Friday, October 31, 2014

2014 Fourth Annual Conference -Government and Stakeholders Working Together to Improve Immigration Services

(Source: USDHS) The Ombudsman hosts an annual conference bringing together leaders from across the government, non-governmental organizations and the private sector to exchange ideas and suggestions on the immigration challenges faced by individuals, families, and employers.

2014 Fourth Annual Conference -Government and Stakeholders Working Together to Improve Immigration Services
November 6, 2014
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
National Archives
700 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C.

This conference provides a forum to exchange ideas and suggestions on the current legal immigration challenges faced by individuals, families, and employers with leaders from across the government, non-governmental organizations and the private sector.

If you would like to attend, please register by emailing your name, title, business/organization/agency affiliation, and phone number to with “Annual Conference” in the subject line. Registration will remain open until all registration slots are full.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Artisan Business Group to host the Accelerated EB-5 Capital Raising Workshop December 3, 2014 in Seattle, Washington

Artisan Business Group Inc. is to host the Accelerated EB-5 Capital Raising Workshop December 3, 2014 in Seattle, Washington. The Seattle Accelerated EB-5 Capital Raising Process Workshop will focus on exploring alternative finance through EB-5 immigrant investors program. 

The EB-5 immigrant investor program was created in 1990 to encourage overseas investment into government-approved projects to help drive job creation within the US while providing opportunity for foreign nationals to become lawful permanent residents. During the past five years, the EB-5 Program has become increasingly popular by real estate developers looking to secure EB-5 capital to finance their projects. The one-day workshop presented by Artisan Business Group and Seattle Area Regional Center will feature the most experienced EB-5 experts such as Brian Su, Kevin Daniels, Michael Homeier, Nima Korpivaara, Elizabeth Peng, Cletus Weber and Coleen Danaher.
"The purpose of this seminar is to give real estate developers access to experts who focus their core business on the EB-5 program. We have top experts in law, real estate development, escrow administration and marketing to give their insights and knowledge on how to develop effective strategies for attracting international investors,” says Brian Su, founder of Artisan Business Group.
The event will focus heavily on marketing an EB-5 project in Asia. Kevin Daniels of Seattle Area Regional Center will present his personal success story of raising EB-5 funds through the eyes of a developer. Marketing Expert Brian Su will speak in depth about the overseas EB-5 capital markets and new challenges faced when raising EB-5 financing in 2015. Top immigration lawyer Nima Korpivaara will speak about the recent USCIS adjudication and hot issues on EB-5 immigration law. Michael Homeier, one of the most experienced EB-5 securities attorneys, will discuss the current SEC trends and benefits of a direct EB-5 and regional center program. Elizabeth Peng and Cletus Weber will speak about achieving success and avoiding pitfalls in setting up and operating a regional center. Lastly, Coleen Danaher will focus on the important details of escrow and fund administration. 

The Seattle Accelerated EB-5 Capital Raising Process Workshop is designed to provide months of knowledge about the EB-5 Immigrant Investors Program in a one day, in-depth seminar. The event is sponsored by Seattle Area Regional Center, Homeier & Law, David Hirson & Partners, Peng & Weber and NES Financial.  Artisan Business Group is a US-China Market Entry Consultant focusing on connecting professionals from both countries in accomplishing their business goals. Come learn the keys to success in the international capital markets and gain invaluable knowledge on EB-5 marketing.

For information regarding the event and registration, please call Mr. McKay at 217-899-6661 or visit:

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

2015 China investor market will be greatly affected by EB-5 retrogression, USCIS processing times and expiration of RC program

October marks the beginning of a new fiscal year for the EB-5 immigrant investor visa program. This year is expected to bring the EB-5 industry plenty of drama as it will undergo midterm elections, expected retrogression and expiration of the EB-5 regional center program. The midterm elections may bring a shift of power in the US Senate resulting in investors worried about the American political system and more importantly immigration policy reform. There has been new EB-5 legislation introduced in Congress but no new laws have been passed to transform and improve the EB-5 program. The midterm elections can send an unclear message to investors and agents who are eager to see new EB-5 legislation. 

