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BNI International – Business Networking and Referrals

BNI - United Referral Partners

BNI International – Business Networking and Referrals With over 200,000 members in 7,500 plus chapters worldwide, Business Network International (BNI) is the world’s leading referral organization. In 2015 alone, BNI members generated millions of referrals resulting in over $9.3 billion in closed business worldwide. BNI was founded in 1985 by Dr. Ivan Misner “for the primary purpose of building powerful referral networks”. Chapter format The BNI organization works by creating a group of people from various industries and encouraging regular passing of referrals. Each chapter allows one person per occupational classification, and prospective members must be approved via an application process. BNI’s philosophy is “Givers Gain” – members are expected to focus on giving referrals to other members to build relationships and receive referrals in return. BNI draws a distinction between a “referral” and a “lead.” A lead is contact information for a prospect for a member’s business, while a referral occurs ...

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Lakeland Business Leaders

Lakeland Business Leaders

Lakeland Business Leaders is a professional network that promotes collaboration of professionals in order to grow local business in the Lakeland community

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