Real Estate Information Archive

Blog

Displaying blog entries 1-10 of 19

My wife tagged along with me one day last week when I was showing homes in Old Saybrook. It was around 2pm and asked her what she’d like to have for lunch before we headed home. Because we both are known to be pretty fair scratch cooks and bakers choosing a restaurant is always a challenge. She was loath to choose a burger place, one of the ubiquitous seafood restaurants or asian food and was undecided. I decided looked at my Yelp in the hopes we find something new and fresh and did we ever hit a pay dirt. 

 

 

Opened just 7 months, I found Himalaya Cafe…slated as an Indian Bistro & Lounge. It had a menu that lined up with our sensibilities and mood! We headed that way…they were open just 30 minutes more.  

 

 

Himilaya Cafe, the vision and creation of Sanjay Odedra, is conveniently located at 1456 Boston Post Rd. in Old Saybrook. Don’t let the modest façade fool you…when you enter you’ll be impressed! Sanjay created an inner sanctum that’s both interesting and unique. It’s a space that is true to his vision which is a destination where people could come to relax, be casual, memorable and a departure from restaurant norms. In my humble opinion he made he more than accomplished this.

 

He designed all the furniture that was handcrafted in India which used reclaimed lumber from a decommissioned fishing boat. The finishes vary from clear finishes over uber-thick Koa wood juxtaposed with the whimsical & wonderful tropical colors of the bygone fishing boat that provides a warm, well-worn patina that only time and the sea could provide. I loved the lower table height at table for two by the window where I could take in all the wonderful artifacts Sanjay has collected during his travels...each telling its own story. 

 

  

I stopped by one day to talk to Sanjay but he was out for the day and instead had the pleasure to speak his sister Sima Odedra who clearly runs the show. One can tell Sima loves whats she is doing as she just exudes a happy and welcoming energy. She works tirelessly to realize the vision Sanjay had for Himalaya Cafe. 
 

I quickly learned during our conversation that the Himilaya Cafe as I experienced it in month 7 was more an evolution than the original plan:  a cozy, warm, inviting space where one could come relax and converse over drinks and small plates. 

 


Deepak Sanap, Chef Extraordinaire

 

Enter Deepak Sanap (my new best friend;) and the executive chef! With 20 years experience, Deepak is the creator of the very wonderful menu that changes often and never disappoints. He just didn’t fall into the culinary world he pursued it beginning with graduating as pastry chef at just 17 from YWCA Mumbai. He got lucky at age 18 with a 5 year stint at Taj, the 5-Star Hotel chain owned by Sheraton. He was then head chef and baker on a British cruise line before migrating to the USA. He’d then spend his next decade plus honing his skills and talents owning and operating his own restaurants alone and n partnership in Ohio and New Jersey until he returned to India for a short hiatus. When he returned to the USA he came to be Himalaya Cafe’s venerable, talented and deft executive chef. 

 

Deepak Sanap making papadam 

 

The menu is admittedly limited so they can concentrate on the quality and scratch preparation of each dish using the finest local and imported ingredients. Oh man is it the right game plan. As I returned for a third time eating off both regular and their specials menu I was transported to another world yet again. Sima spoke of their plans to slowly expanding their fair into gluten free offerings as well. They do so much in such a small space. 

 

Everything we tasted was over the moon and unlike any other Indian restaurant we’ve had the pleasure of trying. Starting with the simple papadam normally offered at such restaurants you’ll Immediately you notice a difference. 

 

Theirs are prepared on premises as they arrive to the table rolled, not flat, with some flame charred spots for extra flavor. It’s with a mango chili pepper chutney to dip as opposed to the trite trio of tamarind, green sauce, and pickled onions offered elsewhere. The Paneer Tikka, a seasoned cheese and baked in the tandoor oven was unique. The onion appetizer special incredible! 

 

The Korma is other worldly packed with flavor, texture, complexity and depth. The long grain jasmine rice is delicate, fluffy, aromatic, moist…perfect.  There delicious naan a perfect companion to the aforementioned offered plain, garlic or sesame seed,  my personal fav.  

