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Welcome to BNI Louisiana!

Now, more than ever, business people need to network to stay in business. BNI is the largest business networking organization in the world and provides a positive, supportive, and structured environment.  We offer members the opportunity to share ideas, contacts and most importantly, business referrals.

BNI is a business and professional referral organization that allows only one person from each profession to join a chapter.  Last year alone, BNI generated 6.6 million referrals resulting in 8.5 billion dollars worth of business for its members! 

Belonging to BNI is like having dozens of sales people working for you because all the other members carry several copies of your business cards around with them. When they meet someone who could use your products or services they hand your card out and recommend your services. It's as simple as that!

Click here to learn more and find out for yourself why Givers Gain.

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BNI Membership Extravaganza

It's that time of year again. Time to boost your chapter's membership, increase your networking potential, and qualify for a fantastic prize! This year's Membership Extravaganza will be March 6 - May 26. A chapter must have eight new members to qualify, and every sponsoring member in a qualified chapter will be entered to win a cruise out of New Orleans. To make this year's competition a little sweeter, there will be one winner
for every four chapters that qualify. 

Growing your chapter and winning a cruise...what do you have to lose? A larger chapter is proven to increase the referrals passed and the business closed exponentially. And a cruise might prove to be just the thing you need right now. 

How can you make this happen for your chapter and for you? Invite. Invite some more. Invite every week! You and your chapter are what will impress visitors. They have to see the system in action to know how truly beneficial it can be for them.
Don't keep BNI a secret. Spread the word!

                 Chuck Burkenstock

Chuck Burkenstock, February Spotlight Member, has been a BNI member for 11 years. A member of NOLA Networkers, Chuck is a part owner of B & R Collision Center, an automotive Body Shop in Metairie, Louisiana. During his time as a member, he has served as every position on Leadership Team as well as Membership Committee, Visitor Host, and currently as Education Coordinator. 

This past fall, Chuck was recognized at the awards luncheon for the Referral of the Year in his chapter and for passing the most referrals in the New Orleans region (192) leading his chapter to earn recognition for passing the most referrals per member 
(over 70). 

Check out this accomplished spotlight member here!

Vermilion BNI

This month's Spotlight Chapter is Vermilion BNI in Lafayette, Louisiana. This powerful chapter began over 14 years ago and currently boasts 41 members for which they have earned silver medallion status over a year ago. 

Vermilion, also known as the Vermilionaires, earned the Million Dollar Chapter status and banner this past year as well as the Green Light award for a green chapter rating for 5 months. They also earned recognition for the Most Referrals (1,346), Most One-to-Ones (1,097), and the Most Visitors (220) in the Lafayette region. In the past year, the members of this productive chapter passed over $1.5 million in closed business. 

Under the guidance of President Maria Pitre, Vice President Jimmy Brown, Secretary/Treasurer Tina Thornton, and Chapter Area Director Ann Shea, Vermilion 

BNI meets for lunch on Tuesdays at the City Club-River Ranch. Check out this amazing chapter here!

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