I attended a BNI meeting once in 2008, but I had forgotten what BNI was all about. You can learn about BNI on their website, but the one memory that came back to me, and what I feel makes the group work, is their attendance policy and how it equates to accountability. Some people seek accountability at BNI, some at Chamber Events, I happened to choose Rick Roberge.
I enjoyed the networking opportunity and was able to reconnect with Chloe White, the Chapter VP who I went to CCSU with, and Adam Pavelchak, who I played soccer with at Bristol Eastern High School, both of whom I haven’t seen in over a decade! This was a far drive to make every Wednesday morning so I may seek out a more local BNI group to join in the future, but only for proximity reasons. This group had a lot of driven professionals! Here is a list of them along with a recap of the type of business they are seeking:
Chris Ahlgren, Ahlgren Landscaping LLC- Serves the Greater Hartford area for landscaping and snow removal. He currently has a loader sitting idle and looking for businesses that need snow removed to clear parking spots.
Andy Lawson, Janney Montgomery Scott- Life changes can have big implications on your savings and investments. Planning for retirement, going through divorce, and children's college tuition payments are all events that Andy can help you plan for.
Carleen Limmer, SendOutCards.com- Carleen is working to create a revolution of kindness! With just the click of a button, you can choose your custom card, add a personal photo, write your message and click send. Carleen's service will print, stuff, stamp and mail the physical card for you.
Adam Pavelchak, Chippens Plumbing- With the sub-zero temps, Adam has been getting a lot of calls about frozen pipes and even frozen baseboard heaters. Make sure you call early before the pipe melts. If it's cracked, an additional call for someone to fix water damage repair may be in your future.
Alice Sawyer, Sawyer Law Office- Alice specializes in Estate Planning and Elder Law. Many people take it for granted how important a will is to have. Alice can help create your will and also act as the will's executor.
Davia Shepherd, Saporito Chiropractic- Did you know that 80% of people have back pain, and 80% of those people can be helped by a chiropractor? With this long, cold weather and heavy, wet snow to shovel, a chiropractor may be your solution.
Chloe White, Keller Williams Realty- I already mentioned that I went to CCSU with Chloe so maybe I'm biased, but Chloe gets Inbound. Her Blog and her social selling skills really set her apart from other residential realtors.
Tamara Morrison, Tamara Morrison Graphics- Whether you are looking for a logo for a new business, an upgrade in materials for an existing business, a flyer for an event, or a T-shirt design for Grandma's 80th birthday, Tamara's graphic design talent can help.
Todd Pelletier, Todd's Precision Carpentry- Specializing in residential carpentry, kitchen and bath renovation, decks, etc..., Todd will treat your home as well as he treats his own, but probably better!
Barry Balaban, Black Bear Auto- Barry's shop is a great alternative to a dealership service department. They are staying up to speed with the latest vehicle repair standards. Newer model, no problem. Every tech has a laptop on their toolbox!
Scott Putnam, D&J Corporation- Celebrating their 50th year in business this year! D&J build new homes and additions.
Christine Smith, Levin, Bengtson& Smith, P.C.- Many new small business owners are expert at their trade, but the accounting/business side proves to be a challenge. Christine prides herself on the level of personal service that she provides and her proactive approach to the ever-changing business climate.
Charles Paonessa, Dura Construction- Property managers with building site issues, call Charles.
Jim Thoma, New Wave Wellness, LLC- After losing his wife to cancer, Jim has dedicated himself to helping others with their wellness. He offers Galvonic Resonant Testing, Blood Type Diet, Weight Management Program, Negative Ion Footbaths, and Super Brain Entrainment.
Boris Kovalevsky, Computer Solutions- Computer problems? Network problems? Boris has you covered. These are my words- If your professional email does not end with @yourcompanieswebsite.com and you are using @yahoo.com, @hotmail.com, @gmail.com, or at @yourISP.whatever, ask Boris how to redirect or create a new email account so your prospects can view you as a serious business.
I hope I didn't leave anyone out. Compiling all these names and businesses was a fun exercise. I had never been on anyone's website (besides Chloe's) before the meeting, and it was very interesting to hear how people spoke of themselves and their business, and then to go online and see their websites. I equate it to listening to a radio personality for years, and then finding a picture of them online. You make this great impression of their voice and stories, but sometimes you envisioned them differently than they really are. Is your website/online presence reflective of what you tell people in real life?