What is BNI?
BNI (Business Network International) is the largest business networking organization in the world. BNI has been offering members the opportunity to share ideas, contacts and most importantly business referrals for over 24 years.

What would my business benefit from joining BNI?
By joining BNI, you will constantly have business professionals working for you 24/7. Through weekly attendance of meeting and scheduled one on one meetings with other members, you will be able to form a professional bond which no other group or organization can offer and with the credo of “GIVERS GAIN’ you will see an increase in your business exposure two fold. You also will have the opportunity to present to your chapter for ten (10) minutes to discuss you and your business in detail and then again on a semi-annual basis.

What is expected of me as a member?
Each member of BNI The Connection Network is held to the same standards and guidelines as any other chapter of BNI. A minimum of three (3) qualified referrals are to be given to members on a monthly basis along with at least one (1) One to One (Dance) meeting with a member. Also, attendance at weekly meetings is crucial to each member’s success. Each member is encouraged to have a substitute represent them at a meeting they personally are not attending, however it is understood that circumstances beyond control do happen and obtaining a substitute may not always happen. Mentors are available to assist members with clarifying their obligation to the chapter.

What is the cost to join BNI?
The annual fee for BNI is $365.00 and for first time members, a one time registration fee of $100.00 is also charged. All membership fees are sent to BNI Headquarters and not kept locally. This specific chapter, The Connection Network does require semi-annual chapter dues of $15.00 per member which is held in a non-interest bearing account for expenses such as educational speakers, group events, celebratory events such as weddings and births and bereavements.

How do I apply for membership?
Applying for membership to BNI The Connection Network is a short process. The chapter suggests that you attend a weekly meeting to witness the structure of the meeting and to meet the members of the chapter. An application would be completed and submitted to the Membership Committee along with full payment. The Membership Committee will process your application by checking your listed client references and meeting with you to answer any questions you may have regarding BNI The Connection Network. This process takes up to 7 to 14 business days. After your approved application is completed, you are asked to attend Member Success Program (MSP) to learn the details of BNI and to prepare you to offer your new chapter a presentation of you and your business. You will have the Membership Committee and the Mentor team to work with you to ensure your continued success with BNI The Connection Network.

How active is the membership outside of BNI?  Click here for a PDF list of the many organizations in which our local members participate.


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