BNI Enterprise http://bnienterprise.com Rockland County NY BNI Chapter Tue, 27 Jun 2017 17:49:24 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8 Business Tips from 6 Top Entrepreneurs http://bnienterprise.com/6-best-business-tips-6-top-entrepreneurs/ Thu, 16 Mar 2017 12:54:16 +0000 http://bnienterprise.com/?p=1966 Becoming a successful entrepreneur is no easy feat. Sacrifice, hard work and an unwavering determination for achieving greatness are required.

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6 Best Business Tips from 6 Top Entrepreneurs
Published in Entrepreneur, by Ryan Robinson
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Becoming a successful entrepreneur is no easy feat. Sacrifice, hard work and an unwavering determination for achieving greatness are required. So is surviving your mistakes — because they will happen.

At CreativeLive, I’ve always strived to learn from my own mistakes and to gain powerful insights from those who have successfully gone down the path before me. That’s why I reached out to six top entrepreneurs, writers and CEOs I’ve admired for years.

I asked each of them to share with me, in a selfie-style video clip, their single most impactful piece of advice for fellow entrepreneurs. Those interviewees included:

Chase Jarvis, the prolific photographer and CEO at CreativeLive, who’s on a mission to revolutionize the way the world learns
Jon Acuff, the best-selling author of five books designed to teach how to find and create meaningful work
Sophia Amoruso, the founder of NastyGal and the best-selling author of #GIRLBOSS, who launched one of the fastest-growing retail brands in recent history
Lewis Howes, the best-selling author, lifestyle entrepreneur and podcast host, who’s interviewed more than 200 influential entrepreneurs on how to achieve greatness
Nir Eyal, the best-selling author, entrepreneur and speaker, who’s pioneering the psychology behind creating habit-forming products
Guy Kawasaki, the entrepreneur, investor and former chief evangelist at Apple, who’s helped dozens of well-known startups launch with a bang

Just about any and all business owners who have created a sustainable self-employed career will tell you that they wouldn’t have achieved their goals without guidance from others. They’re not afraid to ask for help. In fact, most of them are successful in a large part, because they’ve surrounded themselves with trusted advisors, mentors and industry experts.

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Life-Long Learning http://bnienterprise.com/life-long-learning/ Wed, 08 Mar 2017 13:19:33 +0000 http://bnienterprise.com/?p=1958 Life-Long Learning: The Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon in BNI® by Joe Ross, U.S. Franchise Development Manager, BNI U.S. Support Team I recently visited a chapter meeting and watched as everyone did their Weekly Presentation. I couldn’t help but think to myself, I really don’t know when I would have the opportunity to promote some of these businesses. […]

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Life-Long Learning: The Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon in BNI®
by Joe Ross, U.S. Franchise Development Manager, BNI U.S. Support Team

I recently visited a chapter meeting and watched as everyone did their Weekly Presentation. I couldn’t help but think to myself, I really don’t know when I would have the opportunity to promote some of these businesses.

For example, I met the chapter locksmith. He had great energy, was very professional, and I understood his business. I thought to myself, “How often can I really be of help to him?” Two days later, I received a call from my tenant. She had been in a hurry to leave for work and inadvertently forgot to grab her apartment key on her way out the door. Some months earlier, I too had locked myself out of my house. One of my friends has a spare key, but they were out of town.

Fortunately, I had learned my lesson from my earlier lockout and hid a realtor box with a spare key near my house. I advised my tenant of the box and told her they key was a little sticky as I had just replaced the old locks.

Many of us have shared a similar experience – something you’ve just noticed, learned about, experienced, or been told about is suddenly all around you. In my case, it was the service of a locksmith. I was unsure how I could help pass business to this BNI® member. In truth, I didn’t have to look far to find three recent opportunities where I could have used the assistance of a trusted professional, like the locksmith.

Life-Long Learning, one of our Core Values, reminded me of the Baader-Meinhof (pronounced badder mainhoff) phenomenon. Being exposed to something new prompts our minds selective attention. Suddenly, the previously unconsidered thing you were exposed to now seems to have relevance and appear all around you.

