Why BNI?

Our members enjoy unparalleled business growth.

BNI provides a positive, supportive, and structured environment for the development and exchange of quality business referrals. 

Benefits of BNI

There are countless benefits to joining BNI.

  • Increase Business Prospects: You'll substantially increase your business through referrals.
  • Professional Development: You'll have access to our exclusive training programs and opportunities to sharpen your presentation and business skills.
  • Great Networking Opportunities: Your participation in up to 52 networking meetings per year will increase your exposure to many other business professionals in your community.
  • Exclusive Member Resources: You'll have access to a range of tools and educational materials on networking, public speaking and business best-practices.

What To Expect

To help you get the most out of your first BNI meeting, here are some things to know before you go:

  • Be Prepared: Visit a chapter prepared to talk about your business. Members are interested in getting to know how connections with visitors can be mutually beneficial. Also, don't forget to bring your business cards.
  • Meetings: As a visitor, you can attend a chapter meeting twice. Remember to use this time to get know the chapter personality, and its members, not to promote your business. Meetings are high energy and run according to a structured agenda. They last around 90 minutes with time for additional networking before and after each meeting. Arrive around 15 minutes early so you don't miss out on any opportunities for networking, and be sure to sign in as a visitor.
  • You're the Expert: Only one person from each professional specialty is allowed to join a chapter of BNI, eliminating the possibility of competition among our members. When you join a chapter, you are the sole representative of your field and can develop relationships with others in the chapter as their go-to person for your services.
  • Respect Your Craft: The businesses our members represent are their full-time occupations, ensuring they are able to position themselves as resources and experts in their field.

 

Get Invited to a Meeting 

Experience our proven referral system in action. People just like you working together,
helping each other grow their businesses and improve their business skills.

 

 

OUR CORE VALUES

BNI is built on a set of guiding principles. These principles form the foundation on which members interact, conduct themselves and fulfill their goals. At BNI, we're Changing the Way the World Does Business®.

Givers Gain®

Be willing to give first, before you expect to gain. Like the farmer who must plant seeds before crops will grow, you must invest first. This is often difficult to follow if you grew up in a transactional culture; however, giving unconditionally yields the best results.



 

Building Relationships

No one is successful by themselves. Learning to develop relationships, creating a support network, and always growing your business network are the keys to success in business and in life.



 

Lifelong Learning

Your value grows as you develop your knowledge and skills. Our world is in a constant state of change. When you're learning, you're creating forward motion. Create a curriculum based on the person you want to become and follow that curriculum to get yourself there.



 

Traditions + Innovation

Traditions are your foundation. Innovations are your opportunities. Always keep your feet firmly planted with your traditions while you reach to the sky to create innovation. 



 

Positive Attitude

Consistently finding the good in everything that occurs propels your life beyond setbacks. Those who see the best in situations, themselves, and others magnetically attract people, opportunities, and wealth.



 

Accountability 

The only way to build trust is to make promises and keep them. Rather than expecting others to believe and accept your word, demonstrate who you are. Do this by accepting leadership roles and following through on promises, even when it appears no one is looking. 



 

Recognition

Share your appreciation for others' accomplishments: for themselves, for you, and for your organization. Recognition is fuel that builds organizations and societies. The one who masters the art of recognition attracts a strong network.

Before Your Visit

Getting invited to a local online Chapter meeting is the first step in finding your new referral network. You’ll find BNI members to be welcoming and excited to meet you to learn more about you and your business.

 

Your First Online Meeting

bni online™ is a fantastic online meeting platform. It’s a simple and effective way to build and stay connected to your network from the comfort of your home or office. All it takes is a couple of mouse clicks.

Get Invited

Your first step is to find a local Chapter and register for a meeting. We have over 40 chapters across northern Alabama and over 9,000 across the world. The registration process is easy. You will receive emails from the local Chapter leadership with information about the meeting and a link to
participate in an online meeting.



 

What to Expect

Visitors like you attend online chapter meetings all the time. Members are excited to meet you and make every effort to make the experience fun and productive for you. There is a proven agenda used worldwide to make the most of your time.



 

Proven Agenda

During the meeting, you’ll have a few seconds to share your name, your business, and how you help your clients. It’s that easy and is only a few mouse clicks away.



 

Relationships & Referrals

You will see networking in action. Members will be building relationship and sharing referrals to help each other grow their businesses.

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