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Expert advice on navigating the complexity of the U.S. business immigration process

Business immigration can be complex and overwhelming. Finding Your Silver Lining in the Business Immigration Process helps those seeking ways to access the U.S. through legal immigration and to assist their counsel to access tools and information during the research process.

Author Lauren Cohen came to the United States in search of her American Dream, and she found it in the form of paving a pathway for others to do the same. With her experience as an immigrant from Canada, a corporate lawyer, and a business plan designer, coupled with her business acumen and entrepreneurial spirit, she and her company, e-Council Inc., have successfully quarterbacked numerous business immigration projects and visa applications.

Finding Your Silver Lining in the Business Immigration Process is a springboard to your broader immigration plan, which should include qualified attorneys, accountants, professional business plan writers, and other trusted advisors. Armed with the foreknowledge you need for a successful application, the likelihood of achieving your own American Dream is within your reach.

“Author and authority on business immigration, Lauren Cohen, has taken her years of wisdom and experience and is now sharing it on the pages of this not-to-be-missed life-changing book.”—Allison Maslan, Bestselling Author, Speaker, and CEO of Allison Maslan International

“Lauren’s passion for educating and helping others comes through in . . . Finding Your Silver Lining in the Business Immigration Process . . . a must-read for anyone navigating the path to their American Dream.”—Mel Robbins, Bestselling Author, Speaker, and CNN Legal Analyst

Lauren A. Cohen, Esq., a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto, Ontario, is a lawyer licensed in the U.S. and Canada. She is an active American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) member and many other professional groups. She has firsthand knowledge of the visa process, having become an American citizen in 2012 following her immigration journey to the U.S. from Canada. After several years working as corporate counsel while tapping into the field of immigration law, Lauren combined her legal knowledge and business acumen to create e-Council Inc., a virtual company offering concierge turnkey business immigration services ranging from professional business plans to comprehensive project quarterbacking for all types of business visas. In response to increasing requests to fix early-stage projects either prior to or after filing, Lauren recently established The EB-5 Clean-Up Crew™ to assist business owners that have met roadblocks in putting together their EB-5 packages. She also developed an EB-5 Certification and Monitoring Program reflecting a recognition of a need for improved audit and reporting procedures on the part of issuers to investors. The goal in all of Lauren’s business endeavors is to help clients achieve their version of the American Dream. Lauren is an inspired speaker, bringing passion and insight to the topics on which she speaks, ranging from business immigration to finding balance as a single mom entrepreneur. Lauren connects with her audience thoroughly through relatable experiences and engaging questions-and-answer sessions. She combines business savvy, experience, and legal skills to educate and inform, while focusing on the human element of finding the balance in life, eliminating many misconceptions around these topics. Lauren is also community-oriented and a philanthropist. She recently founded Find My Silver Lining, a nonprofit whose goal is to inspire single working parents, to persevere through challenging times as they strive to lead fulfilling lives. Find My Silver Lining will fund Zevi’s Silver Lining, a program established in affiliation with a local nonprofit that is designed to match children with willing grandparents in the community. Lauren’s goal is to expand the reach of Zevi’s Silver Linings to other communities throughout North America. A regular writer and contributor to books and other media globally, this is Lauren’s first book. Visit her at and!



Roll Up Your Sleeves & Fix the Problem!

ABC Hurricane Shutters, a Florida-based company, was on the verge of Chapter 11 bankruptcy, having recorded losses in each of the preceding three years. In From Red to Black: A Business Turnaround, Robert S. Curry shares his thought process, action steps, and profit improvement recommendations throughout his turnaround engagement at the shutter company. After Bob’s first meeting with the owner, he developed a detailed plan for recovery and was engaged the next day. Within four months, the company had made a complete turnaround with nearly every “must-do” completed. Thanks to Bob’s efforts, ABC was well on its way to becoming the most profitable hurricane shutter company in Florida.

