working in Chicagoland according the following grade system:
Grade 1: he/she heard about "The Legal Alien's Guide" and can give some advice on life after green card
Grade 2: he/she has a copy of "The Legal Alien's Guide" in their office so that a client can have a look at it and find the information he needs
Grade 3: he/she presents each client with "The Legal Alien's Guide" for FREE as a "thank you" for spending thousands of dollars in THEIR legal office. This to me would be the highest level of customer service.

So ask your lawyer and see where he/she stands. I think lawyers became too money focused and would not move their finger for anything you have not covered by your check and I believe it's time to do something to make them become more customer-focused.

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Thursday, August 7, 2008

Another interesting international event

This event will be of interest especially for women.

International Visitors Center of Chicago organizes a reception honoring the 2008 U.S. State Department Middle East Partnership Initiative Fellows(a/k/a the "MEPI Ladies")

WHEN: Tuesday, August 19 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
WHERE: the hospitality suite and rooftop terrace of the MDA City Apartments 63 East Lake Street, Chicago

Join the party and mingle with outstanding business and professional women from the Middle East and North Africa,with a special performance by the SIFA Africa Children's Choir of Ugandaand refreshments by the award-winning chefGloria "The Hat" Hafer

PRICE: $25.00
RSVP by August 15 at the IVCC website:

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Saturday, August 2, 2008

Celebrate Olympic Games!

Join young professionals, members and friends of the International Visitors Center of Chicago and the International Trade Club of Chicago to celebrate the start of the Olympic Games! This is a unique opportunity to mingle with international community in Chicago. There will be opportunity to network with a great group of professionals.

WHEN: Friday, August 8, 2008 6:30 - 10:30 p.m.
WHERE: Dave and Buster's 1030 N. Clark Street Chicago, IL 60610
Cost - $30

The festivities include a buffet dinner, cash bar, trivia games & prizes, and lots of socializing. We will enjoy our party in a private room with a huge TV screen airing the Opening Ceremony.

RSVPs required. To register, please contact Lexy Sobel at (312) 254-1800 x102 or

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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

July Monthly Entrepreneurship Social

Please join the Jules F. Knapp Entrepreneurship Center, the University Technology Park at IIT, and Wexford Science + Technology for their monthly networking event on Thursday, July 31st!

The monthly social brings together the entrepreneurship community both within IIT and the greater Chicagoland area and provides them with the opportunity to network and share experiences with fellow entrepreneurs. Whether you are currently an entrepreneur or are considering starting a business, this event can help you make the connections you need to get your new venture started or grow your existing business. Come explore what the Knapp Center, University Tech Park, Wexford and IIT have to offer!Refreshments will be served.

There is absolutely no charge for this event, but RSVPs are requested and should be made to
WHEN: 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. July 31, 2008T
WHERE: Technology Business Center AtriumUniversity Technology Park at IIT, 3440 South Dearborn, Chicago IL

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Monday, July 21, 2008

Internet networking

Everyone should be aware of the fact that networking not onloy happens face-to-face but on-line too. Even if you don't do any on-line networking, chances are your prospective employer does and you have to be ready to present you best "on-linw image". Here is an interesting article form

"Perform an Internet search for your name. You might be surprised by what you find - an offensive comment, a negative blog post about a previous employer, or even unflattering pictures taken at a party. If you find such material, contact the Web site's owner or webmaster and ask to have the content removed.

If you find that you can't have the negative content removed, make sure you're prepared to address the matter if an interviewer brings it up. In most cases, employers will understand as long as you're honest. The best way to limit the effect of any negative material about you is to make sure it's counterbalanced by a substantial amount of positive, professional information.

Consider launching a polished website or blog related to your career. Feature your accomplishments, skills and certifications, and link to any professional associations you belong to. Controlling your online image doesn't mean blotting out any evidence of individuality or creativity. Employers know that you have a life outside of work and that a lot of online information should be taken with a grain of salt. But as more and more companies turn to the Web to learn about their potential hires, it makes sense to control what information they may find. "

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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Networking dinner

The event below will be of interest to the international crowd, especially if you are in business. Also it is a great opportunity to get to know these important Chicago organizations that hold a lot of interesting events: International Trade Association and Swiss-American Business Council.

with the Swiss – American Business Council
Invite you to a dinner program:

Presentations by:
Angie Kappel
Vice President, Foreign Exchange

Nicholas Savramis
Senior Vice President, Currency Risk Mgmt.
Charter One Bank

The U.S. dollar lost 15% of its value against major currencies over the course of last year.
Our experts will discuss the recent movements of the U.S. dollar and provide an outlook
for importers and exporters to plan for currency movements through the balance of 2008.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008
9421 West Higgins Road, Rosemont, IL
5:30 p.m. – Registration
6:00 p.m. – Program
7:00 p.m. – Dinner

ITA/GC and SABC members and their guests - $40; Non-members - $50

Please Make Your Reservations Early: Contact the ITA/GC by 4:00 p.m., Friday, July 18
Tel: 773/725-1106 Fax: 773/725-2294

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Thursday, July 10, 2008

Search Engine Optimization

So there you are ready to implement "my own business" dream in the Land of Opportunity. Whatever that business might be you will get nowhere if you don't have Internet presence. Internet can give you limitless opportunities if you know where to find them. For that you need to address 2 issues:
1. Internet marketing strategy for your company
2. Your website SEO (search engine optimization)

Getting an MBA in Marketing, successfully running my own 2 businesses, thorough research and subsequent work with my clients and NAWBO (National Association of Women Business Owners) members where I sit on the Advisory Board as a Marketing advisor made me an expert in Internet Marketing and if you ever need help on that side of the business my company will be very glad to assist you:

But the SEO dilemma was never really solved for me until yesterday. "SEO" is now a buzz word and plenty of companies claim to be the best in the field. Unfortunately many of them don't go beyond the claim. I read many articles about SEO scam where you pay a lot of money but don't get real results or the methods used by the SEO company are not always ethical.

