Why BNI?

We are the Coastal Chapter of BNI in CT. The purpose of our chapter is to practice the givers gain philosophy of business networking, by helping professionals achieve business growth through qualified word-of-mouth referrals, education, training and modeling.

Belonging to the Coastal chapter of BNI is like having dozens of sales people working for you because all of them carry several copies of your business cards around with them. When they meet someone who could use your products or services, they hand out your card and recommend you. It’s as simple as that! It’s simple because it’s based on a proven concept…If I give you business you’ll give me business and we’ll both benefit as a result!

Word of Mouth is the most cost-effective form of advertising possible. BNI provides a structured environment for the development and exchange of quality business referrals for both men and women. If referrals are an important part of your business, then BNI is the organization for you!

The most successful BNI chapters are comprised of participants who are sincerely committed to helping one another by building lasting relationships through continued mentoring and teamwork. For more information about BNI, please visit the BNI website for Connecticut.

Why Join?

Increased exposure to many other people and businesses.

  • Substantially increased referrals.
  • Tools to network more effectively, including an orientation CD giving the “Formula for Success” in BNI, a badge, a vinyl card holder to carry members’ business cards, referral slips, marketing materials for your chapter and much, much more.
  • Participation in up to 52 networking meetings per year.
  • Bi-monthly newsletters with educational material on networking, public speaking, and business.
  • Participation in business trade shows (where you’ll have an opportunity to market your chapter and your business).
  • Free periodic workshops on networking.
  • And much, much more!!!

What Should I know?

  • Only one person from each professional specialty is permitted to join a chapter of BNI.
  • All participants should represent their primary occupation, not a part-time business.
  • Attendance is critical. If you cannot attend a meeting, you may send a substitute. This will not count as an absence.
  • Participation in the chapter by members is a key to the success of a group.  Members can participate by bringing quality referrals and/or visitors to their BNI chapter.