One of my favorite things about BNI® is the brilliance in its simplicity. Our chapter meetings provide the regular opportunity to learn about new people, services and referrals needed by our peers. We then get the opportunity to do what our brains naturally want us to do, make connections. In our case, connecting the people and services of our BNI community to our larger worlds. This, in turn, leads to warm referrals, closed business, and stronger relationships.

I would like to test this phenomenon on you. BNI is looking for exceptional Executive Director candidates in Upland, California. If you know someone that may be a good candidate, please let me know by emailing me at joeross@bni.com.
If you don’t know anyone at the moment, don’t worry, because thanks to the Baader-Meinhof phenomenon and the power of BNI, you may find opportunities and connections in the near future you hadn’t realized were there before.

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Business Networking: 7 Ways to Be a Better Networker http://bnienterprise.com/business-networking-7-ways-better-networker/ Wed, 08 Mar 2017 13:06:06 +0000 http://bnienterprise.com/?p=1955 Networking involves interacting. At the top of the list, be a good listener. Networking depends on how well we listen and learn

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Business Networking: 7 Ways to Be a Better Networker, by Dr. Ivan Misner

Many people offer advice about what it takes to be good at networking (myself amongst them). One thing that is left out of that equation, however, is what the average person thinks about what it takes to be a better networker. Business networking involves interacting with others so what do “they” think it takes to be great at this? This is important because we all need to be cognizant of other people’s expectations and adjust our behavior accordingly if we want to make the kind of impression that will work to build a powerful personal network.

Recently, I took the opportunity to gather almost 3,400 survey responses from business people around the world. I gave them a list of roughly 20 different characteristics on networking and I asked them to pick the top behaviors they’d like to see in a great networker. From those responses, I have identified the top seven characteristics of what people believe makes a great networker. Here are those seven characteristics in order of importance according to the survey respondents.

Good Listener.
At the top of the list is being a good listener. Our success in networking depends on how well we can listen and learn. The faster you and your networking partner learn what you need to know about each other, the faster you’ll establish a valuable relationship.

A good networker has two ears and one mouth, and should use them both proportionately. Listen to people’s needs and concerns and find opportunities to help them. You can’t help others if you don’t know what they need, and you find that out by listening. In many ways, networking is about connecting the dots, but to do that you have to listen so that you can help people make the connections they are looking for.

Positive attitude.
The first thing that people see from you is your attitude, or how you generally take things. A consistently negative attitude makes people dislike you and drives away referrals; a positive attitude makes people want to associate and cooperate with you. Positive business professionals are like magnets. Others want to be around them and will send their friends and family to them.

Helps Others/Collaborative.
People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care. Helping people shows that you care. One survey respondent said that “people want to network with individuals who have a collaborative attitude.” Helping others can be done in a variety of ways, from clipping a helpful article and e-mailing it to someone, to putting them in touch with a person who can help them with a specific challenge.
Several respondents commented about not wanting to network with people who are “in it for themselves.” A willingness to collaborate and help others is essential as it builds trust and helps establish a strong relationship.

Trustworthy.
One respondent said best when she said: “it doesn’t matter how successful the person is, if I don’t trust them, I don’t work with them.” When you refer someone you are putting your reputation on the line. You have to be able to trust your referral partner and be trusted in return. Neither you nor anyone else will refer a contact to someone who can’t be trusted to handle it well.

Approachable.
One respondent said that people “will forget what you said and what you did, but they will never forget how you made them feel.” Effective networking starts with approachability – everything else listed above follows from this.

Sincere/Authentic.
You can offer the help, the thanks, the listening ear, but if you are not sincerely interested in the other person, they will know it! Those who have developed successful networking skills convey their sincerity at every turn. One respondent stated that “it’s all about the authenticity” that someone shows you. We have all seen people who are seemingly good at networking but lack sincerity. Faking it isn’t sustainable.

