About BNI Michiana

Mission Statement

BNI Michiana is a local chapter of an international business networking organization. Our sole focus is to help our members grow their business by providing a structured way to increase quality referrals that result in new business opportunities for each other. Our core philosophy is called Giver’s Gain – That in helping others be successful we each will achieve success as well.

The relationships that we develop with our members give us a way to be proactive in recommending service providers that we know will be ethical, honest and provide the highest level and quality of service.

Who is BNI Michiana?

The Michiana chapter of Business Network International has members with business interests in all sectors of the economy. We are a group of individuals who share a passion for growing our businesses in a proven, time-tested way: through referrals from associates that know our dedication to service in our business relationships and quality in our products.

Our breakfast meetings are a relaxed, informal way to learn more about business through the experiences of other members. We are not only representatives, we are also friends and mentors. Our weekly meetings are a comfortable place to network, to learn more about business, and to become familiar with the businesses of our members.

We meet every Thursday morning promptly at 7 a.m. at the Golden Corral in Mishawaka, located at 135 E Douglas Rd, Mishawaka, IN 46545. We begin with time for networking. After an educational presentation, every member presents a “60-Second Speech” about their business. Then we have a 10-minute presentation by a featured member. We conclude by passing our business referrals to one another and present any special announcements.

What Does BNI Do?

Through weekly meetings and exclusive resources, BNI helps you build a strong network that fuels professional growth.

The best way to find out more about how BNI works is to go to a local chapter meeting and see for yourself what it’s like.

After you’ve visited and decided that BNI is worth the investment, it’s time to make a commitment and join your local chapter.

Referrals and business are great, but at BNI you’ll develop long-lasting relationships that are more than just a swapping of business cards.

It’s simple, Givers Gain®. That’s all there is to it. Once you’ve joined, the giving and receiving begins and you’ll start to see your business grow.

Our Core Values

BNI is built on a set of guiding principles which form the foundation on which members interact, conduct themselves and fulfill their goals. At BNI, we’re Changing the Way the World does Business®.


Givers Gain Givers Gain is the underlying philosophy of BNI. We exemplify that by giving business to others; you will get business in return


Traditions + Innovation Tradition in an organization tells us where we come from and lays the foundation of who we are, but we must always be looking forward.


Building Relationships Networking is more about farming connections with new contacts than hunting for them. People want to do business with people they trust.


Recognition It’s important to recognize those who are contributing.


Lifelong Learning We believe in the continuous improvement of personal and professional skills, providing a variety of opportunities to support learning.


Positive Attitude BNI provides an environment that enables you to surround yourself with people who want to help you succeed.


Accountability If you want to have a powerful personal network, you must have accountability. Otherwise, it becomes a social group.

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