Step 1: Visit!
Visiting is the first step in finding your new referral partners. Consider the following:
Step 2: Apply!
Find a chapter that is a good fit?
Step 3: Grow!
What's in it for you?
BNI is exclusive: only one person per professional specialty is permitted to join a chapter. If your specific "seat" is no longer available, we can refer you to another chapter.
BNI membership application requires interviews, references and background checks performed by each chapter's membership committee. Additionally, everyone applying must be sponsored by an existing member.
BNI chapters maintain a high code of ethics that all members agree to uphold. Any member unsatisfactorily handling referrals must be reported to the membership committee, for investigation.
BNI is relationship-building. Therefore, membership focus is on the individual, not the occupation. Have a dream? Are you focused? Are you willing to make the sacrifices necessary to be successful? You will be very attractive to BNI chapters.
This is one of the most common concerns of visitors and new members. We are all standing in the middle of ideal referrals for each other every day, however, we don't act upon them. Once your fellow members train you on how to recognize those opportunities, the referring process becomes much easier!
Members are encouraged to bring visitors to the chapter. Visitors bring fresh, new energy, they pass referrals, and they expand the chapter's network.
BNI understands the importance of the ethical concerns governing certain professions and acknowledges that rules can differ by location. As such, BNI, therefore, requires its members to uphold the standards of its trade so as not to violate the professional's ethical obligations. If BNI's general rules could potentially violate a professional's ethical code, the professional's code of ethics supersedes BNI's rules. A primary objective of BNI is to educate members in ways that will market and grow a business. BNI intends to ensure this is permitted.
BNI understands that many professions are broad and that people often specialize in their profession. BNI does not expect, nor does it encourage, any professional to participate in an area in which the professional does not have expertise. On the contrary, BNI prohibits professionals from acting outside of the scope of their abilities.
BNI's primary objectives: assist members in ways to improve their business, and educate them to become more proficient at networking. Professionals earn business when their expertise is known, and when others reach a level of trust with them. BNI provides a valuable forum that can facilitate introductions, build credibility, and increase profitability.