Bull City BNI

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Visit BULL CITY BNI
(Member List* / Information)

Thursdays, 11:15-1:00
at Blue Corn Cafe*
716 9th 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

ABOUT  BULL CITY BNI

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.

POWER SPHERES

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 – Business to Business Sphere
    • 4th Thursday – Health and Wellness Sphere
  • MEMBER SUCCESS SPHERE – this is a training program, primarily for new members, but all are invited. This meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month from 1:15-2 – in the same location as the regular meeting.
  • NON PROFIT SPHERE – meetings/events are announced at the weekly chapter meetings. The purpose of this is to introduce members to a different non-profit each month, and have them introduced to the members.

VISITING BULL CITY BNI

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 11:15 and 11:25 to register and network – the meeting starts promptly at 11:30.
  • Bring lots of business cards – there are typically 50-70 people in attendance each week, and we will pass your cards around the room for everyone to take.
    • If you are attending on a visitor day, there may be 80+ people in attendance.
    • 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.
    • Please tip the wait staff, even if you only get water.

PARKING AT BLUE CORN CAFE

There are a number of 2-hour parking spots along both sides of 9th St. Directly across the street is a $1/hour parking lot. The lot in front of Panera Bread looks very tempting, but the signs say that the lot is ONLY for people using the establishments on that west side of the road – if you park there, it’s at your own risk.

MEETING AGENDA

  • 11:15 – Registration and Open Networking
  • 11:30 – Start of Meeting
  • 11:32 – Welcome by President
  • 11:35 – Introduction of Visitors
  • 11:37 – Meaning of BNI
  • 11:39 – Educational Moment
  • 11:42 – Member 30-Second Presentations
  • 11:57 – Visitor 30-Second presentations
  • 12:05 – Introduction of Leadership Team
  • 12:15 – Speakers of the Week
  • 12:30 – Break
  • 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

OPEN SEATS IN BULL CITY BNI

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

  • NON-PROFITS
    • All
  • BUSINESS SERVICES (Business to Business)
    • Banker – Commercial
    • Copyright Attorney
    • CPA
    • Credit Card Processing
    • Document Security (shredding)
    • File Management (storage and retrieval)
    • Graphics Designer
    • Insurance – Commercial
    • Office Equipment (copiers, etc.)
    • Office Supplies
    • Print Advertising
    • Printer – Large Format
    • Public Relations
    • Sign Company
    • Staffing
    • Telecommunications / Phone Services
    • Website Development
  • EVENTS / TRAVEL
    • DJ
    • Event / Wedding Planner
    • Limousine Service
    • Make-Up Specialist
    • Stationer / Invitations
  • PERSONAL SERVICES (Business to Consumer)
    • Auto Detailing
    • Auto Sales
    • Banker – Personal
    • CPA
    • Dog Training
    • Estate Sales
    • Florist
    • Funeral Services
    • Insurance – Long Term Care
    • Job Placement Services
    • Organizer
    • RETAIL – too many to list
    • Veterinarian
  • LEGAL
    • Bankruptcy
    • Construction
    • Criminal Defense
    • Disability
    • Elder
    • Employee Benefits
    • Environmental
    • Family
    • Health Care
    • Intellectual Property
    • Tax
    • Workers Compensation
  • MEDICAL / HEALTH / BEAUTY / RECREATION
    • Beauty Consultant / Skin Care
    • Dentist
    • Health Spa
    • Massage Therapist
    • Mental Health Services
    • Nail Salon
    • Orthodontist
    • Physician / Family Medical Services
    • Recreation Facility (indoor or outdoor)
    • Senior Services
    • Spa
  • REAL ESTATE / BUILDING SERVICES
    • Architect
    • Carpet Cleaning
    • Chimney Cleaning
    • Duct Cleaning
    • Electrician
    • Fencing
    • Garage Doors
    • Heating / Air Conditioning (HVAC) – Residential
    • Interior Designer / Decorator
    • Lawn/Landscape Maintenance
    • Locksmith
    • Moving
    • Pest Control
    • Real Estate Management – Commercial
    • Roofing
    • Security
    • Storage
    • Structural Engineer
    • Window Treatments
    • Window Cleaning

SUBBING FOR RANDY

**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”.