Visiting a chapter is the first step in finding your new referral partners.
Once you have visited a chapter that you believe will be a good fit for you, you can apply for membership with the Membership Committee of the chapter. This process involves filling out an application and an interview with the Committee. You can request a paper application directly from the Membership Committee of the chapter that you wish to join or download an online copy. Download the PDF application below, enter your information, print, sign and bring to the chapter in which you wish to apply.
Need help in finding a chapter to visit?
Visit Find a Chapter to find a chapter in your area to visit. You can also use the Find an Opening page to see current openings in your area. Contact the BNI Oregon & SW Washington Regional Office at 503-621-3284 or email us for information on finding or starting a BNI Chapter in your area!
There is an initial application fee and annual or bi-annual participation fees. Additionally, chapter dues may apply. Please see the chapter Secretary/Treasurer for current membership fees and chapter dues. Upon submitting your application and payment at the BNI Chapter Meeting, the Membership Committee will review and notify you of the status of your application within one week. Our members typically earn back their investment long before their first year of membership is completed!
What To Expect
To help you get the most out of your first BNI meeting, here are some things to know before you go:
Be Prepared: Visit a chapter prepared to talk about your business. Members are interested in getting to know how connections with visitors can be mutually beneficial. Also, don't forget to bring plenty of business cards.
Meetings: As a visitor, you can attend a chapter meeting twice. Remember to use this time to get to know the chapter personality, and its members, not to promote your business. Meetings are high energy and run according to a structured agenda. They last around 90 minutes with time for additional networking before and after each meeting. Arrive around 15 minutes early so you don't miss out on any opportunities for networking, and be sure to sign in as a visitor.
You're the Expert: Only one person from each professional specialty is allowed to join a chapter of BNI, eliminating the possibility of competition among our members. When you join a chapter, you are the sole representative of your field and can develop relationships with others in the chapter as their go-to person for your services.