Now, more than ever, business people need to network to stay in business. BNI provides a positive, supportive, and structured environment to exchange quality business referrals. BNI is the largest business networking organization in the world. We offer members the opportunity to share ideas, contacts and most importantly, business referrals.
Last year Members of BNI passed thousands of referrals, which generated billions of dollars worth of business for each other! BNI is a business and professional referral organization that allows only one person from each profession to join a chapter.
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!
It's simple because it's based on the proven concept of "what goes around, comes around." If I help you, you'll help me and we will both benefit as a result. Would you like to increase your business by 20%, 30%, 50% or as much as 100%? You can see results like this! Many have. Some participants have added as many as 50 new clients in the first 2 years!!!
In 2013, the 145,000 members of BNI worldwide passed 5.4 million referrals resulting in 6.5 billion in business! Since 1985 BNI referrals have generated $32 billion in business worldwide.
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I have a 2006 Lexus. The check engine light has been coming on and off for the past 3 years. I’d taken it to (2) mechanic shops before to find the problem . Both shops could find nothing wrong. Last month the light came on as usual but this time it did not go off. I took it to our local Toyota dealership and I was informed that I needed a new engine ($7,500). I was advised to pay the money to fix it or trade it in for a new vehicle (which meant a car payment because my Lexus is paid off).
My wife Erin said that I should have Curtis Evans (Evan’s Automotive-Perdido Chapter BNI) look at it. She trusted him and knew he would be straight with us. Curtis called and advised me that yes indeed my Lexus needed a new engine. But Curtis went a step further. Based on the diagnostic vehicle codes that showed, he believed that there was a recall to fix this problem. He researched the answers and gave us a number to call and explain the situation. Low and behold, Curtis was right. There are currently (3) recalls on my Lexus. I am receiving a new engine plus other repairs absolutely FREE from the Lexus dealership.
Curtis could have stopped at “yes you need a new engine” just like the dealership did. But he didn’t. He went the extra mile and found the information that saved me Thousands of dollars. Thank you BNI and definitely Thank you Curtis Evans Automotive.
Stephen C. Wilmer
Pensacola Business Professionals-BNI Membership Committee
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