Follows Up.
If you offer opportunities, whether a simple piece of information, a special contact, or a qualified business referral, to someone who consistently fails to follow up, you’ll soon stop wasting your time with this person. One respondent said that when it comes to networking, “the fortune lies in the follow up” and many people just “don’t follow up anymore.”
Each one of the characteristics above tie into the notion of “farming” and not “hunting.” It’s about building mutually beneficial business relationships. Only then will you succeed in creating a powerful, personal network.

As a young man I studied under Warren Bennis, who was at the time, the world’s leading expert on leadership. He taught me that understanding the “characteristics” of a great leader is important. However, what is even more important, is understanding how to apply those characteristics. He told me; “know what you are good at and work to enhance those skills. Know what you’re not good at and surround yourself with people who can help you improve those skills.”

As with leadership, I believe that networking skills are very important. What’s even more important however, is working to improve them and learning how to use them effectively. That’s what really counts.

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Called the “father of modern networking” by CNN, Dr. Ivan Misner is a New York Times bestselling author. He is the Founder and Chief Visionary Officer of BNI (www.bni.com), the world’s largest business networking organization. His books can be can be viewed at www.IvanMisner.com.

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Largest BNI Chapter Rockland County and Most Referrals Per Member Per Week http://bnienterprise.com/largest-bni-chapter-rockland-county-referrals-per-member-per-week/ Tue, 10 Jan 2017 21:04:54 +0000 http://bnienterprise.com/?p=1939 BNI Enterprise is the largest BNI® Chapter Rockland County and has the most referrals per member per week. That's pretty impressive!

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BNI® Enterprise is the largest BNI® Chapter in Rockland County and has the most referrals per member per week. That’s pretty impressive!

BNI® is a worldwide organization where top business professionals from all types of professions work together to help each other develop their respective businesses through
networking their customers and clients.

Each chapter allows only one member per professional specialty. The Enterprise chapter, located in Nanuet, NY, ensures that its members are among the best in their professions.

Each member has proven to consistently deliver high-quality products and services. That is why each of us can entrust our families and our customers with one another.

We invite you to visit, as our guest, any Friday morning at 6:45-8:30am, at the Nanuet Diner, Nanuet NY. With over 200,000 members worldwide, Business Network International® (BNI) is the world’s largest business networking and business referral organization. Come meet with us, have some breakfast and a cup of coffee and learn about what BNI can do for your business and your bottom line! Click here to contact us!

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Why I BNI http://bnienterprise.com/why-i-bni/ Sat, 17 Dec 2016 22:08:03 +0000 http://bnienterprise.com/?p=1916 Here are some of the answers from our BNI Enterprise chapter, in Rockland County NY.

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Why I BNI? We asked our chapter members to answer the question:
Here are some of the answers from our BNI Enterprise chapter, in Rockland County NY.

Aside from the referrals I give or get, I like the relationships that develop over time and as a result you meet on social occasions as well.

Ray Alter
Carpets Plus Color Tile of New York
“The Quality You WANT At The Price You NEED”
Web: www.carpetspluscongers.com
Email: sales@cpct-ny.com
Phone: 845-267-0800
Fax: 845-267-0179

 

I talked to a BNI Enterprise member Tony Verzi, and he told me that it was a good way to meet people and get a whole lot of work, even when the season is not good. So honestly I took his advice. I joined even when I really didn’t have a lot of cash on me. And so far it has panned out pretty good! I had some fears about speaking in public, but now I feel more relaxed more comfortable. It’s been great being there.

Anthony Burgos
Smooth Touch II Painting & Powerwashing INC.
Phone: 845-893-6168
19 State Street
Haverstraw, New York
https://www.facebook.com/powertone4/
powertone4@gmail.com

 

When I started in real estate 17 years ago, I visited a BNI chapter to see if I would like it as a jump start to my business. Shortly after when I decided to join that group, the slot for a realtor had already been filled. Disappointed I contacted Director Bob Russo and he helped me start another group, The Enterprise. Sixteen years later and lots of business referrals traded between us, we are the biggest chapter in our area. I enjoy being connected to 40+amazing and dedicated professionals who make me look better at my job providing exceptional service to my clients. Thanks BNI!