However, yesterday I found a company that really stood out of the crowd. They are simply called The Search Engine Guys I don't normally write about for-profit companies but I believe this is the one useful resource all small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs should know about.

What did I like about them? First of all, their principles and exclusive partnership policy: they work only with one client per practice area, per geographic area, i.e. they won't work for your competitors. Second of all, they were the first company ever that didn't tell me: "We can do it, you just pay". They honestly said that the service I wanted would be too expensive and having analysed my business they saw it would be hard for me to bring enough income to make a profit. Instead of ripping me off they game me some great free advice on what I can do instead of investing money in the service I thought I should get. They could have landed a great project but they were concerned about my budget, not theirs. How often do you see that?

Starting a new business is a stressful matter. It requires substantial investment and along the way you will have to rely on certain partners who will work together with you: your suppliers, your legal advisors, your business consultant. You'll need to find the ones you trust and I am glad I could share with you the information about one of such trustworthy partners.

P.S. The Search Engine Guys is a Austin based company but they do have an office in Chicago. Here are the contact details:
Graham Smith
Partner, Web Strategist
The Search Engine Guys, LLC
312.480.5840 direct
800.267.1704 office
312.896.1443 fax

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Monday, July 7, 2008

Order "The Legal Alien's Guide" at wholesale prices on my website

Great news!!!

Now you can buy "The Legal Alien's Guide. Building a Career and Life in Chicago, Illinois" wholesale on my website: ! Before this day wholesale of the guide was only done through Ingram Booksellers, that is if you had an account with them. Now even if you don't have account with Ingram you can enjoy wholesale prices on my website if you need to buy 9 books or more for your organization or book store:

20% discount if you order 9 - 49 books
30% discount if you order 50 - 99 books
If you want to order 100 or more copies, please, contact me at for a VERY SPECIAL discount!

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Friday, July 4, 2008

Looking for partnership

It's been 8 months since "The Legal Alien's Guide" has been published and those people who had a chance to read the book find it extremely useful (you can read comments and reviews on my website ) The book has won a number of awards and support of the local Chicago government however it has been an up-hill battle for me because I am a "one person show": I self-published the book, I do the marketing & PR and it's been very difficult to reach out to wider audience. It is a shame because this guide could really help so many people!

I am looking now to partner with organizations who work with immigrants and people relocating to Chicago. If you represent such an organization or know of one that might be interested, please, send me an e-mail at

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Tuesday, July 1, 2008


In summer in Chicago there are less business related activities but much more opportunities for social interaction. The best way to meet people if you are new in town is to attend numerous FREE outdoor events, like concerts and festivals. My personal favourite is Chicago SummerDance which is going on from June 12 to August 24 this year.

This summer the Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park becomes a unique outdoor urban dance space – the largest of its kind in the United States. Locals and visitors dance to the sounds of 43 top notch bands playing everything from swing, salsa and afrobeat to reggae, funk and klezmer, all on one huge dance floor. This year’s festival will feature an even wider range of music and dance styles than ever before, including polka, country, Argentine tango and zydeco.

Chicago SummerDance is an eleven-week festival featuring one-hour dance lessons by professional instructors, followed by two hours of live music and dancing on a 4,600 square foot open-air dance floor in the Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park, 601 S. Michigan Ave. SummerDance events occur every Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening, 6 to 9:30 pm, and Sunday afternoon, 4 to 7 pm, weather-permitting. Chicago SummerDance is formatted into themes featuring world music ensembles on Thursdays; “popular nights” including jazz, Latin, country and funk on Fridays and Saturdays; and ballroom/big band on Sundays.

For more information, call the Chicago SummerDance Hotline at 312.742.4007 or visit

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Thursday, June 26, 2008

A letter from Chicago Mayor Hon. Richard M. Daley

Yesterday I received a surprise letter by mail: my photo with Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley... autographed with best wishes! It is really a great feeling to be called "Honorable Tatiana Sorokina" and get a recognition of all my efforts!

The photo has an interesting story: end of May I was lucky to be invited to the Asian-American Leaders Reception hosted my the Mayor. He gave a passionated speech about how Chicago is the best city for immigrants. The Mayor was very excited that Chicago has always been a very welcoming city for immigrants and he seemed to be very proud that, according to him, in early 1930s "no one in Chicago spoke English!" Well, at least that's what he believes in. It felt like the Mayor is really doing his best to create a good atmosphere for all newcomers.

At the end of the reception I got second time lucky as I was offered to be photographed with the Mayor to commemorate the occasion. I new I would get the photo from the press office but I didn't hope to get it autographed in such a nice way!

I guess the Mayor really enjoyed and appreciated my book, "The Legal Alien's Guide", which I presented to him. In a letter I received earlier he wrote that it was "very thoughtful of me" to create such a Guide and present it to him. On my side, I really appreciate that Chicago Mayor appreciates what I am doing for Chicago and its residents.

You can see the infamous photo on my website (where else would it be? :-)

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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Russian Women Magazine

Among tons of information for immigrants with Hispanic and Asian background I finally found a great resource for my countrymen - everyone who speaks Russian and lives in the U.S., especially women. It is called Russian Women Magazine This website is non-for-profit and has 4 objectives:
1. Exchange of information among Russian women who live abroad
2. Communication
3. Self-expression
4. Sharing of experience
The editor and producer, Olga Sapp, is a Russian herself living in USA. She says that her goal is "to help women to find themselves in a changing world". The Russian version of the site now has 600 pages full of advice and useful information.

The English version of the site was created for American men who either want to help their current Russian wife or are looking for a Russian wife.

I hope everyone can find something useful for oneself on this wonderful website.

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Thursday, June 19, 2008

"Healthy" networking

My friend is organizing a fantastic event tomorrow (well, all her events are great but this one is really special): you will learn tips about healthy lifestyle, see fitness demonstration and have FREE healthy lunch. This is also a unique opportunity to network with variety of business professional in downtonw Chicago. You don't need to RSVP, just show up!

