Eight NOTA members met at a social networking event to network, share business strategies and dine. NOTA continues to grow and as the Spanish proverb says “El comer y el rascar, todo es empezar/To eat and to scratch one has but to begin.” What a fine way to begin again. We covered the following:

-Kent State’s MA/Ph.D. program and the advantages to meet people from throughout the world.

-Deborah Cordeiro will host a Direct Marketing workshop. Contact Vitaly for more information

-Marketing to agencies.

-Use LinkedIn to contact clients and the need to update your profile and network on a regular basis (blog, other networks). Focus on what will interest our community. If you blog, they will come! If you want to be of interest, you have to expose yourself.

-SCORE provides free online and face-to-face business counseling, mentoring, training and advice for small businesses (developing a business plan, women entrepreneurs, and online workshops). Visit

-The best free way to manage your money online, set budgets and help achieve savings goals. Visit

-Tax issues and software.

-The advantages of an LLC and perhaps a NOTA workshop to learn more.

-$.51 per mile is the new federal rate for travel.

-Advantages of certification: ATA, NAJIT, State and federal interpreter.

-Encourage members to write articles for NOTA BENE. Contact Natalie Contact Natalie at

-“Effective Use of Social Media” NOTA workshop on Saturday, May 21, 2011. Contact Vitaly

-Increase traffic on NOTA website.

-Congratulations to Deborah Cordeiro, winner of a $10 gift card from Border’s.

-Next NOTA Social Network event in Columbus 4/30/11, 3:00 – 5:00. Contact Natalie at

Although we did not know each other beforehand, every member had a chance to speak. The conversation flew at lightning speed from one subject to another with no stops in between. Everyone walked away content and with a new contact.

See you at the next event.


John P. Shaklee
President, NOTA

PHOTO (seated) Marcia Loebick, Deborah Cordeiro, Tommy Tomolonis (standing) John P. Shaklee, Miguel Purgatorio, Zhewei Fan, and Vitaliy Plinto (not pictured) Natalia Tsumakova

Published by The Interpreter Fellow

I am an Ohio State Certified Court Interpreter and Certified Healthcare Interpreter in Spanish. MA Translation from The Institute for Applied Linguistics at Kent State University. Currently I serve Akron Children's Hospital Pediatrics and local courts.

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