Reason number 0202 to love BNI: Come for the virtual networking, stay for the virtual referrals. Today’s recap (02/02/2021):

Last week’s stats by Casi H.:
1/26/2021: 8 referrals given, 12 1-2-1’s, 0 visitors, 1 CEU’s, and $0 TYFCB
1/19/2021: 13 referrals given, 22 1-2-1’s, 0 visitors, 3 CEU’s, and $0 TYFCB
1/12/2021: 12 referrals given, 37 1-2-1’s, 0 visitors, 2 CEU’s, and $4493 TYFCB
1/5/2021: 4 referrals given, 5 1-2-1’s, 0 visitors, 0 CEU’s, $5601 TYFCB
Total for Jan: 37 referrals given, 76 1-2-1’s, 0 visitors, 6 CEU’s, $10,094 TYFCB

Total for Dec: 47 referrals, 46 1-2-1’s, 3 visitors, $23,284 TYFCB
Total for Nov: 26 referrals, 28 1-2-1’s, 11 visitors, $44,647 TYFCB
Total for Oct: 60 referrals given, 26 1-2-1, & 4 visitors, $87,154 TYFCB
Total for Fiscal Year 2020 / 2021: 170 referrals given, 176 1-2-1’s, 18 visitors, & $165,179 TYFCB
Total for Fiscal Year 2019 / 2020: 1140 referrals given, 641 1-2-1’s, 77 visitors, & $2,089,372 TYFCB
Goals: 100/mo (1200/yr) referrals, 50/mo (600/yr) 1-2-1’s, 8/mo (96/yr) visitors & $210k/mo ($2.5M/yr) TYFCB

What BNI Means 2 Me:
Marc McCarter – He has been getting up at 7am and networking with a group of great people for the past 17 years and it is not just the business that makes it worth it, it’s the people with whom business is being done with.

BNI Core Values # 6 Accountability –
We keep the promises we make, especially when it is hard to do so. This creates trust and supports strong relationships.

Things you should do to be successful in BNI:
1 – Don’t show up late or multi task
2 – Don’t show up at all (absences)
3 – Don’t Not inviting visitors.
4 – Don’t Use other peoples 60 second presentation
5 – Don’t Focus efforts on selling services to members
6 – Don’t NOT rush on following up on a referral received
7 – Don’t use 1-2-1’s to only talk about the chapter (complaints etc.).
8 – Don’t wing it with the 60 second presentation
9 – Don’t use 10 minute presentation to explain minute details of how business works
10 – Don’t air grievances among the group
Bottom line – be present and be positive

Most Referrals Last Week | Russ (3)
Most Visitors Last Week |
Most One-to-Ones Last Week | Bryan (3)
Most Thank You for Closed Business |
Most CEUs Last Week | Steve G (1)

The power of one: January

It was designed to help one specific issue: How does one member easily interpret the data shared during their BNI meeting and understand if their activity is on par or not. The power of one is simply described as a history report of your activities over the past 6 months. So if your score is not quite what you want it to be, remember that activity you have for this month in each column will begin to improve your score next month! This report allows you to understand two things instantaneously:

Are you being active enough to achieve the results you desire?
What areas do you need to be more active in to achieve your goals?

How do you become more effective in your networking’s? You learn the skills. How do we learn the skills? Training and continuous education. BNI gives you access to specific training on how to become more effective in the system.

Member Induction:

BNI Code of ethics:
BNI CODE OF ETHICS followed by members:

  1. I will provide the quality of services at the prices that I have quoted.
  2. I will be truthful with the members and their referrals.
  3. I will build goodwill and trust among members and their referrals.
  4. I will take responsibility for following up on the referrals I receive.
  5. I will live up to the ethical standards of my profession.*
  6. I will display a positive and supportive attitude with BNI members.

Gary Moos Frazer Automotive Service,
Brian Stevens of the Law Offices of Brian E. Stevens in Maple,, office—763-404-8677, cell—612-720-3932

Membership report:
Open Classifications: Garage Door Repair | House Cleaning | Photographer | Attorney | Massage Therapist | Credit Repair | Supplemental Insurance-AFLAC | Trades- Electrician/Drywall

Pending Applications
• New |
• Being Inducted |
• Renewing |Jim Gavin (March) | Ray Schmidt (April)

BNI Policy
Administrative Policy # 7
Visitors may attend chapter meetings up to two times.

We will be defining our current referral spheres that we have and what spheres we are wanting to grow as well as new ones to cultivate.

Brian Kell – Victory Auto in Wyoming MN – Open June 29 2019. His key to success is to never ask someone to do something you won’t do yourself. VA has been around since 1997, 8 locations in MN. Brian is the manager of the location in Wyoming MN. VA is a full service auto service facility. The only thing they really don’t do is body repair. Glass however is their specialty – including mobile repair. Alignments is also something they take pride in. Regular checkups, tlc and maintenance is key to avoid the check engine lights. They have access to computers to scan for check engine light errors. They can also reprogram of modules that have been replaced so they work right. Listen watch feel and smell for something not perfect with the car. He’ll make sure they are taken care of. Victory Auto Service & Glass | Award-Winning Auto Repair

Next Week’s Presenter: 2/8 Tony Hamburge, 2/16 Allan Whitney, 2/23 Bob Shurtleff,

Trophy for best commercial: Casi Holmberg

Door Prize drawing (spinning wheel): (via wheel of names) Kay Schwaab

Quote: The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life; and the procedure, the process is its own reward. – Amelia Earhart

Upcoming Events:

We are planning a coffee hour 1st Wed of each month, and a happy hour on the 3rd Thursday of each month. Stay tuned for more information.

Open To Business is “open for business” (by appointment only) in Washington County. Contact Tyler Hilsabeck at 612-789-8838 for business consulting.

Ask about the BNI Regional Contact Sphere meetings.

Weekly Zoom meeting: Email us for the password.

If you have any announcements or events to add, please let us know (BNI Forest Lake member).

Look for weekly BNI Buzz email newsletters:
Visit us. Register for a link to our weekly meetings:
Who Do You Know Who Might Know Someone Specific? Givers Gain

Join Zoom Meeting

Visit us:

Meeting ID: 974 6471 9585
Passcode: BNI2020
One tap mobile
+13126266799,,97464719585# US (Chicago)
+16465588656,,97464719585# US (New York)

Dial by your location
+1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)
+1 646 558 8656 US (New York)
+1 301 715 8592 US (Germantown)
+1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)
+1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose)
+1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)
Meeting ID: 974 6471 9585
Find your local number: