Category Archives: Entrepreneurs Corner

FREE Cooking Demo August 26th

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Chef Christopher Tong, of My Private Chef, will share his culinary
expertise as he presents a cooking demonstration featuring locally
produced seasonal ingredients offered by the Green City Market. The
demonstration is on Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at 10:30 a.m.

You will learn how to prepare Chef Tong’s delicious recipe, and, of course, be
able to taste it on the spot.
The Green City Market is located at the south end of Lincoln Park
between Clark and Stockton Drive (approximately 1750 N. Clark).
The event is free.–
We hope to see you there!

Mothers Day Contest

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Countdown to Mother’s Day!

Very seldom in life do we meet people with such amazing gifts that we are left stunned. Earnestine Robinson is one of those rare people. She is able to create music so intricate, many consider it impossible to do without a background in music. Despite no formal music training, with her faith and family, she rises from humble southern roots to become an unlikely composer of classical music that takes her all the way to Carnegie Hall and to a world premiere in Europe.

Earnestine does not question her source. She trusts God to guide her and just continues to create extraordinary music that has taken her all the way to Carnegie Hall three times.
While some stories are interesting and others explore and push the reader to think, it is usually the inspirational stories that touch the soul. Her book “Driven by Faith” is a “must-read” for anyone who has struggled to answer the question, “Why am I here?”

Earnestine’s gift is more than just creating some of the most beautiful music you will ever hear. It’s also about family, faith and giving back. To this end, Earnestine and her family are holding a contest, one that could include you and your mother.

Join us for this very unique “Countdown to Mother’s Day!”

1. Submit in 500 words or less your special Mother’s Day story.It can be funny, sentimental, bold or all of these and more. Submit HERE.

2. Each day, prior to Mother’s Day, come back and share special thoughts you have on the upcoming special day on Earnestine’s timeline on Facebook.

3. Share your thoughts with all your friends.

The first 100 people to actively post on Earnestine’s timeline will win the opportunity to participate in a special live, online Earnestine Robinson Master Class. She will discuss and take questions on how to find your purpose and the role of faith in reaching your destiny.

On Mother’s Day, three winners will be chosen and each receive a $100 gift card from Amazon and a copy of Earnestine’s book “Driven By Faith”. Each of the stories will be posted on Earnestine’s Facebook page.

Make this your best Mother’s Day ever!

Willis Tower Sells for $1.3 Billion

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New Yorkers Joseph Chetrit and Joseph Moinian and Skokie-based American Landmark Properties bought the 110-story building in 2004 for $840 million.

Crain’s Chicago predicted the tower would fetch $1.5 billion, but $1.3 billion is still a nice payday for the sellers.

Blackstone Group purchased the Willis Tower this weekend for $1.3 billion, reports the Wall St. Journal.

“We see great potential in further improving both the building’s retail operations and the tourist experience for one of the most popular destinations for visitors to Chicago,” Jacob Werner, a managing director in Blackstone’s real estate group, said in a Monday statement.

Blackstone’s purchase price of $1.3 billion is, according to Crain’s Chicago Business, set to become the highest ever paid for a U.S. office building outside Manhattan.

Chicago APPROVES Minimum Wage Increases

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By a 44-5 vote, Chicago’s City Council set a minimum-wage target of $13 an hour, to be reached by the middle of 2019. The move comes after Illinois passed a nonbinding advisory last month that calls for the state to raise its minimum pay level to $10 by the start of next year.

The current minimum wage in Chicago and the rest of Illinois is $8.25.

Under the ordinance, the city’s minimum wage will rise to $10 by next July and go up in increments each summer thereafter.

It then will increase by 50 cents in July 2016 and another 50 cents in July 2017. The minimum wage would go up $1 in July 2018 and $1 in July 2019 to reach $13 an hour.

After that, annual increases would be pegged to the local consumer price index, with a limit of 2.5 percent, if the unemployment rate stays below 8.5 percent.

Social and Professional, Creative idea-Exchange

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Join Melissa G Wilson and Four Great Authors for an Invigorating Evening with the Written Word!

When: Wednesday, October 15th, 5:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Where: Space (a most unique connection space!) 444 N Wabash, Chicago, IL, 5th floor


Have you been longing for a fun, more connective way of meeting new people?

Do you like to learn new things in a warm, inviting social setting?

Are you ready for a very unique, interactive experience?

