Business Network International (BNI)
is an American franchised networking organization with around 254,206+ members in 8,968+ local chapters worldwide. Members meet weekly to discuss business and support each other's businesses by sharing referrals. It claims to be the world's leading 'referral organization'. In 2015, the organization says its members generated referrals resulting in over $9.3 billion in closed business worldwide.
In 2016, this figure increased to $11.2 billion business passed between members and their referrals (worldwide) and in 2017, $13.6 billion worth of business was passed. BNI was founded in 1985 by Ivan Misner.
In Sept 2018, this figure grew to $14 billion worth of done deals passed between members, with over 242k members worldwide in 8,653 chapters across 70 countries and 10.4 million referrals passed between them. It is one of the biggest networking organization of its kind in the world.
As of 31 March 2019, this figure stands at $15.3 Billion worth of business closed, through 11.2 million referrals passed amongst 254,206+ members in 8968+ chapters across 74+ countries.
Local BNI chapters arrange weekly meetings for people from various industries and encourage the building of relationships and the passing of referrals. Members mostly consist of small business owners but medium and large organisations are also represented. Anyone can apply for membership providing they are willing to attend the weekly meeting, are operating a full-time business and as most Executive Directors would agree, are in a position to grow and scale their business.
The mission of BNI is to help members increase their business through a structured, positive and professional referral marketing program that enables them to develop long-term, meaningful relationships with quality business professionals.
Who Is BNI
With over 240,000 members in 8,500-plus chapters worldwide, BNI is the world’s leading referral organization. In 2017 alone, BNI member referrals have generated $13.6 billion USD in revenue for our member businesses.
What Does BNI Do?
Through weekly meetings and exclusive resources, BNI helps you build a strong network that fuels professional growth
- Visit Local BNI Chapter
The best way to find out more about how BNI works is to go to a local chapter meeting and see for yourself what it’s like.
- Join BNI Chapter
After you’ve visited and decided that BNI is worth the investment, it’s time to make a commitment and join your local chapter.
- Develop Relationships
Referrals and business are great, but at BNI you’ll develop long-lasting relationships that are more than just a swapping of business cards.
- Give Referrals. Get Referrals
It’s simple, Givers Gain®. That’s all there is to it. Once you’ve joined, the giving and receiving begins and you’ll start to see your business grow.
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