8.6 Billion in Business for BNI® members: From the BNI website:
Hot off the presses, the official statistics for BNI referrals passed worldwide last year have just been released!
• In 2014, BNI® members passed a record 6.6 million referrals
• These referrals generated 8.6 billion USD in business for BNI® members
• Since 1985, BNI® has generated over 42.8 billion USD in business for BNI® members
Due to the reporting capabilities and functions available within the BNI Connect® platform, we have had access to extremely specific numbers for the past two years–the year-end referral statistics for 2013 and 2014 were derived from the actual numbers reported directly into BNI Connect® by BNI members documenting the amount of business they generated.
In years prior to 2013, the formulas for generating referral statistics were based on formulas developed by two doctoral dissertations (one done by Dr. Ivan Misner, BNI’s Founder & Chairman, and another by BNI member Julien Sharp). With the ability to now access referral statistics reported directly by BNI members into BNI® Connect, it has come to light that the referral statistics in past years were actually on the conservative side and the amount of business generated was likely substantially higher.