That's right Applianceguru. BNI is a referal network group. We meet once a week in the morning. Every group is a chapter of BNI and works independantly under BNI guidelines. There is only one person per profession allowed. In my group we have 24 people and trying to grow. I would guess 30 is about average. During the meeting's we each give a 60 second commercial of what is going on in our business or who/what we are looking for also education and one member per week gives a 10 minute presentation for their business. At the end of the meeting we pass referal's to one another and strive for avg 1.5 referals per person per week. We all promote each other through our daily lives. Basically I have 23 people in various professions as my sales force and I am part of their's. It is a commitement. My group meet's every tue. morn from 7-8:30 and you can only miss 3 meeting's per 6 months. You can have someone sub for you and not be marked absent. It cost's $365 + $100 initiation fee + whatever the particular group has for cost's. Our website for my particular group is www.thornappleriverbni.com
It made all the difference for me. There are 9 or 10 groups in my city and none of them have an appliance repair person but me so as the other group's learn about me they end up refering me as well. There is a website for BNI member's that is an international referal network and have looked up appliance repair and there are very few in the network. That's it in a nutshell. There is alot more to it but this has become long winded enough. Hope it helps.