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BNI Mountains West serves the following regions: Albuquerque, NM, Rio Rancho, NM, Santa Fe, NM, Las Cruces NM and Durango, CO. For more Information: Contact BNI by calling (505) 720-9416 or sending an email

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Gayle Williams, Executive Director BNI Mountains WestThank you for your interest in BNI Mountains West.  Welcome to BNI, the world's largest business referral organization!  BNI has more than 211,000 members in 70 countries, nearly 300 of whom are in BNI chapters in New Mexico and Colorado.  Every member of BNI Mountains West acts as a part of the marketing team for the other members of their chapter, with the aim of securing qualified business referrals for each other.

The best way to find out about BNI is to visit a chapter.  Visitors may attend chapter meetings twice ONLY (one chapter twice, or two chapters once each), before they will be asked to make a decision about joining.  Visitors may NOT promote their business in a chapter where their business category is represented.  It is not necessary to have an invitation to visit a chapter, however it is best to contact the president of the chapter prior to the visit.  Click here for BNI Mountains West chapter details.

It is important for visitors to be aware of the following BNI policies:

  • Only one person from any professional specialty is permitted to join each BNI chapter.

  • An individual BNI member may represent only one business category.

  • Members represent their primary occupation.

  • Attendance is critical.  Chapters conduct weekly business meetings of 90min duration, and all members commit to weekly attendance.

Find an Opening: Click here to search for chapters that have your profession open.

Joining a Chapter.  An individual may be a member of one chapter only.  A company may have individuals representing them in several chapters.  Applications are available at chapter meetings, and members of the chapter will assist with their completion.  A new member application is reviewed by the chapter's Membership Committee, and the prospective member notified of the application status as soon as possible.  The investment to join BNI consists of a registration fee, and annual participation fee.  Please call the BNI Mountains West office for details  You will also be required to attend a Member Success Program within your first 60 days.  Click here for more information.

Individual chapters may also charge an additional fee to pay for the space in which their meetings take place.  These charges are separate, and in addition to the investment to join BNI, and are at the discretion of individual chapter management teams.

New Chapters.  You should note that some professions (particularly residential mortgage brokers, realtors, and financial advisors) may find it extremely difficult to find a chapter or forming group with an opening for their business category.  If you are interested in starting your own chapter, please contact the BNI Mountains West office at (505) 720-9416, send email or complete the online information request form.  We will send information about the development of new chapters.

Gayle Williams, BNI Mountains West Executive Director

 

The benefits of membership are many!

1. Increased exposure to many other people and businesses;

2. Building solid business relationships that will last for the rest of your life;

3. Tools to network more effectively, including educational workshops and mentoring;

4. Visibility, Credibility and Profitability for each of our members;

5. And much, much more!!!

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Q: Can anyone join a chapter?

A: We only take one person per professional specialty. So if you are a residential real estate person and we already have one, we can refer you to another chapter, or allow you to open another chapter. Of course, if you are a commercial real estate person, you could be eligible to join this chapter.

Q: How do you know new members are reputable?

A: The application asks for references and we have a membership committee that checks them. It's referral marketing, so before they even come to a meeting they have to have spoken to someone or been invited by someone in the group. Everyone has to have a sponsor, or one is assigned to them, and they interview them.

Q: What if a member gets a referral and does poor work?

A: We have an ethics committee and it is imperative that anyone who gives a lead and finds out it was not satisfactorily handled must report that to the membership committee, who will investigate.

Q: What occupations benefit the most from networking?

A: It is not the occupation, it is the individual. The occupation can be anything. If you're focused and you have a dream and you're willing to make a sacrifice, you are the person we want in the group.

Q: Are members supposed to bring visitors?

A: You're encouraged to bring visitors for those occupations that are open, after the visitor has been prescreened, if they're a viable candidate. It's pretty much a closed meeting except for potential members.

Q: Do ethical rules for certain professions prohibit participation in BNI?

A: BNI understands the importance of the ethical concerns governing certain professions and acknowledges that rules can differ by location. As such, BNI therefore requires its members to uphold the rules of its profession so as not to violate the professional's ethical obligations. In the event that BNI's general rules could potentially violate a professional's ethical code, BNI's rules are superseded by the dictates of the professional's ethics' code. Significantly, a primary objective of BNI is to educate its membership in ways to market and grow business. It is BNI's intent to ensure that this is permitted.

Q: If I specialize in a field within my profession, am I expected to be an expert in all aspects of my profession?

A: BNI understands that many professions are broad and that people often specialize within their profession. BNI does not expect, nor does it encourage, any professional to participate in an area in which the professional does not have expertise. On the contrary, BNI prohibits professionals from acting outside of the scope of their abilities.

Q: My profession does not let me directly solicit business. Is BNI still right for me?

A: BNI's primary objective is to assist its members in ways to improve their business and to educate them concerning how they can effectively network. Business people get business when their expertise is known and others reach a comfort level with them. BNI provides a forum that allows members to meet other business peers who need to know effective and efficient business people.