Friday, March 29, 2002
Carlisle Business Networking Group offers aid, contacts and friendship
The Carlisle Business Networking Group (CBNG) was started late last fall by four Heald Road residents who wanted to increase their network of business contacts by meeting many bright, respected, successful and talented business people who live and sometimes work in Carlisle. They wanted other residents of Carlisle to participate and share in this mutually beneficial program which could provide opportunities for business education, personal growth, job seeking, building new friendships and expanding one's understanding of fellow residents.
Monthly meetings at library
Monthly meetings are held at the Gleason Library. The library, in recognition of the importance of the group to the community, decided to sponsor them. This provides the group with monthly access to the Hollis Room for their meeting as well as advice and support for using the available resources.
All Carlisle membership
The meeting format has a lot in common with other networking groups. Members share their background, interests and reasons for being at the meeting. This is followed by the guest speaker's discussion and a Q&A session. What makes this networking group different is that it relies on Carlisle for membership and speakers.
The mailing list has grown to over 35 residents. Members' backgrounds include system and software development, numerous consultants with a varied industry and skills-set background, marketers, product designers, entrepreneurs, call-center manager and writers. Many are MIT graduates.
As of March, the group has had four meetings. An informative and insightful meeting was held on March 20 at the library's Hollis Room. First to address the group was Ellen Rauch, director of the Gleason Library, who discussed reference resources and materials and introduced the group to something completely new the invisible web. This is a part of the Internet that Google and other search engines can't or don't reach. It is especially useful for doing research.
At the next meeting, Geoffrey Cole, CEO and president of Emerson Hospital, addressed the group, examining important issues in the health care industry in Massachusetts, such as the financial health of hospitals and insurers. He also addressed questions regarding how to manage the largest institution in the Carlisle-Concord area and how hospitals are adapting new technologies to increase efficiency while providing higher levels of care. The session concluded with casual discussions between existing and new members. Business cards and e-mail addresses were exchanged, new acquaintances made and existing ones broadened further.
CBNG is open to all Carlisle residents. The group does not charge dues and relies on its membership and the Gleason Library for support. The group is looking for additional guest speakers and welcomes suggestions and offers. Contact the group by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling John Kaufman at 1-978-369-2330.
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