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30 years ago, January 8th 1985 Dr. Ivan Misner put together about 20 people in a small coffee shop in Arcadia, California for the very first meeting of BNI.  The organization was run from a small bedroom which was converted into an office inside of Ivan's house in La Verne, California.  

Ivan mentioned, I am humbled by the fact that today the organization has over 7,000 chapters in 60 countries with over 170,000 members world-wide.  In addition we have over 30 BNI staff at HQ and more than 3,000 BNI Directors and Director Consultants working for the organization!

Thank you for what you do.

Ivan Misner


BNI Wisconsin & U.P. Michigan

Our members invite you to experience the entrepreneureal spirit of BNI Wisconsin & Upper Peninsula Michigan.

Now, more than ever, business people need to network to stay in business. BNI provides a positive, supportive, and structured environment to exchange quality business referrals.BNI is the largest business networking organization in the world. We offer members the opportunity to share ideas, contacts and most importantly, business referrals.

Last year Members of BNI passed 5.4 million referrals, which generated over $6.5 Billion dollars worth of business for each other! BNI is a business and professional referral organization that allows only one person from each profession to join a chapter.

Belonging to BNI is like having dozens of marketing people working for you because all the other members carry several copies of your business cards around with them. When they meet someone who could use your products or services they hand your card out and recommend your services. It's as simple as that!

It's simple because it's based on the proven concept of "what goes around, comes around." If I help you, you'll help me and we will both benefit as a result. Would you like to increase your business by 20%, 30%, 50% or as much as 100%? You can see results like this! Many have. Some participants have added as many as 50 new clients in the first 2 years!!!

Interested in Chapter Placement? Let our chapter placement specialists find a chapter for you.

Please contact: chapter placement         

Interested in starting a new BNI chapter?

Please contact: start a chapter 

Regional Statistics

2014 BNI Visitors YTD : 878

2014 BNI Member Referrals YTD: 25,438     

2014 BNI Member Gross Revenue YTD: $74,192,227

Be sure to visit this website often and watch the BNI Wisconsin & Upper Peninsula Michigan statistics grow!

What's BNI?:

BNI is the world's largest business referral organization with over 6,677 Chapters throughout every populated continent in the world.  Last year, members of BNI passed over 5.4 million referrals which generated over $6.5 billion (U.S.) worth of business for each other.To learn more, check out the world headquarter's website and click on About BNI.



Interested in visiting a newly forming Chapter? Check out where we are currently forming new chapters.

   2014 Medallion Chapters 

Gold: 40+

Silver: 30+



BNI Badger - 47

BNI Fox West - 43

BNI Business Builders - 40

BNI Networking On The Water-41


BNI Best Noon Innovators- 30

BNI Business Empire- 34

BNI Centra Net- 38

BNI Epic Referrals- 36

BNI Networking Pro's - 32

BNI Hub City - 34

BNI Optimal Networkers - 37

BNI Network De Noc - 33

BNI Mining For Business- 35

BNI R.O.C.K.S - 39

BNI Referral Rainmakers- 32

BNI Greater Lakes of Walworth County- 32

BNI Point To Success- 32

BNI Coulee Referral Connection - 32

BNI River City - 30





Contact Dave Zemer
Executive Director
 Office: 1-888-531-3494
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