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BNI Melbourne West and Geelong business networking referral groups

BNI Melbourne West & Geelong is by far the most successful Melbourne West & Geelong business networking organisation in Australia. We currently have hundreds of successful groups, and there are over 7,000 groups globally meeting at networking events such as those we run in Melbourne West & Geelong, passing millions of referrals every year.


With our educational network in Melbourne West & Geelong, Australia, you can find businesses and entrepreneurs across a wide range of industries to discuss the latest news and views. These are ‘been there, survived that’ entrepreneurs who are eager to share tips and advice.

At BNI Melbourne West & Geelong you get all the networking resources you need to operate a successful business, including from being a start-up to a thriving business.

Values and Benefits of BNI

FACT: 98% of businesses rely on referrals to gain new business.

FACT: only 3% of businesses have a strategy for generating referrals.

BNI Melbourne West & Geelong chapters provide a positive, supportive, and structured environment for the development and exchange of quality business referrals. We do so by helping you build personal relationships with dozens of other qualified business professionals.

Last year, members of BNI Melbourne West & Geelong chapters passed referrals that generated millions of dollars of business for each other. Belonging to BNI is like having a group of salespeople representing your business, and in return you are representing their businesses. What goes around comes around. If I help you, you'll help me and we will both benefit as a result.

Networking requires commitment. The most successful chapters of BNI are comprised of participants who are sincerely committed to helping one another. They are a high performing team. As a participant in BNI, you are responsible for complying with the policies and guidelines of the organisation.

What You Should Know

  • Being successful in BNI takes commitment.  Our continuous education system will give you all the knowledge you need to be a great member.
  • Weekly meetings last for just 90 minutes. Members need to arrive on time and stay for the entire meeting and attest to the fact that this is the most productive meeting of their week.
  • To maximise success chapters only accept one person from each business specialty.  This makes positions highly sought after and often hard to find, which is why if you can’t get into a chapter, we will try and assist you find another opportunity.
  • Accountability is key, but we will spell out exactly what is required so this may not be for you.  A visit to a chapter will give you an idea of what is required so we encourage you to attend.
  • We can teach you how, but it’s up to you to use the tools and get results.  Membership is not automatic and chapters work hard to ensure the right people are accepted and stay in the chapters. 

Membership Investment

BNI is a business that is committed to your success; as such we have fees associated with joining.  This includes an initial application fee and an annual membership fee.  
Each chapter will also have weekly meeting charges, which are paid directly to the venue, or the chapter - these may include a meal or refreshment, so please advise us if you have dietary requirements when you register to attend. 
All the information you need to make a decision about joining is provided at the Chapter meeting where you may be invited to apply - an opportunity to ask all about BNI is provided after the meeting.


  • Increased exposure to many other business professionals
  • Substantially increase business through referrals
  • Learn to effectively talk about your business
  • Sharpen your presentation skills
  • Member Packet containing a Business Card Book, Name Badge, Orientation CD, BNI Lapel Pin, USB Stick containing BNI educational materials
  • SuccessNet newsletters with educational material on networking, public speaking, and business
  • Ongoing education
  • Leadership Team Training

For more information please contact the BNI Melbourne West and Geelong office on +61 3 9449 8277 or send email