BNI - The World's Leading Business Networking and Referral Organization

About BNI

Founded in 1985, BNI® is a global, proven business networking organization. Our members are business professionals who help each other grow their businesses through their commitment to our principal core value, Givers Gain ®.  Each week, in thousands of communities across the globe, members meet with other trusted business leaders to build and nurture lasting relationships and pass qualified business referrals. Membership in BNI® offers access to business training, peer learning and opportunities to work and do business with hundreds of thousands of BNI® members around the world.
BNI exists to help BNI Members enjoy a terrific business and a fulfilling life. We do that through a proven business development program that leads to long-term, profitable relationships with other purpose-driven business



Our Mission

The mission of BNI is to help BNI Members increase their business through a structured, positive and professional referral marketing program that enables them to develop long-term, meaningful relationships with quality business professionals. 


Interested in Finding a Chapter?

The best way to find out more about how BNI works is to visit a local chapter meeting and see for yourself what it's like. Each chapter has a personality of its own, and finding where you fit best helps you to get connected. Discover all the reasons to join a BNI Chapter in Your Region.

Dr. Ivan Misner



Core Values

BNI is built on a set of guiding principles which form the foundation on which Members interact, conduct themselves and fulfill their goals. At BNI, we're Changing the Way the World Does Business®.

Givers Gain®

Be willing to give first, before you expect to gain. Giving unconditionally creates a better world for everyone and creates important opportunities and lasting relationships.

Traditions + Innovation

We honour our traditions and look to a brighter future fueled by innovation, optimism, and excitement.

Building Relationships

Building strong relationships creates an environment of trust and support that yields happiness, opportunity and meaning.

Lifelong Learning

Your value grows as you develop your knowledge and skills. Create a curriculum based on the person you want to become and follow it to get yourself there. 


We keep the promises we make, especially when it is hard to do so. This creates trust and supports strong relationships.

Positive Attitude

We find the good in everything that happens to us, and that propels our lives forward. Finding the good in every person enables us to attract terrific people, opportunities, and wealth.


We appreciate that recognition fuels the growth of successful organizations. The person who masters the art of recognition attracts success, meaning, and happiness. 



BNI's Core Values Start With Givers Gain®

The altruism and goodwill we feel towards one another, and to the world, start with a genuine love of people -all people, equally. We encourage and embrace diversity in every respect.


Our Statement on Equality and Non-discrimination

BNI requires that BNI Chapters review and select persons for membership in all job classifications based on qualifications without regard to race, colour, gender, religion, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, age or disability. BNI will support no BNI Chapter’s action when in violation of this equality and non-discrimination statement.


Member Safety and Wellbeing

The safety and wellbeing of our Members is our top priority.  On March 16th, 2020 out of an abundance of caution, BNI transitioned all of its in-person meetings to BNI online®.  The innovative online platform has exceeded our expectations and has proven to be highly effective in allowing Members to keep their network and business strong. BNI Members can network safely from the convenience and comfort of their home or office. We will continue to offer BNI Online® meetings going forward, and countries may start to return to in-person meetings when local governments and National Directors deem it appropriate at the country or regional level, and when Chapter Members are comfortable doing so at their individual Chapter level. If you have questions or concerns, please contact us at [email protected].

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