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Frequently asked questions about BNI®

Can anyone join a chapter?

We only take one person per professional specialty. So if you are a residential real estate person, and our chapter already has one, we’ll refer you to another local BNI® chapter that would benefit from your specialty and/ or talents. Of course, if you are a commercial real estate person, you could be eligible to join this chapter.

How do you know new members are reputable?

The application asks for references and we have a membership committee that checks them. It’s word of mouth, so before they even come to a meeting they have to have spoken to someone or been invited by someone in the group. Everyone has to have a sponsor, or one is assigned to them, and they interview them.

What occupations benefit the most from networking?

It is not the occupation, it is the individual. The occupation can be anything. If you’re focused and you have a dream and you’re willing to make a sacrifice, you are the person we want in the group.

My profession does not let me directly solicit business. Is BNI still right for me?

BNI®’s primary objective is to assist its members in ways to improve their business and to educate them concerning how they can effectively network. Business people get business when their expertise is known and others reach a comfort level with them. BNI® provides a forum that allows members to meet other business peers who need to know effective and efficient business people.


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