BNI and BrandU Work Together to Empower Entrepreneurs Worldwide

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Dr. Ivan Misner, Founder & Chairman of the world’s largest business networking organization (BNI), and W. Vito Montone and Kim Castle, BrandU Co-Founders, have partnered up to leverage each other’s strengths and support entrepreneurs and businesspeople worldwide.

When Dr. Ivan Misner, Founder & Chairman of BNI, the world’s largest business referral organization, first met Vito Montone & Kim Castle, Co-Creators of BrandU, they were at a video recording session for one of the premier online personal and business development portals. All three were waiting to tape business training video segments focused on training and educating businesses and entrepreneurs.

Misner, Montone, and Castle are already empowering entrepreneurs on a global level through their respective contributions of expert educational content as esteemed faculty members for the online portal which targets small business owners and entrepreneurs. However, upon personally meeting each other, the seeds for a blossoming BNI / BrandU partnership were planted.

With Vito & Kim having expansive knowledge about entrepreneurship and Dr. Misner running the world’s largest business networking organization, of which entrepreneurs are at the forefront, a partnership between the two organizations seemed an obvious next step.

"I was sitting there while Vito & Kim were recording ‘What is Conscious Business?’ and ‘Looking for Answers in All the Wrong Places,’ and it began to dawn on me that the culture of BNI and our core philosophy of Givers Gain® aligns very well with the BrandU message of ‘Conscious Entrepreneurship,’” recalls Dr. Misner. “We’re all focused on ‘doing what’s right’ no matter what the cost and caring about the people we do business with and the customers and clients we serve.”

Montone states, “We’ve been aware of BNI and the positive influence they’ve made around the world for small business owners and entrepreneurs and our desire to assist in this cause is second to none. The BrandU curriculum and philosophy has a wonderful synergy with BNI's personal approach to business and business growth.”

Numerous BNI / BrandU projects to lend support to the world’s growing entrepreneurial population are now currently on the drawing board and more information on the partnership between these two organizations can be obtained by contacting TR Garland at 949.836.2180 or tr(at)bni(dot)com.

BNI ( is the world's largest business networking organization, with more than 5,500 chapters throughout every populated continent of the world. BNI's Founder & Chairman, Dr. Ivan Misner, is a New York Times bestselling author and his newest book, Networking Like a Pro, can be viewed at He is also the Senior Partner for the Referral Institute (, a referral training company with operations around the world.

BrandU™ ( is the creator of the world's only process-based, results-driven, integral approach to business creation supporting entrepreneurs from idea, to brand to sales in the market.

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