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September 8, 2010

Torrington BNI: Unlock your networking potential.

In order to manage a successful business, you have to network. It’s a must. In todays modern world, we network in more ways than one. Networking sites like Facebook and Twitter have unlocked a whole new world when it comes to social and business networking. In todays fast pace world, we often never have the time to network in real life. That’s where BNI comes in. BNI is Business Networking International, it is not only the largest business networking organization in the world, but it also is the best resource to learn new ways to market yourself and your business. Imagine this; a group of local business leaders in one room together, networking together, to not only get their name out there, but also to attract more clients as well as future business partnerships. Brilliant!

Today, I was invited to a BNI meeting, which we are very fortunate enough to have right here in Torrington, which not all that many people really knew about. Well, the secrets out! It’s here, and it’s very successful! Business leaders from all across the Torrington area come together at seven o’clock every Wednesday morning at Burns, Brooks & Mc Neil located at 69 Water Street in downtown Torrington. I know what your thinking, seven o’clock is just way to early. Well a wise man once said, the early bird catches the worm, and in this case, the early bird catches success. This mornings meeting was a first for me. I have never heard of BNI and I was interested in learning all about what exactly it entailed. To my surprise, it was not only networking, but also learning about ways to market myself, almost like taking marketing classes! At the end of this very successful meeting, which only lasted for about an hour, you had the opportunity to get to know local business leaders, exchange business cards and set up appointments.

Having a local BNI is not only a huge win for local businesses, it’s also a huge win for the community as we continue to move forward with economic development, which is what I talked about in my previous article. Having this kind of networking event just screams success. It’s neighbors helping neighbors. In fact, I was even helped out myself. When I made the mention that I wrote blogs and promoted local businesses, I made some heads turn. I had one thing that this business leaders did not; time, and plenty of it. Having time to market the local businesses in the area completely eliminates any time that they need to make to market themselves, and since many of them are extremely busy and dedicated to their work, time just isn’t there, which is exactly where I come in.  Little did I know what potentials a blog had. Attending this BNI meeting made me see things in a completely new light.

Looking to attend a Torrington BNI meeting? Your in luck! They will be hosting an open house next Wednesday, September 15th, at 7AM. If you want to further advance your business, I strongly suggest you attend this event. It may just be the recipe you need to unlock your networking potential.

For Torrington BNI Open House information please click here :

http://www.facebook.com/#!/event.php?eid=136729949705045

Business Networking International. Photo Credit: BNI.COM

Mike Valletta can be reached for comment at: NorthwestCTMike@aol.com 

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Economic Development

 

New Taco Bell slated to open soon on the top of Route 202 in Torrington.

Economic development is crucial. In todays modern world, we cannot stay behind the times, rather stay ahead of the times.  We also, of course, cannot continue to do what we have been doing, if we would like to experience real change, we have to step out of our comfort zone. It’s a hard thing to do. Human nature is to stay within our comfort zone, however when we step out, we have just unlocked a new world full of unlimited potential. The way I see it, you have to set your fear aside, get a little wild and crazy, and walk right into the unknown.

Torrington, as well as the entire Litchfield Hills region of Connecticut, is no different. We have the tourism. We have the potential. Our region is unique compared to the rest of Connecticut. We are not only the most rural county in Connecticut, but we are also home to the highest elevations as our region is directly in the Appalachian mountain range. Combining these two unique traits together is a powerful thing. It is the whole reason why we have the tourism that we do, as well as the numerous vacation homeowners and celebrities. Furthermore, many of these people pay big bucks for the million dollar views that we have in Litchfield county. When we talk potential for economic development, we don’t need to talk about potential. It’s already here, we just have to act on it.

The city of Torrington is in a unique position. It is the central hub of Litchfield county, not only for arts and culture, but shopping as well. People from all across rural Litchfield county, come to Torrington just to go shopping. Tourists come to Torrington not only to wine and dine and capture all of the arts and entertainment, but to shop as well. We are Litchfield counties shopping center, and today, now more than ever, we are witnessing it first hand as more stores and franchises are built. Torrington is in the middle of economic development, though the key thing to remember is that we have to continue to remember why people come to the Litchfield Hills. Many come here because of our unique attractions as well as the laid back lifestyle and small town life. The people that come here, aren’t interested in the everyday things that they see at home, they much rather shop at the small town boutiques and discover new, unique things that are eye catching to them. It’s important that we not only act on that attraction, but also work to protect that very asset.

This summers Main Street Marketplace in downtown Torrington. Photo credit: 60B Photography

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Mike Valletta can be reached for comment at: NorthwestCTMike@aol.com 

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