While every business in distress is unique, Bob’s philosophy is that everyone in the company has to roll up their sleeves and work hard to fix the problems or find a new place to work. Effective communication is paramount. He begins every engagement by listening and says of this particular business turnaround, “I spent the first two weeks listening to managers and staff, all of whom had a perception of what was wrong with the company. My father told me a long time ago, ‘God gave you two ears and one mouth, so listen, and you will learn!’ And so that’s what I did—and always do.”

The takeaway lessons in this illustrative story are sure to spark your ideas on how to turn a troubled company around and help you take proactive steps toward financial stability and profit. As Bob always says, there is no substitute for a strong leader to make a company profitable. Read From Red to Black, and you will learn how to be that leader.

Robert S. Curry is a seasoned business coach and successful turnaround specialist. Early in his career, he served as a public accountant for two years before taking on the role of assistant controller, controller, and later CFO for a public retail company. Later, Bob served as president and CEO of three different companies—all of which experienced successful turnarounds under his direction. In the late 1990s, he began his turnaround consulting firm, and for the past twenty years, he has worked with more than seventy companies helping each to establish a strong management team and become profitable. He resides in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, with his wife, Esther.



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If you want to build a tribe, create a strong community and bring together global connections that will grow your business and fulfill your life, then this manual is designed for YOU.

Wendi Blum is a Divine Lifestyle and Business Coach in the South Florida area. Wendi has written several books including Flourish: Grow, Thrive, Prosper; What Is Your Destiny?; and Prosper in Your Business (a Biz and Marketing Plan & Handbook). Wendi is currently available to speak at meetings, events, and seminars in addition to facilitating customized workshops. Learn more about Wendi and her work at



Do You Love What You Do?

If the acronym TGIF is an indication, a great percentage of the American workforce lives for weekends and days off. That means that a typical 40-hour workweek over a work life of 40 years amounts to approximately 9 years of marking time. Factoring in time spent sleeping, that leaves slightly over 17 of those 40 years to enjoy life.

Author Ellen Ratner’s interactive book, Loving What You Do: The Elements of a Great Working Life, guides the reader’s introspection to get to the why, as well as many tips, tools, examples and resources to get to the how . . . how to make work life not only tolerable, but enjoyable.

Whatever your profession, career, vocation or job, and whether you are new to the workforce or a long-time veteran, this book is life-changing.

Ellen Ratner is a White House correspondent and Bureau Chief for Talk Media News, a Fox News Channel Contributor, and a credentialed reporter at the United nations in New York City. In addition, she is co-founder of GEMS Development Foundation, which does work in South Sudan, Africa. She has worked in journalism as well as in mental health for most of her working life.



If we were already invented—perfect, whole, and complete—then why do we fight so darn hard to change who we are? Each person on this earth was born with a set of talents and abilities. So could you imagine what life on this planet would look like if each and every one of us actually tapped into these unique talents and abilities? Think about it . . . we’d have this place running like clockwork!

What if you could wake up every day feeling energized and enthusiastic about going to work? What would it feel like to have laser-focused passion in your professional life? How satisfying would it be to know that you are using your strengths and gifts in your area of expertise? And how many people could you help inspire if you were living the life you were meant to live?

If you said a ton, good answer! The Seven Pillars of Reinvention gives you a boost to start thinking about the fundamental distinctions of reinvention itself. Reinvention is not about throwing away the old you to bring in a newer model. Rather, it is about excavating the oh-so-close-to-the-surface authentic you—and all of the distinctions that help you define, and ultimately refine, who you get to be in this lifetime to accomplish your dreams and goals!

Tracy Kawa invites you to read The Seven Pillars of Reinvention and hold her hand while you begin to think about the fundamentals that help define who you are. Answering some basic questions will start you on your way:

  • Do you often feel like a square peg in a round hole at work?
  • Are you looking to make a career shift to a more fulfilling and/or challenging role?
  • Is your current place of employment downsizing or restructuring?
  • Are you looking to take your business to the next level?
  • Do you want to add more passion and purpose in your life?
  • Are you generally satisfied, yet feel as though there’s one small thing missing? And are you not quite sure what that one small thing is?

