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CC Holiday Presentation with Luis Alvarez & Ann Bray of Aquage

December 5, 2011
Cosmetologists Chicago presents Luis Alvarez & Ann Bray of Aquage

“Creativity & Collaboration”

CC Welcomes Luis Alvarez and Ann Bray of Aquage for “Creativity & Collaboration” an insiders’ look at creating visually-arresting images and hair designs. They’ll take you behind the camera of our award-winning ad campaigns for America’s Beauty Show—from brainstorming to post-production. Plus, you’ll learn hair tricks and techniques to use right away with your holiday clients. Recharge your creativity with Luis, Ann and Cosmetologists Chicago!

The Ruth Page Center
1016 North Dearborn

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
2 CE

CC Members: $10.00
Non-members: $50.00

Parking: Discounted parking is available at 1250 N. Dearborn – 4 hours = $10

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Posted by on November 19, 2011 in Holiday, Professional/Networking


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Small-Biz Calendar: Exporting for Growth, All About Franchising, & More

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Check out our picks for great professional development & networking events for the rest of November.  All information was obtained from  Find out about more events in November plus see all of the events listed for December, too: Click Here

Wednesday, Nov. 16

Web sites for Optimum Results

This workshop is an introduction to the basics of creating a business web site to drive growth, increase visibility and sell products to far-flung places.

When: 10 a.m.-noon

Place: Upton Center Hull House, 4520 N. Beacon St.

Cost: Free



Wednesday, Nov. 16

Developing a Yearly Marketing Plan

Marketing can mean the difference between success and failure, so a yearly marketing plan is essential to any small business. Learn how to develop annual plans that can help your operation grow.

When: 6-8 p.m.

Place: Bessie Coleman Library, 731 E. 63rd St.

Cost: Free

Register/Information or call Kathleen Roberts 773.955.8027


Thursday, Nov. 17

Great Lakes Entrepreneurial Bash

Hear from panel of world-class company founders who started from scratch and now have assets of $100 million or more. Learn key insights and ingredients to their success.

When: 4:30-7 p.m.

Place: UIC Forum, 725 W. Roosevelt Road

Cost: $55



Nov. 17-18

SeedCon 11

SeedCon celebrates entrepreneurship and venture capital in Chicago and explores the most exciting and disruptive trends of the near future.

When: 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17-5:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18

Place: University of Chicago Gleacher Center, 450 N. Cityfront Plaza Drive; Spertus Institute, 610 S. Michigan Ave.

Cost: $99-150



Friday, Nov. 18

Legal Guidance for Your Business: Tips for Starting and Running Your Small Business

Workshop addresses the legal challenges entrepreneurs confront when they start or expand a business.

When: 8:45 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Place: SCORE/SBA Office, 500 W. Madison Ave., Suite 1150

Cost: $60-$70



Friday, Nov. 18

Small Business Resource Expo

Learn how to grow your business in any economy by tapping into a rich network of practical resources and by applying small business survival skills.

When: 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Place: Truman College, 1145 W. Wilson Ave.

Cost: Free

Register/Information 773.506.4016 or 773.907.4443


Wednesday, Nov. 23

Graphic Design and Branding for Print and Web

Learn how to instantly connect with target audiences through words and images at this workshop on designing for print and web businesses.

When: 3-4:30 p.m.

Place: Chicago City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle St., Room 805

Cost: Free

Information or 312.744.2086


Friday, Nov. 25

Starting a Business in Illinois

Learn how to evaluate yourself, your idea, finding a niche and more at this startup workshop.

When: 2-4 p.m.

Place: Chicago State University, 9501 S. King Drive, BHS room 508

Cost: Free



Wednesday, Nov. 30

How to Become Certified for Doing Business with the City of Chicago

There are different types of procurement opportunities with the city. Learn what it takes to become a certified city of Chicago vendor.

When: 2-3 p.m.

