What to Expect

Finding Your Network

Visiting chapters is an important piece in finding your new referral network. Each chapter has a personality of its own, and finding where you fit best helps you to get connected.

Before You Visit

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

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    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. Also, don’t forget to bring your business cards.

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    Meetings are high energy and run according to a structured agenda. Arrive on time always so you don’t miss out on any opportunities for networking.

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    You're the Expert

    Only one person from each profession 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 field and can develop relationships with others in the chapter as their go-to person for your services.

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    Respect Your Craft

    The businesses our members represent are their full-time occupations, ensuring they are able to position themselves as resources and experts in their field.


The most successful chapters of BNI are comprised of participants who are sincerely committed to helping one another.

  • Time Commitment

    Attendance is critical for members to best cultivate relationships with others in their chapter. Members are allotted three absences in a six-month period and can send a substitute in their place to avoid an absence. Outside of the weekly 90-minute meetings, members are encouraged to build relationships with other members by having One-to-Ones, opportunities to get to know another member and get a deeper look at another’s business.

  • Membership Investment

    Members pay an annual membership fee which gives them access to 52 networking meetings a year, professional development opportunities, experiences to help them become better businesspeople, podcasts, newsletters and more. Individual chapters may also set annual or monthly dues to cover the cost of the meeting space, refreshments and outside, member-only activities.

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