 

  

 

The mango lassi is not out of a jug as I’ve caught some other places pouring…it too is made from scratch. The chicken vindaloo is also remarkable in its depth, flavor and texture. 

 

When I returned to do the interview for this blog I had to have the Chicken Korma again. If it could be, it seemed better than the last time as did every bite I enjoyed. I am swept away when dining there. Even Deepak’s kheer, their rice pudding,  is over the moon with it’s rich, creamy texture, and the wonderful addition of chewy blonde raisins perfectly sautéed into chewy candies and nuts makes it all that more memorable.

 

I loved eating at the bar and seeing Deepak work in the open kitchen as Alyse, our friendly and competent waitress, met our every need. For me I never once needed to ask for at thing. 

 

 

If you love Indian food and seek a different experience along Connecticut’s shoreline I whole heartedly recommend Himalaya Cafe. You will not be disappointed. I noted a Salvatore Dali quote on the wall...”Don’t fear perfection. You’ll never achieve it!”  Deepak has shown Dali he was wrong. If Deepak’s food isn’t perfection it’s as close as you’ll ever experience.

 

 

When you go please tell them Mick & Lizzy sent you!

If you do Sima promises you a free desert!

 

Don't you love their sense of humor? Being married it's more correct than a joke!

How a stray cat upstaged my church pastor!

by Gigi Giordano

St. Mary’church in Clinton has been like the hub on a wheel in my life with many spokes radiating from it’s center: Mom and Dad were married at St. Mary's and buried in the cemetery. So it’s no surprise that my brother and I were baptized there, took catechism our first communion there and became confirmed. 

 

Who knew we’d all be upstaged by a stray cat?! One of our wonderful priests, Father Michael Sequeira, and the now famous stray black cat that would later be known as Roman CatHolic has been memorialized in a book titled: “Stories of an Outstanding Cat”  

 

Since the cat emerged onsite back in 1997 Fr. Mike had no idea of the positive impact it would have on his life. Roman the cat passed away in 2015.  I think you’ll this self-published book I think you’ll find uplifting and insightful. While every one had thought he had rescued him it had turned out that the cat rescued Fr. Mike. 

 

Visit: https://anoutstandingcat.com to read more about this wonderful story and to buy the book. Here’s 

 

THE STORY BEHIND THE STORIES

 

 

If you have a furry friend, feline or otherwise, you talk to it, right? Probably even have conversations with it. (We all do.)

 

And so it was when the pastor of a church in Clinton, Connecticut encountered a lost cat several days in a row on the grounds of the rectory he called home. A pact he made with the cat for a one-night living arrangement came undone when the rescued cat did not live up to his campaign promise to be gone after one night.

 

It soon became clear to everyone who knew them, that it was this cat he had named Roman Catholic who rescued Father Michael and not the other way around. And what followed was fifteen years of their sometimes conflicting needs coalescing into a relationship of devotion to one another and to the parishioners to whom they ministered.

 

The life, adventures, musings, and lessons learned from the beloved, sassy cat became stories that Father Michael would tell to his congregants. In retirement from his busy ministry, he has written them down in a treasure of delightful vignettes. And like Levy’s secular rye bread, you don’t have to be Catholic to enjoy them!

 

Here’s a couple of sample pages and excerpts for you to get a sense of what he put together. It’s beautifully illustrated.

 

 

 

 

Green Steam - An affordable and wonderful mobile detailing service

by Mick Marsden

I love all things green and renewable. Sustainability is not just a word but must be a way of life if we are to leave a planet for our grandchildren and their children like we've enjoyed. I also love convenience and technology. I'm super busy as a the leader of a team of REALTORs who serve the CT Shoreline and Lower CT River Valley. So both time and money are precious to me. 

