What to Expect

What to Expect

To help you get the most out of your first BNI meeting, here are some things to know before you go:

  • Be Prepared: Visit a chapter prepared to talk about your business. Members are interested in getting to know how connections with visitors can be mutually beneficial. Also, don't forget to bring your business cards.
  • Meetings: As a visitor, you can attend a chapter meeting twice. Remember to use this time to get know the chapter personality, and its members, not to promote your business. Meetings are high energy and run according to a structured agenda. They last around 90 minutes with time for additional networking before and after each meeting. Arrive around 15 minutes early so you don't miss out on any opportunities for networking, and be sure to sign in as a visitor.
  • You're the Expert: Only one person from each professional specialty is allowed to join a chapter of BNI, eliminating the possibility of competition among our members. When you join a chapter, you are the sole representative of your field and can develop relationships with others in the chapter as their go-to person for your services.
  • Respect Your Craft: The businesses our members represent are their full-time occupations, ensuring they are able to position themselves as resources and experts in their field.



When in person meetings are not possible, BNI Online® is a fantastic online meeting platform. It’s a simple and effective way to build and stay connected to your network from the comfort of your home or office. All it takes is a couple of mouse clicks


Find a local Chapter

Your first step is to find a local Chapter and register for a meeting. We have over 10,604 Chapters all over the world. The registration process is easy. You will receive emails from the local Chapter leadership with information about the meeting and a link to participate in a meeting.

What to Expect

Visitors like you attend Chapter meetings all the time. Members are excited to meet you and make every effort to make the experience fun and productive for you. There is a proven agenda used worldwide to make the most of your time.

Proven Agenda

During the meeting, you’ll have a few seconds to share your name, your business, and how you help your clients. It’s that easy and is only a few mouse clicks away.

Relationships and Referrals

You will see networking in action. Members will be building relationship and sharing referrals to help each other grow their businesses.

Before You Visit 

Visiting a local Chapter meeting is the first step in finding your new referral network. You’ll find BNI Members to be welcoming and excited to meet you to learn more about you and your business.



The most successful Chapters of BNI are comprised of a team of people who are sincerely committed to helping one another.


As a Member

As a BNI Member, you are part of an exclusive network dedicated to helping grow your business. By building relationships with fellow Chapter Members you will create a supportive network that will go beyond your Chapter meetings.

What can happen after you attend this meeting

When members agree you are a good fit for the Chapter, you will be invited to apply for BNI Membership. BNI Membership helps you generate more sales with consistent growth, less effort and lower cost than other marketing methods.

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Experience our proven referral system in action. People just like you working together, helping each other grow their businesses and improve their business skills.

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Dalene Allen
Executive Director
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