Hopefully these will answer your questions … if not, please contact us and we will do our best to help.
Can anyone join The BNIB Group?
We only take one person per profession/trade. If the position is already taken by a member we can add you to our mailing list should the position become available in the future.
How do you know new members are reputable?
The application asks for references and each chapter has a membership committee that checks them. It’s word of mouth, so before a new member even comes to a meeting they have to have spoken to someone or been invited by someone in the group. Everyone has to have a sponsor, or one is assigned to them, and they interview them.
What if a member gets a referral and does poor work?
We have a code of ethics and it is imperative that anyone who gives a lead and finds out it was not satisfactorily handled must report that to the membership committee, who will investigate.
What occupations benefit the most from networking?
It is not the occupation, it is the individual. The occupation can be anything. If you’re focused and dedicate some time and effort to the group – you are the person we want to join us.
Are members supposed to bring visitors?
You’re encouraged to bring visitors for those occupations that are open, after the visitor has been screened and once it is clear they are a viable member. It’s pretty much a closed meeting except for potential members.
Do ethical rules for certain professions prohibit participation in BNIB?
We understand the importance of the ethical concerns governing certain professions and acknowledges that rules can differ by location. As such, BNIB requires its members to uphold the rules of its profession so as not to violate the professional’s ethical obligations.
My profession does not let me directly solicit business. Is The BNIB Group still right for me?
The BNIB’s primary objective is to assist its members in ways to improve their business and to educate them concerning how they can effectively network. Business people get business when their expertise is known and others within the group have gained an understanding of their business and feel confident to be able to refer them as a personal contact. BNIB provides a forum that allows members to meet other business peers who need to know effective and efficient business people.