Place: Chicago City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle St., Room 805

Cost: Free

Information or 312.744.2086


Wednesday, Nov. 30

All About Franchising: Fast Track to Owning a Business

Learn about franchising as an alternative to starting a new business. Explore opportunities, learn myths, realities and regulations as you look for a franchise that’s right for you.

When: 4:45-8 p.m.

Place: Score/SBA, 50 W. Madison St., Suite 1150 Map

Cost: $50, $60



Wednesday, Nov. 30

How to Become Certified for Doing Business with the City of Chicago

There are different types of procurement opportunities with the city. Learn what it takes to become a certified city of Chicago vendor.

When: 3:15-4 p.m. p.m.

Place: Chicago City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle St., Room 805

Cost: Free

Information or 312.744.2086


Wednesday, Nov, 30

Leveraging Mobility for Your Business

By 2013 mobile devices will create more Internet traffic than PCs. Learn about some of the best apps to reach out to customers, support employees and streamline access to new prospects.

When: Noon-1:30 p.m.

Place: Ungaretti & Harris LLP, 70 W. Madison St.

Cost: $5-$10




Posted by on November 15, 2011 in Professional/Networking


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Ms. Career Girl Connect

Ms. Career Girl Connect

Thursday November 17th at 6:30pm Proof Chicago | 1045 N Rush Street, Chicago

Proof Chicago
1045 N Rush Street
Chicago, IL 60610



Professionals, job seekers, business owners, students, freelancers and social media newbies alike will get something out of this event!


  • Appetizers by 5 Chicago food trucks
  • Complimentary champagne
  • Mini-styling sessions and gift certificate raffle by Traci Aducci Salon
  • Holiday shopping and gift certificate raffle by Stella & Dot
  • Business card exchange table

Social Media Panel discussion answering questions on how to use social media for your career, job search and how to use social media to boost sales around the holidays.  Panelists include:

  • Blagica Bottigliero, Global Director of Social Media at Motorola Mobility where she is responsible for planning and executing a cohesive global social media strategy while serving as an internal expert.
  • Thea Lux, Director of Social Media at Groupon where she oversees 175 markets’ Twiter & Facebook accounts with the goal of engaging and providing top customer service.
  • Leah Jones, Account Director of Emerging Media at Olson PR where she works with clients including Pei Wei Diner, P.F. Chang’s, OPTIMA batteries and Wrigley. 
  • Cait Weingartner, Senior Engagement Specialist at Aspen Marketing Services where she develops social strategy for leading brands such as Discover, Sears, ConAgra, Jaguar/Land Rover and AT&T.  Caitlin is also the founder of

Food provided by:


6:30-7pm | Check-in, drop your business cards at the the exchange table, network, and enjoy complimentary food & champagne, free mini-styling sesssions with Angela Petersen of Traci Aducci Salon and shopping with Stella & Dot! Cash bar open.

 7pm-7:10 | Networking Activity 

7:10-7:45 | Social Media Panel Discussion 

7:45-8pm | Q & A session

8-10pm | Network, enjoy complimentary food & champagne, free mini-styling sesssions with Angela Peterson of Traci Aducci Salon and shopping with Stella & Dot! Cash bar open. Pick up relevant business cards at the exchange table.


Can I attend the event if I am under 21? 

Yes!  You just can’t drink alcohol.

Can guys attend? 

Absolutely!  We always have at least a handful of brave souls among the bunch!

Can I buy tickets at the door?

Yes, but they are $20 instead of $15.

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Posted by on November 14, 2011 in Professional/Networking, Shopping


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SES Chicago 2011: The Leading Search & Social Marketing Event

SES Chicago 2011

Hyatt Regency Chicago
$265.00 + tax  Book Online
151 East Wacker Drive
Chicago, Illinois, USA 60601
Tel: 1-312 565 1234
Fax: 1-312 239 4414

Connect with your Customers — Learn How to Use All Dimensions of Search

Marketers and SEO professionals attend SES Chicago each year to network and learn about topics such as PPC management, keyword research, SEO, social media, local, mobile, link building, duplicate content, multiple site issues, video optimization, site optimization, usability and more. The conference offers 70+ sessions, intensive training workshops, and an expo floor packed with companies that can help you grow your business. While you’re at it, network with peers and leading industry vendors. Programmed by the SES advisory board, you can be assured – SES content really is king!

