Joining BNI was one of the best decisions for growing our business. It was the difference between staying a home based business or growing to a brick and mortar company. Now that business has picked back up, BNI is still the meeting we look forward to most during the week. We leave energized and ready to take on the world.
BNI has been a big part of my business and marketing plan since 2000. The Friday morning meetings are a great way to learn about the other members' business and educate them about mine. You never know when a simple referral will turn into great business.
I was invited to BNI in October of 2014 by a current member. I had never heard of BNI before, and when I was told that the sole purpose of meeting each week was to share referrals, my ears perked…my business depends on referrals. Fast forward two years, I am now the current Vice President of our Greater Livonia Chapter, and I can attest to say that BNI works. I have developed close relationships both personal and business and have learned that by givers gain, business growth is possible. My business has grown since I joined and I attribute much of my growing success to the referrals and relationships through our chapter.
Why do I BNI? BNI is an organization where the spirit of collaboration and giving is evident at all levels. Individuals from all industries and walks of life come together with the purpose of helping others first to help themselves. Zig Ziglar once said "You can have everything in life you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want." The members of BNI Greater Livonia have embraced this idea to build each other through their referral efforts!