Circle of Excellence

Mentor. Noun. An Experienced and Trusted Advisor.

Verb.  Advise or train (someone, especially a younger colleague). A great mentor can make a world of a difference to an individual. In fact, many successful people credit their accomplishments to their mentors. Often saying that without their guidance, they wouldn’t have found the inner strength or confidence to chase their dreams. The same goes for Rich Breymeier, a member of BNI’s Circle of Excellence chapter. Last week, I sat down with Breymeier in order to pick his brain. I wanted the inside scoop – insight into the inner workings of his chapter and his thoughts on the BNI experience.

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Undertaking Success

It’s always exciting to launch a new BNI chapter. It means new opportunities and contacts for business spheres. New ideas and visions within a leadership team will emerge. Not to mention all the new friendships and relationships to be formed. It was especially exciting for the newest Western PA chapter, Undertaking Success. Why you may ask? Well, this launch has been in the works for months.

Now, not many people would be able to stay so dedicated to the mere idea of a group. And only a few people would be willing to wait for a launch that may never happen. Many feared that a true launch date would just always be out of reach. But that’s what makes this specific group so special. They formed such tight-knitted relationships over those months. As long as they were meeting and trying to help each other, they were happy. Becoming an official BNI chapter was icing on this networking cake.

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future of BNI

In working with forming chapters and talking to potential new members, it’s becoming clear how important BNI Connect and now, BNI University, is to the success of BNI members.  The downside of this, is that a potential new member cannot experience any of it until they become a BNI member. Taking this into consideration, the Western PA branch wants to help potential members learn all they can about BNI. We want to share the foundation and pillars of which BNI is built upon. Therefore, this next series of blog posts will overview BNI. These posts will discuss how BNI can help grow your small business exponentially. We will cover topics such as: BNI Core Values, BNI University, and the Future of BNI.

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BNI University

In working with forming chapters and talking to potential new members, it’s becoming clear how important BNI Connect and now, BNI University, is to the success of BNI members.  The downside of this, is that a potential new member cannot experience any of it until they become a BNI member. Taking this into consideration, the Western PA branch wants to help potential members learn all they can about BNI. We want to share the foundation and pillars of which BNI is built upon. Therefore, this next series of blog posts will overview BNI. These posts will discuss how BNI can help grow your small business exponentially. We will cover topics such as: BNI Core Values, BNI University, and the Future of BNI.

Click here to review last weeks blog!

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BNI Core Values

In working with forming chapters and talking to potential new members, it’s becoming clear how important BNI Connect and now, BNI University, is to the success of BNI members.  The downside of this, is that a potential new member cannot experience any of it until they become a BNI member. Taking this into consideration, the Western PA branch wants to help potential members learn all they can about BNI. We want to share the foundation and pillars of which BNI is built upon. Therefore, this next series of blog posts will overview BNI. These posts will discuss how BNI can help grow your small business exponentially. We will cover topics such as: BNI Core Values, BNI University, and the Future of BNI.
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BNI MBA program

2018 is really quite a time to be alive. We’re living in an age of rapid evolution in technology, science, business, and the arts. Continuing education is being regarded as the ultimate tool in our tool belt. Most University MBA programs are catered towards big businesses and those with big budgets. This is why BNI was more than thrilled to launch the first chapters of BNI University in the form of the BNI Acamedy in 2012. Now in 2018, members in western Pennsylvania have access to BNI’s online learning environment as well! But what is this program all about? What are the benefits and what is actually taught in the environment? Keep reading for a BNI MBA program overview!

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BNI University

BNI university

We are really excited to be able to announce that BNI members in western Pennsylvania have access to BNI University – an online learning environment.

Ever since BNI brought its referral system for networking to Pittsburgh twenty years ago, our members have had access to education on how to excel at networking through in-person seminars and workshops geared towards their success in using the proven BNI system for referrals and networking excellence.

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BNI Pittsburgh 2018 – Happy New Year

As we finish up another successful year in 2017 BNI Western PA is looking forward to a great 2018.  In the coming months, we look forward to celebrating International Networking Week in February, the launch of BNI University, and other enhancements to BNI Connect and the BNI App.

In 2018 we will be celebrating 20 years of Givers Gain here in Western PA.  To celebrate those 20 great years we want to celebrate the new additions to our BNI community and at the same time help others in our local area.

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BNI Pittsburgh

Our dream for BNI in Pittsburgh for 2018

BNI  Pittsburgh 2018 – We want BNI in Western PA to become multigenerational. Pittsburgh is one of the youngest cities in the United States, we have a great new business community that has formed in many areas of the city and the surrounding suburbs. Areas like Lawrenceville, East Liberty, the Strip District, Milleville, Cranberry, Southpointe, the west end, Carnegie and on and on are booming with new small businesses many owned by the newest generation of entrepreneurs.

Some of these businesses are being formed by the children, nieces, nephews of existing BNI members. But we know that many of these small business owners are the first members of their family to establish a new business and we would love for these new entrepreneurs to discover the referral system that is the foundation of BNI in western Pennsylvania and especially in Pittsburgh itself.

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Are you using business consulting services? Most small business owners are good at the technical aspects of delivering their business products and services.  This is true of marketing professionals that can develop marketing materials, lawyers who are great in the courtroom or in creating contracts, doctors who love to heal people and so on.  Michael Gerber, the expert on small business and the author of the E-myth is fond of saying that most small business owners are technicians who got caught up in an entrepreneurial seizure and started a business.  But most small business owners are just plain bad at many of the mechanism of running their own business.

Today, we are going to take a look at things that small business owners try to do for themselves and often times end up wasting the time that they could be spending on business development or delivering the awesome products and services that they have created on items that someone else could do for them.

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