Every individual is born with God-given strengths and talents. Along the way we acquire our own personal beliefs and values. What are yours? This book is your personal conversation starter—your very own thought-igniter! It exists to help you define your very own Seven Pillars of Reinvention and to help you understand why defining these pillars is crucial to living a life of passion and purpose.

The Seven Pillars of Reinvention was written with you in mind! Take your next best step right now, and let’s begin your journey!

Tracy Kawa is a leading branding and reinvention specialist, speaker, author, and radio host, who is passionate about supporting others in finding their own passion and purpose. She is the founder of Kawa Community Partners, host of several radio & online business shows, author of The Seven Pillars of Reinvention, and developer of The Kawa Assessment, a simple and effective tool that identifies an individual’s business values, strengths, and ideal business fit. Tracy supports businesses and individuals using The Kawa Assessment and the Zone of Purpose Toolkit, which is comprised of progressive and innovative processes perfected throughout ­Tracy’s twenty-five years in the fields of reinvention, personal and professional branding, business development, marketing, and writing. As the host of online business shows, Tracy’s series helps spin your marketing wheels in a positive direction, identifying what it takes to differentiate yourself from the competition, build winning teams, and succeed in today’s business climate. In the 1990s, Tracy was co-creator of Kawa Orthodontics, the largest solo-practitioner orthodontic practice in the world. She has been featured on Inside the Minds of Leaders and has worked with private consultants to Fortune 500 companies. Tracy believes that each and every person is born with a talent that, once tapped into, will be the source of his or her creativity, passion, and purpose. Her book, The Seven Pillars of Reinvention: Finding Your Passion & Purpose, is designed to help readers take their next best step in business and in life! For more about Tracy and her offerings, visit



Performance Thinking LE_web cover

The pressure and stress of life that most people live under makes society a difficult environment for law-enforcement professionals to work within, especially when they’re charged with the complex job of serving the public, keeping the peace, and bringing criminals to justice. Indeed, a broad list of real-world challenges—terrorism, poverty, crime, mental health issues, racial tension, drugs, greed—create impediments that make the job of policing our communities difficult and, at times, outright dangerous.

Yet we depend on the selfless men and women of law enforcement to put their lives at risk to protect us virtually every day. At the same time, the system rightly demands that they not overstep their authority and that they interact with the people they’re in business to serve in a fair, respectful, and balanced way. But these opposing forces can sometimes lead to situations where officers and agents are torn between feeling like they’re damned if they take action and equally damned if they don’t. This cognitive tug-of-war can serve to sabotage their mindset and their personal performance, and it can sometimes lead to errors in judgment and execution . . . with disastrous results.

In Performance Thinking for Law Enforcement, performance expert Jacques Dallaire shares principles derived from more than four decades of real-world experience in the high-performance domain to help you understand how the way you think influences how you feel, how you behave and, ultimately, how you perform. This knowledge, together with the ACT Model technique, will show you how to more effectively control the way you think so you can optimize your performance on command, rather than mentally sabotage it. The end result is better performance and greater safety.

Dr. Jacques Dallaire is an internationally recognized performance expert who received his Doctorate in Exercise Physiology from the University of Alberta in 1979. For more than four decades, Dr. Dallaire has worked with thousands of individuals from the high-performance sport world and beyond, including law enforcement and other high-risk occupational professionals, the entertainment world, and the business community. He splits his time among delivering sports team and corporate group performance programs as well as one-on-one programs with high-performance clients.

Dr. Dallaire is president of Performance Prime, a North Carolina–based company, which he founded, is the author of Performance Thinking: Mental Skills for the Competitive World…and for Life and Helping Kids Perform, a Founding Member of the International Council of Motorsport Sciences, an Advisory Board Member of the Racing Goes Safer Foundation, and in 2007 was inducted into the Canadian Motorsports Hall of Fame, recognizing the positive impact he has had on the sport of motor racing.



