• Meet the Director of Economic Development for Stamford, CT
    Do you do business in Stamford? Are you interested in learning about doing business in the city? Want to learn about new businesses coming to Stamford that are potential clients? Interested in learning about becoming part of the supply chain for larger companies in the area? Please join us for this great informational session to learn about doing business in Stamford. This is a fantastic opportunity to learn and also network with many other area professionals and small business owners. Coffee and bagels will be served. Speaker is Thomas Madden, Director of Economic Development for Stamford Agenda: • Introduction of Mr. Madden by Vinny LaRocca • Introduction of resources of business coming to Stamford • RFP process with the City • Supply chaining with larger companies in the area • Resources from SBA • Q&A

    Stamford Government Center

    888 Washington Blvd. 4th Floor Cafeteria · Stamford, CT

  • Make Some Money!
    Come to network with business leaders from the Bridgeport area and find out if BNI is the right fit for your business. Bring lots of business cards! $10 for the continental breakfast will be collected at the door.

    Webster Bank Arena

    600 Main Street · Bridgeport, CT

  • Learn How to Grow Your Business Through LinkedIn
    The agenda for the evening is below. LinkedIn is the most effective social media platform to market and grow your business to fellow business professionals. Business owners, business professionals and corporations will benefit from this in-depth introduction to Linkedin. The workshop will cover: navigating the tool, the importance and keys to being found more easily, and best practices to grow your LinkedIn network and how to stay top of mind with your network. This session is being taught by Susan LaCorte Catalano, co-founder of HireWorthy (http://www.hireworthy.com), a consulting firm. Susan optimizes LinkedIn profiles for business owners, professionals, and entrepreneurs, and consults with companies and professional services firms on the effective use of LinkedIn to achieve measurable business results such as generating leads, boosting SEO results, improving visibility to customers and prospects, and promoting staff expertise. Susan also specializes in assisting job seekers secure employment faster by developing effective job search strategies, creating key word resumes, improving interview performance and building attention-getting LinkedIn profiles. 5:30 to 6:30: Open networking and dinner. 6:30 to 7:30: Presentation 7:30 +: Additional Networking

    Quattro Pazzi

    269 Bedford Street · Stamford, CT

  • Close the Sale -- Get Sold on a New Way of Closing.
    Taught by Rich Gee, a BNI member of the Darien Dynamos chapter. As a sales and business coach, he provides transformational solutions for business owners and salespeople. (http://www.richgee.com). A description of the program is below. The agenda for the night will be: 5:30 - 6:30 PM Dinner/Networking, 6:30 - 7:30 PM Presentation, 7:30+ PM Networking Program Description: You know your product like the back of your hand, and you can prospect with the best of them. But when it comes to closing, you’re seeing more doors than deals. Don’t give up! Chances are it’s not you that’s responsible for your closing issues, but myths you’ve been taught about the closing process. Walk away from this workshop with actionable tools that will . . . and deliver a win-win for all parties! • Allow you to close more quickly and be more effective. • Push yourself to ask for more . . . and get it from your prospects and customers. What we will do: • Diagnose what type of closer you are - there are 10 types! • Help you develop specific responses to your most-often heard sales objections.

    SBC Restaurant & Brewery

    2600 Post Road · Southport, CT