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Co-hoisted Distressed Real Estate Investment Seminar

Date: Tue, Apr 17th, 2012
Member: Greg Nagel
News: Distressed Property Investment Seminar:
Foreclosures, Short Sales, Note Purchases, and Financing
Tuesday April 17, 2012
Wintrust Wealth Management, 222 S. Riverside Plaza, 28th Floor
Time: 3-5PM

The real estate market has never experienced so much change in such a small amount of time that even savvy educated investors are struggling to keep current.

• One in four of all transactions in Chicago are short sales now, and only 24% of Short sales close nationally.

• Note purchases present great opportunities, but also great risk. Due diligence is key.

• Learn how the changes in mortgage financing will impact your ability and costs to purchase in 2012.

Link: http://bit.ly/GXeIeM

Singles Party Feb 25

Date: Sat, Feb 25th, 2012
Member: Chris Chowaniec
Single Members, Foodies, and good gents - come join me as my brother and I host our annual Singles Party on Saturday, February 25. Tickets are $45 and include a 5 course meal, beer and wine, and a custom wine carafe gift from The Chow Brothers. RSVP Today for a unique and memorable evening! Please read the full details at www.thechowbrothers.com/events/singles

Link: http://www.thechowbrothers.com...

The Chow Brothers - Fall Fundraiser for Imerman Angels

Date: Sat, Oct 1st, 2011
Member: Chris Chowaniec
News: Members - come join me as I host a cooking event and fundraiser for Imerman Angels - Saturday, October 1st at 7pm. Tickets are $75 and include a 5 course meal, beer and wine, and great raffle prizes. Please read the full details at www.thechowbrothers.com/events
Link: http://www.thechowbrothers.com...

For the Grooms: Get Fashion Help Via Video Chat

Date: Mon, Sep 19th, 2011
Member: Manoj Dadlani
News: For the Grooms: Get Fashion Help Via Video Chat

Does the thought of shopping for your wedding-day ensemble kind of terrify you? Get styling assistance from a new shopping site called Hendricks Park—without leaving home.

If the idea of spending a day shopping for a wedding tux makes you more uncomfortable than the idea of spending an afternoon watching Toddlers & Tiaras, we've got a site for you to check out. Hendricks Park, a men's clothing retail site that launched in December 2010, provides free personal styling service via video chat. Yes, that means you can find a designer wedding-day ensemble without leaving your house (or changing out of your fresh-off-the-floor T-shirt).

While the site helps men pick out clothes for work and all sorts of occasions, "we get such a rush dressing guys for their weddings," says Lisa Bruckner, founder and CEO of Hendricks Park. "Quite a few of our clients have started out single, and then they get engaged—it's such an amazing experience to be part of milestones in someone's life."

Here are some of Bruckner's top tips for guys shopping for a wedding-day look:

Consider the venue. "Don't automatically go with a black tuxedo," says Bruckner. "Think about where you're getting married, as well as the theme, the formality, and the weather. It's also nice to wear something that will complement the bride's and the bridesmaids' dresses, too."

Stand out. "We like to help a groom differentiate himself from his groomsmen," says Bruckner. "For example, we helped a groom who was having an outdoor wedding at a cabin resort. He wore a full three-piece suit with a French blue shirt and a tie that tied in all the wedding colors, while his groomsmen wore a vest, pants, white shirt, and blue tie. They still looked like a groomsmen party, but the groom really stood out."

Add a personal touch. "Try wearing something monogrammed, whether its a handkerchief, cufflinks, tie or shirt, to help personalize your look," says Bruckner.

Dress neatly. "For your wedding day, show decorum and formality, even if your wedding is technically informal," says Bruckner. "Fit is everything—make sure you take your ensemble to a tailor to make sure it fits just right. Nothing is more embarrassing that hems hanging everywhere or sloppy shoulders."

To get your own free personal styling session with Hendricks Park, visit their Web site.

Link: http://www.washingtonian.com/b...

Endeavor Momentum

Date: Thu, Sep 1st, 2011
Member: Robert Snyder
News: I recently was asked to rejoin a department within my corporate client (a big bank) to be a catalyst for a project that has languished over the past year. I'm flattered, proud, and enthusiastic to be considered a critical ingredient to getting the project re-grounded and re-launched, and I look forward to more similar challenges. If anyone wants a sounding board to discuss ideas or tactics to get healthy momentum behind something important to them, my fee is one cold beer. Frosted mug not mandatory.

Founder Institute - Tech Incubator - Early Bird Applications End on 8/28

Date: Tue, Aug 23rd, 2011
Member: Jason Jacobsohn
News: The Founder Institute (http://www.founderinstitute.com), a pre-seed tech incubator out of Silicon Valley, is exploring opening up a chapter in Chicago. Right now, they have 17 chapters worldwide. This program is designed to work with entrepreneurs or aspiring entrepreneurs who are working on their business part-time or full-time. Each class is taught in the evening by seasoned tech CEOs/mentors, many of which will come from Silicon Valley. One of the unique aspects of this program is the Shared Bonus Pool in which everyone has the option to share equity (by virtue of warrants) in each other's businesses from their semester. As a result, it is very team oriented and collaborative environment among peers.

The early bird application process is only available until 8/28. Only a few spots remain. Right now, it won't cost you anything to apply. You can apply at http://www.founderinstitute.com/apply/chicago?secret=preview.

