About BNI | Why
BNI? – Benefits of Membership | Commitment
Can anyone join a chapter?
A: 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.
Q: 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 them.
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
Q: What occupations benefit
the most from networking?
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
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
Do ethical rules for certain professions prohibit participation
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 professional’s ethical obligations. In the event
that BNI’s general rules could potentially violate a professional’s
ethical code, BNI’s rules are superceded by the dictates
of the professional’s ethics’ code. Significantly,
a primary objective of BNI is to educate its membership in ways
to market and grow business. It is BNI’s 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 profession?
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?
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