40th Auckland morning business network group
9 June 2008
40th Auckland morning business network group launched
‘Word-of-mouth’ business group looks for members
The 40th Auckland chapter of the business networking group BNI was launched this month, taking the number of BNI groups to 21 in central Auckland and 40 in the Auckland region overall (94 countrywide).
Despite BNI New Zealand’s policy of not launching anymore chapters in the central city because of the already high numbers, three people got together in February and through their sheer persistence the BNI Business People chapter was launched recently with 15 members.
President of the chapter, Kerry Alcock, says it is very hard for mortgage brokers, such as himself, insurance and property brokers and real estate agents to find open spaces in a networking group, particularly in BNI because the organisation limits membership of any one group to just one person from any industry, trade or profession to eliminate competition.
“It makes sense if you are in a business that is referral driven to increase that referral base, but it doesn’t take long to realise the incredible sense of satisfaction you get from the business you pass on to others. BNI’s philosophy of ‘Givers Gain’ and the BNI process behind it makes it possible for us to help each other.
“Over the few short months I have been involved, I have watched the development of chapter members who started off softly spoken, quiet, cautious and even diffident into people who are confident, outgoing and active – both giving and getting referrals,”says Kerry.
The chapter currently has 15 members and is looking to fill categories in automotive repair and servicing, panelbeating, plumbing and the wellness industry, including a chiropractor, masseuse and nutritionist.
People interested in joining the BNI Business People chapter – which meets in Halsey Street, can call Kerry on (09) 360 5617
BNI is New Zealand’s biggest structured referral network with 94 chapters from Dunedin to Northland. Each chapter typically consists of between 20 and 40 business owners and sales people, who work to generate referrals – within a structured environment – for each other as part of a team.
For more information: www.bni.co.nz