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Restarting In-Person BNI Chapter Meetings

Dear BNI® Members,

We are in the process of restarting in-person BNI Chapter Meetings in regions where local conditions make it possible to do so. We have been working with outside experts and are collaborating very closely with your National Directors and Executive Directors on the process of restarting in-person Chapter Meetings. You should expect to hear updates from them in the days and weeks to come, and please continue to stay engaged with them.

Our top priority continues to be your safety and wellbeing, while we also continue to support the growth of your business. In March, we transitioned over 9,500 BNI Chapters in 70 countries to BNI Online™. This new innovative platform is exceeding our expectations in providing you with valuable referrals and closed business. In April and May alone, BNI online helped members pass over 1.5 million referrals that generated nearly $2 billion USD in Thank You For Closed Business. 

We are now making BNI Online even better with new features that we will share in July. Your BNI Global Support Team has been working relentlessly to modernize and improve other elements of your membership including the BNI brand, expanded communication tools, the BNI Business Booster Series with global thoughtleaders, and the continued development of advanced technology to help your business grow via BNI Connect, BNI Connect Mobile, BNI University, and BNI Brandshare. And we are just beginning. Stay tuned for a host of valuable enhancements to power your BNI Chapter, and to power your business.

We respectfully request that all BNI Chapters who are restarting in-person meetings graciously accommodate any Members in their Chapter who may not yet be ready to resume in-person meetings. Your Executive Directors can highlight simple ways to help make their participation seamless and easy. And for Members who wish to continue meeting with other BNI Members via BNI Online, contact your Executive Director for options on how BNI can help you do this. As we embark on this next phase, the role of the BNI Chapter Leadership Teams, BNI Director Consultants, and BNI Executive Directors will be more important than ever. Let us continue to thank them for the important work they do.

As I pledged in March, BNI will help lead the global business recovery. We will help rebuild businesses and communities. We will continue to be absolutely relentless in supporting every BNI Member throughout the recovery. You have our full commitment that we will not rest until these things are done. Let us now continue Changing the Way the World Does Business®.

Onward!
Graham Weihmiller

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