I needed my 2010 Prius detailed in the worst way. I like a spiffy car for my own psyche and as well as for the comfort and enjoyment of clients I take to homes. Bringing my vehicle to a detailer requires my driving to the detailing venue twice and with a friend or my wife to get me there and back. The detailing company I had been using has raised prices beyond what I feel is a good value for me so discovering Marco and Diego and their new mobile detailing service was a big win-win-win. 

 

Being mobile they can do this service wherever  I am. In this case, I had scheduled Marco and Diego to come to my home in the afternoon one day last week. I had been visiting a friend just home from the hospital and was helping her update her Mac, iPhone, and iPad the new iCloud system and realized I wasn't going to make it home in time for my detailing appointment. No problem. I texted Diego a new address and he came to Essex home I was visiting instead. Convenience and great service from polite and competent detailers are just the start. 

 

 

Green Steam uses steam to do the job as you might guess. Other detailers are using gallons and gallons of water to wash each and every car. Some car washes recycle water and frankly don't like the smell of it in many cases. In automatic washes the car suffers the minor surface abrasions from the equipment. Steam lines up with my sensibilities. 

 

Green Steam uses steam to wash and clean both the cars exterior and interior.  Steam is completely safe on auto surfaces.  Moreover, steam has sanitizing and deodorizing effects of low water use is eco-friendly.

 

 

It takes very little water, less than 1 gallon per vehicle on average, and it does not cause any wastewater run-off.  Steam's washing power is truly amazing.  You will be astonished to see what it can achieve without any chemicals. Green Steam provides customers with three services:  exterior car washing, interior cleaning & disinfection, and detailing.  While others compete on price alone…Green Steam delivers much more. 

 

 

Marco and Diego relocated to the shoreline to build a better life than was available to them in a large city. They chose the beautiful shoreline for obvious reasons with many career aspirations, desires, and an eagerness to succeed. Most complain about the economy and think negatively as a result. This team thinks positively and has had the fortitude to begin a new business in a time where most would run the other way. 

 

You'll not find a better value or job for the $115 they charge for a complete detail. They leave no mark at the place they do their work and I hope you'll give them a call support the friendly hard working team. Call them today at (860) 304-2798 or (860) 575-5260 to book your onsite Green Steam detail. You'll be delighted!

The CT Shoreline Housing Report

by Mick Marsden

CT Shoreline Housing Report

Connecticut Shoreline Residential Closings

The report below shows statistics from 2010 residential closings along the Connecticut Shoreline. It lists the number of closings, median sale price, average days on market, and % list to sale price for each town within our primary service area. 

 

 

Town

# Closings

Median 

Sale Price

Average 

Days on Market

% List to Sale 

Price

Branford

139

$295,000

99

88.98%

Centerbrook

2

$198,750

78

79.57%

Chester

25

$309,900

96

92.17%

Clinton

112

$271,000

118

88.32%

Deep River

41

$275,000

120

89.20%

Durham

58

$279,237

96

90.58%

East Haddam

84

$255,000

103

92.91%

East Hampton

111

$250,000

80

92.65%

East Haven

199

$178,000

69

91.79%

East Lyme

83

$345,000

101

91.86%

Essex

38

$376,950

131

88.06%

Guilford

198

$388,750

105

94.29%

Haddam / H. Neck / Higganum

66

$264,500

110

90.91%

Ivoryton

14

$308,000

71

90.77%

Killingworth

43

$312,000

115

88.17%

Lyme / Hadlyme

26

$524,500

160

81.04%

Madison

207

$427,000

109

89.41%

Niantic

86

$274,250

101

91.48%

North Branford / Northford

67

$258,000

104

88.53%

Old Lyme

73

$357,000

113

90.17%

Old Saybrook

119

$310,000

114

87.90%

Salem

43

$239,900

93

89.79%

Waterford

141

$235,000

86

90.33%

Westbrook

60

$338,000

97

87.73%

 

Source of Data: CT MLS

 

 

 

If you've ever had to search for a nursing home, long term care facility, or place to rehabilitate from major surgery for a loved one you'll quickly find out who's in the business for the right reasons.  By simply touring a facility unannounced your observations will give you the comfort level of what a facility has to offer to you or your family member needing care.

