Time Frame

Time Frame

Have you ever heard the saying “all good things take time”? Well, the most common question asked to the Development Team is: “How long does the process take to become a franchisee within the organization?” We take pride in the processes we use in developing a franchisee’s new country.

Our franchisees are coached throughout the whole process and never feel like they must go it alone. We are there every step of the way. Please refer to our blog from December 9th, 2021 for our process on becoming a franchisee owner. Once that is completed, there is still an estimated timeframe to develop that country successfully.

First, there is work within the business that needs to be done, which consists of building the home Region. This step can take an estimated of six-to-eight months, consisting of learning how to launch BNI Chapters and learning how to support those Chapters.

Second, there is work on the business. This includes recruiting the Leadership Team, coaching them to launch Chapters, and. finally, coaching them to support those Chapters. The duration of this step is between twelve and eighteen months.

Finally, once the franchise has run successfully for 24 months, you will have the opportunity to sub-franchise.

You can contact our Development Team here to find out more information related to BNI Franchising.

About BNI

The BNI system is comprised of approximately 288,000 members and more than 10,600 chapters operating in 75 different countries and territories worldwide.  BNI has multiple websites to help answer specific questions.  Please visit us at bnifranchise.com, bni.com, and bnipodcast.com.


This advertisement does not constitute an offer. In order to make an offer, you must receive a registered Franchise Disclosure Document. This advertisement does not apply to the following U.S. states: California, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin. This advertisement does not apply to countries with franchise registration laws.

How BNI Chooses Their Potential Franchisees

You may have read or viewed our blog from December 9th, 2021, Franchising, and the Process. Within that blog, BNI staff talks about the process we take once we choose our franchisees and what that process looks like. However, before a franchisee reaches out about the opportunity, or before BNI receives a referral, the Franchise Development Team ensures they would be a good candidate.

BNI’s Development Team thoroughly reviews candidates before moving them on to the next process. That process can vary depending on who the prospect is and in which territory they are looking to franchise. Sometimes our prospects are referrals, previous or current Members, Directors in another territory, etc. However, if our prospect is new to BNI, there are a series of questions that BNI’s Development Team takes our prospects through prior to meeting with our Director of Global Franchise, George Barlow. Some of the questions our prospects can expect are:

  1. Where are you originally from?
  2. Where are you currently located?
  3. How did you hear about BNI? (If you were referred by a BNI member, what is their name, BNI region, BNI Chapter name?)
  4. Have you attended any BNI chapter meetings?
  5. What type of business are you in?
  6. How much cash do you have to invest within the BNI franchise opportunity?

BNI’s Development Team likes to thoroughly vet our prospects to make sure they would be a good fit for BNI and vice versa. We like to get to know our prospects on a personal level before moving forward to build better relationships.

BNI’s franchise website is a great tool for our potential franchisees, as it goes into detail of what BNI is looking for in their prospects. Not only does our website explain what we are looking for in our franchisees but there are sections where BNI goes into detail about what the franchise opportunity entails.

If you or someone you know is interested in one of BNI’s open territories, please reach out to us at franchise@bni.com.

About BNI

The BNI system is comprised of approximately 288,000 members and more than 10,600 chapters operating in 75 different countries and territories worldwide.  BNI has multiple websites to help answer specific questions.  Please visit us at bnifranchise.com, bni.com, and bnipodcast.com.


This advertisement does not constitute an offer. In order to make an offer, you must receive a registered Franchise Disclosure Document. This advertisement does not apply to the following U.S. states: California, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin. This advertisement does not apply to countries with franchise registration laws.

Franchise Support

Franchise Support

Back in November, 2021 we launched our “Franchising, is it Right for You?” blog. In the second-to-last sentence within that blog BNI team members briefly talk about having a mentor to guide our franchisees and answer questions that arise while learning BNI’s franchise business. The relationship between the franchisor and the new Master Franchisees are so important and the support BNI provides is unmatched.

Once a franchisee purchases a new territory, they are designated a team member to assist with their onboarding process. In addition to the guidance from a team member, BNI has resource centers as well, consisting of BNI Connect and BNI University. However, during the process of becoming a Master Franchisee, BNI’s Development and Operations Team goes over in detail the kind of support we provide. Our franchisers will know what they can expect long before signing any documentation.

A new franchisee here at BNI should never feel concerned about stepping into their new role. Even though our franchisees are considered independent business owners, they can expect to build lifelong relationships and have the support they need to carry on throughout and beyond their onboarding.

You will not only have the support from team members and online resources, but from marketing materials as well. A new franchisee is provided a kit filled with all the marketing materials to get you started in your new position. These materials will be provided for you to promote not only BNI but the Master Franchisee in the new territory. This will assist our new franchisees and allow them to be their most successful. 

Interested in becoming a Master Franchise? Check out BNI’s available opportunities here. We have team members waiting to meet you!

About BNI

The BNI system is comprised of approximately 288,000 members and more than 10,600 chapters operating in 75 different countries and territories worldwide.  BNI has multiple websites to help answer specific questions.  Please visit us at bnifranchise.com, bni.com, and bnipodcast.com.


This advertisement does not constitute an offer. In order to make an offer, you must receive a registered Franchise Disclosure Document. This advertisement does not apply to the following U.S. states: California, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin. This advertisement does not apply to countries with franchise registration laws.

Brand Awareness

In our blogs, we often refer to BNI’s Core Values as one of the most important details we embrace. In addition, our branding standards and logos are critical to our success.

If you have been involved in BNI for more than two years, you may have noticed that our branding and logos have changed from their original design. This evolution reflects BNI’s growth and forward thinking.

Whenever we are discussing BNI’s Core Values, brand, logos, mission statement, tools, and related collateral, we are referring to the components that contribute to BNI’s brand awareness.

When a company has strong brand awareness, the opportunities for success increase. For the past 37 years, BNI has been consistent in their marketing to create brand awareness as the world’s leading referral organization. It takes years of development and implementation to ensure BNI’s brand awareness consistently meets the needs of its targeted audience.

About BNI

The BNI system is comprised of approximately 288,000 members and more than 10,600 chapters operating in 75 different countries and territories worldwide.  BNI has multiple websites to help answer specific questions.  Please visit us at bnifranchise.com, bni.com, and bnipodcast.com.


This advertisement does not constitute an offer. In order to make an offer, you must receive a registered Franchise Disclosure Document. This advertisement does not apply to the following U.S. states: California, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin. This advertisement does not apply to countries with franchise registration laws.

BNI and Why We Share Our Successes

We are now six months into 2022 and you might have seen our blog from April 1st, 2022 here discussing 2021 and all that BNI had accomplished. You can even expect another blog to be published on the successes of 2022 once the year comes to an end. One of our core values at BNI is Recognition. Therefore, not only do we recognize our BNI Team Members, National Directors, Executive Directors, Chapter Members, etc. and their successes but, we also know how important it is to discuss BNI’s successes.

BNI does not share successes as bragging but to show the continuous growth of our franchisees all around the world. BNI changes the way the world does business and the more we discuss that the more countries and businesses get to experience and celebrate in our success.

It is important to us, not only celebrate the launch of a new country but to put our new National Directors in the spotlight as they demonstrate their dedication to BNI’s growth. This is what guides BNI’s culture; bringing out the best of BNI Team Members, National Directors, Executive Directors, and Members, to ensure that they feel valued.

If you are a part of BNI in any way you can count on being recognized for your hard work and dedication.

About BNI

The BNI system is comprised of approximately 288,000 members and more than 10,600 chapters operating in 75 different countries and territories worldwide.  BNI has multiple websites to help answer specific questions.  Please visit us at bnifranchise.com, bni.com, and bnipodcast.com.


This advertisement does not constitute an offer. In order to make an offer, you must receive a registered Franchise Disclosure Document. This advertisement does not apply to the following U.S. states: California, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin. This advertisement does not apply to countries with franchise registration laws.

Accomplishments of 2021

BNI is the World’s Largest Referral Networking Organization and continues to experience worldwide growth with our National Directors, Chapters, and Members. Within BNI there are: approximately 285,000 Members, more than 10,500 Chapters, and operating in more than 75 countries.  To find out more about BNI’s continuous growth, check out this short video on BNI TV here.

BNI is proud to announce that in 2021, under the leadership of experienced franchise executive George Barlow and his team, they were able to expand BNI’s presence into five new countries. These countries were Mauritius, Mongolia, Panama, Czech Republic, the Republic of Ghana, and a reassignment in Barbados.   

George came onboard just over a year ago to lead the entire Global franchise development process, including overseeing the screening and recruiting systems. He also leads the annual updating and compliance of the franchise disclosure documents. George brings over two decades of franchise leadership, strategic planning, and execution to BNI.     

In the coming year, BNI’s development team is working diligently to begin operating in at least five new countries. The franchise development team carefully seeks out potential franchisee candidates who align with BNI’s core values. In 2022, BNI has a focus to expand within:

  • Algeria
  • Bangladesh
  • Egypt
  • Indonesia
  • Mozambique
  • Cote d’Ivoire

“We are excited about the growth we’ve experienced over the last year,” said George.  “We are well underway with in-depth conversations with well qualified candidates that will continue to move BNI forward for many years to come. Our franchisees consistently report that helping businesspeople achieve success is personally rewarding.”

More information about BNI can be found at www.bnifranchise.com or www.bni.com.

About BNI

The BNI system is comprised of approximately 288,000 members and more than 10,500 chapters operating in 76 countries and territories worldwide.  BNI has multiple websites to help answer specific questions.  Please visit us at bnifranchise.com, bni.com, and bnipodcast.com.


This advertisement does not constitute an offer. In order to make an offer, you must receive a registered Franchise Disclosure Document. This advertisement does not apply to the following U.S. states: California, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin. This advertisement does not apply to countries with franchise registration laws.