Question: How many meetings do I attend before I can join?
Answer: Each guest is required to attend two (2) consecutive meetings before an application can be accepted. An inspection of an applicant's place of business is a requirement of acceptance.
Q: How many votes are required for acceptance into the group?
A: It depends on the group's size. If the group contains fewer than thirty (30) members, then a minimum of three (3) "NO" votes can permit the group to deny membership. If there are more than thirty (30) members, then a minimum of 10% of the membership (tallied from the beginning of the quarter) voting "NO" is required to permit the group to deny membership.
Q: How much does it cost to join a Business Growth Innovators group?
A: The initial membership fee is established by Business Growth Innovators , Inc., and is separate from your local group's dues which are based on its individual operational costs. Any additional questions should be directed to your local Membership Chairperson.
Q: When are my dues required to be paid?
A: Most groups collect dues on a quarterly schedule, and the Treasurer will pro-rate new members' dues when they join to get them on the group's cycle. The group's Board of Directors establishes the amount for each group. There are NO paid positions or profits involved, only the actual costs.
Q: Who will notify me when I'm accepted for membership?
A: The group's Membership Chairperson and your sponsor (if a chapter member) will call you the day you are voted into the group. A letter from the President will follow to welcome you to the group.
Q: Who pays for the guest's breakfast?
A: The group will pay for both the first and second visits.
Q: What is a Qualified Guest?
A: A Qualified Guest is a person whose occupation is not represented in the group, and if permitted to join, would not be in conflict with any of the group's members. Guests are invited for two (2) meetings, and they must decide about joining at the second meeting.
Q: Once a member of Business Growth Innovators, am I confined to conducting business only with other Business Growth Innovators members?
A: Your fellow Business Growth Innovators members are your business' best references, as you are theirs. Member's LOYALTY to each other explains why the best of Business Growth Innovators chapters are so overwhelmingly successful and continue to grow every year. Support your sales team and they will support you.
Q: How many tips do I have to give?
A: To maintain your membership - two (2) tips per month are required. The real question is: How much business do you really want? You will be rewarded according to your ability to help others. Really! The more you tip, the more tips you will receive. It's not a one-way street.
Q: If I have a problem or a conflict with another member, who do I contact?
A: Members are asked to talk directly with other members about any problems that arise. Most of the time this will be an adequate solution. If the problem persists, contact your group Ethics Chairperson. This is a person who is not on the Board of Directors and will assist you with the problem. Every issue is confidential and will be kept that way. The Ethics Chairperson will take steps as necessary to resolve the issue using specific guidelines set by Business Growth Innovators .
Q: How long do I have to do my commercial?
A: At each meeting every member receives 30 seconds to pass tips, pay fines, and do their commercial. Begin by informing fellow members - "This is the way you can best give me a lead.". Make it count.
Q: When do I get to Table Top, Greeter, and Presenter?
A: The group's Program Chairperson sets a schedule for the group so everyone has an opportunity as they join the group. The first week you do at Table Top presentation; second week you are a Greeter; and the third week you are the Presenter.
Q: What do I do when I'm asked to be the Table Top person?
A: Showboating allows each member to properly explain their business' service and needs to fellow members. Each week's Showboater is asked to arrive and set up their company's display of products or services by 7:01 A.M. SHARP. Making a real effort to "DISPLAY" your business will have an enormous impact on the amount of tips you receive from fellow members.
Q: How long do I have when I am the Presenter?
A: Ten (10) minutes - when the group has fewer than twenty (20) members. Most Speakers receive more than their average weekly tip count at this single meeting.
Q: What is VISITATION day?
A: At the first monthly meeting, all members are asked to visit another member at their place of business for 20 minutes to 1/2 hour to learn about their business. At the third monthly meeting, you will give a commercial for that member when you receive the tip bucket. If for some reason, you didn't visit that person, you personally hand that member five dollars at the meeting.
Q: Can someone attend meetings in my place?
A: Only as specified by Business Growth Innovators , an alternate may attend six (6) times per year, and never more than two (2) consecutive meetings. That person must be a qualified substitute, not a secretary.
Q: Who tracks my attendance and who do I call if I'm going to miss a meeting?
A: The Secretary. Always call if you're going to miss a meeting. You must attend at least 80% of all meetings.
Q: Why do we have fines?
A: The answer is one of accountability. Fines are not meant to be punitive. Most of the fines Business Growth Innovators imposes on its members are small and only serve as a reminder that you have certain obligations to your fellow members and your chapter as a whole. In actuality, fines only amount to $1.50 a month for most Business Growth Innovators members.
Q: Who can I call if I have more questions?
A: Contact the Business Growth Innovators board at (949) 903-1062