Q: WHAT is BNI?
A: A business marketing program that allows one person from
each profession to join a chapter. The sole purpose of the chapter is
to increase business through a structured system of giving referrals.
Q: WHERE does TriCities BNI
A: We meet each Thursday morning 7:00 a.m., at the
Grover T's BBQ, 5887 Hwy 90, Milton,
Q: WHEN does BNI meet?
A: Every Thursday morning for breakfast and our meeting, this
ensures that our members maintain contact and exchange regular
referrals. TriCities BNI meet at 7:15 am and the meeting is over
by 8:45 am.
Q: WHY visit and join BNI?
A: Because "what goes around comes around!" people that GIVE
business referrals GET business referrals! Visit and see our BNI group
in action! When you visit, breakfast is on us.
Q: HOW do you benefit from BNI?
A: In many ways:
• By allowing members the opportunity to present and promote their
business to all members in a group exclusively without competing
professionals. Each profession has only one representative per
• By an increased awareness of your profession from other networking
members who will use or recommend your services once they know and
• By substantially increasing and expanding your business through
• By exposing your service and knowledge to businesses and success
oriented people throughout the community.
• By gaining knowledge from information on other networking members'
• By using a professionally designed forum to promote yourself and
your business efficiently, effectively and economically.
• By routinely meeting with other focused, motivated business
Q: Can anyone join a chapter?
A: We only take one person from each profession. So if you
are a residential real estate professional and we already have one, we
can refer you to another BNI chapter, or we may help you open another
Q: What occupations benefit the
most from networking?
A: It is not the occupation, it is the individual. The
occupation can be anything. All professions can prosper from BNI given
you take the time to learn how to target market and teach your fellow
members what you are looking for in referrals.
Q: Are there any other events
besides the weekly chapter meetings?
A: Yes. Member Success Programs, monthly advanced training
and from time-to-time there are regional workshops and other
Q: Are members supposed to bring
A: You're encouraged to bring visitors for those occupations
that are open. After the visitor has been prescreened and joins, their
profession is then closed. BNI is primarily an invitation-only
organization and members only look to invite visitors who are
interested in joining BNI.
Q: How do you know new members
A: The application asks for references and we have a
membership committee that checks them. It's word of mouth, so before
they even come to a meeting they have to have spoken to someone or
been invited by someone in the group. Everyone has to have a sponsor,
or one is assigned to them, and they interview them.
Q: What if a member gets a
referral and does poor work?
A: We have an ethics committee and it is imperative that
anyone who gives a referral and finds out it was not satisfactorily
handled must report that to the membership committee, who will
Q: How much does it cost to join
A: The true investment in considering BNI is not money, but
your time. You are expected to attend the meetings, meet and develop
relationships with your fellow members outside of the meeting and this
all takes a time commitment on your part. BNI is a networking
organization and you are responsible to work your new network. The
annual monetary investment is less than $1 per day.
(Excerpted in part from "Networking
is Serious Business")