For years, Dr. Misner has recommended that BNI members both join and participate in their local chamber of commerce. It’s like joining a fitness club: writing the check isn’t enough. You have to do the workouts.
Chambers also provide resources for their members. Chambers provide access on issues, connections to other business organizations, and insights into the local marketplace. A chamber of commerce can be a great source of information about market trends and demographics. Your local chamber can also help you look into out-of-state and even international business. BNI members also have an opportunity to nominate their clients for awards offered by chambers of commerce. Through affinity programs, chambers of commerce can help their members to save money on things like office supplies and travel.
Chambers have a broader scope than BNI, which allows for a collaborative relationship. Check out your local chamber of commerce as a way to make your networking and referral success even stronger.
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