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Access to the Boys Club - career related event for women

Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting is a "national, non-for-profit professional association that creates opportunities, adds value, and builds relationships for its members, the community and its business partners while expanding Latino Leadership in the global workforce". ALPFA organizes various interesting events and here is information about one of them:

Access to the Boys Club

Come join other female professionals at this year's Women of ALPFA events as we explore traditional male characteristics that women can use to advance their careers. The night will consist of intimate table discussions revolving around topics such as taking risks, emphasizing your achievements, and communicating effectively in a male dominated environment.

June 19, 2008 (Thursday)
06:00 P - 09:30 P
University Club of Chicago, 76 E. Monroe Street Chicago IL 60613
Professional Member
Professional Non-Member
Student Member
Student Non- Member

Business Professional

For tickets and more information go to

If you don't manage to get to this events check their calendar, this organization is definitely worth keeping in mind even if you are not from Latino background.

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Friday, June 13, 2008

Resume services and future seminars

Yesterday I conducted another exciting seminar with a colleague of mine, Charlotte Weeks from Weeks Resume Service If you are looking for a job in Chicagoland she is a great resource for you. She is a Human Resources professional with experience writing achievement based resumes and targeted cover letters for a variety of fields.
She has experience "on the other side", i. e. she knows exactly what recruiters are looking for.

In addition Charlotte is just a very nice and compassionate person and has excellent "people" skills. Her rates are very reasonable too.

Finally, Charlotte is also a person who has a passion for helping others: she is doing it not only through her resume services but also through donating 10% of her proceeds to charity (United Way).

Her website is definitely worth checking out next time you are applying for a job.

We will continue to organize seminars together with Charlotte on the topics of networking + resume writing. Stay tuned for the up-coming dates! If you want to receive information about the up-coming dates of our seminars via e-mail, please send me a message via "Contact us form" and I will add you to my distribution list.

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Monday, June 9, 2008

Federal Government is hiring

I have recently read an interesting article in one of the career-related newsletters I receive. The job market may be tight in some places, but the federal government, is recruiting new employees. Two million people work for the federal government, and many are baby boomers. As baby boomers retire, federal jobs open up and are becoming available to new job seekers.

By the year 2013, the federal government expects that 40 percent of its workforce will retire, leaving 800,000 jobs to be filled. The federal government has a broad range of opportunities for job seekers of any discipline, from biology to engineering. The official Web site for federal employment is . More than 100,000 jobs are currently listedwith salaries between $48,000 and $69,000 per year.

Good luck working for Uncle Sam! :-)

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Thursday, June 5, 2008

June FREE networking opportunities

June will be a great month for FREE networking opportunities:

EURO 2008 - EUROPEAN SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP 2008 IN SWITZERLAND AND AUSTRIA will kick off on June 7. Swiss-American Business Council, Goethe Institute and Austrian Consulate General in Chicago will be organize events around several games (see the schedule below). And each event will be a great opportunity for meeting people, social interaction but also business networking because a lot of the people who are on the distribution list of, say, Swiss-American Business Council are businessmen, entrepreneurs, etc. They will draw a good international crowd to these events so it is definitely worth checking them out!

Saturday, June 7, 2008
10:30 AM
(Kick-off time 11.00 AM)
Light Hors d’Oeuvres will be served
Cash Bar
Prizes will be raffled off during the intermission
Lobby, 323 East Wacker Drive, Chicago
RSVP by Friday, May 30, 2008. Email: or call: 312 915 4528

Switzerland : Turkey
on Wednesday, June 11 beginning at 6 :00 PM
Austria : Germany
on Monday, June 16 beginning at 6 :00 PM
Emmit’s Irish Pub
495 North Milwaukee Ave, Chicago or phone 312 563 9631
Hosted by the Austrian Trade Commission
Swiss-American Business Council (SABC)

Eleven Minutes – SOCCER short films
on Thursday, June 12
beginning at 6:00 PM
Goethe Institut Chicago
150 North Michigan Ave, Suite 200, Chicago or phone 312 263 0472
Hosted by the
Goethe Institut
Consulate General of Switzerland
Austrian Consulate General

on Sunday, June 29
beginning at 1:15 pm
Goethe Institut Chicago
150 North Michigan Ave, Suite 200, Chicago or phone 312 263 0472
Hosted by the
Austrian Consulate General in Chicago
Please note: all EURO 2008 soccer matches can be viewed live at the Goethe Institut Chicago. For information, see or call 312 263 0472.

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Monday, June 2, 2008

REMINDER: seminar for jobseekers, June 12.

This is a reminder that I will be organizing my next seminar for job seekers (people in career transition, graduating students and newcomers to Chicagoland) It is called "A to Z of Successful Networking". The seminar will include Resume Writing Techniques session.

WHEN: June 12, 2008, 5.30 - 7.00 pm
WHERE: 111 West Jackson Boulevard, suite 1108, Chicago, IL 60604

Topics to be covered:
-why networking
- where to network
- how to network
-how to prepare for the event including how to create a perfect resume

Learn all tools and techniques to network comfortably and successfully on your own, connect with people, build relationships and acquire new customers.Also learn DOs and DON'Ts of resume writing.

Resume writing session is conducted by Charlotte Weeks who is a professional resume writer and owner of Weeks Resume Service. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Illinois State University, and spent over three years working in Human Resources. While experienced in all types of resume writing, her specialty is writing for people making career changes.

All participants will get a FREE copy of "The Legal Alien's Guide. Building a Career and Life in Chicago, Illinois" - the unique guide that has detailed listings of networking organizations, associations, groups and clubs in Chicago and suburbs.

Price: 37 USD

Please, register at

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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Illinois Recruiters Association event

The next Illinois Recruiters Association Extreme Networking Event has beenset for:

Date: Thursday, June 19th 2008

Time: 5:00pm to 8:00 p.m.

