Athens Continues to Dominate!

The Athens Referral Factory BNI chapter continues to dominate our traffic lights report. For the month of January they were up 5 points for a whopping score of 85! Cobb Barrett Business Builders jumped from 3rd to 2nd and they have added 4 new members in the past 6 months. Congrats and welcome to the new folks ūüôā

The South will not be left out, and Coweta Fayette Business Partners is holding steady at 3rd place again this month.  Thanks to all of our members in these chapters for continuing to invest in others success. You can expect great growth for your businesses in 2011!

Advanced Training Now In Webinar Format

Networking TrainingBeginning January 10th, BNI members will be able to attend our monthly Member Success Program Advanced Training from the comfort of their own office (or home) via webinar. ¬†While this option doesn’t allow for the the in-person networking of our live events, it does mean you won’t have to miss out on honing your skills if you aren’t able to make the drive to one of our training locations.

The normal schedule will be the first Monday of the month from 3 Р4:30 pm.  The exceptions are January, July and September, when holidays at the beginning of these months will shift the webinar to the second Monday.

Advance registration is key, as only the members who pre-register will receive an email with the link to the webinar event. Please add the email address to your address book to ensure proper delivery of the webinar email.

MSP Advanced Training is a great benefit of BNI membership.  Non-members are welcome to attend our live training events for only $20 and members attend for free.  Make it your goal to attend Advanced Training each month, either in person or online.  These events will keep your networking inspiration fresh and provide you with the tools you need to increase the profits from your networking activities.

Click here to check the Georgia Calendar of Events and register for an Advanced Training.

Click here to check the North Carolina Calender of Events and register for an Advanced Training.

Referrals4Life is giving away networking training!

We have mailed cards to over 300 BNI and Corporate Connections members to notify them they are eligible to receive free networking training for classes beginning in January.  Currently 4 locations are on the schedule, two in GA and two in NC.  This training is valued at $249 and is part of our Networking Like A Pro All Stars program. The program teaches business professionals how to identify 5 to 8 profitable referral sources and implement a plan to establish relationships with those people.

Fewer than 100 spots are available for the January classes. If you have received a scholarship card and would like to register, please send an email to

To download the class schedule, please click here.  For program benefits and details, please visit

The Early Bird Gets the Green

International Networking Day will be here before you know it and the early bird will save money. This conference is has it all, a real triple threat: it’s a networking opportunity, you can learn new networking techniques and lunch is included with your ticket! Held on Thursday, February 10, 2011 at the Gwinnett Civic Center, early bird ticket prices end soon. Click here for event details.

Conference topics include:

– Advanced Networking Techniques

– Building Strategic Alliances

– Social Media

– Converting Prospects to Clients

The conference also features a business expo where companies who are interested in growing their business by referral can showcase their products and services. Booths are industry exclusive, so to find out if your profession is still available, please call Anita York at 678.888.0200 x228.

Thank You!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Hope you have a safe day with family and friends. We are truly thankful for all our members and visitors to our networking groups.

“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough. — Oprah Winfrey”

Special Event for Business Owners and Managers

December 9th, Alpharetta, GA РWe are hosting a special Executive Brief in partnership with Sandler Sales.  If you manage a sales team, this event will provide you with both networking and sales tools to inspire your team to greater profitability.  Lunch, 2 books and a free DISC assessment are included!  Click here for details.

Members Only Special Offer for Free MP3!

Now thru October 15th, every BNI or Corporate Connections member who purchases a ticket to International Networking Day will receive a coupon for a free networking training mp3 presentation from the Referrals4Life store.

MP3 Presentation topics include:

          • Generate Referrals Doing Nothing
          • Creating Change in Your Chapter
          • The Sales Arm of Your Chapter: Visitor Hosts
          • The Secrets of Making Power Teams Work
          • and more!

Click here for more info on International Networking Day

Click here for the Top 3 Reasons to Buy a Ticket Now for an Event in February

Click here to buy your ticket or expo booth

Chapter Challenge: Who Will Be The Top Chapter for GA and NC?

We know networkers love a challenge and the chance to win free stuff.

So we have created an opportunity for your chapter to gain visibility (and members)!!!  Also some lucky members will get a free lunch courtesy of Referrals4Life.  Oh yeah, they also get a great learning and networking event with the lunch!

The upcoming International Networking Day conference will be our best event ever, so we are starting to build the excitement now.¬† To do that, we are challenging our chapters to a contest and offering some special incentives.¬† The International Networking Day conference will have outstanding speakers sharing great information on how to improve your networking skills. This year‚Äôs theme is ‚ÄúNetworking Redefined,‚ÄĚ and one of our speakers will be a social media expert who will share how to effectively use social media as part of your referral marketing strategy.¬† In addition to an amazing learning opportunity, you‚Äôll have a chance to network with the most connected business professionals in town and lunch is included in the ticket price!

Why are we doing all this?

Because we want to invest in your success.  The International Networking Day conference is a stellar opportunity to promote networking and success.

Why should your chapter participate in the challenge?

a.) For every 10 tickets sold by your chapter prior to October 15th, we’ll give you 1 free ticket to give away as a door prize at your chapter meeting.

b.)  The chapter who sells the most tickets over 20 by October 15th will receive a FREE EXPO BOOTH (valued at $274) at International Networking Day.  Expo booths are exclusive this year, so that means only one BNI chapter will be allowed to have a booth at the event.  And your chapter can win the booth for free!

For that extra edge and bang for your buck, a VIP ticket will allow you to bring a referral partner (or someone you’d like to build a relationship with) for free.  VIP ticket holders and guests will participate in a Q and A session with the conference speakers over lunch.

See the fine print for a few details and let the challenge begin!  Which chapter will win the prize?

The fine print:
Tickets sold to both BNI members and non-members count toward the challenge.
Each VIP ticket sold counts as 2 tickets.
Your chapter’s Event Coordinator will collect the registration forms and payment and mail to the Referrals4Life office by October 15th.
The free expo booth won by the top chapter is for promotion of the chapter, not the chapter member’s businesses.