Then you will want attend this first of its kind authors roundtable adventure.

What to Expect

  • You will start by arriving at 5:30 where you will meet me as one of your hosts as well as other hosts who will introduce you around the room to others attending as well as the authors.
  • At 6:00 p.m. We will have a brief introduction to the authors and their tables of conversation around each of their books.
  • At 6:30 you will choose your first table to sit down at. Note that once a table is full you will have to go to one that has openings. At your table you will get the chance to not only listen to the author’s overview of his or her subject but also get to meet the other participants at your table and exchange ideas and ask questions to create great, stimulating conversation.
  • At 7:00 you will again switch to another table of your choice and, once again, meet new people and have create a great exchange of ideas.
  • At 7:30 you will have your third and final opportunity to sit down and converse with an author.
  • From 7:30 – 8:00 we will have an open room conversation sharing the insights and highlights from the authors and you and the other participants.
Note: This event is not just for other writers or people who want to be authors. It’s a social and professional, creative idea-exchange. My goal is to provide an environment where you can experience what I hope will be a more rich and beneficial way to connect to other.
Did I Hear Food and Wine?
We will have a nice amount of both red and white wines as well as water. However, if you wish to drink something else feel free to BYOB (eg your own fun wine or beer to share).
Food? We will have tasty and healthy food (and some sweets) to hopefully satisfy your hunger. It won’t be a heavy dinner but one that we think will be sufficient. Again, if you wish to bring something for yourself that would be just fine and/or something to share.
Charity
Anyone who knows me knows that I am about paying it forward and giving back. So, with this in mind half of the money made this evening will go to a very worthy cause called A Silver Lining Foundation. This organization ensures dignified, respectful and equal access to quality cancer education and services for all and is located right here in Chicago.
Our Great Roster of Authors

Craig S Wilson, Author of Dating for Life (www.datingforlife.com)

John St. Augustine, Author of Notes from the North, Living an Uncommon Life and Every Moment Matter (www.johnstaugustine)
Dan Tepke, Author of Hatching Your Million Dollar Business (www.hatchingyourmilliondollarbusiness.com)
Dan Weinfurter, Author of Second Stage Entrepreneurship (www.danweinfurter.com)
Mike Klein, Author of Million Dollar Sales Conversations (www.mikekleinauthor.com)
What’s Next?
We hope to make this a regular event so let us know what you would recommend to make it even better once you have had the opportunity to experience it!
Maestro of the Event
Melissa G Wilson, Author of Networlding and 15 other books on leadership, networking, social media and publishing (www.networlding.com)
FINAL NOTE! – Only a few seats available for the optimum connective experience!

 

Shy Town Girls Book Signing! November 19th

You’re Invite to the Shy Town Girls Champagne Book Signing!


When: Tuesday November 19

 Time: 6-8 p.m.

Where: Viktoria’s Closet Boutique: 2482 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, Illinois 60614 

 

Come meet and mingle with Katie Leimkuehler author of the new book series Shy Town Girls

(Shy Town Girls is a romance novel series about four 

shy yet brave young working women in Chicago.)

Enjoy champagne and deserts while shopping at one of the hottest boutique’s in Lincoln park!

RSVP to this event!

The Best Dog Poop Bags In the World – Are from Chicago!


PoopBags.com is home of the best rated biodegradable dog waste bags on
Earth! Based in Chicago, PoopBags has helped to reduce Carbon Paw Prints
since 2003.

EVEN PRESIDENT OBAMA uses them!

First, let’s discuss the ramifications of dog waste and plastic:
– 4 million tons: It is estimated that dog owners do not collect over 4 million tons of dog waste annually.

– 20-30% of all pollutants in waterways attributed to dog waste:
Pollutants originating from rainwater run-off via sewer systems, and
dogs pooping near watersheds or beaches. Overall, it is believed dog
waste is third or fourth on the list of contributors to bacteria in
contaminated waters.

– 4th highest generated waste: Plastics are the fourth highest
generated waste in the U.S., originate from petroleum which is
non-renewable, do not biodegrade, and take thousands of years to break
down. Paper, yard trimmings, and food scraps are the top three
generated. However, all of them come from renewable resources.

– Plastics are the least recycled with a 6.9% recovery rate. In 2006,
the U.S. produced 29.5 million tons of plastic and only recycled 2.04
million tons.