Location: Goose Island - Clybourn1800 North Clybourn Chicago, IL Phone: 312-915-0071

Agenda: Power Networking - Build your network, Extreme face to face style,meet with hundreds of Illinois' top human capital professionals in one spot

Price per person: $40.00

Purchase your ticket: Visit http://www.illinois%20recruiters.%20org/

Benefits for attending: each guest will receive - Build your recruiting network with hundreds of Illinois' besthuman capital management professionals - Receive two drink tickets good for alcohol or soft drinks- Food will be served (buffet style) - You will receive a complete attendees list; including LinkedInURL's and e-mails.

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Monday, May 26, 2008

The truth that all immigrants should know

Before I published my book, "The Legal Alien's Guide", I thought that the main problem was that the information was not readily available to people and it was hard to filter it down to find organizations that would really help you to find a job or start/develop your own business in Chicagoland if you are new to the city. I naively believed that when I collect all the information and put it in an easy-to-use guide all problems will be resolved. I was wrong.

The biggest problem is that a lot of private and government organizations set up to help people actually prevent you from getting to the information you need and this is how it happens:

1. Some of the organizations will not move their finger if it is not financially beneficial to them. I came to several organisations working with international communities in Chicago and they appreciated the value of my book but they said that they will inform their members about it only if I pay them. Which means that those immigrant that signed up as members with them and in some instance paid (!) for membership are prevented from getting the information which they are entitled to get.

2. Some organizations are afraid of competition. I have about 200 associations, groups and clubs listed in my book so that every person can find something for his/her own needs, which may mean much better and more tailored services than they are getting currently (in case they are already receiving help from an organization). So I had a situation several times when an organization refused to post a link to my book on their website saying that "they already have all useful links their members may need". In reality they usually have 5 to 10 links that after my thorough investigation usually turn out to be non-competitive "nominal" links that don't threaten to take away members from this group because they provide similar (and may be better services)

3. Some organizations were created by one individual and though this person did a great job helping at least some people it would be too ambitious to think that 1 person can help everybody. However this type of organizations do not let the information about resources in my book to reach people because they consider themselves really good at networking and it seems to me that it bothers them that the idea to write a guide similar to mine didn't come to them first. They ignore all my requests to help in communicating to their members that new resources are available and feels like a dead end.

4. Not all government organizations are helpful either: one Illinois organization specifically set up to help immigrants refused to use my book to help the people they work with because... they simply didn't like the title of it.

And I am not asking them to sell my book, I am just asking them to let people know that it exists. I never expected that there will be such a resistance from all these organizations because they all claim on their websites that they were set up to help, inform, educate, etc.

So what can you do? Spread the word about the Guide - people have the right to know about resources available to them. If you are a member of any networking, immigrant, student or any other organization - ask them to send out the information about the book to their members, especially if you paid for membership, you paid to get information which you are not actually getting. If your organization has a resources library ask them to have a copy or two of the Guide there, again, you have the right for it. It will take a lot of effort to change people's selfish mentality but together we can do it!

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Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Windy City Social

Windy City Social / REP Chicago Power Networking

Date: Tuesday, June 17th

Location: English 444 N. Lasalle, Chicago

Description:Windy City Social and REP Chicago are teaming up to create a networking event that will connect you with other professionals from Chicagoland.

Enjoy the first drink and appetizers compliments of English while your meet and connect with other quality Chicago business people.

Ticket Price $10

More information at:

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Friday, May 16, 2008

FREE English language classes

Truman College in Chicago offers FREE adult education classes including English as a second language (ESL).

ESL program provides instruction for non-native speakers of English. ESL courses range from providing basic language and life skills for complete beginners to helping advanced students refine their English in preparation for higher education, vocational training, or a career. Reading, writing, listening, speaking, and grammar are included at all levels of instruction. Supplemental ESL classes are available in areas such as conversation, writing, and career development.

To enroll you have to be 18 years old or older.

For more information, please, visit their website:

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Wednesday, May 14, 2008

The Instituto Cervantes

The Instituto Cervantes the same functions and provides the same services relative to the Spanish language and Spanish-speaking countries as Goethe Institut to German language and German-speaking countries (see my earlier posts).

The Institute Cervantes organize Spanish classes and various cultural events. The main activities include:

- Organizes the DELE (Spanish as a Foreign Language Exams).
- Issues official Spanish Language Certificates and Diplomas to our students.
- Organizes Spanish courses: general, skills, enrichment, specific purposes, for corporations, etc
- Offers professional development classes for teachers of Spanish.
- Supports Spanish Language and Culture researchers.
- Promotes cultural activities and events together with other organizations. In Chicago they cooperate with different institutions from Illinois, Spain and Latin America.

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Tuesday, April 29, 2008

My next seminar - June 12, 2008

My next seminar, "A to Z of Successful Networking" will be in JUNE for job seekers (people in career transition, graduating students and newcomers to Chicagoland) and it will include Resume Writing Techniques session!!!

WHEN: June 12, 2008, 5.30 - 7.00 pm
WHERE: 111 West Jackson Boulevard, suite 1108, Chicago, IL 60604

Topics to be covered:
-why networking
- where to network
- how to network
-how to prepare for the event including how to create a perfect resume

Learn all tools and techniques to network comfortably and successfully on your own, connect with people, build relationships and acquire new customers. Also learn DOs and DON'Ts of resume writing. Resume writing session is conducted by Charlotte Weeks who is a professional resume writer and owner of Weeks Resume Service. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Illinois State University, and spent over three years working in Human Resources. While experienced in all types of resume writing, her specialty is writing for people making career changes. Charlotte is a member of the National Resume Writer's Association and the Professional Association of Resume Writers.

All participants will get a FREE copy of "The Legal Alien's Guide. Building a Career and Life in Chicago, Illinois" - the unique guide that has detailed listings of networking organizations, associations, groups and clubs in Chicago and suburbs.

Price: 37 USD

To register, please, go to

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Sunday, April 27, 2008

FOX News will film my seminar!

Great news! Since I started organizing networking seminars several organizations expressed interest in me doing these seminars at their location - to train their sales/membership development staff who in line with their work are responsible for meeting a lot of people and attracting new customers (it is indeed more convenient for companies, various membership organizations, educational institutions, etc. because I can tailor the seminar to their audience and it will be much cheaper because the price of the seminar will not include the cost of renting the office space).

