BNI's Free Networking Resources Help Small Businesses Worldwide Combat Down Economy

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BNI, the world’s largest business networking organization, helps business owners gain new business despite the down economy by offering 24/7 online access to free, expert educational information, tips, and real-world advice on generating business referrals.

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BNI is making a difference in the world now, more than ever," says Dr. Ivan Misner, "by helping people succeed when they need help most. I am proud to be a small part of that.

Growing from a humble enterprise operating out of the spare bedroom and garage of founder Dr. Ivan Misner’s home in 1985, BNI has grown into the world’s largest business networking organization with over 5,600 groups in more than forty countries.

The organization attributes its tremendous growth to its commitment to helping other people build their businesses; this commitment is why BNI provides constantly updated, free, online resources that educate and inform businesses across the globe about proven ways to build business and keep doors open regardless of the state of the economy.

Updated twice weekly, the Networking Now blog is one such resource. It is crammed with powerful, bite-sized pieces of networking know-how which readers can instantly apply in order to build relationships and make connections that will improve business and life.

BNI recognizes that right now people everywhere are suffering from a lack of business revenue and the organization is taking action to help provide solutions. BNI offers the worldwide public completely free, 24/7 access not only to the Networking Now blog, but also to a handful of other powerful, business-building, networking resources such as the organization's international online newsletter. Over 200,000 people are currently regular subscribers to the monthly newsletter, "SuccessNet," which is focused on networking and business and contains news, tips, insights, success stories, links to other valuable resources, an interactive comment board, and a search function allowing readers to easily locate the information they're in need of.

“There’s a saying that I like,” says BNI’s Founder, Dr. Ivan Misner. “‘You may not make a world of difference, but you can make a difference in the world.’ I think that BNI is making a difference in the world now, more than ever, by helping people succeed when they need help most, and I am proud to be a small part of that.”

Dr. Misner's monthly networking column is another one of the expert networking resources offered by BNI. The column is an archive of over 70 networking articles loaded with tips and how-to instructions, designed to help readers develop networking strategies that they can implement immediately to promote business growth. With a new article added each month, the column contains a plethora of topics and insights which address a diverse array of business and networking challenges.

The central, guiding philosophy of BNI has always been the concept of giving benefit to others so that everyone might succeed more effectively in business; if a business can't find the answers they are looking for by perusing through Dr. Misner's articles, or by performing an information search on the "Networking Now" blog site and the "SuccessNet" site, they can send in their networking questions to Dr. Misner on the site. This site gives the public the opportunity to directly ask Ivan Misner any questions they have about networking. Misner selects both the best and most commonly asked questions to be answered on free, live teleseminar calls that are open to the public and archived for repeated listening.

BNI’s array of free resources such as the “Networking Now” blog, the "SuccessNet" online networking newsletter, expert monthly networking articles on by BNI’s Founder, and the site where anyone, anywhere can directly send in their networking questions to Dr. Misner are a testament to BNI's dedication to helping small businesses thrive. The organization encourages businesspeople everywhere to utilize these valuable tools to not only build a recession-proof business but to help boost the state of the economy around the world.


BNI is the world's largest business networking organization, with more than 5,600 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.


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