Why Join BNI?

Our BNI Members enjoy unparalleled business growth. 

BNI provides a positive, supportive, and structured environment for the development and exchange of quality business referrals. 

 

Benefits of BNI

There are countless benefits to joining BNI.

  • Increase Business Prospects: As you build trusted relationships with fellow members you'll stand to substantially increase your business through referrals.
  • Professional Development: You'll have access to our exclusive training programs and ongoing opportunities to sharpen your presentation and business skills.
  • Great Networking Opportunities: Your active role participation in up to 52 networking meetings per year will increase your exposure to many other business professionals in your community.
  • Exclusive Member Resources: You'll have access to a wide range of tools and educational materials on networking, public speaking and business best-practices.

 

Our Core Values

BNI is built on a set of guiding principles which form the foundation on which our members interact, conduct themselves and fulfill their goals.

The BNI Core Values are a part of everything that we do

  • Givers Gain®: Givers Gain is the underlying philosophy of BNI. We exemplify that by giving business to others; you will get business in return
  • Lifelong Learning: We believe in the continuous improvement of personal and professional skills. BNI provides a variety of opportunities to support lifelong learning
  • Traditions + Innovation: Tradition in an organization tells us where we come from and lays the foundation of who we are, but we must always be looking for ways to innovate
  • Positive Attitude: BNI provides an environment that enables you to surround yourself with people who want to help you succeed
  • Building Relationships: Networking is more about farming connections with new contacts than hunting for them. People want to do business with people they know and trust. It’s about cultivating those relationships
  • Accountability: If you want to have a powerful personal network, you must have accountability. Otherwise, it becomes a social group
  • Recognition: It’s important to recognize those who are contributing
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“If your business can handle growth and benefits from referrals from others, BNI is a powerful marketing tool that provides a team of 25-50 other business people actively looking for referrals for you. Since each member holds an exclusive seat for their profession, there is no competition from others in your industry.”

Jim Whitesell

Proud member of BNI Saint City Whitesell Photography

What To Expect

To help you get the most out of your first BNI meeting, here are some things to know before you go:

  • Be Prepared: Visit a chapter prepared to talk about your business. Members are interested in getting to know how connections with visitors can be mutually beneficial. Don't forget to bring your business cards!
  • Meetings: As a visitor, you can attend a chapter meeting twice. Remember to use this time to get know the chapter personality and its members, not to promote your business. Meetings are high energy and run according to a structured agenda. They last approximately 90 minutes with time for additional networking before and after each meeting. Plan to arrive about 15 minutes early so you don't miss out on any opportunities for networking, and be sure to sign in as a visitor.
  • You're the Expert: Only one person from each professional specialty is allowed to join a chapter of BNI, eliminating the possibility of competition among our members. When you join a chapter, you are the sole representative of your specialized field and can develop relationships with others in the chapter as the go-to person for your services.
  • Respect Your Craft: The businesses our members represent are their primary occupations, ensuring they are able to position themselves as resources and experts in their field.

Would you like more information? Contact us!  

Nicky Cawson
Member Services
780-641-2870
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