BNI is “Business Network International,” a business marketing program that allows one person from each profession to join a chapter. The sole purpose of the chapter is to increase business through a structured system of giving referrals.
In a number of ways:
•All members in our chapter don’t have to worry about competition. Each profession has only one representative per chapter.
•We’re building trust – meeting every week build relationships and trust.
•Trust leads to referrals! We all want to see each other grow, and get excited about referring new business to each other.
•It’s a mindset – we’re serious about helping each other make more money and find even more success.
•We are constantly meeting new people! It’s a great way to learn about new professions and industries
•We’re supported by a huge networking organization dedicated to seeing us succeed!
•Our public speaking skills are on FIRE! Need an elevator pitch? Our members are pros!
We are always accepting new applications! Please note: We only take one person from each profession. So if you are a residential real estate professional and we already have one, we can refer you to another BNI chapter, or we may help you open another chapter.
It is not the occupation, it is the individual. The occupation can be anything. All professions can prosper from networking. It’s all about the mindset and dedication. By helping others grow, in turn you will too.
A good mature BNI chapter typically has between 25 and 30 members. Some BNI chapters have as many as 80 members!
Yes. We have hosted virtual happy hours lately, and plan on hosting in person get togethers for those who are vaccinated and feel comfortable meeting in person. BNI also has monthly Member Success Programs, monthly advanced training and from time-to-time there are regional workshops and other educational events.
Contact the local BNI Director. You will then be given information on how to start your own chapter.
•Visit our weekly meeting! You are allowed to attend a maximum of two meetings.
•When you visit you will have a chance to chat with our leadership at the end of the meeting, and we’ll send over everyone’s contact information so you can get to know our members even more. If you’re interested in applying, we’ll connect you with our Membership Chair.
•When you apply, you will complete a chapter application and return it to Leadership. Our Membership Committee will evaluate your application, verify your references and interview you and your sponsor. A decision will be given before the next meeting.
First visit a chapter to see if you like BNI. Next you will need to contact your local Director and let them know you want to start your own chapter. Finally, you will need to find 12 or more people in different professions who are willing to start the chapter with you. Your Director will then take you through the education process of forming your new powerful referral marketing team!
Our application process is thorough. We take new applicants very seriously. Our application asks for references and we have a membership committee that checks them. It’s referral marketing, so before they even come to a meeting they have to have spoken to someone or been invited by someone in the group. Everyone has to have a sponsor, or one is assigned to them, and they interview them.
We have an ethics committee and it is imperative that anyone who gives a referral and finds out it was not satisfactorily handled must report that to the membership committee, who will investigate.
The cost to join BNI is $445 annually for a 1-yr. membership, or $685 for 2-yr. membership, with a one-time $150 administrative fee due in the first year. In addition, chapters collect a breakfast fee which covers the cost of the meeting space room rental and a light meal, such as a continental breakfast.