How to Join a BNI Chapter
Member participation in each Chapter is a key to the success of a group. One way Members can participate is by bringing bona-fide visitors to their BNI Chapter.
If you’re interested and don’t know a current Member, you can attend a Chapter meeting as a Visitor.
The first step is to visit a BNI Chapter in the Alberta North Region to ensure that BNI is something you feel will add value to your business. At the same time you might like to run a category search in the Trade Directory to find who else from your trade or profession is already an active member of BNI --- you may be surprised at how many of your competitors you find!
All chapters are listed on the website - however as we only permit one person per trade or profession in a chapter, the next step is to contact the BNI Placement Coordinator for the chapter you are interested in prior to your visit to ensure that there is a vacancy for you. If you'd like to visit a BNI Chapter and find out what all the excitement is about Click Here
Following your visit - if you decide you would like to apply to join a chapter - you will need to submit your application form together with your payment to the chapter Leadership Team for review. You need to be sponsored by an existing member and are required to provide two business references for following up by the chapter Leadership Team as part of the review process. If you have already visited a BNI Chapter and would like to apply to join Click Here
In the event that there is no vacancy for you at the present time - please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and ask to be placed on the waiting list and to be contacted as soon as a vacancy becomes available.
Most Chapters have a nominal meeting fee to cover the room and meal charges. You will have the opportunity to stand and do a short presentation for your company (unless your competitor is already a Member…then you may simply "observe"). Bring LOTS of business cards because you will also have a chance to pass them to all of the Members and other visitors.
The benefits of membership are many!
Increase exposure to many other business professionals
Substantially increase business through referrals
Learn to effectively talk about your business
Sharpen your presentation skills
Participation in up to 52 networking meetings per year
Subscription to SuccessNet newsletters with educational material on networking, public speaking, and business
Member Success Program workshops
Advanced Education Series workshops
Leadership Team Training
Participation in local conferences
And much, much more!
Based on: The World's Best Known Marketing Secret (originally published 1999, now in 4th Edition)
Q: Can anyone join a chapter?
A: We only take one person per professional specialty. Each Chapter works to build a team of qualified and industry complimentary business professionals around them to increase the number of referrals able to be passed. It's all about team work!
Q: How do you know new Members are reputable?
A: New Applicants are interviewed, references are checked and each Member is vetted prior to acceptance by the Chapter’s Membership Committee. Before a Visitor comes to a meeting they have to have spoken to someone or been invited by someone in the Chapter or from the BNI Office. Everyone has to have a sponsor.
Q: What occupations benefit the most from networking?
A: It is not the occupation, it is the individual. The occupation can be any business that is looking to grow. If you're focused and you have a vision and you're willing to participate fully with others, you are the person we want in the group.
Q: Are Members supposed to bring Visitors?
A: Strong Members want to invite their most reputable contacts to visit the group for business introductions. You're also encouraged to bring Visitors for those occupations that are currently unrepresented.
Q: Do ethical rules for certain professions prohibit participation in BNI?
A: BNI understands the importance of the ethical concerns governing certain professions and acknowledges that rules can differ by location. As such, BNI asks Members to uphold the ethical standards of their profession and BNI's Code of Ethics are superseded by the dictates of the professional's ethics' code. A primary objective of BNI is to educate its membership in ways to market and grow business. It is BNI's intent to ensure that this is permitted.
Q: If I specialize in a field within my profession, am I expected to be an expert in all aspects of my profession?
A: BNI understands that many professions are broad and that people often specialize within 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.
Q: My profession does not let me directly solicit business. Is BNI still right for me?
A: BNI's primary objective is to assist its Members in ways to improve their business and to educate them concerning how they can effectively network. Business people get business when their expertise is known and others reach a comfort level with them. BNI provides a forum that allows Members to meet business peers who need to know effective and efficient business people.