First Impressions

BNI’s Core Values are tied into everything we do.  Often, there will be more than one Core Value that correlates with something and/or someone here at BNI. If you aren’t familiar with our Core Values, we encourage you to check out our blog from June 27th, 2022, here.

Our Franchise Development Team often refers to BNI’s Core Values during conversations with Master Franchise candidates. The Core Values we talk about below are Traditions + Innovation and Building Relationships.

Building Relationships is all about people wanting to do business with people they know, like and trust and then cultivating those relationships. Therefore, the Franchise Development Team really strives for a lasting first impression. We ensure a great experience with not only our team members but with those doing business within BNI for years to come.

Our traditions at BNI allow our team to ensure that the first impression you have of us lasts and that you have a great experience throughout your time spent with BNI. Of course, we are always looking for ways to improve on those impressions. It is crucial that our Development Team uses Traditions + Innovations while working with future and current Master Franchisees. The traditions at BNI are very important to the organization but also to our team members. It is important that the team recognizes the specific areas where it’s okay to introduce and develop new ideas on the franchise side.

When candidates have conversations with our Development Team it is important to them that their passion for franchising and the BNI organization is witnessed. Our team hold high standards of one another and that shows through their personalities and their qualifications, and we want to ensure that our prospects get a sense of that. The team always ensures that they are well prepared to meet with candidates and make a lasting impression.

If you know of someone who would qualify for a Master Franchise opportunity in one or more of our open countries, please email Ashlee Ranaudo-Blanc at ashlee@bni.com. We are happy to answer questions and share more information about these exciting franchising opportunities.

To learn more about BNI Franchising, visit bnifranchise.com or email us at franchise@bni.com.

About BNI 

Supporting hundreds of thousands of entrepreneurs and business professionals around the globe, BNI is the world’s largest referral networking organization. With options for In-person, Online, and Hybrid Meetings, BNI Members grow their businesses in Chapters that fit their preferred networking style. To learn more, visit bni.com. 


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Global Convention Singapore 2022

Over the past two years, BNI has been innovating and conducting business almost exclusively online. Everything from online Chapter meetings to large regional and international networking events has been presented virtually. Last year’s BNI Global Convention pivoted from in-person to Online. BNI was able to conduct both live and on-demand sessions successfully, to the delight of our Members. However, there was a missing component of natural human interaction that everyone was longing to get back to, and we were so excited to reconnect in-person for our incredibly successful 2022 BNI Global Convention in Singapore.

We would like to take this time to thank each BNI Team Member for working tirelessly to make this year’s convention bigger, better, and stronger. We truly appreciate your efforts as we hosted another successful Global Convention, this time at the Hard Rock Hotel on the beautiful island of Sentosa.

Global Convention included over 2,500 attendees this year that included National Directors, Director Consultants, Executive Directors, Members, Global/National Staff, and Visitors. The four days were filled with top-tier networking, engaging events, and once-in-a-lifetime experiences.

Attending the Global Convention allowed its attendees the opportunity to learn from other successful business leaders/owners from all over the world. It also allowed for more referrals to be passed from Member to Member while networking.

“Our BNI Global Convention was exhilarating and filled with enthusiastic spirits from 77 countries around the world,” said, George Barlow, Head of Global Franchise Development.  “We were able to connect in-person once again in more familiar ways.  It was great to see high-fives, handshakes, and hugs permeate throughout the entire event.” We hope that all attendees were able to gain value in their experience and we look forward to you joining us for our next Global Convention in Madrid, Spain!

About BNI

Supporting hundreds of thousands of entrepreneurs and business professionals around the globe, BNI is the world’s largest referral networking organization. With options for In-person, Online, and Hybrid Meetings, BNI Members grow their businesses in Chapters that fit their preferred networking style. To learn more, visit bni.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.

New Franchisee Joins BNI Indonesia

 On October 28, 2022 Indonesia became part of BNI. We welcome new National Directors Grace Hakim, Setio Priyono, and Eddy Surgiri. BNI Global, Inc. Head of Global Development George Barlow was pleased to welcome the newest National Directors. “I am thrilled to welcome our new Master Franchisees and friends to the BNI family. They have a reputation for excellent leadership and a passion for helping others.”

Grace has been involved with BNI since 2018 where she has been a Member of the Pioneer Chapter, a Member of the Grow Chapter, and a Launch Director Consultant. She has an impressive background in leadership, negotiation, marketing, and communication, with a bachelor’s degree in international trade.

Setio was also a Member of the Pioneer Chapter, starting in 2015. He holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a master’s degree in business administration. His core skills are in accounting and finance, strategic management, auditing, and public relations.

Eddy holds a degree in architecture and is fluent in four languages. His skills include communication, ideation, problem solving, and critical thinking.

In a testimonial Grace, Setio, and Eddy said, “The three of us were inspired to build BNI chapters so that we can use BNI as a vehicle to help more SMEs in Indonesia. It was then that we decided this is the right momentum to be the National Directors of BNI Indonesia.”

Indonesia has already successfully built three chapters. The BNI Core Value of “Building Relationships” has shown through with the success of their chapters. The Members have contacts both locally and internationally. Those contacts occurred with the passing of referrals among numerous businesses. Grace, Setio, and Eddy are excited for their Members to continue to succeed.

BNI looks forward to the many successes awaiting BNI Indonesia.

About BNI

Supporting hundreds of thousands of entrepreneurs and business professionals around the globe, BNI is the world’s largest referral networking organization. With options for In-person, Online, and Hybrid Meetings, BNI Members grow their businesses in Chapters that fit their preferred networking style. To learn more, visit bni.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.

New Franchisee Joins BNI Oman

BNI is pleased to announce a new franchise owner in Oman. We are excited to welcome Mr. Saleem Althaf to the BNI family. Mr. Althaf has a Master’s degree in computer applications from the Indira Gandhi National Open University, India. He is a technologist by profession and an entrepreneur at heart. Currently, he is the Director of Technology Solutions at Intelsyn, Oman, helping customers modernize their business by embracing futuristic technologies and starting their journey with Open-Source Software & Cloud adoption. He comes to BNI with the understanding and the ability to help entrepreneurs scale their businesses, and he has shown a great amount of interest in bringing others together.

Oman is an economically growth-oriented country, and lies at the crossroads of the Middle East, Africa, and Asia, making it a strong hub for business. The country is increasingly investing in developing new business opportunities and BNI will be a great addition to Omani business community.

“In the last few months in my experience in acquiring BNI franchise business for Oman, I have been learning the art of living personally as well as professionally. BNI rejuvenates businesses using globally proven practices developed by the beautiful minds. It helps to discover the hidden talents of each individual and optimize to deliver the best possible business outcome.,” said Saleem Althaf. “I would strongly recommend BNI, to explore endless possibilities and a world of opportunities to grow your business.” 

BNI’s Director and Head of Global Franchise Development, George Barlow, is pleased to welcome Saleem as their newest Franchise Owner for Oman. “I am extremely happy to welcome our friend to the BNI Family.  Saleem shares in our philosophy of Givers Gain® being willing to give first, before you expect to gain.”

About BNI

Supporting hundreds of thousands of entrepreneurs and business professionals around the globe, BNI is the world’s largest referral networking organization. With options for In-person, Online, and Hybrid Meetings, BNI Members grow their businesses in Chapters that fit their preferred networking style. To learn more, visit bni.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.

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.