The concerns of the Chinese investors more specifically include EB-5 retrogression, long USCIS processing times and expiration of the EB-5 regional center program. The demand for EB-5 visa will remain strong during the first half of the fiscal year. Once EB-5 retrogression is announced, we expect to see a dramatic shift in the China market. Investors will not be willing to wait for two or more years, depending upon I-526 processing times, to receive their conditional green card. The current long USCIS adjudication times already discourage both Chinese investors and project developers in the US. In addition to long wait times and retrogression, the expiration of EB-5 regional center program is going to intensely affect 2015 investor market.

After the busy spring and summer season, we expect investors to wait and see whether or not EB-5 regional center program will be renewed by Congress. The expiration date of September 30, 2015 will bring additional risks to the program as investors will want to make certain the program is renewed. The Canadian program was recently shut down and will be in the back of the mind of many Chinese investors. There has also been failed projects and fraud in the EB-5 program which can bring additional doubt to investors about the program's renewal success. These additional concerns will greatly slow down the Chinese market in summer and fall of 2015. The 2015 EB-5 investor market will be full of excitement from the beginning to the end of the fiscal year. 

Join us in Seattle on December 3rd to discuss updates within the EB-5 program and Chinese market!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

American Senior Housing Investment and Finance Conference announced

American Senior Housing Investment and Finance Conference is a one-day event presented by Artisan Business Group, Inc. and will be featuring expert industry speakers for new and experienced senior housing developers that are exploring and seeking alternative finance and EB-5 capital to fund projects. The conference will take place in Dallas Texas January 22, 2015. Everything you learn here is about effectively developing projects under EB-5 regional center program and capital raising strategies for your senior housing (assisted living, memory care and senior apartment) projects in China, the largest EB-5 market with abundant investment capitalTo learn more about the conference on January 22, 2015, please log on and register today at

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Chinese executives visit oil field in Texas

A group of Chinese executives from private equity firms and law firms is visiting an oil field in Texas. Chinese firms are very interested in investing in gas and oil industry in the U.S. The field visit is facilitated by Artisan Business Group, Inc. To learn more about doing business with Chinese investment firms, contact us at

ABG to host senior housing investment conference

American Senior Housing Investment and Finance Conference is scheduled on January 22, 2015 in Dallas Texas. The one day conference will focus on alternative financing for senior housing industry.  Key experts from senior housing industry will be featured at the event. Chinese investors and private equity firms are very interested in investing in assisted living and memory facilities and senior apartment projects. For event sponsorship program, please contact us at for details.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

ABG hosts Dallas energy investment conference

Artisan Business Group hosted a successful conference on energy investment in Dallas Texas today. 40 investment executives, attorneys,oil/gas executives from China, Taiwan, France and the US attended the 2014 China US Energy Investment Conference.  As real estate investment in China is cooling off, more Chinese investment bankers and PE firms are seeking new opportunities in the U.S.  Executives from China will be visiting an oil well operation by Seidler Oil Company tomorrow.  It was a great conference for everyone involved in investing in energy and oil gas industry. For more information about seeking foreign funding for oil gas projects in the US, please contact us at today.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Dallas China-US Energy Investment Summit takes place tomorrow

There has been large demand for the China-US Energy Investment Summit in Dallas on October 22nd. Many investment executives from China will be attending the event in Dallas Texas. To learn more about event, log on   Artisan Business Group team will also be available in Dallas Oct 21-24 for consulting service on site. For more information, please contact us at

Monday, October 20, 2014

Artisan Business Group to organize more EB-5 events

Artisan Business Group is planning to organize and host more events around the country in next few months.  Events will focus on EB-5 program and capital raising strategies for bond related projects and senior housing (assisted living and memory care facility) projects. Bookmark the blog, if you are interested in sponsoring these events, contact us at 

Artisan Business Group and Seattle Area EB-5 regional center are co-hosting Seattle EB-5 Capital Raising Workshop on December 3, 2014, register today!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Artisan Business Group concludes Southern China EB-5 Trade Mission

