Cork it!

Did you know that you can recycle Cork? Why? you ask? Not only is it an energy efficient, biodegradable, renewable and sustainable 100 % natural product but because there are 13 billion natural cork wine stoppers sold each year into the world market, and presently they are ending up in landfills.

Cork is a natural, buoyant material and has the ability to absorb and retain up to 9 grams of CO2. It is an important source of CO2 retention.

These recycled corks are used for shoe soles, bulletin boards, place mats, fishing rod handles, building insulation, playground equipment, floor tiles and packaging material.

According to an article posted on the ReCork America website, they have a plan with Whole Foods to accept wine corks in California. So, why not ask your local Whole foods to participate in the same program.

Visit ReCork America for cork recycling locations:

Contact info:ReCORK America
Roger Archey, 415-927-4207

Figuring it out!

I love it when I can figure things out. The best thing is to follow the step by step instructions. Like following a recipe in a cookbook. First you get all the needed ingredients/elements and then you learn from the steps others have already taken. They tested it and know that it works.  I just love it when it actually works. For example; I’ll attempt something unfamiliar and then see what happens when I stick with it even when it gets frustrating. Voila! Presto!Done!

Not sure why some things turn out the way they do, but I guess that is the beauty of the individual the touch.

Moral of the story: If a project seems daunting then break it down to its parts and attempt it step by step. Sure enough it is easy as pie! and you have a finished product that you are proud of.

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Networking in person beats a social media avenue any day.

I really enjoy reconnecting with friends on Facebook,  I like posting my photographs as a “slice of life” and telling friends what is going on in my world.  I even recently joined the twitter crew and can be found @mopdscom;  that’s my website address at  But I have to admit that the best way I connect with people is in person.

Neighborhood Networking events in general are comfortable and rewarding ( nice raffles) . This month it was sponsored by Chief O’Neill’s in the Avondale area. The venue is a great Irish bar with a vintage style pub imported from Ireland. The folks are all friendly and service spectacular. Food is great and the garden is especially large.  The event on Thursday- September 16th was filled with a great group of networking people , great food and good conversations.   I am looking forward to the next one.

Where’s the Avondale area? you ask? Networking event

 Mercury Organizing Professionals    Lidia Varesco Design    Chief O'Neill's

 Neighborhood Networking and Business by Referral “BBR” are happy to mention that they are teaming up again to bring the Avondale area networking. Do you feel like you’ve met all your local business prospects? Do something valuable for your business: step out of your usual routine and make new connections with Neighborhood Networking!

Join us after work in Avondale at Chief O’Neill’s Pub & Restaurant to meet and mingle with fellow businesses. Meet a nearby business owner or make connections in a different neighborhood—as well as sample appetizers from this neighborhood Irish pub. Great raffle prizes too!

Register in advance for $10 ($12 at the door)

Wednesday, September 16, 2009
5:30-8:00 pm
Chief O’Neill’s Pub & Restaurant
3471 N Elston Ave.

Chicago, IL 60618

Ample street parking nearby.

Forward this invite to friends and colleagues. Bring lots of business cards and/or promotional materials to share.

If you choose to pay at the door, please RSVP via email.

We hope to see you there!

Lidia and Elizabeth (Lulu)
Neighborhood Networking hosts

Raffle Prizes Include: Urban Family Chiropractic, Microsoft Small Business Local, La Finca Restaurant 3361 N Elston Ave , (773) 478-4006

Real Rainmakers!

Neighborhood Networking and Business by Referral (BBR) did it again! another successful networking night.  In spite of the rain,  it was the largest turnout yet.

The Village Tap is a local tavern in the Roscoe Village area, it has a friendly atmosphere and the food is great.  A big “Thank You” goes out to Michael Greene of the Village Tap for helping make this a successful event.  People were saying how they plan on coming back.  The outdoor back patio has a covered awning used for the shelter in the rain and snow.  The fireplace and heaters make it an all year-round place to go.  This is an added bonus while living in Chicago where there is cold, rain and snow for the most part of the year.

I am looking forward to next month’s NN event in the Avondale area.

Wednesday- September 16, 2009 5:30pm to 8:00pm

Chief O’Neill’s will host September’s event in their beer garden if it is a nice evening or in their back room depending on the weather.

Organizing workshop



Organizing Workshop

An organizing workshop presented by Elizabeth L. Miranda

sponsored by:

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Elizabeth Lulu Miranda of Mercury Organizing Professionals
is a personal organizer who assists business operations and home owners
by clearing out their clutter and creating systems for better organization.
She is an innovative and resourceful organizer and an inspired motivator
who loves to help people help themselves to create a better way to control,
manage and enjoy their work and living spaces. 

in organizing to create a functional and efficient work space.

July 16, 2009 - Thursday
6pm-6:30pm Half hour of networking
6:30-7:15 pm Workshop/ Presentation
7:15-7:30pm Questions/ Conclusion

RSVP by replying to this invitation
7500 W. Madison St.
Forest park, IL 60130
708 488.9297
Julia Archer: Owner

Parking: There is free parking and should be easily available after
6pm on Madison St. or the side streets.
This event is closed and no longer taking attendees.Please stay tuned for other workshop schedules.

Making good connections!

The Neighborhood Networking event organized by Mercury Organizing Professionals and Lidia Varesco Design was another great success! On June 24th, NN’s joint networking effort with BBR was held at Cuatro Restaurant in the South Loop area. Even though, there was threat of rain,  many folks came out and ventured out of their area to make new connections. The food was fantastic, thanks to Sara Navarro at Cuatro who went above and beyond to help us make this event the success that it was. Cynthia Slade of The Shalli Company brought the very coveted raffle prize from Microsoft; the small buisness software. And last but not least, The featured exhibitor was“The Eve Project”. Heidi, a board member of the program brought information and material to explain how the program works and how one can donate.

It was great to see familiar faces at the event. It is wonderful to hear how people are choosing to comeback to this event because they find it either; effective or just simply fun. I especially enjoyed meeting all the new people attending the event. I am finding this is a wonderful way to learn more about local businesses and meeting new people. For Mercury Organizing Professionals, its been a way to demonstrate and share our organizing experiences with others.  Neighborhood Networking is a unique way of seeing Chicago and meeting the local small businesses in a fun, relaxed business networking event.

We’re heading to the South Loop….

Neighborhood Networking will be joining with Business by Referral Chicago (BBR) for our June event in the South Loop! Join us at Cuatro Restaurant on Wednesday, June 24th from 5–7 pm. Connect with other businesses and, as usual, sample great food. Buy your tickets here.

Want a great opportunity to promote your business? Be a raffle donor or sponsor at the event at Cuatro. Email us for more information on how to participate!

For updated info visit Networking Blog.

For event details.