The best way to find out more about BNI is to visit a local chapter meeting. The questions below are those most frequently asked. Click each of them to see the answer.
Can anyone join a BNI chapter?
We only take one person per professional classification. So, if you are a residential real estate person and we already have one, we can refer you to another chapter or you may be interested in helping to start a new chapter. Of course, if you are a commercial real estate person, you may be eligible to join this chapter.
How do I find a chapter?
Finding a chapter in your area is as easy as using our Find a Chapter List. From this feature, you can find out where and when the chapter meet and directly contact the Leadership Team to organise a visit.
How do I join a chapter?
Visiting a chapter is the first step in finding your new referral partners. Once you have visited a chapter that you believe will be a good fit for you, you can apply for membership through the Membership Committee of the chapter.
How do I get an application, and can I apply online?
You can receive a paper application directly from the Membership Committee of the chapter that you are hoping to join, or complete an online application after you visit a chapter.
Do new members need to be sponsored to join?
No, being sponsored is not a requirement to join. Upon joining a chapter, a new member may be assigned a mentor within the chapter, who will help coach them in developing relationships and in growing professionally and personally using BNI resources.
How do you know new members are reputable?
The application process includes reference checks allowing our members to know that the new members of their network are in good standing in their profession. Members are also encouraged to have One-to-Ones with new members so they can get to know each other and better identify the strengths and weaknesses of their businesses, ensuring the best referrals can be passed.
What occupations benefit the most from networking?
Any occupation that can accept referrals can benefit from networking.
Are members encouraged to bring visitors?
Of course! Visiting a BNI meeting is the best way for someone to decide if they are interested in becoming a member. Inviting someone to visit your chapter adds fun and energy to the meeting and the prospect of more referrals, not to mention it can be instrumental in helping your membership grow. Members are also welcome to invite others from their profession to visit, while they cannot be in the same chapter, the visitor may be interested in joining another chapter in the area.
If I specialise in a field within my profession, am I expected to be an expert in all aspects of my profession?
BNI does not expect any member to be an expert in all aspects of their profession. On the contrary, being a subject-matter expert in your field and primary area of focus can help the rest of the chapter better learn what you do and how to best refer you.