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.
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