BNI, or Business Network International is a business and professional networking organization that offers members the opportunity to share ideas, contacts and referrals. Word of mouth advertising is one of the most cost-effective ways to generate new business, and BNI provides the structure, accountability, and education necessary to produce referrals for your business.
With nearly 5,000 chapters worldwide, BNI is the world’s leading professional business networking organization. The NC Triangle region is one of the fastest growing regions in BNI with over 30 chapters developed over the past few years. This region includes Raleigh, Durham, Cary, Fayetteville and surrounding communities.
Now, more than ever, business people need to network to stay in business. BNI provides a positive, supportive, and structured environment to exchange quality business referrals. BNI is the largest business networking organization in the world. We offer members the opportunity to share ideas, contacts and most importantly, business referrals.
About Steve Hand
Steve Hand is an Executive Director of Business Network International. BNI is the world’s leader in word-of-mouth marketing, with more than 150,000 members in fifty countries. Last year BNI members passed roughly 6.2 million referrals, generating more than $2.6 billion (USD) worth of business for our members globally. Steve is a passionate teacher and ambassador for the power of referral-based sales.
Steve is responsible for central North Carolina. His members enjoy more than $15 million in profits each year from the efforts and Steve is focused on doubling that in the next few years.
His wife, Shirley, teaches at the Governor Morehead School for the Blind and co-published Seeing Beyond Sight, a book about photography classes for blind students that was well received by the New York Times.
Steve is also one of the best-selling authors of the book Building the Ultimate Network which provides cutting edge ideas from experts around the world about how to develop productive relationships for business success.
Steve has been an entrepreneur all of his life and bought part of a car at age 11. None of them were old enough to drive but sold rides to other kids turning a handsome profit by the end of summer.