 

 

Some years ago I visited many long term care facilities while searching for an elder mother-in-law and it was quite discouraging. Often times the words coming from the lips of the representative who was selling the facility didn't match up with reality...or at least the reality I experienced with my own eyes during my tours. Many halls I walked smelled of urine and were full of equipment and the like in the halls making it difficult for residents to traverse. I simply didn't get the feeling or energy on the floor that things were as upbeat as they could be. These would be facilities that I feel are doing the least for the residents in order to fatten the bottom line for the company.  

 

Recently, I had the pleasure of meeting Paul Knutsen, Executive Director of Gladeview Rehabilitation & Health Care Center in Old Saybrook, CT. I met Paul at a BNI meeting last week and went to visit him to see what kind of facility he ran. I was not only blown away about how Gladeview was managed and run, but with Paul Knutsen himself. 


Paul Knutsen explaining his approach to managing a long term care facility and his perspective on rehab to me.

 

I learned that this energetic executive in his early forties was in the business for the right reason. When I asked him how he found his way into the healthcare industry he reflected about his youth working for the Easter Seals Foundation at Camp Hemlocks in Hebron. At 15, he felt how wonderful it was to help someone in need, he knew then and there what he wanted to do for work for the rest of his life. That feeling was too good to let go. He never looked back. “I enjoy being able to be part of the team that provides great care, getting people back to their best, or providing a great living environment for those who reside with us.”  “Making a difference in someone else’s life is what this is all about”.

 


 

We discussed a lot about long term care facilities, a bit about our country's broken state our healthcare system is in, and more. Each of Paul's responses were heartfelt, erudite, and demonstrated his expertise in the business. Paul is no nonsense, has an extreme focus on things running correctly, puts the patient first, and manages a staff that is one of the warmest, most professional groups I've personally witnessed. 

 

On my tour of the 3 story, 132 bed facility, which is almost always totally full, I noticed one thing right away. The halls had no smell of urine. Things were light, bright, and spotless. The halls were clear and open and the people, residents and staff, that I engaged along the way happy and smiling. This is a testament to two important things about the facility: 

 

1. It means that residents with incontinence concerns are well cared for and that the staff truly care for those they care for.


2. The housekeeping staff isn't hiding.  They are very present, and on top of things always keeping up on what they do. 

 

The floors gleam, there isn't even a small piece of debris that can be found on any floor, in any corner. 

 

Gladeview’s staffing model and floor management by resident needs differ from most other homes as well.  Unit managers and Lead C.N.A’s  are in place and all staff are trained specific to the needs of the residents on their units help ensure their needs are met.  This model also produces the accountability that one needs to keep a tight ship running properly and efficiently.  The entire management team is active in the care of the residents and can be found out in the resident care areas of the facility assisting and observing to make sure the optimal care is being provided.

 

Meet Charlene Marcotte. Charlene is one of several residents who run Gladeview’s gift shop. The profits from the gift shop and other fund raising activities are used for Scholarships for a resident of Old Saybrook.  This scholarship is given to a student who demonstrates strong community service and academic success. The residents also donate their profits to other community endeavors such as the local food bank.  When visiting Gladeview there is often 2 or 3 residents volunteering at the gift shop. 

Gladeview offers a full complement of services:  

  • Twenty-four hour nursing care
  • Medical Director on staff and specialists on call
  • Speech, occupational, and physical therapy, dental services and psychiatry available
  • Individual and group social work services for residents and families
  • Distinct unit for sub-acute, short-term rehabilitation and post-acute care
  • Intravenous therapy
  • Contract with major insurances, HMO's and Medicare

Residents enjoy a rich lifestyle: 

  • Daily menu selections artfully prepared and elegantly served
  • Telephone outlets and cable access in every room
  • Personalized indoor and outdoor recreational programs
  • Wheelchair accessible gardening
  • Canopied patio area
  • Scheduled intergenerational opportunities
  • Day trips to restaurants, malls, local events, etc.
  • Arts and crafts classes
  • Ice cream parlor and Gift Shop
  • Volunteer services
  • Beauty/barber shop
  • Newspaper/mail service
  • Library
  • Regular chapel services
  • Rehabilitation
Large, equipped, light, bright, and cheery is Gladeview's Rehab Dept.


