BNI Michiana continues to grow and last year alone did $4.5 million in referred business just this past year
BNI Michiana Forms - 2001
BNI Michiana begins as a new chapter with the goal of cultivating professional relationships within the Michiana area.
BNI Opens Internationally - Dec. 1993
Canada opened BNI’s first chapters outside the United States in Thunder Bay, Ontario.
The Network Is Renamed Business Network International - Dec. 1990
In 1991, Dr. Misner could see the organization was close to launching internationally, and to prepare for the change, rebranded The Network as Business Network International, and shortly after focusing the name as BNI for simplicity and trademark purposes.
The Network Expands to Two Chapters - March 1985
By the end of the first year, 20 chapters were spread across Southern California.
First Official Meeting - Jan. 1985
The first official meeting of The Network was held by Dr. Ivan Misner and friends in January 1985 in Arcadia, California.
An Idea Is Born - Nov. 1984
Dr. Ivan Misner is looking for ways in increase clients for his personal consulting business. He and friends Carolyn Denny, CPA, Lee Shimmin, insurance agent, and Mike Ryan, financial planner, hatched a plan.
On January 16, 2021, longtime Michiana BNI member Karen Stemes passed away. She was best known for her 10-minute presentations, where she had the entire group trying on 10 different moisturizers, lip balms, etc. She never saw division whether it was politics, religion, race or background. She simply wanted everyone to be happy. She used to say that she really did not need to come to BNI each week but it was the people she needed. Her fellow BNI members meant so much to her. She will never know that it was us that needed her. She will truly be missed.bnimichiana.com/in-loving-memory/... See MoreSee Less
In Loving Memory On January 16, 2021, longtime Michiana BNI member Karen Stemes passed away. She was best known for her 10-minute presentations, where she had the entire group trying on 10 different moisturizers, lip balms, etc. She never saw division whether it was politics, religion, race or backg...
BNI is about networking. And shaking hands. And meeting people face to face. However, current worldwide issues prevent that so we are making the best of the situation and we meet on Zoom every week. Is it ideal? No. Does it lose a lot of the personal touch? Yes. But its the way we are now and we are making it work. Businesses have seen a successful increase from networking - even through Zoom - and Michiana BNI is happy to assist in growing your business. Want to learn more? Contact us and we would love to have you as a guest! Just not in person just yet.. :) ... See MoreSee Less