Business networking requires commitment. One element of this commitment is the financial investment to join BNI. Although the initial investment to join is not significant, it is a symbol of a company's or an individual's commitment to embrace the BNI system, and to the other members of a chapter.
The investment to join BNI consists of a application fee and annual participation fee. Please click here for details. Individual chapters may also charge an additional fee to pay for the space in which their meetings take place. These charges are separate, and in addition to the investment to join BNI, and are at the discretion of individual chapter management teams. You will also be required to attend a Member Success Program within your first 60 days.
If you wish to participate in BNI you may complete an application and submit it to the chapter treasurer, along with payment. A new member application is reviewed by the chapter's Membership Committee or Chapter Director Consultant if the chapter is just forming, and the prospective member is notified of the application status as soon as possible.
It should also be noted that many chapters levy dues against members in order to pay for the chapter meeting place. These charges are separate, and in addition to the investment to join BNI, and are at the discretion of individual chapter management teams.
Where does the Money go?
BNI Louisiana is a franchised business region (one of thousands in over 70 countries in which BNI operates) that pays royalties to BNI for the right to operate a BNI region. BNI Louisiana is a training and support company that facilitates the creation of referral networking chapters in order to increase business and profits for our members.
The cost of membership is divided into two main areas:
1. Support of members and chapters (including materials).
2. Regional office and administrative and support costs, training materials, BNI royalties and BNI Connect fees.
In essence, the true value of the investment to join is the opportunity to meet every week in a structured, business environment with a group of like-minded and trusted BNI members who are committed to building each other’s businesses.