Visiting a local Chapter meeting is the first step in finding your new referral network. You’ll find BNI Members to be welcoming and excited to meet you to learn more about you and your business.
When in person meetings are not possible, BNI Online is a fantastic online meeting platform. It’s a simple and effective way to build and stay connected to your network from the comfort of your home or office. All it takes is a couple of mouse clicks.
Your first step is to find a local Chapter and register for a meeting. We have over 9,500 Chapters all over the world. The registration process is easy. You will receive emails from the local Chapter leadership with information about the meeting and a link to participate in a meeting.
Visitors like you attend Chapter meetings all the time. Members are excited to meet you and make every effort to make the experience fun and productive for you. There is a proven agenda used worldwide to make the most of your time.
During the meeting, you’ll have a few seconds to share your name, your business, and how you help your clients. It’s that easy and is only a few mouse clicks away.
You will see networking in action. Members will be building relationship and sharing referrals to help each other grow their businesses.
The most successful Chapters of BNI are comprised of a team of people who are sincerely committed to helping one another.
As a BNI Member, you are part of an exclusive network dedicated to helping grow your business. By building relationships with fellow Chapter Members you will create a supportive network that will go beyond your Chapter meetings.
When members agree you are a good fit for
the Chapter, you will be invited to apply for
BNI Membership. BNI Membership helps you
generate more sales with consistent growth,
less effort and lower cost than other marketing
Explore answers to frequently asked questions about our organization.
Finding a chapter in your area is as easy as using our Find a Chapter map. From this feature, you can find out where and when they meet and directly contact the chapter leadership.
Visiting a chapter is the first step in finding your new referral partners. Once you have visited a chapter that you believe will be a good fit for you, you can apply for membership with the Membership Committee of the chapter. This process involves filling out an application and an interview with the Committee.
You can receive a paper application directly from the Membership Committee of the chapter that you are hoping to join.
No, being sponsored is not a requirement to join. Upon joining a chapter, a new member may be assigned a mentor within the chapter, who will help coach them in developing relationships and in growing professionally and personally using BNI resources.
The application process includes an interview with the Membership Committee and a reference check. This allows our members to know that the new members of their network are in good standing in their profession. Members are also encouraged to have One-to-Ones with new members so they can get to know each other and better identify the strengths and weaknesses of their businesses, ensuring the best referrals can be passed.
Any occupation that can accept referrals can benefit from networking.
Of course! Visiting a BNI meeting is the best way for someone to decide if they are interested in becoming a member, and inviting someone to visit your chapter can be instrumental in helping your membership grow. Members are also welcome to invite others from their profession to visit, while they cannot be in the same chapter, the visitor may be interested in joining another chapter in the area.
BNI does not expect any member to be an expert in all aspects of their profession. On the contrary, being a
subject-matter expert in your field and primary area of focus can help the rest of the chapter better learn
what you do and how to best refer you.
BNI understands the importance of the ethical concerns governing certain professions and acknowledges that rules can differ by location. As such, BNI requires members to uphold the rules of their professions to not violate their ethical obligations. In the event that BNI’s general rules could potentially violate a professional ethics code, BNI’s rules are superseded by the dictates of the profession’s ethics’ code.