Asnuntuck Community College’s Foundation has received a donation from local business group BNI (Business Network International) Western New England (Enfield) On-the-Border. BNI is a business networking and referral organization.
The local organization donated $250.00 to the college’s Foundation. “Our chapter wants to invest in the future of our community and give back to those businesses and institutions who foster that growth, “said Gail Kulas, owner of Somers based business Leading to Unlock, and the Growth Coordinator for BNI’s local On-the-Border Chapter. She continued, “Asnuntuck exemplifies this. In December we gave back to our community through three donations – The Enfield Food Shelf, The Network Against Domestic Abuse, and now the Asnuntuck Foundation. All three entities fulfill community needs in different ways.”
Founded in 1985, BNI® is a global, business networking organization. Each week, in thousands of communities around the world, members meet to build and nurture relationships and pass qualified business referrals.
“ACC is very appreciative of the generous donation from BNI. The students of ACC have had wonderful opportunities to attend BNI meetings to witness the inner workings of our local businesses. BNI is now helping us support the education of students financially,” said Asnuntuck’s Interim CEO Dr. Michelle Coach.
Established in March 2011, the local group, pre-pandemic, had been meeting at Asnuntuck Community College. According to Kulas, “We meet in a fun and engaging virtual meeting now from 7:00 a.m.-8:30 a.m. every Thursday morning.” She continued, “We currently have 18 members and are seeking professions such as trades, commercial realtors, healthcare, retail, and entertainment to name a few.” An owner of a certified consulting firm, Kulas says the local organization’s members saw large financial benefits last year through their membership. “Between the 18 members we have passed business to one another through our connections in the amount of $820,000!”
Keith Madore, Executive Director of the Asnuntuck Foundation added, “The ACC Foundation is pleased to have the support from our local BNI chapter. Through their generosity, we will be able to assist more students facing barriers to complete their education. Every contribution makes an impact.”
According to the organization average BNI members increase their business 20% within the first year through referral business to each other. To learn more, register to visit: https://bniwne.com/en-US/visitorregistration?chapterId=4598
Interested in donating to Asnuntuck’s Foundation? Visit asnuntuck.edu/donate.