Complete Bullshit Free Guide_web cover“How did you get published?” Following the successful publication and glowing reviews of his book Live Like a Fruit Fly, Gabe Berman is asked this question more than any other. He responds: Do you know why you don’t know how to get published? Because nobody does. And that’s why the idea of writing a book is so utterly overwhelming. There isn’t a map. You’re on your own. Gabe has taken the journey to the top of the mountain and lived to tell about it. And although everything has worked out the way it had to, in this book he shares the secrets he wishes he knew years ago. He hopes you’re ready.

Gabe Berman is a native New Yorker who settled in South Florida after graduating from the University of Miami. An epiphany, a passion, and a trail of breadcrumbs led him out of Corporate America and into a writing career. Currently, he’s daydreaming about chocolate chip pancakes.



Connect for Success_web coverConnect for Success: The Ultimate Guide to Workplace Relationships was written by psychologist and executive coaching pioneer Steven Lurie, Ph.D. His Handbook for Early Career Success is taught extensively in the workplace and educational institutions including the New York Stock Exchange, UBS, Prudential Financial, AT&T, KPMG, BET Networks, JP Morgan Chase, University of Vermont, Adelphi University, University of Connecticut, and NYU-Stern School of Business.

Connect for Success will put the quality of your relationships back in your hands by: • Sharpening Your Self-Awareness using the Connecting Style Survey and exercises developed by Dr. Lurie and used by thousands of employees in the world’s most successful organizations. • Providing You with a Roadmap for Engaging People across all styles in the real world of personalities and politics.

Over the past thirty years Steven Lurie, Ph.D., has emerged as a leading expert in the psychology of leadership development and organizational effectiveness. Through his coaching, workshops, and teaching, Dr. Lurie has helped provide thousands of individuals, from college students to industry leaders, with the self-awareness and relationship tools essential to succeed in the real world of personalities, politics, and pressure.


PERFORMANCE THINKING by Jacques Dallaire, Ph.D., with Foreword by Patrick G. Dempsey

Performance Thinking_web coverPerformance Thinking addresses two basic but profoundly important questions: How do I mentally sabotage my own performance? and How can I learn not to? This interactive book provides a simple but powerful framework of mental “Rules” that you can use to understand clearly how the way that you think— directly and indirectly—influences how you perform. The A.C.T. Model© process that Dr. Dallaire helps you to create for yourself is a proven methodology that has helped many individuals to achieve—and even exceed—their performance goals. To order the book, click here:

Dr. Jacques Dallaire is an internationally recognized performance specialist who has worked with thousands of high-level athletes, race car drivers, occupational specialists, and business professionals over the past 40 years. His approach and techniques are being used by some of today’s most successful elite performers from many walks of life and this knowledge is now available to you.



Career-Wise_web coverSkillfully navigating one’s career requires more than talent, brains, connections and luck. As an industrial/organizational psychologist, Danella Schiffer, Ph.D., has witnessed first-hand how one can derail his or her career while another flourishes. Career-Wise, a concise and entertaining book with attention-grabbing case studies can benefit every working person—from entry-level through senior management. Focusing on skills critical to success, Career-Wise reveals how you can: • Cultivate relationships and draw people to you • Confront difficult people and situations • Avoid flawed thinking • Exercise sound judgment and decision-making • Effectively manage your image • Advance without others’ permission It’s your career. Make the most of it.

Danella Schiffer, Ph.D., is an industrial/organizational psychologist. She has devoted her career to helping individuals reach their career potential while ensuring that organizations hire the most qualified, develop the most promising, and improve organizational effectiveness so that all can contribute to meeting business goals. Throughout her extensive career, she has worked with hundreds of individuals ranging from entry-level staff to chief executive officers in diverse organizational settings. Trained in both industrial and clinical psychology, Dr. Schiffer understands the relationship between individual and organizational effectiveness. Her insightful­ness about people, combined with a pragmatic and bottom-line orientation, have enabled her to work successfully with differing individual styles. In addition to business consulting, Dr. Schiffer works privately with individuals. She has published numerous articles on career issues and has been quoted in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and popular magazines. Dr. Schiffer obtained her Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from New York University, is licensed to practice in Connecticut and New York, and is a member of the American Psychological Association.



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