BNI (organization)

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Business Network International
Industry Business networking
Founded 1985
Founder Ivan Misner
Headquarters Charlotte, NC, United States
Area served
Key people
Ivan Misner, Graham Weihmiller

Business Network International (BNI) is an American franchised networking organization with around 227,000 members in 8,211 local chapters worldwide. Members meet weekly to discuss business and support each other's businesses by sharing referrals. It claims to be the world's leading 'referral organization'.[1] In 2015, the organization says its members generated referrals resulting in over $9.3 billion in closed business worldwide.

In 2016, this figure increased to $11.2 billion business passed between members and their referrals (worldwide) and in 2017, $13.8 billion was tracked between January and November.[2] BNI was founded in 1985 by Ivan Misner.[3]


Local BNI chapters arrange weekly meetings for people from various industries and encourage the passing of referrals. It appears most effective for locally based, mainstream businesses, operating mostly off the Internet.[4] however majority of the Executive Directors in all regions claim that any business can join as long as they can grow and are scalable.


  1. ^ "BNI web page". Archived from the original on 22 February 2008. Retrieved 2013-06-14. 
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  3. ^ "Why Technology Is Rewarding Close Personal Relationships". California Science & Technology News. 2006-02-23. Archived from the original on September 29, 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-17. 
  4. ^ 6 Reasons NOT to Join a BNI Group, by Ivana Taylor, Business to Community, 11 December 2014