Michelle B. Zweig, MBA
NYS Licensed RE Associate Broker
Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty
268 S. Main St., New City, NY
“Zweig the last name in Rockland real estate”
Phone: 845-634-4202 X 2116 office
Cell: 914-419-9256

 

I do BNI because my business cannot continue to grow and receive quality referrals unless I am constantly thinking of new avenues to create business and of new ways to market to new customers. “Opening the doors” and waiting for customers to come in….will never happen. I prefer to take an active role in seeking and asking for new customers through word of mouth referrals.

Tammy Rosen
The Jewelry Gallery
32 South Liberty Drive
Patriot Square Shopping Center
Route 9W, Stony Point, NY 10980
Phone: 845-429-2613
jewelrygallery@optonline.net

 

I started in BNI over 20 years ago when a vendor asked me “could you use more business or do you have enough?” Then, I met many people, who have become dear friends over the years.

Betty Sagatelian Ortiz, President
REALTY TITLE AGENCY
2 William Street – suite 304
White Plains, NY. 10601
www.realtytitle.net
Phone: 914-683-3900

 

BNI makes great sense for my business, much of my business comes from referrals from past customers and number of referral partners, Staying in touch with them is key to keep my name and contact information fresh in their minds.

With BNI my customers know they can call me for all kinds of great professionals and all types of business categories. So they give my name to all of their friends and family anytime they need goods or services. It’s a win-win, I get to help others grow their business and my customer always think of me first when it comes time to utilize my services.

Joseph May
Sales Manager / Loan Officer
NMLS# 58817
HomeBridge Financial Services, Inc.
Formerly Real Estate Mortgage Network
53B South Main Street
New City, NY 10956
Phone: 845-624-1100
Cell: 845-729-1606

 

I BNI because there is no better way to get your message out to the world while helping others get their messages out as well.

My business depends on people seeing results and when you’re in a room full of those people, they become your advocates and truly support your mission. Why I Love BNI- is because it holds me accountable to everyone in the room as well as myself. Our chapter is like a big family.

I started in BNI back in 2004-2008 in Manhattan – it was ok, but not the same as our chapter. I met Nadine through a mutual friend and the rest was history. I really love the Enterprise chapter. It is a lot of fun and most of all it has helped me grow as a person as well as my practice.

Dr. Ron Nathanson
Rockland Bergen Braincore Wellness Center
Phone: (917) 400-7546
200 E Eckerson Rd
Spring Valley, New York
rocklandbergenbraincore@gmail.com

 

“I joined BNI® Enterprise after my first visit. The group was welcoming and friendly, and in a few short weeks I started generating more business than I could have imagined. I’m getting referrals from Enterprise members as well as outside referrals. My business has grown exponentially! I’m proud to be part of a group of professional, trustworthy business owners that I can confidently refer to my friends.

Nadine Moroch Reicher
South Mountain Studio, LLC
Phone: 845-548-0133
www.southmountainstudio.com

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Rockland County NY Business Networking BNI® http://bnienterprise.com/rockland-county-ny-business-networking-bni/ Wed, 03 Sep 2014 04:23:05 +0000 http://www.bnipartners.com/?p=1646 Rockland County NY Business Networking BNI® BNI members, on average, increase their business 20% the first year. Now, more than ever, business people need to network to stay in business. BNI® provides a positive, supportive, and structured environment to exchange quality business referrals. BNI® is the largest business networking organization in the world. Since 1985 […]

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Rockland County NY Business Networking BNI®

BNI members, on average, increase their business 20% the first year.

Now, more than ever, business people need to network to stay in business. BNI® provides a positive, supportive, and structured environment to exchange quality business referrals. BNI® is the largest business networking organization in the world. Since 1985 we have provided our members a structured and time-tested way to increase their bottom line profits through a qualified referral process.

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.

