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Started in January 1985 by Dr. Ivan R. Misner, Founder & Chairman of BNI. BNI provides a positive, supportive, and structured environment for everyone to further their business through word-of-mouth marketing.

Networking requires commitment. The most successful chapters of BNI are comprised of participants who are sincerely committed to helping one another through word-of-mouth networking. They are a team. As a participant in BNI, you are responsible for complying with the policies and guidelines of the organisation.

Step 1: Find a Chapter

The first step is to find a BNI chapter, that suits you. This might be based on being close to your home, close to your work place or has existing members that you think you will have synergy with.

Within a BNI chapter, only one person from each professional category is permitted to join a given chapter of BNI.

So, as long as your chosen chapter has a vacancy for your chosen business category, we'd be pleased to see you.

So, if you can't find a vacancy within the chapter you want… phone or email the BNI office. Explaining a BNI meeting is like giving a haircut over the phone - not very effective. BNI meetings are always best experienced in person.

Step 2: Visit a Chapter

There is no hard sell at BNI, so once you have found your chapter, just get in touch to let us know you'll be coming along.

We'll discuss what will happen at the meeting with you and give you the chance to ask any questions. Your diary may already be full, so we'll work out with you which date you would like to attend as well.

Most chapters have a nominal meeting fee to cover room hire and meal charges. You will have the opportunity to stand and do 60 seconds presentation for your company. Bring LOTS of business cards too because you will also have a chance to pass them to all of the members.

The Benefits of BNI Membership

  1. Increased exposure to many other people and businesses;
  2. Building solid business relationships that will last for the rest of your life;
  3. Tools to network more effectively, including educational workshops and mentoring;
  4. Visibility, Credibility and Profitability for each of our members;
  5. And much, much more!!!

If you have any initial questions, check out our Frequently Asked Questions section.