FOX News really liked the idea of organizing "customer tailored" seminars and on May 1, 2008 they will be coming to my seminar to film it and to create an educational segment based on it. It should air on TV within approximately a week but I don't know the date and time yet - stay tuned!!!

It will be a great opportunity to view the seminar and see how it can benefit you or your organization!

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Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Illinois Congressman Danny K. Davis endorses "The Legal Alien's Guide"

I am very happy that local politicians are now starting to appreciate the real value of my book and how it can help many people, both Americans and immigrants, living in Chicagoland!
Illinois Congressman Danny K. Davis, 7th District, ( endorsed "The Legal Alien's Guide" today, April 23, 2008:

"Tatiana Sorokina came to the United States in 2005 to start a new life, and a new job and a new family. By any measure that is serious change. Tatiana has distilled her experiences in making that transition into this slim volume aimed at professionals pursuing a similar life path. Tatiana has promised to keep the data in the book up-to-date by devoting a website to updates for the Guide. Tatiana clearly learnt a great deal about Chicago in just two years...we can only thank her for sharing!"
-Congressman Danny K. Davis, 7th District

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Monday, April 21, 2008

Network and learn

WHAT: A Workshop for Women Ready to take control of their lives and their finances.

Learn about achieving a healthier balance between work and personal life. This workshop is for women "ready to take control of their lives and their finances". It will also cover:
• Importance of having a life you love
• Making your dream life a reality
• Prioritizing your finances

- Barb Heenan, CEC, ACC and Megan Walls, CEC, ACC of A Fresh Connection Coaching & Consulting
- Jeffrey C. Simon, CFP®, Financial Consultant, RBC Wealth Management

WHEN : Wednesday, April 23rd
Times: 12:00pm to 1pm for lunch
5:30pm-6:30pm for wine & cheese

WHERE: 500 W. Madison, Suite 2500, Chicago, Illinois

This event is FREE OF CHARGE

Please RSVP to Jeff Simon at 312-559-1704. Seating is limited

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Saturday, April 19, 2008

Diversity Job Fair

Tuesday, April 22, 2008
3:00 - 6:00 PM
The Hyatt Regency Chicago
151 East Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60601

Diversity creates a match between the company and all the customers they service.
There will be a variety of industries represented: finance, technology, sales and general office. All levels of skills are welcome, entry or experienced.

RECRUITING FOR:Customer Service, Management, Retail Management, Accounting, Banking, Technology, Finance, Sales, Engineering, General Business Skills, Insurance, Marketing, IT/IS, Human Resources and more
To Register submit your resume at:

PLEASE NOTE: You'll need to set any spam filters you are using to allow email from ccuconfirmations@ resumescanning. com, or you may not receive the confirmation messages.


This is a professional event so please dress accordingly.

For more details go to

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Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Women. Identity. Purpose.

Another good organization for women:

Women. Identity. Purpose (W.I.P.) is focused on empowering working single mothers. By providing financial awards, their goal is to promote career advancement, economic stability and the quality of life for their children. One of W.I.P. core goals is to guide women in obtaining profitable, yet fulfilling employment.

W.I.P currently has in Memphis and in the Chicagoland area, but plan to have sister locations in Atlanta, Cleveland, Seattle and the Washington D.C.

W.I.P. offers 2 main programs:

The Buddy Networking Training Series
They provide personal and professional training in a workshop or seminar setting to assist their members in gaining invaluable information for effective career and life success. These public programs are facilitated by trainers in their Success Network.

"Success Partner Network" Program
For many years there has been a lack of role models, which has been cited as a barrier of success for many women. The Women Identity Purpose Organization's Success Partner Network program will offer mothers the opportunity to foster trusting relationships for networking, coaching, counseling, life lessons and for the best way to share their own knowledge, experience and expertise. Their Success Partner Network program" is made up of volunteer life, career coaches and mentors.

The organization also provides a number of awards and grants.

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Friday, April 11, 2008

View educational videos on how to save more and spend less in the U.S.

It is very difficult to relocate to a new country because you need to learn a lot about ways of living, how not to be fooled in certain situations, for instance, especially when you deal with issues related to your finances, job, small business, etc.

The famous American Emmy Award winning program, Money Talks, broadcasts consumer/personal finance news series. As they say, they "help America to save more and spend less". They provide news that help you to keep more money in your pocket with simple informative stories.

Now you can view some of their educational series on my video player on my website: . I've put in very useful video clips on the topics of starting a small business, working from home, deducting your vacation expenses (i.e. have them tax free), how to avoid banks scam, etc. I am sure these videos will be helpful not only to immigrants but to locals too (after all, Money Talks was created for American audience)

The videos rotate on the player so come often to see the new ones!

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Thursday, April 10, 2008

FREE networking event - just mention "The Legal Alien's Guide"!

World Financial Group is organizing a nice formal networking event this Saturday and they let me know that the first 25 people who mention my book will be registered for FREE!

WHEN: Saturday, April 12, 2008 @ 9:30am-11:30am (please be prompt, doors close around 10:00am)
WHERE: The Wyndam Lisle, 3000 Warrenville Road, Lisle, Illinois 60532
HOW TO REGISTER: call the office and ask for Velma Brazelton @ 708.957.1800 from 9am - 3:00pm (Mon -Fri) to confirm your reservations. If you don't reach her directly, please leave a telephone number, mention my book and she'll get back to you to confirm their reservation. This is a first come first serve offer.

It will be a great networking opportunity for entrepreneurs: they expect people from Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin!

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Tuesday, April 8, 2008

FINAL REMINDER+UP-DATE: My seminar 04/14 + great food will be served!

This is a FINAL reminder and invitation to my networking seminar:

WHAT: "A to Z of Successful Networking"
WHEN: April 14, 2008 5-6.15pm
WHERE: 111 W. Jackson Blvd, suite 1108, Chicago IL

At my seminar you will learn how to network successfully and most importantly where to do it in Chicago and suburbs depending on your goals, gender, age, ethnic and professional background.

