BNI Upstate New York - Albany, Rochester, Syracuse
BNI Upstate New York serves the Adirondacks, the Amsterdam area, the Capital Region, Greater Glens Falls, Malta, Mohawk Valley, Saratoga Springs, Syracuse, Tech Valley and The North Country.

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For information about BNI Upstate New York or how to join a chapter call (518) 280-8752 or click here to send an email message.

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PO Box 3137
Schenectady, NY 12303
O: 518.280.8752
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Ivan Misner, PhD, BNI Founder & Chairman

Thank you for your interest in BNI Upstate New York.  Welcome to BNI, the world's largest business referral organization!  BNI has more than 145,000 members in 50 countries, over 1,000 of whom are in BNI chapters in Upstate New York.  Every member of BNI Upstate New York acts as a part of the marketing team for the other members of their chapter, with the aim of securing qualified business referrals for each other. 

The best way to find out about BNI is to visit a chapter.  Visitors may attend chapter meetings twice ONLY (one chapter twice, or two chapters once each), before they will be asked to make a decision about joining.  Visitors may NOT promote their business in a chapter where their business category is represented.  It is not necessary to have an invitation to visit a chapter, however it is best to contact the president of the chapter prior to the visit.

Chapter Regional Maps

Select the links below to locate chapters in the BNI Upstate New York region.  Please note some chapters may meet at the same location.  Use the map zoom feature to locate each of the chapter markers.
a. Albany Region. 
(Adirondacks, Albany, Greater Glens Falls, Lake Placid, Plattsburgh and Saratoga Springs)
b. Syracuse Region. (Syracuse and Watertown)

It is important for visitors to be aware of the following:

  • Only one person from any professional specialty is permitted to join each BNI chapter.
  • An individual BNI member may represent only one business category.
  • Members represent their primary occupation.
  • Attendance is critical.  Chapters conduct weekly business meetings of 90min duration, and all members commit to weekly attendance.

Find an Open Chapter. Click here to find which Chapters have an opening for your profession.

Joining a Chapter.  An individual may be a member of one chapter only.  Applications are available at chapter meetings, and members of the chapter will assist with their completion.  The investment to join BNI consists of a registration fee, and annual participation fee.  Click here for more information about the investment and where the money goes. A new member application is reviewed by the chapter's Membership Committee, and the prospective member notified of the application status as soon as possible.  Please call the BNI Upstate New York office at (518) 280-8752 for more information.

Individual chapters may also charge an additional fee to pay for the space in which their meetings take place.  These charges are separate, and in addition to the investment to join BNI, and are at the discretion of individual chapter management teams. 

New Chapters.  You should note that some professions (particularly residential mortgage brokers, realtors, and financial advisors) may find it difficult to find a chapter or forming group with an opening for their business category.  If you are interested in starting your own chapter, please contact the BNI Upstate New York office at (518) 280-8752 or send email.  We will send information about the development of new chapters.

Lesley Shimer  Executive Director  BNI Upstate New York