BNI Business Connections One:

Generates more business before 9am than most people see all week.

Join us this Thursday at 7am and find out more

Come visit Toronto’s best B2B BNI!

We meet every Thursday from 7 to 8:30 am at the Toronto Lawn Tennis Club, 44 Price Street, just off Yonge, between the Summerhill and Rosedale subway stations.

Our aim is to help each other find new, high-quality clients. This year we exceeded our goal of referring $1.5 million in business to each other.

Here’s what visitors say about our meetings:


“I really like the structured agenda...”
“There’s a wonderful spirit of fun at these meetings...”
“The money you generate for members is impressive...”
“Very professional group...”

Referral marketing is powerful and proven

There is no more effective way to grow your business than word-of-mouth. Our BNI Business Connections One chapter helps you harnesses the power of word of mouth marketing.

See how our network and energy can help you grow your business.

Come visit one of our weekly meetings.

Entrepreneurs? Clients? Executives?

You never know who you'll meet at Business Connections One. That’s because we attract some of Toronto’s top professionals.

But we can tell you this: You'll laugh. You'll learn. And you'll be inspired to get out there and make a difference in your company — and your community.

WHO: Dynamic, diverse professionals
WHAT: The Business Connections One chapter of BNI
WHEN: Every Thursday at 7:00 am
WHERE: Toronto Lawn Tennis Club, 44 Price Street, Toronto, ON, M4W 1Z1. East off Yonge Street, between Rosedale and Summerhill subway stations. Last building on the left at the end of the street, follow signs to entrance. Meter parking in the area. Five minute walk from Summerhill subway station.
WHY: To learn, have fun and build business.

We want you! 

Here are some of our most sought after category openings:

Event Planner
Business/Strategy consultant
Private Banker
Concierge Services
Litigation Lawyer
Family Lawyer

Promotional Products
Investor / Investment Banker
Sales coach

Howard Lichtman

Howard Lichtman

The Lightning Group designs new revenue-optimization and “go-to-market” strategies and implements them with the clients' in-house staff or through its extensive resource network.  The Lightning Group offers Virtual Chief Marketing Officer services.

You've done all the cost-cutting that you can. Now what? You can't cost-cut your way to prosperity - companies need to focus on revenue generation strategies. To be a success, not only do companies need the correct strategy -- they also need flawless execution. The Lightning Group designs new revenue optimization strategies and implements them either with the customers' in-house staff or through The Lightning Group's extensive resource network. 

The Lightning Group provides Virtual CMO services to companies that require executive level strategic and marketing skills but do not need a full-time Chief Marketing Officer. We also assist Chief Marketing Officers in taking a fresh look at marketing and revenue opportunities. At the Lightning Group, we are not only the architects of the strategy, we are also the general contractors who manage the implementation. 

The Lightning Group are sponsorship experts. Having assisted many organizations in both development of sponsorship strategy as well as actual sponsorship solicitation. The key to sponsorship is understanding what the relevant assets are that a corporation or property has to offer and then effectively presenting them in a presentation piece. Even more importantly, sponsorship is never exclusively about the client’s assets or properties, even if there seems to be an appropriate target match - that is not enough. 

Sponsorship solicitation proposals must answer the “WIFM” (What’s In it For Me?) for the person that is being asked to spend sponsorship and marketing dollars. Clients often leave the “figuring out” of how the potential sponsor can utilize the sponsorship purchase to drive their business. This is a cardinal error. It is up to the person who is presenting the sponsorship opportunity to think through business building activation programs which clearly identify how the sponsorship can drive the prospect’s business. The Lightning Group has been at the forefront of understanding not only the client’s sponsorship assets, but also how they can drive potential sponsor’s business. 

The Lightning Group provides a series of business services for corporations including brainstorming facilitation, speaker programming, leadership training through structured experiences, guest speaking on a number of business topics, as well as event and conference planning. Our brainstorming sessions are so successful that we are pleased to offer a money-back satisfaction guarantee.

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  • We meet every Thursday @ 7am

    We meet every Thursday @ 7am

  • We meet every Thursday @ 7am

    We meet every Thursday @ 7am

  • We meet every Thursday @ 7am

    We meet every Thursday @ 7am


Upcoming Speakers

Each week one of our members gives a 10-minute presentation on their area of expertise.  If a topic interests you, contact us to be our guest!


Jan 17

Scott Rosen | Legal Litigation

Litigation - What Is It Good For?  (subtitle - just what the heck does Scott do anyway?)

Commercial litigation lawyer Scott Rosen explains the general process of business lawsuits and how to resolve them in Ontario


Jeanette Bicknell | Bicknell Mediation

What NO ONE tells you about Workplace Investigations

Professional mediator Jeanette Bicknell shares insider information about workplace investigations and their aftermath.

Please invite: HR leaders, business owners, non-profit professional and board members

Jan 24

Jessica | 


Anthony | 

Jan 31

Graham and Damian

Feb 7

Eric and Jana

Feb 14

Alison and Katie |

Feb 21

Claude Boiron | Real Estate

Title: What would you ask someone who knows everything about Real Estate?

Description: A rapid-fire, unscripted, Q&A with a top Real Estate Broker, investor, and educator.

Great Guests are: Financial Advisors. Also, anyone who owns a property, would like to own a property, invests in Real Estate, or is involved with Real Estate professionally, like a mortgage agent, Real Estate lawyer, appraiser, inspector, environmental engineer, contractor, etc.



Feb 28

John and Peter

Mar 7

Paul Chato | Your Web Department

Your Web Department has been building websites since 1999. Today we announce a new chapter in our business as we move to a cloud-based, multi-site service based on WordPress that's good enough to put our Your Web Department name on it. Multi-site might not mean much to you but for us it is the key to offering great support for our more than 700 clients. Learn what this all means and why it's the best solution for small business owners, during Paul's presentation. 

Mo Dezyanian | Empathy Inc.

So you want people to find your business in 2019?  

You're going to need a website that's Google ready and up-to-date. You're also going to need a way for people to find that website. Paul and Mo and are going to arm you with everything you need to generate business from your websites. 

Mar 14

Kola and Lisa

Mar 21

Hina and TBC |

Mar 28

David and TBC





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