Link: http://www.founderinstitute.co...

B-cycle Bike Sharing Comes to Illinois Institute of Technology

Date: Wed, Aug 17th, 2011
Member: Jeremy Rothschild
News: B-cycle Bike Sharing Comes to IIT

B-cycle, a bike-sharing program operated by Bike & Roll Chicago, a local bike rental and touring company, has completed installation of two new automated bike stations at Illinois Institute of Technology's Main Campus, with special membership prices for members of the IIT community. Chicago B-cycle President Bob Burns and Managing Partner Josh Squire joined IIT Vice President for Business and Operations John Collins and Campus Energy and Sustainability Director Joseph Clair at a ribbon-cutting ceremony on August 17 at the station outside the MTCC. Another B-cycle station is located outside of Galvin Library.

Connection to the Chicago lakefront is made easy with B-cycle stations along the lakefront, including at the Museum Campus and virtual check-in stations at Millennium Park and Navy Pier. Bicycling helps increase daily physical activity and reduces carbon emissions associated with automobile or mass transit travel, and it's a great way to tour the city.

"Bike-sharing was created for the commuter whose transit stop is two miles from the office, the urbanite running errands, and for students to get across campus quickly," explained Bob Burns, president of B-cycle and general counsel for Trek Bicycle Corporation, a B-cycle partner. "With this in mind, B-cycle offers a cruiser-style bike that is comfortable for people of all sizes and biking abilities."

To get the discounted IIT B-cycle membership rate of $25 for the academic year, students, faculty and staff can register here on the B-cycle website. A credit card or a debit card with a credit feature is required for online signup. A B-cycle card will be mailed to the address you register. When registering, you must choose the "IIT University Community" rate ($25/academic year) and input the appropriate promotional code:

B-cycle representatives will be on the MTCC bridge at lunchtime on Thursday - Friday, August 18 - 19, and Wednesday, August 24 to assist members of the IIT community with membership sign up and answer any questions.

B-cycle promo codes (case sensitive)
Stuart School of Business: IITBIZ
Chicago-Kent Law School: IITLAW

North Coast Music Group is generously offering tickets to the North Coast Music Festival as drawing prizes for members of the IIT Community who sign up for memberships before August 31, 2011.

Link: http://chicago.bcycle.com/

12th Annual Celebrity Golf & Women's Tennis Tournament

Date: Mon, Jul 25th, 2011
Member: Trevor Brody
News: On July 25, 2011 Special Kids Network will hold its 12th Annual Golf & Women's Tennis Tournament. The beneficiary for this year's event is the recreational programs of Keshet, which serves children and young adults with physical and developmental disabilities.

Special Recipients for this event will be Equestrian Connection, Foundation for Retinal Research, Pediatric-Gastrointestinal Research Foundation at the University of Chicago Hospital, and the National Stuttering Association. This annual event has featured many media and sports celebrities such as Jeremy Roenick, Mark Giangreco, Joe Girardi, Neil Funk, Sarah Kustok, Emery Moorehead, Bill Wennington and Eric Ferguson & Kathy Hart of the The Mix 101.9FM to name just a few.

The outing is held at the exclusive Twin Orchard Country Club in Long Grove, Illinois. This private country club features two 18-hole courses, carved out of Long Grove's beautiful wooded landscape, and was designed by local architect C.D. Wagstaff. In addition to the 18-hole course, Twin Orchards also provides four championship clay tennis courts.

From the inception of SKNI outing, the event has been sold out. The success of this event allows us to continue to contribute funds to the charitable organizations that have come to rely on SKN to fund programs and research that helps children and young adults with special needs.

An individual golf spot is $650 and to reserve a foursome is $2,600. Exciting contests will be held on the par three's as well as throughout the course.

All foursomes and individuals receive golf, fore caddies, lunch, dinner, cocktails, on-course beverages, player gift bag, valet parking with bag drop off and access to putting green, driving range and locker room facility. Many contest prizes including longest drive and closest to the pin will be apart of the tournament.

If you are interested in registration, sponsorship or volunteering please contact us at info@specialkidsnetwork.org or visit www.golfinvite.com/specialkidsnetwork for more information. Thank you to Brian Millman & Shelle Jewelers for their continued sponsorship & support.

Link: http://www.golfinvite.com/spec...

Little Giraffe Foundation Cubs Rooftop Memorial Day Benefit

Date: Mon, May 30th, 2011
Member: Justin Kuehlthau
News: The Little Giraffe Foundation is having their first fundraising event! On Memorial Day, May 30, 2011 we will be hosting our event at the Cubs Rooftoop Beyond the Ivy. Tickets are $110 and will include beer and wine, food, and fun! All proceeds will go directly to supporting neonatal research and NICU families.

You can read the story of the Little Giraffe Foundation here:

Link: https://secure.beyondtheivy.co...

News for parents of college-bounds students

Date: Wed, May 11th, 2011
Member: Ben Barber
News: Fellow Men's Club Members:

If you or someone you know has kids headed to college—whatever their age--please share this invitation to participate in a conversation sure to make a difference.

I am the featured speaker at an educational workshop being offered at Evanston Public Library next Tuesday, May 17th at 7:00PM. This is a first-time event in our new Evanston territory and we want to make sure to get the word out.

