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How to Buy Property in Florida – FREE SEMINAR

Posted: January 21st, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Investor Visas | No Comments »

The End of the Green Card Lottery?

Posted: January 6th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: National News | No Comments »

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.

Free Business Management Skills Training from Business Productivity Group in Sarasota

Posted: January 5th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Sarasota Immigrants | 1 Comment »


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.

Date Time Theme
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

Jan. 27
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Productivity Software (Spreadsheets) 

Financial functions

Loans and assets amortization

Bond pricing

Feb. 1 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Productivity Software (Spreadsheets II) 

Lists, data bases, sales reports

Pivot Tables

Feb. 8 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Productivity Software (Presentations) 

Themes, transitions, branching.

Presentation automation

Producing video presentation

Feb. 15 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Productivity Software (Webcast) 

Providers review

Preparing your webinar

When you are on the air

Feb. 24
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Productivity Software (Website Development) 

SharePoint Designer, WordPress and others

Site structure, navigation, links and buttons

SEO  awareness

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) 

Opportunities tracking

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

Canadian Investor Opens “20 Minutes to Fitness” in Sarasota

Posted: January 3rd, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Sarasota Immigrants | No Comments »

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 Jaensch

2010 in review

Posted: January 1st, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: National News | No Comments »

The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

This blog was viewed about 5,100 times in 2010. That’s about 12 full 747s.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

Update on Drivers’ Licenses for Immigrants. April 2010

Senate Democrat Comprehensive Immigration Reform Proposal April 2010

SRQ Airport seeking non-stop flight to Frankfurt, Germany July 2010