Now, let’s get back to why you should use dog waste bags from PoopBags.com:
Various plastic bag manufacturers probably use the term
“biodegradability” – shall we say – loosely and lightly. The ASTM
specifications that PoopBags.com adhere to puts a kibosh on all of that.
Basically, the specifications requires that the material is fully
tested to ensure that it will degrade in a timely manner, and that no
large plastic fragments should remain.

Even This kid knows where to buy them!

                            GET YOURS  TODAY !

Chicago’s Museum of Science Industry Roommate Contest

The Museum of Science and Industry is looking for a roommate.

You don’t have to pay rent. In fact, for a one-month stay, they’ll pay you. Ten thousand dollars.

The “Month at the Museum” contest is offering one lucky winner the chance to stay at MSI for 30 straight days, from October 20 to November 18. The winner will have private sleeping quarters on museum premises, and a platform to describe his or her experiences to online followers.

On successfully completing the month’s stay, he or she will win a $10,000 prize, plus “a package of tech gadgets, an honorary lifetime membership to MSI, and new knowledge and experiences that may just transform you,” according to the competition’s website.

“For starters, you’ll interact with museum guests as you take in all the experiences here. One day, you might watch a live heart surgery via teleconference or dissect an eyeball. The next, you could be cutting things with a laser in our Fab Lab. Trust us: it isn’t likely to be boring.

You’ll also be a bit of a Museum celebrity, making some appearances and giving interviews. Through blogging, tweeting and videocasting, you’ll report to the world about your 24/7 life inside this historic and beloved institution. …

Frankly, we have no idea what it’s like to spend every night for a straight month here. We’re kind of counting on you to tell us and the rest of the world.”

Pretty  cool!

Inside Your Chicago

Best Buy (2650 N. Clark) Has The Worst Customer Service Skills In Chicago


STAPLES open right down the street from my house, at 4610 N. Clark,  2 years ago. And I am in there at least once a month. There have been 3 occasions where a store manager was called. (No, I am not a complainer!) Twice, a printing order was ran wrong and once something rang up wrong at the check-out. All 3 times, Staples made it right and the manager apologized for the inconvenience. LOVE THAT STORE. I don’t expect stores to kiss my @#$. Just treat me and my money with some respect and eat your mistakes. Is that too much to ask?

The moral of the story – a friend fixed my Gateway in less than an hour. And I WON’T be buying anything from Best Buy ever again.  As consumers, we must show our support with our money. Support Staples! Why didn’t I buy my laptop from Staples – I am sorry to say, in the emergency of the moment, I thought of Best Buy for electronics. My Staples here is usually understaffed, although the staff is great, it’s sort of a self-serve big box store.

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Enhance Your Relationship Building Through the Power of Blogs by Fellow Chicagoan and Guest Author, Jason Jacobsohn

Enhance Your Relationship Building Through the Power of Blogs
 

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Personal branding is so important for your credibility and longevity in the business world. You want to resonate positively with others so they will remember you.  Make sure you don’t get lost in the crowd. You need to spend time branding yourself around a particular area of interest. Examples of subjects include search engine optimization, networking, channel marketing and investing.  Pick a subject you’re passionate about and enjoy talking to people about. By doing this, you will become more credible and will find it fun to share your expertise.
 
Blogs are a great way to extend your personal brand. As you likely know, they are essentially an online Web journal of your thoughts. Blogs are public and virtually anyone can read what you write. It can be a powerful way for you to share your knowledge with the world.  Creating a blog was a perfect way for me to extend my brand. I started Networking Insight, which is a place for me to share additional perspectives and observations about networking.
 
Display Your Subject Matter Expertise




Another great tool for building relationships with other bloggers is to sign up at MyBlogLog.com, which allows you to create a blog profile. As long as you visit another blog that has signed up for this service, the blogger will know that you have visited his or her blog.  Once you see who has visited your blog, you can then reach out to these people and view their blogs as well. It is similar to LinkedIn. It has had so much success that Yahoo! acquired it in 2006. 
 


Final Thought
Take blogging seriously. It’s not going away. Whether they’re for business or personal satisfaction, blogs come in all forms.
 
They are a great way to connect with new people and to show the world that you have an expertise. As a result, you will have the opportunity to extend your personal brand.


Jason Jacobsohn


A blog about effective relationship building for business and life