The Bulletin  Winter 2010
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In this Issue
Making the most of your membership
Immigration Update
Meet the members
Marketing Opportunities
Events Calendar

February 11
Financial Breakfast Series
"Market outlook:2010 - Getting past the headlines and on to Strategic Investing". With Dr. David Kelly, Chief Market Strategist, JP Morgan


February 23
16 International Business Forum
"The Economy - implications for the year ahead" With Chris Probyn Chief Economist, State Street Corp. Followed by a networking Reception with Sponsor, Associates & Government Exhibits. If you are interested in being an exhibitor, please email at babcne@comcast.net A limited number of tables are available at $700.

March 11
Members' Evening at the Residence of Dr Phil Budden, HM Consul-General
Sponsor Cayman Islands Department of Tourism

March 29
Environment and Energy Committe Series Series
 
Evening forum: US/UK Green Policy update "Much has been said about the new administraton's aims and the UK's policies - our panel will discuss the latest developments and how they may impact your business."


April 22
Financial Breakfast Series
with Brian Levitt, Vice President, Corporate Economist, Oppenheimer Funds, Inc.

May 12
EU Connection Food Festival.
Join our European friends for a connection night and expand your circle of contacts. Enjoy food and drink from France, England and Germany.


June 28
 17th Annual Golf Tournament

Pinehills Golf Club, Plymouth, MA.
The BABCNE invites you to join a distinguished group of NE executives to enjoy a day of golf, networking and fun - with a clinic by pro Susan Choi.

If you are interested in being a sponsor or participating, please contact the BABCNE  office asap. A Foursome is $1,250. This includes: Lunch & Dinner, Golf Clinic, Green Fees, Cart, Valet Bag Service, Practice Facility and Welcome Bag.

December 3
24th Annual Christmas Extravaganza,
Lunch at the Harvard Club. Marketing/sponsorship opportunities available

To view the full calendar please visit: www.BABCNE.org Other events will be added as the season progresses.
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From the Desk of the President

The recent turmoil in the financial markets, has produced an increased interest in professional networking. The BABCNE is mindful of this and has organized two events to provide a greater opportunity for members to mingle with the international business community in New England and with your fellow members.

  • The 16th International business forum and networking evening on February 23, is once again bringing together memberships of the many international business associations in the New England area. The forum will take place at the offices of Bingham McCutchen. Back by popular demand is Christopher Probyn, Chief Economist, State Street Global Advisors, who will give us his insights into the year ahead. What are global economic indicators predicting?  Which markets have been worst hit by recession and which offer a bright spot on the horizon?  Where should businesses retreat and where should they explore opportunity?  Get answers to these questions and more. This event sells out early, so make your reservations this week by sending a check to the BABCNE office.
  • On March 11, we have our annual, eagerly anticipated treat for members
  • , the BABCNE Members Evening. Dr Phil Budden, our Consul General, has kindly agreed to open his home on Beacon Hill to BABCNE members.
What is "networking?"  To define the term broadly, "networking" is utilizing your contacts to get what you want. Commonly, "Networking" is used to refer to group situations in which business people interact. It's a current buzzword for the age-old principal "It's not what you know but who(m) you know."

We would like to thank you for your generous support of the BABCNE. Whether you sponsored or hosted and event, donated an item for our Christmas luncheon or provided support in any other way, we would like you to know that you are very much appreciated! I look forward to welcoming everyone to the above events as we enter our 24th year.

Sincerely,
Paul Stanislas
Focus Articles

How to exercise your networking muscles
Just as exercise is critical for a healthy lifestyle, networking is imperative for a healthy career. In fact, some experts estimate more than 60 percent of job seekers find new positions through networking, and most hiring managers fill open posts at their organizations the same way. Of all job search components, networking is the most important part of your campaign for employment. Here are some practical tips for breaking the barriers to networking
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Immigration Update
By Steve Clark,
Flynn & Clark, P.C.

Employers Gird for New H-1B Season: The Embattled Work Visa
Role of the H-1B Visa
The H-1B Visa is the primary work visa employers use when employing foreign workers. Its use is restricted to employers who employ specialty workers in professional positions that are sufficiently complex to require at least a bachelor's degree in the field. In order to use it the employer must attest that they will pay at least the prevailing wage in the geographic  area, or the wage normally paid their U.S. workers in the occupation, whichever is higher...

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Meet the Members


  Bingham
  is a dynamic and innovative international law
  firm of more than 1,100 attorneys that
  provides a full complement of high-quality legal services, business/government consulting, financial management and investment advisory services.  The company serves clients ranging from small and emerging entrepreneurial businesses to the world's largest corporations and financial institutions through 12 offices in the US and internationally. 
Contact: Jim Stokes,Partner
  Kraemato
  Our goal is to provide companies with a  
  creative approach in helping to build financial
  security for their employees. Since 1985       
  Kraematon has assisted its clients in designing
  customized retirement benefit programs that are
  cost effective and administratively convenient, while
  providing their employees the opportunity to
  maximize their retirement savings.


Contact: Richard Sotell, President

rsotell@kraematon.com
, tel: 781-431-1003 
www.kraematon.com

How Can We Help You?

Job Board
The BABC-NE website now provides a valuable service to employers. You can list your postings on this board for a very favorable fee. The BABC-NE office will also be glad to send out an email notice to members about any job openings your company may have at no cost, to help members in these challenging times.

If you are looking for a job, this program allows you to create a professional profile, manage, view and browse job openings, as well as offer links for career development tools. The Job Board page can be found here.
Marketing Opportunities/Membership Perks

Would you like to be considered for a unique marketing opportunity? The BABC-NE chapter is currently accepting proposals from member companies who would like to offer their services to fellow members of the BABC network at special rates.

The BABC Members Discount Program offers opportunity for exposure to over 10,000 executives involved in transatlantic trade. If you would like to participate, please email the BABCNE office. To learn more about the benefits already offered, please visit the network website here.