BNI is a positive, supportive, and structured environment for the development and exchange of quality business referrals. It does so by helping you build personal relationships with dozens of other qualified business professionals.
Belonging to BNI is like having dozens of salespeople representing your business, and in return you are representing their businesses. What goes around comes around. If I help you, you'll help me and we will both benefit as a result.
Business Networking of any kind requires commitment. The most successful chapters of BNI are comprised of participants who are sincerely committed to helping one another through networking. They are a a member of the team, not just fair-weather fans!
What You Should Know
Weekly meetings last for 90 minutes. Think of this like your weekly sales meeting.
Only one person from each professional specialty is accepted into each chapter of BNI.
All participants must represent their primary occupation.
Attendance is critical. If you cannot attend a meeting, you may send a substitute.
Participation in the chapter by members is a key to the success of a group. Members can participate by bringing bona-fide referrals and/or visitors to their BNI chapter.
The benefits of membership are many!
Increased exposure to many other business professionals
Substantially increase business through referrals
Learn to effectively talk and educate others about your business
Sharpen your presentation skills
Participation in up to 52 networking meetings per year
Member Success Program workshop
Advanced Education Series workshops
And much, much more!
There is an initial application fee, annual membership dues, and chapters may have a venue fee. Please see the chapter Secretary/Treasurer for exact information. When you apply to participate in BNI your application will be reviewed by the chapter's Membership Committee and you will be notified of the status before the next meeting.
Explaining a BNI meeting is like giving a haircut over the phone - not very effective. BNI meetings are best experienced in person. The first step is to see a meeting for yourself. You can Get Invited To A BNI Meeting or search Find An Opening yourself and register to visit the chapter.