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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