Topics covered include:

How to pick a college that will give you the best financial aid package

Key things you should be doing right now if you're the parent of a college-bound high school sophomore or junior

The secret to sending your child to private or state school for less than the cost of a junior college

Little known secrets to paying for college, even if you don't qualify for financial aid

This free workshop reveals little known strategies that can be critical to families confronting the high cost of college, regardless of your income, student's age or grade point average.

For registration or additional details, please visit www.MyCollegePlanningPartner.com

Thanks for considering,
Ben Barber
Co-Founder / Partner
College Planning Partners, LLC

Link: http://triblocal.com/evanston/...

Midwest Franchise & Business Expo

Date: Mon, May 9th, 2011
Member: Tom Whennen
News: Ready to exercise your Entrepreneurial Spirit? My company is hosting the Midwest Franchise & Business Expo on May 20-21 at the Crowne Plaza in Rosemont. There will be over 120 Franchise Business Concepts with 2 days of Business Seminars including information on financing, starting a business and panel discussions with business owners telling their story. The best part is the Expo is free if you register in advance.
Link: https://www.box.net/shared/gff...

Face the Future Foundation Day at the Derby

Date: Sat, May 7th, 2011
Member: Jeremy Rothschild
News: The Associate Board of Face the Future Foundation
Proudly Presents the 3rd Annual

Saturday, May 7, 2011
3:30PM until 7:30PM

The Fortnightly of Chicago
120 East Bellevue Place
Chicago, Illinois 60611

Come and watch the Kentucky Derby with Southern fare and spirits!

After party to follow.

Proceeds to benefit the Cranio-Facial Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago Medical Center

Tickets including all drinks, food, fun, & after party are $75.00 per person

Purchase tickets online at www.facethefuturefoundation.org

Link: https://ftff.ejoinme.org/MyEve...

6th Annual Distressed Investing and Restructuring Conference

Date: Fri, Apr 15th, 2011
Member: Eric S. Baer
News: Eric S. Baer, Principal & Portfolio Manager, at
Chicago Fundamental Investment Partners, LLC, will be a panelists on the topic of Distressed Investing. The event will be hosted at the University Club of Chicago. For more information, click on the link.

Link: http://student.chicagobooth.ed...

Cigar Event at the Horseshoe

Date: Thu, Apr 7th, 2011
Member: Marc-Anthony Senat
News: Does this interest you? Hurry and GET YOUR Tickets NOW. It will SELL OUT. Make sure to call me to let me know if you're attending!

Yes, you can smoke…cigars!
Do not miss this internationally acclaimed event. From the moment you enter, you're in for a night of pure luxury, seduced by the premium cigars, tantalized by the fine spirits and enticed by the mouth-watering gourmet foods. Oh yes my friend, you're in for an evening of the good life. Whether indulging yourself or entertaining valued friends and clients, the Midwest Smoke Out is the event to attend.

Your ticket into this experience includes free food, spirits and cigars! We will have various vendors offering items from cigars to premium alcoholic beverages. Reserve your ticket now. Tickets go on sale in January of 2011 and sell out quick!

Ticket's include:

· More than 18 premium cigars, including: CAO, Room 101, Rocky Patel, Xikar, Carlos Torano, Arganese, Falto, Double Gun and more.
· One-year membership (or renewal) to CRA, the Cigar Rights of America
· Fine spirits, wines and beers
· Gourmet foods
· Entertainment
· Gifts from luxury brands

Smoke with celebrities including Carlito Fuente and Rocky Patel.

Let us brag ... The Midwest Smoke Out has just been awarded:
• Silver Marketing Effectiveness Award from Summit International Awards
• Silver Davey Award from the International Academy of Visual Arts

Best Regards,

Marc-Anthony Sénat
Player Development Executive
Horseshoe Casino
219-455-7590 cell
219-473-6004 fax
777 Casino Center Drive
Hammond, IN 46320

Must be 21 years or older to gamble or attend events at The Venue. Know When To Stop Before You Start® Gambling Problem? Call 1-800-9WITH-IT © 2010 Caesars License Company, LLC.

Link: http://www.midwestsmokeout.com...

Need an Intern This Summer?

Date: Mon, Apr 4th, 2011
Member: Arnie Becker
News: Dream Careers offers all-inclusive internship programs in major cities domestically and internationally to both high school and college students. We work with employers who can offer worthwhile internship experiences and create partnerships for successful recruiting and screening of potential interns. In existence since 2000, and in Chicago specifically since 2005, Dream Careers works with highly motivated college students and employers to provide recruiting, screening, and placement methods which allow companies to utilize us as a one-stop solution for unpaid interns, year-round.

We are currently seeking employers who are located downtown (or nearby) and willing to host a college student with an interest in the finance industry this summer. These are undergraduate students who have a strong foundation of knowledge through coursework and previous experience and are looking to put their knowledge and skills to use and benefit an employer's business. All students will be receiving course credit for their internships. Please help further their careers and host an intern.

Sign up for an intern: http://www.summerinternships.com/employers/employer-form.php

The Dream Careers Advantage
Dream Careers has perfected the intern placement process, allowing our clients to gain access to talented college students. Our proven 9-year track record and impressive client base speak to the high quality and simplicity of our service. Dream Careers is a free service, and a majority of our interns work in an unpaid capacity and receive course credit for their internship.

