Factors you should consider when looking for a chapter:
1. Location is VERY important
- Close to home will make those early morning meetings easy and convenient
- Close to the office will allow plenty of time after the meeting to do some extra networking before the next appointment
- Where are your clients located? We have members who travel great distances to their meeting to build clientele in a specific area
2. Small vs. Large Chapters - Both WORK! It is a personal choice. Number of members in a chapter vary between 15 and 50. Each chapter is unique and finding one that YOU feel comfortable with and is a good fit for your company can only be determined by you visiting the chapter.
- Smaller chapters can be a great opportunity to build strong and close relationships with existing members
- Smaller chapters give you the opportunity to bring along and introduce important professionals that you know, like, and trust into the chapter.
- Larger chapters can provide a great opportunity for specialty businesses - it may take longer to build relationships with ALL the members within the chapter
3. BEFORE you visit a BNI Chapter we recommend you do the following:
- Visit the Chapter website and verify that your professional classification is available (Only one person per professional classification is allowed to participate in a chapter)
- Contact the President via phone to introduce yourself and let him/her know when you plan to visit.
- Ask the President to help make introductions to members who would be in your Contact Sphere so that you can make the most of your visit.
4. At the meeting
- Arrive on time.... or a bit early
- Bring lots of business cards with you
- Ask the President and Visitor Hosts to introduce you to others in the group who would be in your Contact Sphere.
- Visitor Hosts are there to answer questions and provide a Visitor Orientation
5. Click here to search for a Chapter to visit.
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