On January 5, 2011, Rep. Darrell Issa of California introduced H.R.43 to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to eliminate the diversity immigrant program and to re-allocate those visas (50,000) to certain employment-based immigrants who obtain an advanced degree in the United States. The bill has been referred to the House Judiciary Committee, which will be chaired by Rep. Lamar Smith of Texas. House Immigration Subcommittee will be chaired by Rep. King of Iowa. We will keep you posted on any developments.
One of our favorite local experts on business (particularly business in Russia), Nikolay Safonov, is part of a group providing FREE business management skills training in Sarasota. The subjects of each training session are listed below. For more information and to register, follow the link for the session in which you are interested:
The location of each session is the Fruitville Library, 100 Coburn Road, in Sarasota (just east of I-75). Business owners and managers form the target audience.
The group’s goals are as follows: Our members benefit from sharing their business expertise, and getting an access to group intelligence. We improve business productivity through building a set of mandatory skills like communication, financial analysis and business planning. During our sessions we review real life cases and brainstorm solutions for each of them.
|Jan. 11||11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.||Productivity Software (Word Processor)
Using Word for your marketing needs.
Flyers, Brochures, Catalogues, Mass mailing.
Basics of Auto-formatting, styles and auto content.
|Jan. 18||11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.||Productivity Software (Word Processor II)
Using Word for complex documents.
TOC, indexes, bibliography, footnotes.
Headers and footers, embedded files
|11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.||Productivity Software (Spreadsheets)
Loans and assets amortization
|Feb. 1||11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.||Productivity Software (Spreadsheets II)
Lists, data bases, sales reports
|Feb. 8||11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.||Productivity Software (Presentations)
Themes, transitions, branching.
Producing video presentation
|Feb. 15||11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.||Productivity Software (Webcast)
Preparing your webinar
When you are on the air
|11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.||Productivity Software (Website Development)
SharePoint Designer, WordPress and others
Site structure, navigation, links and buttons
Hosting, domain, e-mails
|March 1||11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.||Productivity Software (Accounting)
Quicken, QuickBooks and others
Your CPA’s role
Integration with Outlook or ACT!
Splashing data to MS Excel.
|March 8||11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.||Productivity Software (CRM)
Outlook Business Contact Manager
Communication with customers
|March 15||11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.||Productivity Software (Sales Management)
Marketing Campaigns ROI
Sales People performance Evaluation
|March 22||11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.||Productivity Software (Project Management)
MS Project, Primavera and others
Scheduling, resources allocation, budgeting
Reports, Tracking performance
|March 29||11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.||Theme of choice|
In light of the many people who resolved to get fit in 2011, we would like to congratulate Canadian investor, Hugh Elsam, who recently opened a 20 Minutes to Fitness studio in downtown Sarasota. This fitness studio is unique, because it offers a complete, full body work out once per week for just 20 minutes.
The 20 Minutes to Fitness training is performed: (1) on highly-specialized, compound-muscle training equipment; (2) using a slow, safe, proven training protocol; (3) under the supervision of certified, 20 Minutes to Fitness personal trainers; (4) in a quiet, semi-private studio, where there is no waiting on equipment; and (5) typically requiring only one, 20 minute session a week. A training session lasts from 20 to 22 minutes, with the client training on five to seven pieces of equipment. Since most of the equipment focuses on a compound muscle groups, one session provides a full-body workout.
The 20 Minutes to Fitness studio in Sarasota occupies over 3,000 square feet in one of the new office buildings on the Rivo on Ringling property.
I was recently invited to an orientation and trial workout to see how I would like a 20 Minutes to Fitness concept. I met with the General Manager, Michelle, who first talked to me about my health and my fitness goals. Then, she had me work on four different machines for approximately 2 minutes each. With each machine, she showed me how to do a slow contraction and release it (it has to take 10 to 15 seconds one way and 10 to 15 seconds back). After I had the timing down, I had to do slow repetitions for up to two minutes on each machine until I could not do any more. It was a real workout! When I was finished (in 20 minutes!), I felt like I had really put my muscles to the test. I will be back for sure.
20 Minutes to Fitness gave me some certificates for a fee orientation and workout. If you would like to try them out, please send me an email: Chris@VisaAmerica.com
The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:
This blog was viewed about 5,100 times in 2010. That’s about 12 full 747s.
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Update on Drivers’ Licenses for Immigrants. April 2010