BNI: BUSINESS NETWORK INTERNATIONAL
Worldwide leader in networking & referrals
Business growth starts here!
Belonging to BNI is like having a
whole SALES FORCE working for you!
BNI Shoreline is a member of the
BNI Western New England district centered in Clinton, CT.
Who is BNI & What does BNI do?
With over 270,000 members in 9,400-plus chapters worldwide, BNI is the world’s leading referral organization. In 2019 alone, BNI member referrals have generated $16.2 billion USD in revenue for our member businesses. Through weekly meetings and exclusive resources, BNI helps you build a strong network that fuels professional growth.
Our Core Values
BNI is built on a set of guiding principles which form the foundation on which members interact, conduct themselves and fulfill their goals.
1. Givers Gain
Givers Gain is the underlying philosophy of BNI. We exemplify that by giving business to others; you will get business in return
2. Lifelong Learning
We believe in the continuous improvement of personal and professional skills. BNI provides a variety of opportunities to support lifelong learning.
3. Traditions + Innovation
Tradition in an organization tells us where we come from and lays the foundation of who we are, but we must always be looking for ways to innovate.
4. Positive Attitude
BNI provides an environment that enables you to surround yourself with people who want to help you succeed.
5. Building Relationships
Networking is more about farming connections with new contacts than hunting for them. People want to do business with people they know and trust. It’s about cultivating those relationships.
If you want to have a powerful personal network, you must have accountability. Otherwise, it becomes a social group.
It’s important to recognize those who are contributing.
The universe is made of stories, not atoms.
~ Muriel Rukeyser ~
Benefits of membership
- Increased exposure to many other business professionals
- Substantially increase business through referrals
- Learn to talk effectively about your business
- Sharpen your presentation skills
- Only one person from each professional specialty is accepted.
- Online and in-class training
- In depth podcasts
- The Educational Moment – weekly networking & sales strategies
- Zoom Video Conferencing
- Attendance is critical
- Weekly meetings last about 90 minutes
- Members need to arrive on time and stay for the entire meeting
- If you cannot attend a meeting, you may send a substitute
- New members must attend the Member Success Program within 60 days
- Initial Application Fee
- Annual Membership Dues
- Monthly Chapter Dues
The Educational Moment
10 special presentations during the onset of the 2020 Pandemic
BNI Shoreline’s educational coordinator, Attorney Michael Sweeney, begins each meeting with a five-minute presentation focussing on successful networking and sales techniques developed by respected business consultants and coaches. In the wake of the Pandemic, Mike’s insightful and proactive “talks” have been particularly relevant.
Click here to download a compilation of ten of his weekly presentations during the onset of the Pandemic — January 28th to April 7th. Each is condensed to a one-page handout with strategies and assumptions to inspire, motivate and challenge … in short, ideas worth sharing!