Getting Started with True North Networkers

Looking to Submit an Application to Our BNI Chapter?

Apply to True North Networkers by clicking on that link, filling out an application, submitting payment and emailing the Chapter Vice President or Application Chair of the chapter's membership committee. The Vice President and all members of the Membership Committee can walk you through the membership application process. It will typically take one to two weeks to interview candidates, check references and make a membership determination. Please continue to attend weekly meetings during this process so the membership committee can see your commitment to attendance. Once a decision has been made the membership committee will contact the applicant and if membership has been accepted, start you on the New Member Passport program to introduce you to all the benefits of membership, including the tools and resources below.

True North Networker's Member Resources

Are you a new member of our N. Olmsted networking group? Below is a list of resources that are available to you once your membership has been processed. Schedule a one-to-one with the Chapter Resources Mentor to make sure you're comfortable with how you can utilize these resources to maximize your membership and grow your business.

1. BNI Connect On Your Desktop

Once you are accepted into the chapter and your membership is processed by BNI Regional Headquarters, an email will be sent to the email address provided on your application. This email contains a link to set-up your username and password. BNI Connect is where we track all activity, referrals given, referrals received, one-to-ones, CEUs and more. The desktop version has more resources and tracks details of all the referrals you have received since your membership began. 

2. BNI Connect App

BNI Connect App for Apple Devices and BNI Connect on Google Play  Download BNI Connect App to have real-time notifications of referrals from your fellow members as well as to track all your activity. Make sure your contact information and business links are all correct. This is how BNI members across the globe can find you and get in touch.

3.Training (MSP)

Follow this training link to create your own BNI Business Builder (a.k.a. BNI University) account and register for Member Success Program (MSP). New members are required to complete MSP before giving their first 10-Minute Feature Presentation at our chapter meeting, so complete as soon as possible and let your chapter leadership team know so that you can get on the speaker rotation.  We are always excited to learn more about how to generate quality referrals to help new members grow their business.

4. Chapter Education Units (CEUs)

A philisophy of Lifelong Learning is part of the BNI culture so our organizations gives members several ways to acquire knowledge about how to maximize your membership.  When you invest time in BNI knowledge, count it as CEUs in our activity tracking app, BNI Connect. One hour of learning is equivalent to one CEU. 

BNI Business Builder  (formerly BNI University) is by far the most comprehensive and robust platform for all your CEUs and you are encouraged to login and take advantage as soon as you get an email from BNI Global ([email protected]) with a prompt to register. After you have gotten accustomed to the platform on your desktop, can find BNI Business Builder on your mobile device's app store to take CEUs with you everywhere. 

The Official BNI Podcast  although these podcasts can be found on BNI University, it's easier for some members that already listen to a lot of podcasts  to find them on most of your podcast platforms. 1 hour of listening (usually 5 podcasts) counts as 1 CEU.

Power of One Podcast these podcasts are also found on BNI Business Builder but can be easily found in most podcast platforms.

Ivan Misner Books the founder of BNI Ivan Misner, has written many books about how to use business networking to grow your business, how to use business relationships effectively and how to become a master of networking. If you enjoy reading self improvement, business strategy books or listening to audio versions, make sure to give yourself credit in the BNI Connect app for CEUs.

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