Speaking of Rehabilitation, most facilities offer a 5-day program with an option for a 6th. This is NOT Paul's approach whatsoever. He shared with me that Gladeview offers a standard 6-day program with an option for 7. He learned that with this approach people get better faster which means they're home sooner. This more aggressive approach provides optimal outcomes and reduces costs for everyone involved. Gladeview also has full time therapists in all disciplines, Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapy as well as many per-diem therapists which make a seven day program possible.   


The Rehab department is twice as large as those found in other facilities. The reason for such a focus on rehabilitation is easy to understand as Gladeview was founded by a 100% disabled veteran, Dr. Morton Silbertein.  Dr. Silberstein’s experiences with his own rehabilitation and nursing care gave him the drive to become a physician and later in life founded Gladeview.  Dr. Silberstein lived from 1922 to 2007 and quoted Gladeview’s Mission:  “People should have a life for as long as they live!  That’s why we’re here.”  


 

You can read a short and moving biography of Dr. Silberstein by visiting GladeviewCares.com.

 

It's my understanding that approximately 35 of the residents at Gladeview are veterans. This is also consistent with Dr. Silberstein's mission to provide for his fellow veterans.

 

Linda Silberstein, currently owns Gladeview and is committed to continuing Dr. Silberstein’s mission.  She is personally on site very often to ensure Gladeview keeps consistent with its mission.

 

Follow them on Facebook by clicking the logo: 

 



Computer Signs is a one stop shop for everything visual!

by Mick Marsden

Art and Maura Vercillo founded Computer Signs in 1986 on Rt. 1 or Boston Post Road. Andrew, their son, has been working in the business since he was 14 and absolutely loves the business. 

 

 

Their facility is top notch and cutting edge. Their capabilities are endless. Want to wrap a bus, car, or other vehicle with your message. No problem. Trade show signing, decals, jobsite signs, banners, carved and cutting 3D architectural signage, boat and car graphics and lettering, A-frames, ADA signage and more. 

 

Andrew Vercillo will take your design and make it happen or create a design for you that will wow you!

 

 

Their new laser engraving services will allow Computer Signs to make 3D or 2D incredible detail on just about any material you can think of. I was blown away by the small tolerances of cut outs on an acrylic sample Andrew showed that happened in about 24 seconds. Wood, corona, engraving stock for labeled switch panels, metal, you name it. 

 

Andrew enters data into his computerized cutting lathe that creates his 3D signage and projects. 

 

 

Computer Signs is open 9-5 Monday - Friday, Saturday 9am - Noon. Call them at 860-388-9773

 

The friendly staff wants to make you happy!

 

So next time you need a sign, badge, banner, wrap, or anything you need to hand a sign on, call the capable and affable team at Computer Signs. 

Discover Chester Charter at Chester Airport

by Mick Marsden

I love to soar in gliders and I love powered planes too. It's one reason I love doing my own aerial photos for real estate clients. I don't need much of an excuse to get into the air. I was just up doing some aerial photos of a new Essex listing coming on the market in a week or so. I flew down the CT to Essex Village to get some general aerials on my approach to the subject property on Benson Lane.

Your's truly in front of the Skyhawk. Proof I lived through my own piloting. 

I took some great photos of friend's house on Foxboro Point then over the foot of main towards Benson. After that we flew down the river to take photos of the shoreline, Old Saybrook, Fenwick and then to Chalker Beach to take photos of 98 Chalker Beach Road (visit: 98ChalkerBeachRoad.com) before we turned to back to Chester. I took a few more of homes I am hoping to list soon. Positive thinking is the key for sure. 

