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BNI -- Business Network International

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Likestomow, Nov 30, 2000.

  1. Likestomow

    Likestomow LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 997

    Recently I joined a networking group called BNI. There are about 30+ professionals that meet for the sole purpose of exchanging leads. We meet at a restaurant at 7a on Wednesdays for about 1.5 hours. So far I've received about 5-6 leads. Anyone else in a BNI group?
  2. Nathan

    Nathan LawnSite Member
    Messages: 193

    Sounds like basically the same thing as most cities chamber of commerce.
  3. Ssouth

    Ssouth LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 436

    they have a group in my area just like that. They only allow one representative from each field.( Insurance, realty, banking etc..)There is not currently anyone in the Green industry in this group. I have though about joining. The only thing is that most of these people are in more mainstream types of business and all wear suits. I'm not intimidated by them, I just don't know if I have anything to offer in return. Now that my season is letting up I may try to look into this. Seems like it would be a great way to get my name out to some people who are established in my town.
  4. Nathan

    Nathan LawnSite Member
    Messages: 193

    Ssouth, that is exactly the type of people who use our services. They also might be working for companies who need maint. services for their business complexes.
  5. Likestomow

    Likestomow LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 997

    The whole point of meeting is to bring and share leads. I try to find leads for all the others, but it's not easy for me. The rest of the people are in the business main stream all day long, so they have more contact with the public.

    The people are suits, but they are lots of fun to be with. They make me feel very comfortable and at ease. Everyone gets one minute to make a presentation at every meeting, so everyone gets to know what you do, and what a good lead for you is.

    I've been there for about a month now, and even though it's winter, I figure the others will need some time to get to know me before they really get comfortable enough to pass on names of their friends.
  6. ParksLandscaping

    ParksLandscaping LawnSite Member
    Messages: 65

    I joined BNI back in October. It looks like some positives things are going to come out of this experience. If you have a BNI group in your area, I would recommend it to anyone, large or small.

    David Parks

    Parks Landscaping
  7. Skookum

    Skookum LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 675

    Join the Elks, Moose Lodge, Shriners, American Legion, Athletic Club, etc... all these type places you make contacts minus the suits.
  8. Vandora Lawn & Landscape

    Vandora Lawn & Landscape LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 386

    Don't forget churches.
  9. Greenkeepers

    Greenkeepers LawnSite Senior Member
    from NE Ohio
    Messages: 695

    Lodges, churches, athletic, all of them get your name out there and is the best possible advertising. Once you get a member of a lodge or something they all talk and like to use the same people.

    How did you find out about this BNI thing??

  10. Likestomow

    Likestomow LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 997

    To find a local contact for BNI, go to http://www.bni.com

    Their slogan is:

    "A professional business referral organization,
    where personal referrals are the best way to get
    and keep business."

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