Bull City BNI

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(Member List* / Information)

Thursdays, 11:15-1:00
at Parizade*
2200 W. Main St., Durham. (MAP*)
Parking Info
NOTE: The restaurant charges $8 per person, which they will waive if you purchase lunch.

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About BNI (general information)

About Bull City BNI

Visiting Bull City BNI / Parking

Subbing for Randy

Open Seats in Bull City BNI

Current Bull City BNI Chapter Members*

Finding a sub for yourself (members only)

BNI New Member Application* for this chapter (click to open, right-click for download options)

Schedule a 1-2-1 with Randy


Bull City BNI* is a large chapter, with about 50 members and the meetings are very structured so that we can end on time.

Even with a chapter this large, there are many open seats – some of them are listed below.

If your seat is open in our chapter and you wish to apply to join, you can find a New Member Application link above. Fill it out and bring it with you to the meeting or you can email it to the chapter secretary/treasurer – you’ll find contact information for the secretary/treasurer on the member list you get at the meeting.


As a large chapter, Bull City BNI identifies power spheres, which are subsets of the chapter based on business categories.  There are 4 business spheres and 2 spheres which cross all business spheres.


  • BUSINESS SPHERES – each sphere meets monthly from 10-11 at the same location as the chapter meeting. All members are encouraged to attend any or all spheres, but should make a special effort to attend the sphere to which they belong. Meeting visitors are invited to attend the spheres as well.
    • 1st Thursday of the month – Real Estate Sphere
    • 2nd Thursday of the month – Personal Services Sphere
    • 3rd Thursday of the month – BNI Education Sphere
    • 4th Thursday of the month – Business to Business Sphere


Thank you for visiting Bull City BNI – day, time, and location information is at the top of the page Here are a few specifics:

  • Before the meeting, take a look at the member list at BullCityBNI.com* to determine who you most want to meet. If you know someone in the chapter, ask them to make introductions.
  • Arrive between 11:00 and 11:20 to register and network – the meeting starts promptly at 11:30.
  • Bring lots of business cards – there are typically 60-70 people in attendance each week, and we will pass your cards around the room for everyone to take.
    • After the meeting, you may pick up your remaining business cards on your way out. We do not keep these – if you don’t pick them up, they get tossed out.
  • Bring a 30-second business presentation for the group – be sure to mention who invited you.
  • There will be 2 passes around the room for giving business presentations.
    • The first time is for members – if you are subbing for me (or another member), you will stand up and do MY (or the member’s) 30-second presentation.
    • The second time is when you get to stand up and do YOUR 30-second presentation.
  • Lunch
    • NOTE: The restaurant charges $8 per person, which they will waive if you purchase lunch.
    • When you get to your seat, you should find a lunch menu waiting for you. If you want something, just circle it and attach a credit card or cash to the menu. A server will be by to pick it up and your meal will be served during the meeting. If you are not ordering lunch, please include a credit card or cash for the $8 restaurant charge.
    • Please do not ask for exceptions to what is on the menu or items that are not on the menu – they are trying to feed a lot of people in a short period of time.
    • The tip is included in the bill, but you are encouraged to add another $1 or $2 to take care of the servers, if you get a meal.


There are a few spots in front of the restaurant as well as in the parking deck on the left side Erwin Square, near Rutherford St.


  • 11:00 – Registration and Open Networking
  • 11:30 – Start of Meeting – Welcome by President
  • 11:32 – Introduction of Visitors
  • 11:36 – Educational Moment
  • 11:40 – Member 30-Second Presentations
  • 12:05 – Visitor 30-Second presentations
  • 12:15 – Introduction of Leadership Team
  • 12:20 – Speakers of the Week
  • 12:35 – “I Have” Moments
    • Typically, this is for the members to share their successes within the chapter or give testimonials. You are welcome to say something when your turn comes around, but please do not do another business presentation.
  • 12:57 – Door Prizes
  • 12:59 – Closing
  •   1:00 – End of Meeting and Additional Networking


This is definitely a partial list; if you do something that isn’t represented by a current member* and not on the list below, we would love for you to visit and tell us about your business

    • All
  • BUSINESS SERVICES (Business to Business)
    • Banker – Commercial
    • Business Coach
    • Copyright Attorney
    • Document Security (shredding)
    • File Management (storage and retrieval)
    • Insurance – Commercial
    • Office Equipment (copiers, etc.)
    • Office Supplies
    • Print Advertising
    • Printer – Large Format
    • Public Relations
    • Sign Company
    • Staffing
    • Telecommunications / Phone Services
    • DJ
    • Limousine Service
    • Make-Up Specialist
    • Stationer / Invitations
    • Travel Agent
  • PERSONAL SERVICES (Business to Consumer)
    • Auto Detailing
    • Auto Sales
    • Banker – Personal
    • Dog Training
    • Dog / Pet Walking
    • Estate Sales
    • Florist
    • Funeral Services
    • Job Placement Services
    • Organizer
    • RETAIL – too many to list
    • Veterinarian
    • Bankruptcy
    • Construction
    • Criminal Defense
    • Disability
    • Elder
    • Employee Benefits
    • Environmental
    • Family
    • Health Care
    • Human Resources
    • Intellectual Property
    • Tax
    • Workers Compensation
    • Beauty Consultant / Skin Care
    • Dentist
    • Hair Stylist
    • Health Spa
    • Massage Therapist
    • Mental Health Services
    • Nail Salon
    • Orthodontist
    • Physician / Family Medical Services
    • Recreation Facility (indoor or outdoor)
    • Senior Services
    • Spa
    • Architect
    • Carpet Cleaning
    • Chimney Cleaning
    • Duct Cleaning
    • Electrician
    • Fencing
    • Garage Doors
    • Heating / Air Conditioning (HVAC) – Residential
    • Interior Designer / Decorator
    • Locksmith
    • Moving
    • Real Estate Management – Commercial
    • Roofing
    • Storage
    • Structural Engineer
    • Window Treatments
    • Window Cleaning


**Download Visitor / Substitute Information (click to open, right-click for download options)**

Thank you for subbing for me at Bull City BNI – day, time, and location information is at the top of the page. Information about the meeting is directly above

The best presentation would be something from the heart. Here are a few sentences you can use, but feel free to ad-lib with your own words.

My name is ___________________ and I am subbing for Randy Bernstein of BrandShark. BrandShark helps businesses share their brand identity so that they are remembered. The great line of products offered by BrandShark include embroidered and screen printed clothing, signs, and a million promotional items from around the world. BrandShark finds the right products for the business, their target audience, and their budget. Randy is looking to meet business owners who want their business to be memorable.

Randy Bernstein and BrandShark help you take a bite (pause*) out of your competition.

*When you pause during the tagline, the people in the room will yell “CHOMP”.