Recruiting and Screening
Dream Careers recruits and screens every student who applies to ensure they meet the standards of our employers. From there, employers receive only resumes that meet their desired qualifications. Previous internships, grade point, leadership, diversity, and communication skills are just some of the facets our Applications Committee takes into consideration.

For any questions or additional information please contact me.
Lindsey Kane
Partner, Chicago

Link: http://www.summerinternships.c...

Condo For Sale. Lincoln Park 1br

Date: Tue, Mar 22nd, 2011
Member: Mark Shambo
News: Beautiful and spacious 1 br 1.1 bath, 1 car garage in Lincoln Park.

Must see link below for details

Link: http://www.coldwellbankeronlin...

Corporate Portraits

Date: Mon, Mar 21st, 2011
Member: Art Carrillo
News: I have been approached by some members who wanted to update their corporate photo for work and social media. I have some open studio time the week of March 21. If you are interested, contact me at art@carrillophoto or 312.666.1820 to discuss more details.
Art Carrillo/Carrillo Photo

Link: http://www.carrillophoto.com

Grand Opening Party 3/11 Invite!

Date: Fri, Mar 11th, 2011
Member: Greg Nagel
News: Century 21 Grand Opening ~ Spybar ~ Friday, March 11 ~ 6-8PM.

Complimentary open bar and apps from 6-8pm at SpyBar located at 303 W. Erie. A great way to start the weekend.

I moved my license from Jameson along with Jameson's COO, Sandesh Bilgi, for an incredible opportunity.

Join me to celebrate this new opportunity! Bring friends or make new ones. The password to get into the party is Century 21.


Link: http://www.facebook.com/home.p...

Elected to 2nd Term as East Village Association President

Date: Mon, Mar 7th, 2011
Member: Greg Nagel
News: I was elected to a 2nd term as the East Village Association President. If you ever have business in this West Town neighborhood, please reach out.
Link: http://news.eastvillagechicago...

TMC Presents to Alma College Students

Date: Thu, Mar 3rd, 2011
Member: Arnold Becker and Sheryl Redman
News: Arnie Becker, CEO, and Sheryl Redman, Managing Director of TMC, presented to thirty visiting college students from Alma College. Their 3-day Chicago visit included interviews and informational meetings with top companies. The last evening ended with a reception with all students, alums and partners in attendance. Before the reception began, Arnie and Sheryl gave the final presentation - 'How to Become a Master Networker'. TMC member, Ben Barber took part in the 3-day interview program as well.

Thresholds Young at Heart Benefit

Date: Sat, Jan 29th, 2011
Member: Sheryl Redman
News: Join Thresholds at the exciting Field Museum for a fun-filled night of family entertainment including a unique scavenger hunt, silent auction, dinner, dancing and many of the museum's best exhibits, including "Gold: the Exhibition!"

Thresholds assists and inspires people with severe mental illnesses to reclaim their lives by providing the supports, skills, and the respectful encouragement that they need to achieve hopeful and successful futures. We strive to be the provider of choice, employer of choice, and a world leader in the development and evaluation of rehabilitation and recovery services.

For more information and to rsvp, please visit http://www.thresholds.org/explore-thresholds/young-at-heart

Thresholds thanks Gary Siegel & Tangerine Promotions for sponsoring this event!

Link: http://www.thresholds.org/expl...

Profile in IT Leadership

Date: Mon, Jan 10th, 2011
Member: Jon Beyer
News: Profiles in IT Leadership CRM Change Requires Culture Shift
When Jon Beyer joined the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) as
Executive for IT, the organization was about eight years behind in technology.
"There was a ton to do," he recalled. Aging infrastructure made computing difficult.
ELCA's 500 IT users had little trust of IT, preferring paper methods and
public services to reach 10,000 congregations and 4.5 million constituents.
And, each individual business function operated its own database.
Using a previously executed third-party assessment to help identify priorities,
Beyer developed a plan. First his team upgraded core infrastructure, including
servers, virtualization, storage, disaster recovery and data center capabilities.
Next they identified steps to make the environment data driven and built applications
suites to make that happen.

Beyer and his team have integrated nine databases, with the
largest – a legacy donor management system – scheduled for
completion this summer.
The new CRM system consolidates data, improves business
functionality, and provides one accurate, consistent record for
each constituent.
The "profoundly successful" project has been on-time, businessowned,
and is delivering benefits. Users are leveraging the system
daily in ways they never thought possible, said Beyer.
He shared what makes for a successful CRM (and general IT)
Q. What were the biggest challenges you faced and how did
work around them? A. The organization's general mistrust of IT
and business units' desire to do things their own, unique way
were the biggest obstacles. We regained trust and built commonality
by delivering better service and establishing personal relationships
with department leaders.
Q. How did you do this? A. We made sure users' IT issues got
resolved, used a status reporting mechanism so people knew
when they could expect assistance, and follow the seven guiding
principles of our IT strategy. One-on-one meetings with department
heads identified business needs, and this went a long way
in gaining their ownership of data-driven applications. Now business
leaders have an investment in making them succeed.
Q. When it comes to planning, what have you found works best?
A. Set reachable goals that let you show progress. Quick wins
build trust. Some projects take years to complete, and by the
time they're done requirements have changed. Instead, Beyer
set an achievable goal of converting nine legacy systems in nine
months, and made sure benefits were realized by executives and
staff, alike.
Q. What advice would you give peers in similar situations? A.
Figure out quickly who can be an ally on the business side, and
establish IT as an equal to other business functions, not just a
service. Only then can IT leaders advance the organization's
mission through technology. "Anyone can run an IT shop that
delivers what the business asks for. That's easy. That's service
delivery," said Beyer. Driving initiatives that help the organization
position itself for the future is "the true value of IT."

