Scenes from the 1st Annual BNI All-Star Mega Event, held at 425 Downtown yesterday. Area chapter All-Stars were honored (including our own Chris Jarratt of Revel Advertising) and chapter awards were handed out for the 2012 calendar year (of which we took home TWO). All in all it was a good event and networking opportunity, and I look forward to attending it again next year.
Business Power Network probably had the biggest representive contingent at the meeting, so thank you for taking time out of your schedules to the following members: Cary Prater, Chris Jarratt, David Martin, Debra Dickinson, Gary Gauger, Hope Faller, Jeff Widmeyer, Josh Jones, Martin Sansom, and Zack Casady. Thanks also to Mike Tobin and his Ambassador team for organizing and directing the event.
Enjoy the slideshow, and hope to see you all there next year!
Here is the link to register for the BNI 1st Annual “All Springfield Mega Meeting & All Star Celebration”, to be held on April 3 2013 at 425 Downtown from 8:00 to 10:00am. A great opportunity for intra-city BNI networking, and we’ll be honoring our own chapter All-Star, Chris Jarratt, at this event as well. (Too bad it’s not a roast!)
No word yet on whether or not we will have our regular weekly meeting on April 2nd — we’ll post updates here as they are available. Either way, please make time in your schedule for this event so we can have outstanding chapter representation on this day! Remember, it’s unofficially official that we, Business Power Network, will be receiving the BNI Founder’s Award, so… you might want to be present for that!
Yes, it’s Social Hour time once again, and this month we’re headed for a new location: Bair’s All-American Sports Grill on South Campbell. Although I notice that they have Mexican food on the menu, so it’s really not “all” American. But speaking of the menu, if you haven’t been to Bair’s before, then you MUST look at their selection of burgers (click the menu link below) — it’s unbelievable! Can’t wait to get there tonight and order something! The problem is going to be WHAT to order.
Remember, the BPN Social Hour is a great time to invite someone who hasn’t been able to make it (or hasn’t wanted to make it) to a regular meeting. It’s a much more relaxed environment, where we’re all more friends than business associates, so maybe now would be a great time to ask one of YOUR friends or business associates to come on out and have a drink or a burger with us! In any case, be sure you are there, ’cause Gary is taking roll. (Think I’m kidding?)
Here’s the skinny (though maybe that’s the wrong term to use with this menu):
The address: 3821 S. Campbell Ave.
The time: 4:30pm (though you may start early by attending the Business Support Power Team meeting at 3:30pm)
The website: www.bairsburgers.com
Direct link to an online menu: http://extras.ky3.com/Splash/bairs/Bairs-menu-Feb-2012.pdf
Questions? Call Gary Gauger, our Social Hour Coordinator, at 417.848-0984.
Yes, it is 2013 — take that, you Mayans! — and to start the New Year off right, we have moved to our new “permanent” location at the University Plaza Hotel, 333 S. John Q Hammons Parkway. I’ll say one thing for the new place: it’s quiet!
For those of you who did not make our first meeting, we are now holding forth in the John Q. Room, which is in the far southwest corner off the main Atrium. Lunch is provided by the Terrace Grille Buffet, and the good news is our costs have stayed the same.
You can park anywhere in the lot surrounding the Hotel, though it may be a shorter route to park on the east side of the building and come in through the main entrance. If you have been working on any potential visitors lately, please let them know about our new location.
Speaking of visitors, March Madness has begun! We’ll have more information in a separate post soon, but please be aware that we are concentrating on three categories we’d like to fill in January: carpet cleaner, pest control, photographer. And, of course, any other open categories are welcome!
Only hours until the 2nd Annual ChrisGiving event! I hope that you, unlike me, are prepared for the jollity of the Business Power Network holiday event of the year!
Our host for the evening will be Mr. Cary Prater, who no doubt is at home this very minute putting up that last bit of garland ’round the ol’ tannenbaum. Cary’s address is 5446 S. Fremont; for a map link, see below.
Don’t forget that there will be a White Elephant / Dirty Santa / call-it-want-you-want gift exchange this evening. BPN members only, $10 limit is suggested, so pull out those old fruitcakes and bring ‘em on!
The address: 5446 S. Fremont (Google map link)
The time: 6:30pm until the last person not named Gary leaves
The deal: BYOB or whatever
Questions? Call Hope Faller, our ChrisGiving II Coordinator, at 417.869-0719, or Cary Prater, 417.830-4366.