Nov 22, 2016


BNI Heartland is highlighting chapters that are aligning themselves with our vision.  This month, we are highlighting the chapter that has aligned itself overall with the vision for the last 12 months.  Since October 1st, 2015, the BNI Rapid Referrals Chapter members have done the following:

TYFCB:           $69,227/member (goal of $66K)

Absences:       3.07 (6 allowed in 12 months)

CEUs:            22.45 (goal of 1/week)

121s:              33.12 (goal of 1/week)

Referrals:       33.72 (goal of 1/week)

Visitors:          1.65 (goal of 1/week)          

Here are some of their insights on achieving our BNI Heartland vision: 

What is your chapter's key to success?  

  • Our success comes down to our involvement. While the ebb and flow of business and the busyness of life can change week to week, our members do a tremendous job of keeping BNI a priority. And it no doubt has helped that so many of our members have formed power teams and built strong friendships within BNI. Building that trust and having a lot of out-of-meeting face time with each other certainly helps. 
When thinking of your chapter’s visitors, how do you define the member value?  

  • We take great pride in passing quality referrals. We are very much each other’s salesforce teams. And more often than not, we are the first impression of another member’s business when speaking to a potential client. The trust, respect and professionalism adds tremendous value to each other’s businesses. 
What success do you want for your chapter members?  

  • While we aim to achieve our weekly, monthly and yearly chapter goals, we are also helping to better our community by providing jobs, necessary services and continued engagement with an ever-growing business community. It’s not just about the stats or just about growing our businesses. We’re also here to build relationships and invest in our community. And BNI is a great way to do that. 
Why do your chapter members belong to BNI? 

  • It’s not unusual for us to joke that we are the black sheep of the Rapid City chapters. But there is some truth in that. We hear a lot that we were just the right fit for a lot of our members. Perhaps they aren’t a morning person and they needed a rowdy crew to get them motivated for the day. Other members like how comfortable we are with each other - we build strong ties and value the professional relationships we have. When it comes down to it, it’s really that we hold each other accountable, we pass quality referrals, and we all hustle our business buns off. And our members want to be alongside their peers that share that same drive.

If you had to describe your BNI Chapter with one word, what word would it be? 

  • Lively