NEWBERRY COUNTY — A new chapter of Business Network International, who main purpose is to promote the exchange of qualified business referrals among its members, was chartered this week in Newberry County as the Success Builder Network.
The Success Builder Network is now the 10th chapter in the Midlands.
“BNI is the world’s largest, and most successful business referral organization, our philosophy is givers gain, if I give business to the members of my chapter, in return they are going to want to give business to me,” said Emily Wright, BNI’s area director for the Midlands. “In BNI you will be held accountable to what you give, not tracking what you receive. That is what makes us different, and really sets us a part from other organizations.”
Steve Tackett, a member of the BNI chapter Dynamic Network Partners that meets in Irmo, said BNI has more than 200,000 members worldwide in 73 plus nations. He said that in 2016 over $11 billion worth of business was generated through BNI referrals.
In the Midlands, nine chapters generated $17 million worth of business through referrals, with 14,127 referrals being passed from one member to another.
“BNI’s purpose is to see that the members support each other and what they do,” Tackett said. “There is only one person per professional classification allowed in a given chapter. If that seat is taken, what we do is try to find another chapter, and if there is not another one that exists, we help them start another chapter, if they are interested in that.”
That is how the Success Builder Network got started.
Tackett said there were about five people from this area who wanted to be a part of BNI. Those individuals visited other BNI meetings in the area and wanted to bring the organization to Newberry County.
“They contacted our office and we started working with them. We had an initial meeting back in September, an interest group. That grew to a core group where there are 15 people that have to be committed. They fill out applications and pay their fees. That group grows to 20 plus and we charter them, which is what we did today,” Tackett said.
During the charter meeting, Wright inducted in the leadership team for the Success Builder Network.
These members were President Becky Boland with Premier Designs High Fashion Jewelry, Vice President Jake Gadsen from Stokes Trainor and Secretary/Treasurer Tony Chapman from C2 Plans LLC.
Following their induction, other members were inducted into BNI, with the new members ranging from a financial advisor, lawyer, real estate agent, insurance agent and lawn care professional.
To be inducted, new members must agree to the BNI Code of Ethics that states:
1. I will provide the quality of services at the prices that I have quoted.
2. I will be truthful with the members and their referrals.
3. I will build goodwill and trust among members and their referrals.
4. I will take responsibility for following up on the referrals I receive.
5. I will display a positive and supportive attitude.
6. I will live up to the ethical standards of my profession.
The main aspect of BNI is referrals and within the organization there are different tiers of referrals. A tier one referral is a referral within the group, so one member does business with another. A tier two referral is when a member refers a client, family member or a friend to another member and a tier three referral is when a non-member refers a member to someone, and they were referred to that member by another member.
“BNI is an international business. It is an absolutely awesome opportunity for the people here in Newberry because it is linking business professionals, like minded individuals, where we can help spread business and just be able to have those like minded individuals working together each week to better the surrounding area,” Boland said. “It is not just for Newberry. It is for Newberry and beyond, so that is a great thing as well.”
Success Builder Network not only has Newberry County members, but members in the Chapin area and the St. Andrews area. Boland added that once a professional seat is filled, that seat is locked while the individual is a part of the group.
The Success Builders are accepting applications from area business leaders and professionals for the professional classifications that are still open for membership.
BNI-Success Builder Network meets each Wednesday from 7:30 a.m. to 9: a.m. at the Country Club of Newberry. To find the locations and meeting times of other BNI chapters, go to www.bni-scga.com.
Contact Wright at 803-606-8971 or Boland at 803-924-4052 or send an email to [email protected] for more information.
Reach Andrew Wigger at 803-276-0625 ext. 1867 or on Twitter @ TheNBOnews.