Keynote Speaker: Mikel Chertudi – SES Advisory Board & Senior Director of Marketing, Adobe

Guilty Marketers – Wasted & Wishful Multi-Channel Marketing Spend

Get Search Smart:
  • Learn how search engines rank web pages and optimize yours to out-rank competitors
  • Discover new methods of link building to keep your brand in front of your customers
  • Increase traffic via organic listings and avoid “spam” penalties
  • Optimize and rank better with pay-per-click campaigns
  • Improve user experience and increase conversions by testing and tuning landing pages
  • Track performance and maximize ROI using free and paid analytics software
  • Network with peers and experts to learn the latest tips and trends.

Event Hours

Expo Hall Hours:

Tuesday, November 15
Wednesday, November 16
10:00-6:30pm (Networking Reception 5:15-6:30pm)

Registration Hours:

Tuesday, November 15
Wednesday, November 16
Thursday, November 17

Conference Hours:

Tuesday, November 15
Wednesday, November 16
Thursday, November 17

Training Workshops:

Monday, August 16
SEM Training
Friday, August 20
SEO Training
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Posted by on November 14, 2011 in Professional/Networking


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Social Media Club Chicago Presents: Think Differently – 10 Lessons Learned from Steve Jobs

Social Media Club Chicago Presents: Think Differently – 10 Lessons Learned from Steve Jobs

Tuesday, November 15, 2011 from 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM

Hyatt Regency Chicago
151 E. Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60601


Think Differently: 10 lessons learned from Steve Jobs and his marketing, retail and customer experience teams

Apple’s meteoric rise to the become the most valuable company in the world has many lessons for today’s marketers. How is it they leaped into the direct to consumer retail environment only over the last few years, yet outsell most of the best retail brands by a factor of 10x per square foot. Why are they among the most loved brands? Bryan will explore 10 insights learned from Steve Jobs and his marketing, retail and customer experience teams and share with you how you should be applying these insights to your business.


Bryan Eisenberg is the co-author of the Wall Street Journal, Amazon and New York Times bestselling books “Call to Action”, “Waiting For Your Cat to Bark?” and “Always Be Testing”. Bryan has been the keynote speaker for Search Engine Strategies,, Direct Marketing Association, MarketingSherpa, E-consultancy, Webcom, SEM Konferansen Norway, and the Canadian Marketing Association. He is also the co-founder and Chairman Emeritus of the Web Analytics Association. Bryan serves as an advisory board member of Search Engine Strategies, the eMetrics Marketing Optimization Summit and several venture capital backed startup companies.

Bryan Eisenberg is the recognized authority and pioneer in improving online conversion rates, Persuasion Architecture, and persona marketing. Bryan was recently recognized by eConsultancy members as one of the top 10 User Experience Gurus.


November 14-18 | Hyatt Regency

SES Chicago’s informative and engaging sessions provide the tools for digital marketers, managers, and site owners to bolster their websites’ earning potential. With over 70+ sessions and concentrated workshops and tracks on every dimension of search, such as PPC management, keyword research, SEO, social media, and more, SES Chicago remains to be the leading event marketing professionals attend year to year.

