Business network celebrates

2016-06-23 06:00
  Eagle Chapter members (from left) Babara Jackson, Natalie Herbert, Ursula Potgieter, Daren Faddy and Roelof van der Merwe.

Eagle Chapter members (from left) Babara Jackson, Natalie Herbert, Ursula Potgieter, Daren Faddy and Roelof van der Merwe.

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BUSINESS Network International (BNI) celebrated its first anniversary of its Eagle Chapter branch at a breakfast.

Ansie Nieuwenhuis, KZN BNI Executive director­, said time has gone so fast and already a year has passed since its Eagle Chapter was formed.

Nieuwenhuis said what is more exiting is that the 10 founder members of BNI Eagle Chapter are still there, unlike in other cases where members and businesses relocate.

“We are happy to celebrate this one-year anniversary and hope to celebrate many more years.”

Nieuwenhuis welcomed everyone and explained the purpose of BNI.

“Our purpose is to assist small and medium enterprises to generate income by referrals.

“We have over 195 000 members worldwide and have been going for 31 years.”

Nieuwenhuis said globally members meet weekly to share ideas and educate members and clients about how to increase business.

“Our philosophy is ‘givers gain’ and by that we mean if I give you business you will get business,” she said.

Last year in KZN alone BNI generated R143 million in business, and globally $9.3 billion.

At BNI they develop people by giving them a platform on which to build relationships among themselves and become master networkers.

“With our positive attitude we uplift people and we learn from one another,” she said.

After breakfast and presentations, members enjoyed cake in celebration of their first birthday.

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