The Foot of Main and The CT River Museum in Essex, CT

20 Benson Lane on Middle Cove in Essex available for sale now. 

When we landed I blurted out to my great pilot Jason "You have an extra hour?" 

Jason said: "In fact I do!"

I told him how I started to take lessons when I was young and asked if we could go back up only with me behind the yoke. And that was that. 

I taxied ok until it came time to stop on a straight line which took getting used to again. After making sure it was clear push the throttle to full and moments later after I gently pulled back after reaching 60knots I felt us lift off and I was flying. 

Jason Fanghella, my very competent charter pilot and instructor

Jason is a deft pilot and instructor and directed me through numerous turns, ascents, descents, and the like. I had turned the plane north towards East Haddam to land at the Goodspeed airport as I've seen many a time done by other pilots on my trip home across our famous swing bridge. It was not graceful but acceptable as we were able to take off again. 

 

Jean Dow, your trusted facilitator of flight, charter, and lessons.

I took off from Goodspeed and turned on a heading of 240 for Chester Aiport where my landing there was more like a real landing. I can't wait to come back for more. 

When I was paying the bill I looked up and realized what happened when I read the quote they had on the wall: 

For once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you will long to return. 

Leonardo DaVinci

Chester Airport is a very well maintained small airport in Chester, CT. Chester. It's easy to find when in the air, easy to get to by car, and offers many services from service to private charters to lessons. Even in Bi-Planes!

Chester Charter is owned and operated by Bruno Kitka, Chief of Operations and Chief Pilot. Most everyone gets to know his partner Jean Dow, who is Chester Charter, Inc.'s VP. Last but not least and my favorite pilot is Jason Fanghella. Frank's direct line is 203-415-0498 and his email is rossiman61@comast.net.

Chester Charter and Jean can be reached by telephone by calling: 860-526-4321. She's a delight to work with and will arrange your charter, lessons, or rental. Chester Charter is located at 61 Winthrop Road, Chester, CT 06412. 

Unintended benefits of BNI: Meet Wealth Advisor John Parunak

by Mick Marsden

As I've mentioned in other blog posts, my joining the Riverside BNI chapter in Essex, CT has many unintended benefits. For one, I now know 30 business people I hadn't been acquainted with just 12 twelve weeks ago. Another is I became aware of services I hadn't considered utilizing, and in some cases, didn't know existed. This blog is about the latter. 

 

Week after week this amiable man named John Parunak got up to do his 30 second commercial as we all do at our meetings. He broadcast that he was a wealth advisor which certainly was nebulous to me. He kept saying that he wasn't there to replace my estate attorney, my stock broker and the like. He used an analogy of getting up in a helicopter to see the big picture and how the various disciplines in one's life plan may have holes or oversights whereby one might be giving a lot of money to the IRS or an unintended beneficiary. 

 

I decided to use John but warned him that he need only a step ladder to sufficient altitude to see my "big" picture. John arrived at my home dressed as you'd expect an financial man of his caliber to be, and an essence that gave one comfort as he came into my home. 

 

John was erudite, articulate, and thoughtful. He spent 45 minutes asking questions, making sure we knew the information we gave him was confidential, and we quickly got that his varied experience a banker, in life insurance, and investments was key to his ability to do what he is doing now. I could see that he really loved what he was doing. I know because my level of wealth certainly could not be the reason. 

 

John Parunak doing what he loves...

 

John returned a few days later with what he discovered: the were perforations in our life plan. He found a whole life policy was still pointed to an ex-spouse and her son for starters, good one, and many other areas that needed attention that you tend to forget about once you get caught up in life. 

 

We have decided to continue to tap John's vast knowledge and expertise so formulate a plan that works for us. From business succession to estate planning to insurance and more. We love his congenial personality and warm ways. 

