connections networking group

What if you could have additional sales professionals looking out for potential business for you?  That’s what the Chamber’s networking club, Connections, is all about!

Connections meets every other Thursday morning at the Uptown Business Club (236 Pritchard Road).  Breakfast is served at 7:15am and the meeting starts at 7:30am.  There is an additional charge of 120+hst per quarter to join Connections.

Check with the Chamber’s events listing for meeting dates.

click here for the connections directory


our mandate

The Hamilton Chamber of Commerce established Connections in 1991 as a special program to promote business opportunities among Chamber members.

The success of the program is based on a commitment by each Connections member to attend regularly scheduled networking meetings to:

  • develop on-going relationships among members
  • create awareness of each member’s product and service
  • utilize the products and services of members
  • generate and exchange leads

Expectations of Members
Once membership has been approved, a member is expected to attend meetings regularly.  Members should not miss more than two consecutive meetings without explanation.  Alternates are allowed on a pre-approved basis.

Format of Meetings
Connections meetings are held over breakfast every other Thursday.  Each meeting has a set agenda that includes time for both informal discussions among members and formal presentations given by members who have prepared a review of their company and its products and services.  Draws for prizes are held at each meeting.  The prize is furnished by the speaker.

In addition, guest speakers and social events (optional) are organized throughout the year.

Eligibility Requirements
Eligibility for membership is on a first come basis for companies who meet the following requirements:

  • The company is a member in good standing with the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce
  • The company does not compete with any current Connections member.  Membership is limited to one member for each category.

executive

Chair: Anita Hamilton, Senior City
anita@writeimprint.com

Vice-Chair: Norm Grey, W Norman Grey Consulting
wngrey@sympatico.ca

Membership Development: Maria Catarino, Catarino House
catarinohouse@gmail.com

Programming:  Sandy Alfonsi, Financial Wellness Centre
sandy.alfonsi@fwchamilton.ca

Secretary: Ryan Field, TD Bank
ryan.field@td.com

Director-at-Large: Bruce Youngblud, Ancaster Financial
bruce@ancasterfinancial.ca

For more information on joining Connections, please contact:

Whitney Eames
905-522-1151 ext.100
w.eames@hamiltonchamber.ca