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What is BNI?
Dr. Ivan Misner
Dr. Ivan Misner is the Founder & Chairman of BNI, as well as a New York Times best-selling author.  

He founded BNI 30 years ago in California.  

The philosophy of this organization is built on the idea of “Givers Gain.” By giving business to others, you will get business in return.
Would you like to increase your business by 20%, 30%, 50% or as much as 100%? You can see results like this! Many have! Some participants have added as many as 50 new clients in the first 2 years! Successful businesses depend on word-of-mouth.
Note, some professions, specifically attorneys and certain health care professionals, may not be permitted to seek direct referrals through in-person solicitation through the use of business cards pursuant to their ethical code. Members of BNI that belong to these professions are directed to follow their profession’s own ethical guidelines. 
Chapter Openings
To find details about these chapter meetings, visit, click on the Find a Chapter tab at the top and enter the name of the chapter.

Chapters are continuously recruiting, so reach out to the chapter President or Leadership Team to confirm that an opening still exists.

Looking for an opening in your category? Go to On the lower left hand side of the home page, click on Find an Opening.

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Consumer Property & Casualty
* Please note, chapter meetings and information sessions will be canceled if the local school district is delayed or closed due to weather concerns.
Member Success Program:
Stamford May 27th 1:45 pm
Visitor Days:
Waterbury June 2nd 7:00 am
Information Sessions: 
Interested in starting a chapter or finding an opening in an existing chapter? Attend an informational session near you to find out more.  
Chapters Forming:
Please contact these
chapters before visiting to
determine if your category is available.
Windsor Tuesday 7:00 AM
Hello Business Networkers!     May 2015
This newsletter is a resource of networking tips, BNI events and chapter openings for current BNI members and those who have expressed interest in the organization, either by visiting a meeting or inquiring through
We’re happy you’re here.
The BNI Connecticut Regional Team
The 7 Secrets to Work-Life Harmony
It’s not as elusive as you may think it is
By Dr. Ivan Misner

Finding time for family, your business, leisure time and BNI can be challenging.  It’s difficult to do it all.  So, I thought you might like the secret to balance.  Are you ready?  Here it is…

Forget about balance. It’s an illusion.  Balance assumes that we spend an equal amount of time in all or most areas of our life.  It is like the image of the “scales” where everything is completely in balance and equal.  It assumes that we must spend a certain portion of each week devoted in some equal measure to every item important in our life.

The problem with that is that almost no business person can actually achieve that.  We tend to live such hectic, busy lives it is incredibly difficult to fit it all in.

So, what do we do about this?  For me, it’s about creating harmony
, not balance.  This is more than semantics – it is a different way of looking at life.  While life can’t be fully in balance, it is possible to create a life that is in harmony with your vision of who you are and what you want to do. 

If this resonates with you Click here for techniques to try. 

I would love to hear how you have sought and found harmony in your life. What actions did you take, and how did it positively change your business and personal life?
What Do Most Successful People Have In Common?

In this video, I talk about the one thing the majority of successful people have in common-a positive attitude.

UAE networking expert Bijay Shah and I discuss how a positive attitude is one thing that you’ll find in almost any successful person anywhere.  More importantly, we explain how YOU can stay positive and headed toward success, despite challenging situations in both your business life and personal life.  Feel free to leave feedback after watching the video. Have you used any of these strategies to help you?


What Do Most Successful People Have in Common?
What Do Most Successful People Have in Common?

Chapter Anniversaries

May 2015 


Connecticut Valley – 23 Years

Stamford One – 20 Years

Bristol Towpath – 9 Years

Trailblazers – 9 Years

Minnechaug – 9 Years

Shoreline East – 7 Years

Elm City – 4 Years

Farmington Valley – 3 Years

BNI Litchfield – 2 Years





It’s Membership Drive Contest Time!
This is the time where you could win a FREE trip to Hilton Head Island, South Carolina FOR TWO!  To qualify, your chapter has to add six new members between March 30th and May 29th 2015.  The sponsor(s) of those members are then entered into the statewide drawing for the free trip.  The chapters who are close to qualifying are:


Elm City
Silver Cities
Westport Entrepreneurs






Greater Hartford

BNI Litchfield, 

Merritt Business Networkers




BNI Edge

Business Bobcats

Glastonbury Tuesday

Quiet Corner

The Westport

Valley Canton


There is still plenty of time for all the chapters!  
Good Luck!!  Let this be your chapter’s time to shine!
Your BNI Is Showing

Region Albums

Chapter Albums

Valley (Canton)

Featured Presentations

Photo’s of Members and/or their Businesses.

BNI On-The-Border (Enfield)


Photos from chapter meetings and events


Chapter meetings and events


Chapter meetings & events