Keys For Networking Effectively with Ivan Misner, Founder of BNI®

BNI® is a business and professional referral organization that allows only one person per business classification to become a member of a chapter.

Belonging to BNI® is like having a Relationship Marketing, Public Relations and Word-of-Mouth Sales firm working for you. Members learn about each other’s businesses and what a good referral is for each other and when they come across someone who needs your product or service they recommend you and make the connection for you. It’s as simple as that.

It’s simple because it’s based on the proven concept of “what goes around, comes around.” If I help you, you’ll help me and we will both benefit as a result. Would you like to increase your business by 20%, 30%, 50% or as much as 100%? Many have see results like these.

We looking forward to seeing you next Friday for breakfast, B to B Networking and a very organized and effective business meeting. Join us at the Nanuet Diner, 120 W Route 59 Nanuet, NY 10954, from 7-8:30am. Bring your business cards and be ready to tell us about your business.

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What is BNI® all ABOUT? http://bnienterprise.com/what-is-bni-all-about/ Sun, 09 Mar 2014 00:31:53 +0000 http://www.gallyapp.com/tf_themes/pim_wp/?p=144 BNI® is a great way to get new business and make contact with your local business community. With over 160,000 members worldwide, BNI®, or Business Network International, is the largest business networking organization in the world.

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BNI® is a great way to get new business and make contact with your local business community. With over 200,000 members worldwide, BNI®, or Business Network International, is the largest business networking organization in the world. Last year alone, BNI® generated 5.4 million referrals resulting in 6.5 billion dollars worth of business for its members. We offer members the opportunity to share ideas, contacts and most importantly, business referrals. Read more>

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Looking to GROW your business? Look to us! http://bnienterprise.com/looking-to-grow-your-business-look-to-us/ Thu, 06 Mar 2014 13:11:11 +0000 http://www.gallyapp.com/tf_themes/pim_wp/?p=33 Looking to grow your business? Look to us! We’re a group of local business people who support one another to help our businesses grow. We meet each Friday, from 7am-8:30am at the Nanuet Diner, 120 W Route 59 Nanuet, NY 10954 Interested in learning more? You’re invited any Friday morning to meet with us. No […]

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Looking to grow your business? Look to us! We’re a group of local business people who support one another to help our businesses grow. We meet each Friday, from 7am-8:30am at the Nanuet Diner, 120 W Route 59 Nanuet, NY 10954

Interested in learning more? You’re invited any Friday morning to meet with us. No pressure, no push sales, just like-minded business people who want to help your business grow through person to person referrals. Take a look around this site to learn more about BNI®, contact us via email.

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Why Join BNI®? http://bnienterprise.com/why-join-bni/ Wed, 12 Feb 2014 02:42:24 +0000 http://www.bnipartners.com/?p=1187 From Dr. Ron Nathanson, Rockland Bergen Braincore Wellness Center
“I BNI because there is no better way to get your message out to the world while helping others get their messages out as well.

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From Dr. Ron Nathanson Rockland Bergen Braincore Wellness Center

I BNI because there is no better way to get your message out to the world while helping others get their messages out as well.

My business depends on people seeing results and when you’re in a room full of those people, they become your advocates and truly support your mission. Why I Love BNI- is because it holds me accountable to everyone in the room as well as myself. Our chapter is like a big family.

I started in BNI back in 2004-2008 in Manhattan – it was ok, but not the same as our chapter. I met Nadine through a mutual friend and the rest was history. I really love the Enterprise chapter. It is a lot of fun and most of all it has helped me grow as a person as well as my practice.

Dr. Ron Nathanson
Rockland Bergen Braincore Wellness Center
Phone: (917) 400-7546
200 E Eckerson Rd
Spring Valley, New York
rocklandbergenbraincore@gmail.com

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8.6 Billion in Business for BNI® members http://bnienterprise.com/8-6-billion-business-bni-members/ Tue, 27 Jan 2015 20:06:15 +0000 http://bnienterprise.com/?p=1720 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, […]

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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.

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