Link: http://www.technologyexecutive...

Funding Feeding Frenzy - Dec. 8 2010

Date: Mon, Nov 29th, 2010
Member: Andy Nadler
News: We are announcing a 20% discount to the The Funding Feeding Frenzy, on Dec. 8 2010.

As a Men's Club Member you can get 20% off your admission. Enter Discount Code: MENSCLUB when registering.

The Funding Feeding Frenzy is the place to be for CEOs and founders of fast growing companies to get connected with a group of investors who just may be waiting to sink their teeth into their winning idea. For business owners raising capital, this is an opportunity that cannot be missed. The Funding Feeding Frenzy is a unique opportunity to network with those ready to recognize the potential their company holds. Attendance at this event could be a tremendous step forward in securing the funding needed to rapidly grow their business.

Each company will present to a panel (including angel investors, private equity investors and venture capitalist) whose investing interests match the company's profile. The Funding Feeding Frenzy is the ideal opportunity to snag investors who are ready to back growing companies.

Link: http://www.fundingfeedingfrenz...

TMC Presented

Date: Mon, Nov 15th, 2010
Member: Arnie Becker, Sheryl Redman, Boris Umansky, and Jeremy Rothschild
News: TMC members were asked to present "How to Become a Master Networker" at the Junior League Club's headquarters. Twenty JLC members were in the audience and took away a great deal of value from the presentation.

JLC member, Stephanie Saghy, felt the experience was excellent. She wrote:

Thank you for speaking to the Junior League tonight. I took a lot away from your networking session. Most importantly, you helped me refocus and reminded me of the importance of networking in general - not just for business purposes. Your point on networking when times are good hit me hard, as that is when I will be able to help others most. Also, I really appreciated you encouraging us to give thorough introductions. I think that is a really great practice that I will begin to use more often. One other area which really peaked my interest is your suggestions for using social media. I am not heavily involved with social media at this time and have steered clear due to the regulation in my industry. I believe I am really missing out on an important aspect of the networking world and plan to use it more frequently.

Thanks for spending time with the Junior League tonight, you should know that your time was well spent and much appreciated.

Link: http://www.jlchicago.org/jlc/i...

TMC Supports Movember at Kenmore Live Studio

Date: Sun, Nov 14th, 2010
Member: Arnie Becker, Sheryl Redman, Mark Beier, and Aaron Brost
News: THE MEN's CLUB raised awareness for Movember while demonstrating how to make delicious and healthy appetizers for networking. Check out our promo video! Our cooking demonstration was broadcast live to Kenmore's 150,000 facebook friends.
Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

Men's Club Member Participates in Emerging Young Professionals Kosovo Program

Date: Tue, Oct 26th, 2010
Member: Jeremy Rothschild
News: Sponsored by the US State Department and administered by the American Councils for International Education has created the Emerging Young Professionals Program for Kosovo for the advancement of entrepreneurial and business management skills. American Councils, working in partnership with Rotary Clubs in Winnetka, Illinois and Peja, Kosovo, was proud to create this two-country program to teach participants the skills necessary to identify business opportunities and assess the business climate in other countries; how to write business plans and calculate risks, and how to manage new businesses in order to maximize the likelihood of success. By working closely with peers from another culture, program participants from both countries will develop the cross-cultural, analytical, planning and marketing/promotional skills necessary to help their organizations become more effective in the global marketplace.

The extraordinary demands of post-conflict countries such as Kosovo ― from vital institutions such as public health and security to a stable business infrastructure ― are as profound as the country's potential. Among these essential services, young leaders in every sector of Kosovar society need training in business and public administration, management, policy design and implementation, and other critical areas in order to reach beyond their country's borders to forge new partnerships, attract foreign capital, and help to develop vibrant foreign markets.

The program will consisted of reciprocal three-week visits in spring and fall 2010, with follow-on activities after the visits. In spring 2010, fifteen young Kosovars, aged 23-35, traveled to Washington D.C. for a three-day introductory seminar covering the key U.S. organizations that promote small business and international trade. The remainder of their three-week program was hosted by the Rotary Club of Winnetka in Chicago and its environs, and will include homestays and a substantive program of workshops, site visits, job shadowing, and cultural, social, and community activities. Members of the U.S. delegation to Kosovo - participated in many of these activities in order to strengthen the personal bonds created by the exchange.

In fall 2010, a delegation of thirteen young Americans - including TMC member Jeremy Rothschild traveled to Kosovo for a similar program, starting with meetings with government agencies and private corporations in Prishtina, organized by American Councils in cooperation with the Rotary Club of Peja, in Northwestern Kosovo. It introduced U.S. participants to Kosovo's history, politics, culture and language, and include meetings with organizations and officials who promote international trade. The remainder of the program will took place in Peja, Rugova, Prizren, and Prishtina and the exchange concluded with a workshop in which members of the two delegations will meet, reflect on the exchange, and plan for future activities. Jeremy was proud to represent the USA, TMC, Bike and Roll, and B-cycle during this unique program.