All participants will receive a FREE copy of a unique Chicagoland guide - "The Legal Alien's Guide. Building a Career and Life in Chicago, Illinois"

This seminar will include a session of structured networking so prepare your elevator speech and bring plenty of business cards!

GREAT NEWS for those coming after work or from the suburbs: a selection of wonderful complementary refreshments will be provided by I Love Food Group (

You can learn more about my book and seminars from the video filmed by WTTW Channel 11, which invited me as a guest on "Chicago Tonight" program:,8,4&vid=

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Sunday, April 6, 2008

Jewish Living in Chicago

Here is a useful resource for jewish people relocating to Chicago: "Jewish Living in Chicago" It is an on-line guide put together by Jewis United Fund organization. It offers a comprehensive, up-to-date listing of Chicago-area Jewish organizations, resources, products, and services. Examples of the organizations listed include educational organizations, medical institutions, welcome centers, youth organizations, etc.

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Thursday, April 3, 2008

The video of my interview on Chicago Tonight show

For those ones who didn't catch me on TV last week on WTTW (PBS) Channel 11 "Chicago Tonight" show here is a direct link to see my interview with Phil Ponce:,8,4&vid=

BTW, Phil is a great host. It was my first experience on TV, it was exciting as well as scary to be on a live show but he made me feel so comfortable as if we were just chatting in his living room. I am really grateful to him for that!

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Monday, March 31, 2008

Great Chicago Networking Extravaganza

Good networking event in the suburbs:

Great Chicago Networking Extravaganza

Host: Lillian Bjorseth - Duoforce Enterprises; Jason Jacobsohn - KMG Enterprises

Date: Thursday, May 08, 2008

Time: 5:30 PM-8:30 PM

Location: The Carlisle, 435 E. Butterfield Road, Lombard

Cost: $50 in Advance, $60 at Door

Contact: Jason Jacobsohn,, 773-368-0229

Details and Sign Up:

Sponsors: The National Networker, My Referral Directory, DuPage Woman Newspaper, Benedictine University, The Entrepreneur's Source, SendOutCards

The event helps you grow your network and your networking skills in a fun-filled evening through structured and unstructured opportunities to connect. You will have time to mix and mingle on your own as well as learn and mingle - a combination for more career and business success.

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Saturday, March 29, 2008

My book signing VIDEO

March 21, 2008 when I had my book signing event was an awful day in Chicago in terms of weather. Those of you who couldn't make it to the event because of the snow storm can now watch the summary of the event on VIDEO:

This 10,5 minutes video will give you a very good idea of what my book is about, how I came about to writing it, what I do at my seminars, etc.

Overall it was a fun event and I am very grateful to my dedicated friends and fans who stopped by in such a weather and to Barnes & Noble bookstore on Diversey which hosted it.

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Tuesday, March 25, 2008


Great news: I will be a guest on WTTW-TV (PBS) Chicago Tonight's program Wednesday, March 26 to promote my book, "The Legal Alien's Guide". The show airs live at 7 p.m. on Channel 11. For additional information about the show please visit:,4.
Make sure you watch me as I discuss my book, networking seminars and interesting facts about myself!

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Organization for single working women

Recently I wound an interesting organization for women - SWWAN - uniting "single working women everywhere" ( It is a membership organization with headquarters in Chicago especially helpful for entrepreneurs. The benefits offered are cntered around discounts and business promotion. They are as follows:

1.SWWAN membership card gives discounts and/or special services at restaurants, mechanics, car dealers, dry cleaners, banks, and hundreds of SWWAN-approved merchants everywhere. e-2. e-Newsletter provides articles and columns to help you work smarter in your job or be more profitable in your business.
3. Connect with
4. Win prizes: each SWWAN of the month wins something like a lunch or dinner for one at a participating SWWAN vendor restaurant. SWWAN of the year wins a luxurious spa.
5. Small business owners can cut down on your cost for developing marketing materials…save 15% on copywriting, editorial or design/layout services when you work with SWWAN-operated vendors. Get 15% off public relations services to promote your business.
6. SWWAN member also get discounts on other essential business services like shipping, for example. .
7. List your services or products for free on SWWAN’s online store
8. Get listed as an expert in your field in the SWWAN Book of Experts.

As far as I understood they don't have networking events as such but they try their best to cover some other needs of single working women.

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Thursday, March 20, 2008

My book signing event

This is the reminder about my book signing event that will take place tomorrow:

WHEN: MARCH 21, 2008, 7 - 9 PM
WHERE: BARNES & NOBLE bookstore, 659 W Diversey Pkwy, Chicago IL 60614

Please, come and join me at this exciting event! Don't forget the spirit of networking: you never know who you are going to meet so bring plenty of business cards! :-)

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Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Immigration - hot issue in the 2008 Presidential Elections

I have recently discovered an interesting article about myself and my book in relation to the 2008 Presidential Campaign: I always said that all eyes are now on illegal immigrants and no one really takes care about people who come here legally. Thousands of families relocate when one spouse gets a job offer in the U.S. Who cares about the other spouse, how is he/she supposed to adjust in a new country and rebuild his/her life?

Thousands of families win Green Card in a lottery every year and a lot of them come here with dreams but without having a clue about how to look for a job or start their business. My voice, my book and my seminars are the only comprehensive resources for legal aliens and I am very glad that others start paying attention to the issues related to legal immigrants.

The article includes an interesting video of the debate between Barack Obama and Hilary Clinton on the issues of immigration.

P.S. The article mentions my seminar on March 10 (oops, too late :-) . The next one is scheduled for April 14, please, visit for more details

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Sunday, March 16, 2008

"The Legal Alien's Guide" is nominated for the Book of the Year Award

I am very excited to share the following news: my book, "The Legal Alien's Guide", was selected as one of the finalists of ForeWord Magazine's 2007 Book of the Year Awards!