Don’t miss out on key takeaways, including:

–  Methods to broaden your media mix

–  Initiatives to strengthen your social media marketing potential

–  Strategies to integrate social media marketing into your marketing campaigns

Top session highlights include:

–  The Convergence of Search, Social, and Content Marketing

–  Local + Social: the Future of Promotion

–  Search on Mobile Devices: The Next Frontier

–  Getting More From Google+ and the +1 Button

**Upon Completing Free Registration Here, You Will Receive a Code for Free Admission to Expo Hall** 

The Expo Hall Pass is FREE to SMC Chicago attendees that register here before November 15!  The pass grants you an all-access entry into the exhibit hall, where you have the opportunity to meet and network with technology service providers, as well as participate in:

–  Express Site Clinics

–  Spotlight Session

–  Theater Presentations

–  Sponsored Sessions

–  Networking Events & More!

SES Chicago would like to extend a 20% discount to all Social Media Club members.   Register with priority code SMC20.  BOOK TODAY!

Social Media Club Chicago

Social Media Club [SMC] is a worldwide organization, with local chapters, that serves as connecting organization for anyone interested in social media. Membership is free and open to all levels, including beginners. Chicago’s SMC chapter, launched in October 2008, presents events that mix socializing, networking and learning., founder and, president, lead the Chicago SMC chapter.] coordinates volunteers; communications; oversees logistics. Event attendees include entrepreneurs, corporate communicators, journalists, business professionals, publishers, marketers, media creators, citizen journalists, students and technology types. For more information, visit, email, follow @smcchicago on twitter, or call 630.207.7530 or 312-970-0846.

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Posted by on November 9, 2011 in Free, Professional/Networking


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Strength in Numbers – A Networking & Fundraising Happy Hour

Strength in Numbers – a networking and fundraising happy hour

Thursday, November 10, 2011 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM

444 N La Salle Drive
Chicago, IL 60654-4518

Share our Strength!  Meet young professionals in the accounting, finance, marketing and real estate fields. Featuring open bar, appetizers, and amazing raffle prizes worth over $1,000. 

Proceeds support the mission of CEP. An award-winning non-profit, CEP helps low-income families move from financial uncertainty to financial security.

Inside CEP’s numbers: 1 big impact…$400 million returned to families…1,200 volunteers…25,000 clients receiving free tax and financial services…Still Need: YOU

Raffle Prizes

It only takes one raffle ticket to win one of our raffle prizes but we’re giving you plenty of chances to enter.  Raffle drawings will take place at the event on November 10.  Prizes include these experience packages and much more:

  • Ultimate Sports Fan – memorabilia and great seats to a Blackhawks game
  • Better than an apple a day! – focusing on health and financial wellness
  • Pairing of the day – wine tasting and dining at Chicago’s best restaurants
  • Out on the Town — entertain yourself with tickets to NPR’s Wait, Wait Don’t Tell Me show and Comedy Sport

Advanced Tickets – $30

Tickets at the Door – $35

Click Flyer below to purchase tickets:

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Posted by on November 8, 2011 in Professional/Networking


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220 Communications/Chicago Social Elite Fall Meet and Greet At Red Canary

220 Communications/Chicago Social Elite Fall Meet and Greet At Red Canary

Friday, November 11, 2011 at 8:30 PM – Saturday, November 12, 2011 at 12:00 AM

Red Canary – 695 N. Milwaukee Avenue

Time for a  fall client and customer  meet and greet…I thought Red Canary would be a nice change of pace…great food, lots of space ….DJ starts spinning at 10…see you there. Wanted everyone to experience it and give me your feedback.. This will be a joint meetup

About the Red Canary

A softly lit and warm canary-red decadent parlor room that is upstaged only by a stunning grand chandelier
A spacious and comfortable main lounge that has vaulted faux-tin ceiling and crystal chandeliers, and occupied by comfortable snazzy upholstered furniture
Two private balcony lounges that offer birds-eye views of the main lounge below as well as respite from the city hustle-bustle
A 2,000-square-foot outdoor beer-garden — which is among the top three in Chicago — that features lush green ivy over brick, imported Italian olive trees and custom wicker furniture.


Event Begins 8:30

Music Starts  10:00

As Always We Need to Get A Count..Please RSVP at the Link Below

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Posted by on November 6, 2011 in Professional/Networking, Social


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