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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can anyone join a chapter?

A: We only take one person per professional specialty. So if your professional category is filled, we can refer you to another chapter, or assist you in opening another chapter.

Q: How do you know new members are reputable?

A: The application asks for references and our membership committee checks them. Invitations are by word of mouth, so most visitors have spoken to someone or been invited by a member of the group. New members need 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: BNI has a code of ethics. It is imperative that anyone who gives a referral 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.

Q: Are members supposed to bring visitors?

A: Members are encouraged to bring visitors for those occupations that are open. The visitors are screened to see if they are a viable candidate. Meetings are restricted to members and interested visitors.

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 In the event that BNI's general rules could potentially violate a professional's ethical code, BNI's rules are superceded by the dictates of the professional's ethics' code.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. Professionals 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.

Q: When does Yuma Premier Chapter meet?

A: Yuma Premier Chapter meets most Tuesdays, excluding some holiday weeks, at 7:00 a.m. at the Clarion Suites, 2600 S 4th Avenue

Q: Can a member tell me more about the meetings?

A: BNI has found that the meeting speaks for itself. You will quickly learn how the structure and support of BNI can increase your business, upon attending one of the weekly meetings.

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