Can anyone join a chapter?
We only take one person per professional specialty. So if you are
a residential real estate person and we already have one, we can refer
you to another chapter, or allow you to open another chapter. 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?
A: 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
Q: What if a
member gets a referral and does poor work?
A: We have an ethics committee and it
is imperative that anyone who gives a lead and finds out it was
not satisfactorily handled must report that to the membership committee,
who will investigate.
Q: What occupations benefit the most
A: It is not the occupation, it is the
individual. The occupation can be anything. If you're focussed and
you have a dream and you're willing to make a sacrifice, you are
the person we want in the group.
Q: Are members supposed to bring visitors?
A: You're encouraged to bring visitors
for those occupations that are open, after the visitor has been
prescreened, if they're a viable candidate. It's pretty much a closed
meeting except for potential members.
Q: Do ethical rules for certain professions
prohibit participation in BNI?
A: BNI understands the importance of the
ethical concerns governing certain professions and acknowledges
that rules can differ by location. As such, BNI therefore requires
its members to uphold the rules of its profession so as not to violate
the professionals ethical obligations. In the event that BNIs
general rules could potentially violate a professionals ethical
code, BNIs rules are superceded by the dictates of the professionals
ethics code. Significantly, a primary objective of BNI is
to educate its membership in ways to market and grow business. It
is BNIs intent to ensure that this is permitted.
Q: If I specialize in a field within
my profession, am I expected to be an expert in all aspects of my
A: BNI understands that many professions
are broad and that people often specialize within their profession.
BNI does not expect, nor does it encourage, any professional to
participate in an area in which the professional does not have expertise.
On the contrary, BNI prohibits professionals from acting outside
of the scope of their abilities.
Q: My profession does not let me directly
solicit business. Is BNI still right for me?
A: BNIs 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