Monday, May 17, 2010

Census, Part Time Work, And Much More Part Time Work

Gosh that was one LONG week since my last "weekly" post. First, some key events coming that need to be shared. Then, an update on me, and thoughts, if there's space and time.

The Windy City Biz Bash is quickly approaching!
June 3, 5:30 - 8:30pm at The Murphy, 50 E. Erie Street, Chicago
This is BMA Chicago's (Business Marketing Association) annual gala and fundraiser. Register by May 20 and save almost 20%. It's worth it!!

Another event worth attending is BNC's (Business Network Chicago) monthly BNC "After Hours" event. Engaging speakers, very interesting people with whom to casually network, a short speednetworking session if you choose, and great food in a fantastic location downtown. The next one is set for Tuesday May 25, 6:00 - 9:30 pm. Interested? Check out the details at

This heads up for those that are way too overloaded with work, family, no spare time - and never were able to send in your Census form. When the U.S. Census worker knocks on your door, please, be kind, because it might be me (and it will take less than 10 minutes out of your day!) Apparently patience pays off (sometimes) - more than a year after applying, I got the call to work part time for our government for a few weeks, they even chose me to be a "Crew Leader Assistant" (or, CLA...having been in corporate America for years, I thought I knew the overuse of acronyms all too well. Ha, not even close Larry, welcome to your government's alphabet soup!) Want to learn more? Check out the Census site at

Fundraising: for over 30 years, this has been very important to me. Having raised over $21,000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and other important causes during my too brief marathon career, I understand how tough it can be to raise significant money at times. For anyone connected to nonprofits, schools, teams, or any worthy cause - you are in luck: I have a wonderful, risk-free fundraising vehicle (pun intended) for you, especially if your contributors are located anywhere near: Palatine, Elmhurst, Downers Grove, Melrose Park, Naperville, Tinley Park, Crestwood, Glenwood, or even Joliet. Want to know more? send a comment to me, or contact me at It's a great idea that people love!! No calories are involved, I promise you.

During the job search, we're often tempted (or pushed) to go outside our comfort zone (anyone up for some insurance sales?). And we tend to hesitate, procrastinate, worry, rationalize why it's a bad idea to leave our chosen profession. Well folks, it just may be worth the risk (this, from someone who happily avoids risks, except on the tennis court) and you may be pleasantly surprised. I've jumped far outside my comfort zone, and, so far I'm still here. From retail, government work, tons of volunteering, committee work, leading networking groups, and now, gulp.....sales! Even the dreaded word "commission" enters this picture. As always, I firmly believe and encourage us all to think: "you never know...."

I look forward to your comments, new followers, and always feel free to forward,

1 comment:

  1. Hi larry, you are a brave man. Thanks sharing those wonderful events. Good luck for everything! Diana