ForeWord’s book awards program focuses on sparking the attention of librarians and booksellers by recognizing the literary achievement of independent publishers and their authors. A jury of librarians, booksellers and reviewers judge the categories and select finalists based on editorial excellence, professional production, originality and the value the book adds to its genre.

The Gold, Silver and Bronze winners will be announced at the end of May so I am keeping my fingers crossed!

You can read the complete article here:

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Friday, March 14, 2008

Networking seminar - April 14

Whether you are an entrepreneur or aspire to be one, job seeker, a student or just a newcomer to Chicago you need to excel in networking. Small businesses grow best through referrals, 70% of jobs in the U.S. are found through networking and it is also a great way to meet like-minded people and make connections.

At my seminar you will learn how to network and most importantly where to do it in Chicago and suburbs depending on your goals, gender, age, ethnic and professional background.

All participants will receive a FREE copy of a unique Chicagoland guide - "The Legal Alien's Guide. Building a Career and Life in Chicago, Illinois" which lists all networking organizations, groups and clubs as well as many other useful resources for job seekers, small businesses and newcomers to the Windy City and suburbs.

The seminar will include a session of structured networking so prepare your elevator speech and bring plenty of business cards!

WHEN: April 14, 2008 5-6.15pm
WHERE: 111 W. Jackson Blvd, suite 1108, Chicago IL

The space is limited!!! The registration will close on April 11, 2008

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Wednesday, March 12, 2008

A good informational site for people relocating to USA

I have recently found another great site for people relocating to the U.S. -

It provides information per state on the following topics:
- General Information
- Education
- Visa and Immigration
- Business
- Government
- Tourism

The information provided is very detailed, well-structured and the site is very easy to navigate. The site is great as a reference guide, for instance, in Illinois it lists virtually all (nearly 200) newspapers in the state on one page with their web site addresses.

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Sunday, March 9, 2008

Lycee Francais de Chicago

This information will be helpful to international families with kids.

The Lycée Français de Chicago is a private, non- for-profit, coeducational day school serving students from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. Their mission is to prepare young people to be responsible global citizens by providing a dual- language education based on the French National Curriculum and complemented by an English Language Arts and American Studies program. The multicultural, dual- language curriculum not only enhances the students’ interpersonal, communications, and academic skills it also helps them distinguish themselves in an increasingly competitive world.

In addition their Summer Camp offers immersion programs in 3 languages: English, French and German. It is an excellent international experience. There are multiple programs for kids ages 3 to 18 of all nationalities and levels of language proficiency. Some of them are designed not only to learn languages but also sports, leadership skills, etc.

For more information, please, visit:

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Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Networking seminar

This is a reminder about the NETWORKIN SEMINAR for job seekers I am organizing on March 10:
WHEN: MARCH 10, 2008, 5 - 6 pm
WHAT: "Secrets of networking success for job seekers" seminar. Learn how and where to network to minimize your job search efforts andmaximize the success.

1. a FREE SIGNED COPY of the unique book about Chicagoland "TheLegal Alien's Guide. Building a Career and Life in Chicago,Illinois" (your comprehensive guide to WHERE to network)2. a FREE "A to Z of Successful Networking" set of rules, i.e. yourHOW TO guide.

WHERE: 111 W. Jackson Blvd, suite 1108, Chicago, IL 60604

THE SPACE IS LIMMITED! The registration will close on March 8.

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Friday, February 29, 2008

How to sell to the government

If you relocated to Chicago and want to start your own small business here is a website you MUST know about The State of Illinois buys everything from food to trucks to office furniture to consulting services, in fact it buys 10 billion U.S. dollars worth of products every year. However the government is often overlooked as a potential customer.

This website provides not only information on available contractor opportunities but also information on how to get a certification of a Small/Diverse business (which in turn will put your business in a preferential position among other contractors and since most immigrants will fit into the "diverse business" category don't miss this opportunity!)

Finally the website provides information on how to obtain a line of credit for a small business to help manage your cash flow through our State Vendor Working Capital Program.

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Sunday, February 24, 2008

Free resume review

WHERE: St. Thomas the Apostle Jobs Ministry, 1500 Brookdale rd, Naperville, IL 60563

WHAT: Free Resume Review

WHEN: Saturday, Mar. 1, 2008, 9am to 11:30am

Curious about how your resume stacks up with the best of them? You may want a FREE resume review from one of our eight HR professionals that will be visiting St. Thomas the Apostle Church. Reservations are not necessary. Just stop in during the hours stated above (1st come/1st serve) and sit down, individually, with a Human Resources or Search Professional for a FREE twenty-minute resume review. There will be eight professionals on hand and one will work with you, one-on-one, to offer suggestions and ideas on "how to" improve your resume.

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Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Hispanic Scholarship Fund

This information will be very helpful to people of Hispanic background who are thinking about financing their education or education on their children in USA.

The Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) is the nation's leading organization supporting Hispanic higher education. Founded in 1975 as a not-for-profit organization, HSF's vision is to strengthen the country by advancing college education among Hispanic Americans. As an example, during the 2006-2007 academic year, HSF awarded nearly 4,200 scholarships exceeding $26.5 million.

The awards range from 1500 to 5000 USD. General eligibility requirements are simple: your family should be of a Hispanic heritage and being at least a legal resident (Green Card holder, not a citizen yet, though citizens, of course, are eligible by default) is enough to apply. There are also some specific requirements like GPA, for instance, which you can learn about in more detail on the HSF website.

The applications for 2008-2009 school year are now accepeted! So hurry up!

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Tuesday, February 12, 2008

NEWS!!! Book website and networking seminars

I have 2 great NEWS:

1. I have launched a website for my book: Here you will find information about the book, the author and book-related events.

2. I will organize networking seminars for job seekers and small business owners starting March 10, 2008 where I will teach step-by-step the HOWs, the WHYs and the WHEREs of networking. All participant will get FREE COPY OF MY GUIDE! For more information and to register (the sitting is limited), please, visit :

I hope to see you at one of my events!

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Monday, February 11, 2008

My book signing event


I cordially invite everybody to my first book signig event!

