New business group's aim is to make professional connections


March 02, 1998|By Melinda Rice | Melinda Rice,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

ANNAPOLIS accountant Dan Houle is looking for a few good business contacts.

He is one of a group of professionals who plan to start a chapter of Business Network International.

BNI is a professional networking organization. Each chapter can have as many as 30 members, but each member must be from a different profession. For instance, each group can have only one accountant.

Members meet weekly to discuss ways to increase business, NTC and they refer people to chapter members.

"There's a great need for it because some of the other traditional networking venues like the Chamber of Commerce don't give you a real structured environment for referrals," said Houle.

He and about a dozen other core members of the new group will hold a kickoff meeting at 11: 30 a.m. tomorrow at Morrison's Cafeteria in the Annapolis Restaurant Park across Jennifer Road from the Annapolis Mall.

"We want to see how many people we can get," Houle said.

BNI's executive director, Jerry Schwartz, will be at the meeting to talk about the benefits of advertising by word of mouth.

This will be the third BNI chapter in Annapolis.

Information: 410-571-9300.

Drop-off play groups

Katherine Cochran of Annapolis would enjoy a few hours a week she could call her own.

The mother of four -- 3-year-old Peter, 5-year-old Polly, 6-year-old Patrick and 9-year-old Phillip -- is a homemaker who believes quality time with her children is the most important thing she can give them.

"Sometimes I need some quality time for me, too," she said. "If I could just get a bubble bath or spend an hour drinking coffee and reading, that would be great."

She was interested when she heard about a play group sponsored by the Chesapeake Children's Museum. The museum is offering a weekly drop-off play group from 9: 30 a.m. to 11: 30 a.m. Thursdays for children ages 2 through 5. The museum is also offering a Friday night play group for children ages 2 through 8. Registration for both is required.

Information: 410-266-0677.

Professors in print

Two professors at the U.S. Naval Academy -- both Annapolis residents -- can add new books to their accomplishments.

Robert A. Granger, who teaches mechanical engineering, wrote "Life on Mars," published by Scientific Archives Inc.

The 164-page book is a compilation of technical investigations by experts about the possibility of life on Mars. It contains photos from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

Bruce Fleming, who teaches English and comparative literature, wrote a novel titled "Twilley."

Its publisher, Turtle Point Press, touts the book as a "journey through a world that crackles with wit and mordant humor. A cloud of allusions, interjections and linked fragments of the world's consciousness envelops the main character as he steers through the mundane landscape of a department store and fading small town."

A saucy enterprise

Margaret Knight of Deale turned a hobby into a business that has moved from her kitchen to a Baltimore factory.

She started Bobeetza's Kitchen, a gourmet sauce company, out of her home. Now her sauces are sold along the East Coast.

Pub Date: 3/02/98

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