Link: http://www.eyp.americancouncil...

Workshop: Do-It-Yourself Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

Date: Wed, Oct 20th, 2010
Member: CJ Jelinek
News: Search engine traffic is vital to the success of e-commerce websites. Simply having a website does not guarantee traffic. The most successful companies use Search Engine Optimization (SEO) to enhance site traffic and increase online sales. However, hiring an SEO company can be very costly. Fortunately, there are still ways to achieve great results for little or no cost. Find out how you can do it yourself.

WHEN: Wed, October 20, 2010, 7-9pm

PRESENTED BY: CJ Jelinek of JellyNeck Solutions, Inc

LOCATION: Rogers Park Business Alliance, 1448 W Morse Ave, Chicago, IL 60626

COST: $10 for RPBA Members, $20 non-members

REGISTER NOW: 773-508-5885 or info@rogers-park.com

Link: http://www.jellysites.com/blog...

Cocktails & Motivation

Date: Thu, Oct 14th, 2010
Member: Matt Linklater
News: Please Join Us
Thursday, October 14, 2010
6:30-8:30 PM
The Metropolitan Club
233 S Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60606

How to Have Precision Focus
Today we are bombarded with life stressors and distractions and without laser focus it can impede success. If you'd like to take charge and master your future this will help you develop a precise road map for results! If you are already soaring, this will take your success to even greater heights, it's the next level.

$35 enjoy cocktails and motivation by Matt Linklater (TheLinklater.com)

Link: https://www.paypal.com/us/cgi-...

Youth Outreach Services

Date: Wed, Oct 13th, 2010
Member: Chuck Krugel
News: TMC member Chuck Krugel has been elected to the board of directors for Youth Outreach Services, http://www.yos.org/. TMC member Jesse Spungin is YOS' board president.
Link: http://www.yos.org/

Join Us September 1st for an Open Bar Fundraiser for the Kosovo American Education Fund

Date: Sat, Aug 28th, 2010
Member: Jeremy Rothschild
News: Join us September 1st for a party to raise money for the Kosovo American Education Fund, a very worthy cause dedicated to the economic development of Kosovo through the education of its people (http://kaef-online.org/).

Enjoy an all you can drink package from 7-10pm while mingling with friends and networking with like-minded people.

Food can be ordered off the menu, and your $40 includes the drink package and a donation to KAEF.

Additional Information on KAEF:

The Kosovo American Education Fund (KAEF) is dedicated to the economic development of Kosovo through the education of its people. KAEF is an avenue for future leaders to equip themselves with the tools they need to promote the country's future prosperity.

The KAEF Graduate Fellowship Program offers graduate fellowships at American universities to talented Kosovars who demonstrate a strong commitment to the development of their country.

Kosovo is the newest democracy in the world. With an average age of the country of 35 and the unemployment rate near 50%, KAEF is dedicated to the education of young leaders in order to foster economic development through entrepreneurship and democracy through educational diplomacy.

Details for the Party:

When: Wednesday, September 1st. 7PM - 10PM

Where: West End (http://www.westendwestloop.com/)
1326 W. Madison
Chicago, IL

How Much: $40 includes drink package and a donation to the KAEF.

Link: http://kaef-online.org/

Customer Appreciation Event

Date: Fri, Aug 27th, 2010
Member: Brian Millman
News: Shelle' Jewelers, Inc. is having our annual Customer Appreciation Event to say thank you to our loyal customers for their continued support and patronage. The event will be Friday August 27 from 10:00 to 6:00 and Saturday August 28 10:00 to 5:00. All men's club members are welcome!!!
Link: http://www.shellejewelers.com/

Looking to Sell Half or Quarter Season Bulls Tickets

Date: Sun, Aug 22nd, 2010
Member: Jesse Spungin
News: Seat information:
Section 109, Row 19, Seats 5-6 (2 Seats)
$110 a ticket ($220 for 2 seats) + premium parking of $21 a game for total cost per game of $241
View from the seats or go to http://www.nba.com/bulls/tickets/index.html#united

Ticket options are:

1. Half Season Game Package – 23 games - $5,543
2. Quarter Season Game Package – 12 games - $2,892

Contact: Jesse.Spungin@conagrafoods.com

Giving Back

Date: Tue, Aug 10th, 2010
Member: Will Spiegelberg
News: Getting involved and giving back Like many of his peers, Will Spiegelberg, Landscape Industry Certified Manager, became involved with the industry in a rather unusual way. After receiving a master's degree in counseling, he found that positions that would pay even $18,000 a year were scarce. So he borrowed from his college days, yard-work experience and started his own landscaping company. His love for plants quickly steered him into design. That was 16 years ago. Today, the owner of Chicago-based Spiegelberg Landscape Design, Inc., takes pride in crafting landscapes and advocating quality, integrated designs.
'Get involved!' "I don't remember exactly how I found my way to PLANET," Spiegelberg recalls. "I joined shortly after I started my company, primarily because I wanted to gain more credibility. A year later, I spent one entire winter studying to take my Landscape Industry Certified Manager [CLP] exam. It wasn't easy, and I had to retake a couple of sections, but it was well worth the effort. "The young landscape contractor maintained a low profile within the organization until returning to his Ohio roots for Christmas in 2003. He was struggling with a few issues, so he gave PLANET member Steve Pattie a call. "He was a huge help with some personnel and business concerns I was having," says Spiegelberg. "Then, Steve told me to get more involved and start networking." He took the veteran's advice, becoming a judge for the Environmental Improvement Awards Program for three years and chairing the group for the last two years. "Being on the committee gives me a chance to share some of my thoughts on design excellence and to learn from professionals who've been in the industry a lot longer than me," Spiegelberg adds. "I also get a chance to network with people like Steve who I can turn to when I need some advice. "I've always had to push myself to get to know people, but since becoming more involved with PLANET, the effort has become more natural. In fact, I recently joined a networking group in the Chicago area."
PLANET Perspective Among the benefits of joining PLANET, Spiegelberg says that its education and legislative presence stands out the most for him. "The organization is very teaching oriented, all the time encouraging members to raise their level of professionalism. Being the voice of the green industry is important, too, especially when issues such as immigration come to the forefront." He notes that his education has come in handy over the years, both as a PLANET member and as a business owner. "In counseling, one of the most important skills one can have is the ability to listen. When I go to PLANET meetings, I listen, and I listen to my customers and my employees." When not listening, he's giving back, sharing what 16 years of experience has taught him about business and about people. On weekends, Spiegelberg spends as much time as he can either working on his landscape or entertaining friends in his backyard. "My friends call my yard 'Amazon land,'" he says proudly, noting that his love of plants doesn't stop at the office. The 48-year-old bachelor also enjoys working out and traveling. "Savannah, Georgia, is one of my favorite places to visit," he says. What's next on his PLANET agenda? Right now, he's happy with his awards committee assignment, but looks forward to the day when his business will free up more time for getting involved and giving back.

B-cycle Bike Sharing Helping Chicago Commuters & Visitors Get Green on the Go

Date: Fri, Jul 30th, 2010
Member: Jeremy Rothschild
News: B-cycle Teams with the City of Chicago and Bike and Roll
To Launch a Bicycle-Sharing Demonstration Program This Summer
CHICAGO – July 29, 2010 – B-cycle is helping Chicago residents and visitors increase daily activity and reduce carbon emissions with a major U.S. City bike-sharing system, Chicago B-cycle. Chicago B-cycle will launch with 100 bicycles at six B-stations around the city, offering a green alternative to cars for short commutes and errands. The bikes will be available July through October 2010 and the following spring. Locations include McCormick Place, Museum Campus, Buckingham Fountain, the Chicago Park District Administrative Offices, Daley Plaza and the John Hancock Center.

"Chicago has a national reputation as one of the best large cities in the United States for bicycling. We've been working for many years to lessen traffic by offering alternatives to using the automobile." Said the Mayor of Chicago, Richard M. Daley, "I want to thank Bike Chicago and Trek Bicycles for their hard work in putting together this "B-cycle" project. My goal is to make Chicago the most bicycle-friendly city in the United States."
B-cycle was formed by a partnership between Humana, Trek Bicycle and Crispin Porter + Bogusky based on a shared belief that bicycles should be a vehicle for positive health and environmental change as well as an important part of a community's transportation ecosystem. Together, the founding partners developed a bike-sharing system designed specifically for U.S. cities, universities and corporate campuses. Chicago is B-cycle's second installation and follows on the heels of the successful Earth Day 2010 launch of Denver B-cycle – the first citywide bike-sharing program in the U.S.

To check out bikes, residents and tourists can register on the B-cycle Web site or at the B-stations conveniently located along the lakefront and Loop. The program will be managed by Bike and Roll Chicago.

"Bike-sharing was created for the commuter whose transit stop is two miles from the office, the urbanite running errands, and the tourist out sightseeing," explained Bob Burns, president of B-cycle and general counsel for Trek Bicycle Corporation, a B-cycle partner. "With this in mind, B-cycle offers a cruiser-style bike that is comfortable for people of all sizes and biking abilities."

Bike-Sharing Gains Speed in the U.S.
First popularized in European cities such as Paris and Barcelona, bike-sharing is quickly expanding around the world in places like Beijing, Montreal and, most recently, Mexico City. Chicago is the fourth U.S. city to set up a bike-sharing program in 2010, succeeding installations in Denver, Minneapolis and Boston. Dozens more cities, universities and corporations are considering such programs.

About B-cycle
B-cycle is a partnership between Humana Inc., Trek Bicycle Corporation and Crispin Porter + Bogusky. The founding partners share a belief that bicycles should be a vehicle for positive health and environmental change and an important part of a community's transportation ecosystem.

About Bike and Roll
Chicago B-cycle is owned and operated by Bike and Roll Chicago. Bike and Roll Chicago was founded in 1993 and operates ten lakefront bicycle rental and tour locations in Chicago. The company is managing partner of Bike and Roll, a national network of bike rental and tour companies with additional locations in Chicago, Miami Beach, New York City, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.

Link: http://www.chicagobcycle.com

The ChildServ Auxiliary Board is having a Happy Hour in Bucktown and YOU'RE invited!

