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You're sure to have questions. We each did before we visited. But to be truthful the only way to know if we are "right" for you, is to attend our chapter meeting. Nevertheless, here are some of the most Frequently Asked Questions and answers:

Why should I join BNI Movers & Shakers? You will receive many benefits from BNI M&S:
  • Increased exposure to many other people and businesses.
  • Substantially increased referrals.
  • Tools to network more effectively, including an orientation cassette tape giving the "Formula for Success" in BNI, a badge, a vinyl card holder to carry members' business cards, referral slips, & marketing materials.
  • Participation in up to 52 networking meetings per year.
  • Quarterly newsletters with educational material on networking, public speaking, and business.
  • Free monthly workshops on networking. back to top
Can anyone join a chapter?

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. Of course, if you are a commercial real estate person, you could be eligible to join this chapter. back to top

I understand there are several chapters locally, how do I choose?

Obvioulsy we think we are the best local chapter (and we have the credentials to prove this!). But the decision is really a personal one that should consider 3 criteria:

  1. Meeting time & location. Is it convenient for you to attend every week at that time & place. Our members prefer weekly morning meetings to lunchtime.
  2. Can the membership bring you business? Check if there are professionals who call on similar customers to you. Also you want people with large networks already. Thatís why established groups such as Movers & Shakers excell over small or new chapters.
  3. Whatís the commeraderie like? Are these people having fun AND doing business? Do they seem like folks you want to get to know & work with? back to top
How do you know new members are reputable?

The application asks for references, and our membership committee checks them. Everyone has to have a sponsor, or one is assigned who interview the applicant. back to top

What if a member gets a referral and does poor work?

It is imperative that anyone who gives a referral and finds out it was not satisfactorily handled must report that to the membership committee, who will investigate. The membership committee will help members improve their performance, but also has the authority to dismiss members who might otherwise hurt the group. back to top

What occupations benefit the most from networking?

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. back to top

My profession does not let me directly solicit business. Is BNI still right for me?

BNIís 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 people. back to top

Will you respect my privacy?

Absolutely! We have a complete privacy policy, as well as BNI's code of ethics. back to top


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