What Is BNI, Anyway?

BNI, or Business Networking International, is the largest business networking organization in the world. BNI offers members the opportunity to share ideas, contacts and most importantly, business referrals, in turn resulting in more closed business. BNI is built around the philosophy of Givers Gain: By giving business to others, you will get business in return.

Founded in 1985 by Dr. Ivan Misner, BNI currently has over 247,000 members worldwide. Last year alone, BNI generated 11.2 million referrals resulting in $14.2 billion dollars worth of business for its members. Most importantly, BNI is a business and professional networking organization that allows only one person per professional classification or specialty to join a chapter, so by joining, you lock out your competition.

With over 8,800 chapters around the world, BNI truly is an organization with global reach. Referrals aren’t just limited to your local network, but can come from anyone in the organization, anywhere there is a chapter. In addition to unparalleled business growth, BNI members develop lasting relationships that allow them to grow personally and professionally. And that’s our favorite part of being a member!