WHEN: MARCH 21, 2008, 7 – 9 pm
WHAT: Book signing “The Legal Alien’s Guide. Building a Career and Life in Chicago, Illinois” Meet the author, ask questions about career and small business related issues, get your signed copy of the comprehensive Chicagoland networking guide.
WHERE: Barnes & Noble, 659 W. Diversey Parkaway, Chicago, IL 60614

I will be very happy to see everybody!

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Thursday, February 7, 2008

Business cards for networking

I learnt one very important thing from my networking experience - always have your business cards with you. Even if you are a job seeker, especially if you are a job seeker. Resumes are good for formal networking when there is time and place to pass them around but even then I personally tend to loose resumes because there is no place for them on my desk in my office. But I never through away a business card because I have a business cards file.

Business cards are also vital for informal networking events. It is not appropriate and convenient to give people your resume. It's an open event where people move freely around the room and no one really wants to walk around with a bunch of papers in their hands (this is especially true for the receipient of your resume) Business cards, on the other hand, are easy to handle and can be placed in one's purse or pocket.

So bottom line is HAVE YOUR BUSINESS CARDS READY! Idealy your business card should have a website address where people can see your resume after the event.

I found the easiest way to creat your business cards through Vistaprint. They already have dozens of designs (but you can upload yours too), the quality of the cards are really great and the price is fantastic: I never paid more than 19.90 for 250 business cards including tax, handling and postage and I use their PREMIUM service, i.e. the most expensive there is. For regular business cards you will pay between 10 and 15 USD for 250. If you are lucky and they have a promotion you can get your cards printed FREE and only pay for shipping & handling.

Vistaprint is also great for small businesses: their postcards, brochures and other marketing materials are excelent and you cannot beat their price (I tried to shop around!) If you use Vistaprint you don't need a designer or a printing company. I usually pay just 25 USD for 100 premium postcards!

I have been their customer for more than 2 years and I was ALWAYS satisfied. Here is the link to their webiste which I got as their member and when you use it you will get 25% off your order.

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Tuesday, February 5, 2008

"The Legal Alien's Guide" book reviews

I wanted to share with you some independet reviews of my book that have just been made public (My publisher and I know that my book is GREAT but we are partial, aren't we :-)

I hope these articles will give you a clearer picture of what my guide is about and the idea of its usefulness:

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Sunday, February 3, 2008

SABC business networking event

Swiss-American Business Council in Chicago organizes monthly networking events which are the regular gathering of professionals from the Chicago business community. All are welcome. The details for the up coming one are:

Tuesday, February 12, 2008
6:00 - 8:00 pm
Swissôtel Chicago (Lobby Lounge), 323 E. Wacker Drive, Chicago

FREE Admission, Cash Bar.

No RSVP required.

You can find more information about SABC at

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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

"The Legal Alien's Guide" is coming to your local book store!


"The Legal Alien's Guide" is coming to your local book store!

From February 26, 2008 the Guide will be available for purchase at Barnes & Noble store located at Lincoln Park , 659 West Diversey, Chicago, IL 60614, tel: 773-871-9004.

BTW, if you are driving this store has a parking space for customers.

I am also planning to have a book signing event at this store so STAY TUNED!

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Monday, January 28, 2008

FREE tele-class for job seekers

John Hadley Associates, LLC, career search counselling company offers a FREE 50 minute tele-class "5 Secrets to Getting a Job You'll Love!" on Wednesday, February 6th at: Noon Eastern / 9AM Pacific, or 6PM Eastern / 3PM Pacific

During this tele-class you will discover:
- How to set a clear, focused target, and avoid wasting time on blind alleys
- How to uncover the unique value you bring to the table
- Common errors in presentation that can undermine your search
- Techniques for creating an exceptional marketing message
- Why so many interviewers fail to impress the hiring manager

You can participate from the convenience of your home or office wherever you are!

Questions? Contact John West Hadley, Principal John Hadley Associates, LLC 8 Lori Drive,
Somerville, NJ 08876 Phone: (908) 725-2437
Fore more info and to REGISTER, please, visit

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Thursday, January 24, 2008

Networking event for singles

Host: Hope Bertram, Kae Scott and Mike Larks
Location: Take 53747 North Southport, Chicago IL, IL 60613 US
When: Saturday, February 9, 7:00 PM
Phone: (773) 871-5555

It's time to come in from the cold and warm up with an impressive list of adult beverages, hang out with friends and meet some new ones. If one of your New Years resolutions was to get out and meet new people, then this is a party you wont want to miss! We are hosting the first of many singles events where Chicago professionals in their 30s and 40s can connect on a social and professional level.

$40 cash at the door will get you:
- Great music
- A fun venue where you can mix with other professional singles
- Appetizers
- Open bar from 7:00pm to 11pm.

Please RSVP to ensure you spot: e-mail at or give Hope a call at 773 528- 4673 with any questions.

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Sunday, January 20, 2008

Networking seminars

Here is some good news: from this week I also started a series of presentations/seminars I conduct at various networking groups.

The topics are varied and are adjusted to the needs of the group: form beginners to advanced. These presentations are designed to help job seekers and small business owners to achieve their respective goals through networking.

If you would like me to come and make a presentation in your job support group, job ministry, networking circle or college/university AND/OR have a book signing event I would be happy to do so.

Please, send your request to

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Thursday, January 17, 2008

Gotta relocate?

Today I want to share with you some useful relocation information: provides "local, human-edited and actively maintained directory of relocation and travel information, listings and resources for people traveling or relocating to the United States. Whether you are traveling or relocating to a new city, this site will serve as a great starting point. "

While many sites have good travel information is specifically great in terms of relocation information. It provides data not only for major cities but all small towns and suburbs in each state. Some of the topics they cover are:

-Apartments for rent
-Car rentals
-Commercial real estate
-Corporate relocation
-Homes for sale
-Hotels and short term
-Job listings
-Moving companies
-Travel guides
-AMTRAK Stations
-Colleges and universities

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