Business Networking International is a professional networking association with chapters across the globe, including many here in New England. The mission of BNI is to help members increase their business through a structured, positive, and professional "word-of-mouth" program that enables them to develop long-term, meaningful relationships with quality business professionals.
Successful chapters of BNI already exist all over the Rhode Island, including in Warwick, Wakefield, Middletown and Portsmouth. The member lists are varied, which has allowed each group to generate a great deal of continuing referral business.
A new group is being formed in Newport and interested professionals of all fields are encouraged to apply. The list of members currently includes professionals from Keller Williams Realty, Province Mortgage, Inc., and Sayer Regan & Thayer, LLP.
To get more general information on BNI, please visit their website at www.BNI.com.
Here are some quick bits of information from the BNI website, explaining the amazing benefits of joining:
Why Join BNI? - Benefits of Membership
■ Increased exposure to many other people and businesses.
■ Substantially increased referrals.
■ Tools to network more effectively, including an orientation CD 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.
■ Bi-monthly 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!!!
Last year alone, members of BNI passed 6.5 million referrals, which generated more than $2.8 billion dollars (U.S.) worth of business for its members! BNI is a business and professional networking organization that allows only one person per professional classification or specialty to join a chapter.