Real Connections BNI

Real Connections is a 4 time "Million Dollar Chaper" award winning small business networking group. We are friendly and efficiant source of generating warm leads and clients.

Visitors are welcomed to join us for a meeting! Grow Your Business With Word-Of-Mouth Marketing. So far, the Real Connections Chapter of BNI® has generated referral-based business in excess of $500,000. Join the growing trend, and the fastest growing chapter of BNI® in the Twin Cities.

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Thanks for the great meeting this morning! I can't wait to do it again next week!


Great meeting this morning!! Thanks Dr. Lance for showing us around your office and letting us know all the different ways you can help your patients!


Check out this awesome upcoming event in Feb for anyone who has a business is health and wellness!


Thanks for the great meeting this morning! It was great to see everyone and learn more about Johnson's Painting Service!


Great meeting today! Thanks everyone!!


Real Connections BNI


We are not letting quarenteen stop us from networking and growing our business! We have moved our meetings online via Zoom. If you have ever thought about checking out our chapter, it is now easier than ever. Just reply to this post and I will send you the link for the meeting. As always, it is free to visit us!


Do you have skin? If you said yes, I have great news! Cassie Johnson with Mary Kay is here to help you with skin conditions from severe acne, age spots, wrinkles, or just adding color to your makeup regiment. She has a solution to all of your skin care needs! Call Cassie for a personal consultation at 763-245-2243


When it comes to protecting your home, vehicles, and personal property, there is no one better than Angie Hibma with American Family insurance. Whether you just purchased a new house or have not checked your current rates in a few years, give Angie a call at 612-799-4157!


Please welcome Aaron Strand to the Real Connections Chapter of BNI. He owns and operates Minnesota Automotive. His shop is located in C**n Rapids and does nearly every type of vehicle repair from maintenance (tires, windshields, and oil changes) to major work (transmissions, engine repair, and differentials). Contact him at 763-757-0607.


Rhonda Haukos works for the best title company in Minnesota, Trademark Title. From plat drawings, abstract research, and title insurance, from start to end they will handle it all! We are so glad to have her and Trademark as part of our group! You can reach her at 612-805-3877.


Welcome to our newest member Julie Harper!! Do you have problems with Mold in your house? Julie is who you need to talk to! With her dry fog system, she can eliminate the mold in a few hours while you are at work! It is safe, organic, and EPA approved. Contact her at 952-905-6653.


Meet Erich Koch, owner and lead inspector for ConstructSpec Home Inspection Services. This morning he showed us some of the many issues he runs across when inspecting houses. Not only is he one of the best inspectors in the area, he is also reasonably priced. If you are in the process of buying a home, Erich is the inspector that you want! 612-203-7278


Erik Rekdal with SpotOn is showing us how he is helping both large and small companies save money in their credit card processing and take advantage of customer engagement and business growth tools. With lower rates, less fees, and no contracts, he is the guy you need to talk to!


Greg Dekeuster with NPF Benefits has renewed for his membership for another year! With this renewal, Greg will have been with the group for a full decade! Glad to have you back!


Great 10 minute presentation by Eric House with MLS Mortgage Group today! Did you know that if you have enough equity in your home, Eric may be able to help you refinance without even needing an appraisal? Thanks for the information Eric!
Eric House
Manager, MLS Mortgage
Mobile (763) 300-6122
Email [email protected]


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Please welcome our new leadership team! We are all looking forward to a great year with a lot of growth!


Due to the weather... There will be no BNI meeting in the morning of Wednesday February 20th. Stay warm!


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Another great day for a golf sponsorship for Tee it up for the troops at Bunker Hills Golf Course!


Great presentation by David J Widell - Realtor this morning.

Great quote - "The one thing you should know about me is that I'm super humble."

If you are looking to buy or sell a home, there is no doubt that Dave is the best of the best out there. Call him - you won't be disappointed!


Welcome to James Meyer of Relief Therapy Solutions - our newest member!


Congratulations to Blake of RemoScape Remodeling Landscaping Yard Care!

Blake was inducted as the newest member of our networking group this morning. We can't wait to help you grow your business!


Last Wednesday we heard from Sharon Holle of Tower Garden and Juice Plus. Sharon showed us just how easy it is to set up and run the Tower Garden for fresher, tastier, more nutritious fruits, veggies and herbs. Everything grows faster in the Tower Garden, too, so you can harvest more often. So cool!

Want to know more about the Tower Garden or ready to order one for yourself? Visit Sharon's website!


Last week we heard all about Greg DeKeuster's business, Northern Prairie Financial Benefits. Through NPF Benefits, Greg can provide you with health, life and disability insurance.

With all the changes in health care, you want to work through someone who stays current on the law and the opportunities available. You want to work with someone who has your best interests in mind. You want to work with Greg DeKeuster! Give him a call today! 612-983-1952


Yesterday, Jordan Matt of Victory Auto & Glass shared with us why his family's auto shop is the right choice for all of your vehicle needs.

- Victory is consistently recognized for its high level of service and integrity.
- They go above and beyond all the time, starting with the fresh popped popcorn and free beverages in their waiting rooms.
- They are a certified female-friendly shop.
- They certify and service vehicles for Uber and Lyft.

In business for 20 years, Victory serves customers across the Twin Cities metro. Give them a call today!


Eric House of MLS Mortgage Group renewed his membership for two years! We're so grateful to have you stick with us!


Shane DeSmet of S&D Garage Door & Remodeling was recognized this week for his great contributions to our group. Thank you for your commitment and all the great quotes, sir!


Small business owners, do YOU have a bookkeeper you can trust with your day-to-day books? If not, you need to speak with Cindy Harrison of CLH Bookkeeping!

Today, Cindy regaled us of all the reasons why an experienced bookkeeper is one of the best investments for your company. Cindy us a virtual bookkeeper who specializes in catch-up and clean-up ... She'll organize all your paperwork, enter it all into your preferred system, and collaborate with your accountant.

Call Cindy today to gain hours back in your week and peace of mind always.


Sick of saying, "Man, I really wish my kitchen had ______ feature"?

Stop wishing, and start doing! Chris Harris of Treehouse Woodworking Inc shared some pictures of his projects with our BNI chapter this week. From conception to reality, Chris can make your dreams of an updated kitchen, bathroom, or laundry room come true.

If you can dream it, he can build it! Reach out to Chris to get started, or check out their website at to learn more.


At yesterday's Real Connections BNI meeting, our President Jordan Matt was recognized for his excellent leadership skills. Thanks for all you do for our chapter, Jordan!


We love new faces in our meetings! So this week, Julie Hansen of Fitness Lounge was highlighted as thanks for bringing new visitors to the group. You rock, Julie!


Cari Twitchell of Custom Content Solutions wowed us today with numerous tips and tricks for writing great website content. As a content marketer with nearly 10 years' experience, Cari clearly knows her stuff!

If your website copy needs updating, give Cari a call. She will help ensure your voice shines through!


Join us this Wednesday at 7:30 am for great networking and insightful marketing advice!

This week's presenter is Cari Twitchell of Custom Content Solutions. She'll be presenting on top tips for great website content.

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C**n Rapids, MN

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