 

At this point in life you probably already have an estate attorney, stock broker, insurance agent, and the like. My wife and I certainly have all that in place. John doesn't and isn't looking to replace anyone. He looks for where these disciplines may not be quite lined up. He looks for oversights in current estate planning, business succession plans, and the like. It's different for everyone. 

 

Here's the good news. Meeting John for 45 minutes to get a look at what you're doing is free. He may just say, "Hey…you are looking great and really don't need me." At that point you'll have had the pleasure of meeting this man which will not be a regret. You can take that to the bank. If you do need him, his value will always exceed the cost of services. That too can be banked. 

 

Click here to visit John's Website

 

Call him: 860 575-0422

Save on insurance? You bet I did!

by Mick Marsden

I originally joined when invited to the Riverside BNI chapter in Essex to get to know other businessmen and women in my area, expand my sources of services I'm always asked in my service to buyers and sellers of real estate, and to obtain referrals to expand my business. What I did not expect was the motivation to improve on some things in my own life and to find people in business genres that I wanted to do business with. 

As I listened to Dianne Vizzo from the Hillcrest Agency in Centerbrook, CT speak each week it dawned on me how unhappy I was that my current P&C insurance broker was not coming back to me with more competitive pricing for all of my insurance. So I gave all of what Dianne asked for from me and reached out to her to see if she could save me money while maybe even improving my coverage. Why not? You don't get what you don't ask for. 

Dianne Vizzo, The Hillcrest Agency

In a few days and after replying to several more questions as Dianne was working it for me, I received a request to meet in person. I visited Dianne in her Centerbrook office and met her key employee Seana, who was just as pleasant and on her game. 

Suffice it to say I was delighted to hear that she saved me $2,000 per year and with better coverage and deductibles!! Fantastic. 

Moral of the story. It will not cost you a nickel to call Dianne and ask her to do the same for you. If she can't, you've made a new friend and you'll never know when you'll need one. 

Do you source new business from word of mouth?

by Mick Marsden

Word of mouth is one of, if not the best, way to find new, loyal, customers. BNI (Business Network International) has one focus: To gather groups of dedicated professionals in every field imaginable and meet once per week to refer new business. How many times have you asked someone: "Do you know a good plumber?"  It could easily be a photographer, REALTOR®, insurance pro, boat mechanic, etc. It's how we help friends, family, and acquaintances to get their job done with someone they know will work out. 

 

Stephen Shaw, Chapter President speaking with a new member


The new Essex, CT chapter of BNI that just formed is off to a great start with 25 new business members and that's just the beginning. Would you like to expand your business this way? Imagine having the help of 25 (and constantly growing) members each week giving you more of how you already grow your business? If so, consider this your invitation to attend as my guest this Tuesday morning at 7:30am at the Essex Town Hall auditorium. You'll be finished by 9am so you can get on with your day but with one difference. You'll be charged with the energy of the 25 people who absolutely love what they do who'll come to know you and your business so they can begin sending new customers to you. 

 

Here are some examples of what types of business we're looking for that aren't currently represented: 

 

• Business Lawyer

• Photographer

• Home Appraiser

• Payroll Service

• Personal Trainer

• Restauranteur

• Civil Lawyer

• Florist

• Bookkeeper

• Business coach

• Credit Card Merchant

• Plumber

• Office supplies

• and many more. 

 

 

If accepted into the chapter you will be the ONLY business person in that genre. What do you have to lose? Come visit, come join this Tuesday. We meet every week and we're building new business now. Don't miss out!

 

I, as the chapter's REALTOR®, am there to find new buyers for my existing selling customers, more selling customers. It also helps me source great services for both customer types with the comfort of knowing they'll get a great job done at a great price. My first experiences have been stellar. Yours will too.

 

I also serve in a leadership role as the chapter's Educational Coordinator. It is my job to help members communicate about their business message with greater clarity, understand the BNI process, and much more. My goal is to help everyone get the most for the time spent at meetings and their membership. 

 

I hope to see you at the next meeting. 

Displaying blog entries 1-10 of 19

Syndication

Categories

Archives