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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