Artisan Business Group has been hosting an 11 member EB-5 delegation throughout the vibrant cities of Shenzhen and Guangzhou from October 11- 18, 2014. During the week-long trade mission, the group has met with major emigration agents including Lianhong Overseas, Worldway, Huamei Immigration, Qiaowai, Fly Overseas, Wonderful and MCD. The group met with 15 emigration agents including the president of the broker association. The delegation of real estate developers and EB-5 regional centers were able to promote their projects, discuss business opportunities and offer training to agents and consultants. This is the third annual EB-5 trade mission hosted by Artisan Business Group. Contact us today at for more information on our consulting services.  

Saturday, October 18, 2014

2014 China-US Energy and Natural Resources Investment Conference agenda announced

2014 China-US Energy and Natural Resources Investment Conference agenda
October 22, 2014
Dallas, Texas

8:30 AM - 9:00 AM Registration
9:00 AM - 9:30 AM Frank Seidler, CEO, Seidler Oil and Gas Operating LLC
9:30 AM - 10:10 AM Dr. Wei Long, Partner, Energy Invest & Consulting LLC
Presentation topic: Asset Pricing and Technical Evaluation in Oil & Gas M&A
10:20 AM -11:00AM Dr. Jerry Jieyuan Zhang, COO, DFG Energy Company, LLC
Presentation topic: Chemical EOR from Lab Design to Field Application
11:00 AM -11:40 PM Mr.Tom Tong, Attorney, Int'l Partner, Locke Lord LLP
Presentation topic: Legal risk and protection of Chinese entity’s investment in US
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM - 1:40 PM Mr. Ted Hong, Partner, Goldin Peiser & Peiser, LLP
Presentation topic: Most favorable tax structures for foreign individual or business to invest in U. S. oil & gas and special tax treatments in oil & gas investment.  
1:40 PM - 2:20 PM Dr. Scott Barnhart, President, Barnhart Economic Services, LLC
Presentation topic: job creation studies in gas oil sector
2:20 PM - 2:50 PM Mayor Pro tem, welcome remarks
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM Panel Discussion, Q&A
Ms. Aijun Cheng, CFO, Seidler Oil and Gas Resources
Mr. Johnny Chang, Director, Westlead Capital Group
Mr. Brian Su, CEO, Artisan Business Group, Inc.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Southern China Delegation continues to meet agents in Shenzhen

Artisan Business group continues to host the Southern China Business and Investment Exploratory Delegation in Shenzhen. The group met with additional emigration agents to discuss their EB-5 project and explore potential business opportunities. The delegation also attended networking events with Chinese business owners and emigration agents in the evening. Check out pictures of the 2014 delegation below! Call 217-899-6661 or email for private consultation.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

ABG leads delegation to Shenzhen

Artisan Business Group is leading an 11 member business delegation to Shenzhen and Guangzhou from October 11-18th. The trip will meet with emigration agents and business executives to discuss the EB-5 program and business opportunities. Bookmark for updates on the Southern China EB-5 delegation.


Thursday, October 9, 2014

National Immigration Forum event notice

Just wanted to take a moment to remind everyone that the National Immigration Forum is having a National Strategy Session on October 23.  This is going to be a great event with NIF’s Leadership Council members in attendance and an engaging list of speakers with a full Agenda.  We need every one of you to come out and show your support!
Don’t miss the Keepers of the American Dream gala later that evening.  This is always an inspiring event.  Plus, this year, your sponsorship of the gala is valued at double because you will have sponsorship rights at the Session and the Gala!
Please click on the links above to register.  Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

ABG leads EB-5 trade mission to Southern China

Artisan Business Group is hosting its annual EB-5 trade mission to Shenzhen, Guangzhou and Foshan in Southern China next week. The goal is to assist EB-5 project developers in establishing direct contacts with Chinese migration agencies and investment firms that are interested in investing in US projects. The week long trip is packed with meetings with experienced EB-5 migration agents such as Worldway, Qiaowai, MCD, and others.  For more information about EB-5 program, contact us at 217-899-6661.