Date: Thu, Jul 29th, 2010
Member: Chuck Krugel
News: Founded in 1894, ChildServ continues to give hope to underserved children and their families by offering a wide range of community-based programs as well as services that place children and youth in safe, nurturing home environments. Our devoted professionals strive to compassionately educate, intervene and advocate to position families toward a positive lifestyle. ChildServ helps build better lives today for a brighter future.

Today, we serve over 4,113 children and families annually throughout Cook, Lake and DuPage counties.

Our Mission - "To Help Chicagoland's At-Risk Children and Their Families Build, Achieve and Sustain Better Lives."

On July 29, 2010, 6-8 PM, we're having a happy hour at The Southern, 1840 W. North Ave., Chicago.

$40 per person includes OPEN BAR and FREE APPETIZERS!!!

Come join ChildServ's young professionals live-it-up in Bucktown on the rooftop of The Southern!" Mix and mingle and bring your friends for what's sure to be a great time!"

Link: https://www.kintera.org/AutoGe...

Completion Celebration for High End Asian Themed Rental PPTY

Date: Fri, Jul 2nd, 2010
Member: Greg Nagel
News: We are excited and proud of the work we did at 1744 W. Augusta and want to celebrate with our friends, family, co-workers, neighbors, and vendor partners!

We will have Margaritas, Vodka Lemonade, and hot & cold apps.

This property has some very high end finishes and is an interesting walk through.

The scope of work here was quite expansive including; Digging 2 feet down in the basement, new 2 inch gas and water service, rebricking the back of the building, covered parking, all new mechanicals, new roof with sunroof, tankless water heaters, rain showers, custom lighted cabinets, and Japonais inspired door and awning.

So come on by this Friday and check out this unique ppty, have some drinks and snacks, and see an example of some of the work done by Ask Nagel LLC, A Full Service Multi-Unit Property Solution.

Link: http://www.facebook.com/event....

The Foundation Room Offers a 15% Discount - Join Now!

Date: Tue, Jun 15th, 2010
Member: House of Blues - Foundation Room
News: The Chicago Foundation Room is pleased to extend a 15% discount on any level of membership to TMC members through June 30th, 2010. A portion of the membership fee benefits the International House of Blues Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to promoting cultural understanding through music and art. Please contact Carol Dreyer for more information at 312.923.4638 or caroldreyer@livenation.com.
Link: http://www.houseofblues.com/ve...

Small Business Advocacy President Interviewed On Northtown News Program

Date: Sun, May 30th, 2010
Member: Elliot Richardson
News: Elliot Richardson, Small Business Advocacy Council president, and Men's Club Member, was interviewed by Avy Meyers on Northtown News Program. Click the link below to view the video.
Link: http://www.youtube.com/user/so...

Greg Nagel Asked to be on 1st Ward Alderman Joe Moreno's Leadership CMTE

Date: Sun, May 23rd, 2010
Member: Greg Nagel
News: Greg Nagel was personally invited by 1st Ward Alderman Joe Moreno to be on Alderman Moreno's leadership CMTE for his upcoming election.

Greg is currently the President of the East Village Association which by their bylaws is a non-political organization. Since being named President a few months ago, Greg has been able to merge the East Village Neighbors into the East Village Association so that his community is represented by one organization. With new leadership and a new alderman the timing was right. Living in the area for 7 years, being active in EVA for 4 years, Greg worked hard to get to know a lot of the business and community members. He is also knowledgeable about zoning changes, rehabs, new businesses and new developments.

Link: http://news.eastvillagechicago...

Imerman Angels Celebrates Survivorship

Date: Tue, May 4th, 2010
Member: Jonny Imerman
News: Imerman Angels welcome everyone who has been touched by cancer to come share
strength, inspiration, hope and fun! Martini Park - May 4, 2010 - 6-10pm.

Link: http://www.imermanangels.org/n...

Lunchbreak - Chef Ryan Hutmacher makes Sesame-Crusted Tuna Steak Salad with Ponzu Dressing and Minted Pea Soup

Date: Wed, Apr 7th, 2010
Member: Chef Ryan Hutmacher
News: Check out Chef Ryan's, The Centered Chef, most recent segment on WGN.
Link: http://www.wgntv.com/news/midd...

TMC Sponsor, Black Diamond Technologies, Sponsors USA Luge Team

Date: Tue, Feb 16th, 2010
Member: Mike Kupfer
News: Mike Kupfer, CEO of Northbrook-based Black Diamond Technologies, was riding the train from his hotel to downtown Vancouver Friday when another passenger spotted his USA Luge cap and asked him about the crash.

Kupfer, a sponsor of the U.S. Luge team, hadn't heard about it, and the passenger didn't know anything beyond the fact that a luger had been seriously injured. Once downtown, Kupfer watched from inside a store a televised news conference about the death of Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili. At that moment, the 40-year-old Kupfer realized these Olympics, his first, would be nothing like he expected. Read more...click link below...

Link: http://www.chicagotribune.com/...

Arnie Becker: Today's Chicago Woman's Most Eligible Single

Date: Mon, Feb 1st, 2010
Member: Arnie Becker
News: Please join us in congratulating Arnie Becker on being selected as one of Today's Chicago Woman's Chicago Top Singles of 2010.

The Advisory Board is proud of Arnie for being recognized for founding The Men's Club. In only a short period of time, TMC has contributed a great deal to its membership and the community.

Link: http://www.tcwmag.com/2010-sin...


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