Business networking requires commitment, not obligation! The most successful chapters of BNI are comprised of as many as 50 members who are sincerely committed to helping one another through networking. They are a team. As a participant in BNI you are responsible for complying with the policies and guidelines of the organization.*
A partial list of BNI policies is below:
Only one person from any professional specialty is permitted to join each chapter of BNI.
An individual member may only represent one business category in a BNI chapter, regardless of the scope the member's company.
All meet weekly for 90 minutes.
Participants represent their primary occupation.
An individual may be a member of one chapter only. A company may have individuals representing them in several chapters.
Attendance is critical. If you cannot attend a weekly meeting, you may send a substitute and/or visitor. This will not count as an absence. Participants are allowed 3 absences every 6 months. More than this and they are subject to their classification being reopened.
Participation in the chapter by members is a key to the success of a group. Members can participate by bringing bone-fide referrals and/or visitors to their chapter.
You may not join a BNI chapter if you are a current member of a "tight networking group".**
For more information contact the BNI San Francisco Bay office at (707) 773-1370, send email or complete the online information request form.
* In the event that BNI's general rules could potentially violate a professional's ethical code, the professional's ethic's code shall govern.
**A tight networking group is defined as one which requires the following of its membership:
1. Members are expected to find business referrals for other members.
2. Only one person from any professional specialty is permitted to join a individual group/club/chapter.