The 13th Greater Chicago Networking Extravaganza Focuses on You, the Entrepreneur
Relationships are crucial to finding customers, partners, advisors, capital and peers with whom to share the journey. The 13th version of the GCNE will focus on how to leverage relationships to start, build and grow a company. And along with the way you'll learn how to increase brand awareness, sales and career success through the art and science of networking.
You'll start and end the evening with open networking. In between, you'll hear from Lillian Bjorseth, co-host and nationally renowned face-to-face networking authority, who will share the importance of a relationship-building plan to help you network strategically and systematically to meet the right people.
A panel of successful entrepreneurs will share the vital role that relationships played and continue to in the growth of their businesses and individual well-being. You'll learn from Gary Rabine, founder and CEO of the Rabine Group, a group of facilities maintenance companies that are leaders in the paving, roofing, snow removal and fuel distribution industries.
Victoria Rock, self-employed since 1981, continues to be an industry leader embracing all types of technology to create the “history of the spoken word.” Rounding out the panel will be Thaddeus Wong, co-founder of @properties, the largest independently owned residential real estate brokerage firm in Illinois and one of the 25 largest brokerage firms in the U.S. sales volume.
All three have been inducted into UIC's Chicago Area Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame.
Moderator is Jason Jacobsohn, event co-host and veteran panel moderator for the entrepreneurial and technology communities.
Thursday, May 14, 2015
5:30 pm - 8:45 pm
20 N. Wacker Dr., Suite 1200
Chicago, IL 60606
Cost: $45 pre-registration; $55 at the door
5:30 - 6:30 pm - Open Networking (light food and soft drinks)
6:30 - 8:15pm - Program
8:15 - 8:45 pm - Open Networking
During the event, you will:
- Mingle with sponsors that have products and services to help you and your business grow.
- Network with seasoned professionals who understand the process.
- Meet 10 or more during structured program.
- Acquire valuable face-to-face and online networking tips and techniques.
- Learn how the right relationships can be immeasurable and add to your success.
- Gain skills & confidence that you can transfer to other networking opportunities.
Director of Founder Institute & Business Advisor of Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Initiative
"Building mutually beneficially relationships are necessary for business success, especially for entrepreneurs. Relationships are one of your biggest business assets."
Jason Jacobsohn is well known in the Chicago area as a “connector” and go-to person for entrepreneurs who want to grow and maintain their success. For the past 15 years, he has provided venture development services to align businesses with resources for growth. He launched and currently runs the Chicago chapter of Founder Institute, which is the world’s largest entrepreneur training and startup launch program for technology companies. He is a Business Advisor with the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Initiative. Jason is passionate about advocating for entrepreneurs through his business and community efforts. He has served on the board, contributed to, or been an active member of The Big Idea Forum, DePaul Entrepreneurs Network, Illinois Entrepreneurship Consortium, DePaul University Alumni Board, and Future Founders Foundation. For more information, check out his LinkedIn profile.
CEO and Founder of Rabine Group
"I attribute most of my business success to mentors. My formal education ended with high school. The friendships I gained from dozens of great mentors helped me to envision a roadmap to industry leadership and individual success."
Gary's competitive drive over the last 33 years has helped transform Rabine Paving into a group of facilities maintenance companies that lead the Paving, Roofing, Snow Removal, and Fuel Distribution industries. The Rabine Group made Crain's Fast Fifty List 4 years in a row and Inc Magazines Fastest Growing Companies list the last 3 years. In 2011, Gary received Schaumburg's Entrepreneur of the Year Award, in 2012 was a finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, and in 2012 was inducted into the UIC Chicagoland Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame. In 2013, Gary received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the University of Illinois for entrepreneurial achievement and making an impact on Chicago's business landscape. For more information, check out his LinkedIn profile
Co-Founder of @properties
Thaddeus Wong is the co-founder of @properties, the largest independently owned residential real estate brokerage firm in Illinois and one of the 25 largest brokerage firms in the U.S. by sales volume. Wong began his career in real-estate sales in 1996 and quickly established himself as one of the most successful agents in Chicago. In 2000 Wong and business partner Michael Golden established @properties, and in less than 15 years have grown the company from $40 million in sales to more than $5 billion in annual sales. Wong’s accomplishments have been widely recognized by the real estate industry and the broader business community. Honors include: the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in the Midwest; Inc. Magazine’s “Inc. 500/5000” list; inclusion on Crain’s Chicago Business’ “Fast Fifty" and “40 Under 40" lists; Inman News’ “100 Most Influential Real Estate Leaders”; and induction in the Chicago Area Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame. For more information, check out his LinkedIn profile.
CEO & President of Victoria Legal + Corporate Services
Victoria Rock is CEO and President of Victoria Legal + Corporate Services. In 1981, she started Victoria Court Reporting Service, Inc. to give clients an edge with the help of technology-driven information management solutions. Some years later, she also acquired a transcription company to help her clientele anywhere in the world benefit from virtual, yet completely secure, transcription tools as well as Internet voice file sharing. In 2014, Victoria established Victoria Legal + Corporate Services (VLCS) to bring the technologies of the court reporting, transcription, videography (legal & promotional) and worldwide video conferencing together under one name. She has won numerous awards including: 2015 Corporate Woman of Achievement Award (Chicago NAWBO), 2013 Enterprise Women of the Year Award, and 2004 Chicago Area Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame (UIC). For more informaiton, check out her Linked Profile.