General Info

What to expect:

Our group follows the BNI protocols so it will proceed like any other BNI meeting you may have been to.  We have approximately 25 members.  When you come in, a Visitor Host will greet you, ask you to sign in and then introduce you to a few members.

The meeting starts with open networking where you will have an informal chance to meet and chat with the members. When we bring the meeting to order, we welcome our visitors, introduce the leadership team, have an education session, then give everyone a chance to tell us about their business in their Sales Training Minute. Typically one member will give a 10 minute presentation per meeting, and then we exchange referrals. Please come prepared with a short description of your business and bring enough business cards to share with the group.

When to arrive:

We recommend guests arrive Tuesday mornings around 7:15 a.m. so they have time to sign-in and meet our members. The meeting starts at 7:15 am with open networking, and we sit down for the formal meeting at 7:30.  The Leadership Team works very hard to complete the meeting and the exchange of referrals by 9:00 a.m.

What to bring:

Bring a concise description of your business because you will have several opportunities to talk about it. You will meet approximately 25 new people, so bring enough business cards to give one or two to each person. If you have one small brochure, you can leave it at the entrance table with a Visitor Host.

Where to go:

Charter Oak Federal Credit Union Headquarters
Tuesdays at 7:15 am
1055 Hartford Turnpike
Waterford, CT 06385


Will I be asked to join?

We are always looking for reputable business people to share referrals with, however applications are reviewed before being accepted.  A Visitor Host will ask to spend about 10 minutes with you after the meeting to answer any questions you may have about the group, BNI and membership. After a good meeting, it is very common for visitors to see the value of BNI for their business and ask to submit and application for membership.

Who do I call if I have questions?

The Visitor Hosts are there to answer your questions, and will make themselves available after the meeting. You are also welcome to contact the Leadership Team or any member to address your questions.  You can refer to our membership directory for contact information.