Benefits of Membership
- Substantially increased referrals.
- Tools to network more effectively, including an orientation cassette tape giving the "Formula for Success" in BNI, a badge, a vinyl card holder to carry members' business cards, referral slips, marketing materials for your chapter and much, much more.
- Participation in up to 52 networking meetings per year.
- Quarterly newsletters with educational material on networking, public speaking, and business.
- Participation in business tradeshows (where you'll have an opportunity to market your chapter and your business).
- Free periodic workshops on networking.
- And much, much more!!!
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The information below excerpted from "The World's Best Known Marketing Secret" (Revised Edition)
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Frequently Asked Questions
Can anyone join a chapter?
We only take one person per professional specialty. So if you are a residential real estate person and we already have one, we can refer you to another chapter, or allow you to open another chapter. Of course, if you are a commercial real estate person, you could be eligible to join this chapter.
How do you know new members are reputable?
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.
What if a member gets a referral and does poor work?
We have an ethics committee and it is imperative that anyone who gives a lead and finds out it was not satisfactorily handled must report that to the membership committee, who will investigate.
What occupations benefit the most from networking?
It is not the occupation, it is the individual. The occupation can be anything. If you're focussed and you have a dream and you're willing to make a sacrifice, you are the person we want in the group.
Are members supposed to bring visitors?
You're encouraged to bring visitors for those occupations that are open after the visitor has been prescreened if they're a viable candidate. It's pretty much a closed meeting except for potential members.
Do ethical rules for certain professions prohibit participation in BNI?
BNI understands the importance of the ethical concerns governing certain professions and acknowledges that rules can differ by location. As such, BNI, therefore, requires its members to uphold the rules of its profession so as not to violate the professional’s ethical obligations.
In the event that BNI’s general rules could potentially violate a professional’s ethical code, BNI’s rules are superseded by the dictates of the professional’s ethics code. Significantly, a primary objective of BNI is to educate its membership in ways to market and grow business. It is BNI’s intent to ensure that this is permitted.
If I specialize in a field within my profession, am I expected to be an expert in all aspects of my profession?
BNI understands that many professions are broad and that people often specialize within their profession. BNI does not expect, nor does it encourage, any professional to participate in an area in which the professional does not have expertise. On the contrary, BNI prohibits professionals from acting outside of the scope of their abilities.
My profession does not let me directly solicit business. Is BNI still right for me?
BNI’s primary objective is to assist its members in ways to improve their business and to educate them concerning how they can effectively network. Business people get business when their expertise is known and others reach a comfort level with them. BNI provides a forum that allows members to meet other business peers who need to know effective and efficient business people.
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South Bend BNI Announcements
Join us to experience a new way to grow your salesforce, adding several sales associates for a fraction
of the cost of hiring a single sales representative.
We meet every Thursday at 7AM at Tradewinds Restaurant (use the entrance to the east of the main restaurant entrance, east of the . While masks are not mandatory, we do ask that you use good judgement and proper COVID protocol.
Contact the South Bend BNI Chapter to learn more
or call Dave Cloutier at 574-271-4435 to learn more about how you can be our guest to observe how BNI works in real time. We hope to see you soon!
Show Me The Money...
of business has been generated from the South Bend BNI Chapter in referrals so far in 2021!
In 2020 ~ in the midst of a pandemic! ~ we generated over $877,318
in sales for our members!
A BNI referral wound up being (at the time) THE largest project BANG! Web Site Design had ever done. It was also an incredibly easy sale.
Later, a referral from that client resulted in another sale that ranked as our third largest sale. It's amazing how a referral from just one member can break down barriers to the sales process!
- Brian R.