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Greater Dayton Professionals BNI to Hold Visitors Day April 5

In Business, Economy, Local News, Media, Uncategorized on March 26, 2012 at 11:19 am

Greater Dayton Professionals Chapter of BNI welcomes visitors from the Miami Valley April 5.

BEAVERCREEK – The Greater Dayton Professionals Chapter of Business Network International (BNI) will hold a special Visitor’s Day beginning at 7:30 a.m., Thursday April 5, 2012 at the City Barbeque Restaurant, 2330 N. Fairfield Rd. in Beavercreek. There is no cost or obligation and the event is open to all local business professionals.

Founded in 1985 by professional networking guru Dr. Ivan Misner, BNI now has more than 6,000 chapters worldwide. The goal of organization is to help members network with one-another on a level that is not possible in chamber organizations or service clubs.

In the BNI strategy, each member tries to learn as much as possible about the others to the extent that they can give an informed recommendation to potential clients. Direct, qualified referrals like these generate a greater closed business rate and provide more success for each individual. Over the past 5 years, BNI members around the world have referred more than $11 billion in closed business to other members.

The Greater Dayton Professionals (GDP) Chapter is one of the longest running BNI groups in the Miami Valley area. In 2011, reported $1.3 million in closed business through referral marketing within the group.

Long time GDP chapter member, Gery L. Deer, of GLD Enterprises Commercial Writing, is part of the group’s membership committee. “The BNI process is well defined and we have a great leadership team,” Deer said. “I first started with BNI in 1998, in this same chapter. It’s great to be part of a group of professionals who not only promote but practice a mutually beneficial philosophy.”

The Dayton/Miami Valley Region of BNI (Business Network International) was recently rated #1 in the world according to Traffic Lights Report. According to Jim Weghorst, the Executive Director of BNI’s Dayton/Miami Valley Region, the ranking was achieved four consecutive months; July, August, September and October of 2011 among 440 BNI regions in 48 countries. In addition, the Dayton/Miami Valley Region was recognized for being a top ten region, worldwide, for the entire 2011 fiscal year.

Through the BNI structure, a network of professional connections can grow well beyond the core group and extend the reach of a small business to unrealized potential customers. The organization is intended for entrepreneurs and sales professionals in all types of businesses from plumbers and photographers to landscapers and attorneys.

During the event, Executive Director Jim Weghorst and Assistant Director Sheryl Wagner will provide a presentation introducing visitors to BNI’s word of mouth method of marketing. For more information or to make a reservation for Visitor’s Day, please call chapter president Don Sword at (937) 426-2886. Visitors are encouraged to bring plenty of business cards and be prepared to stay after the meeting for a short follow-up. To learn more about BNI, go online to http://www.bni-ohio.com.

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