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The Benefits of Being a BNI Member

January 19, 2015

Cork Tree Creative Becomes Proud BNI Member

Jan Carpenter, Owner and Creative Director at Cork Tree Creative, understands the impact networking can make in the community. Not only does networking help grow her marketing and public relations firm, it also opens up a referral network throughout the St. Louis area. BNI, Business Network International, believes in the motto “Giver’s Gain”. Essentially, this means that when a company helps other BNI members, they are growing their network. 

BNI is a Great Way to Build Relationships & Referrals 

Since April of 2014, Jan has developed outstanding relationships with at least 40 other businesses because of the BNI Chapter based out of Belleville, IL. Professionals in the BNI group are not only accessible to Cork Tree's services, but Jan is also learning about other organizations that she can refer to her own clients. For example, realtors, business coaches and more attend BNI regularly. Also, BNI has a nationwide presence that gives members the option to meet professionals throughout the country. 

BNI chapters also have regular networking meetings, educational resources, as well as free periodic workshop. For Jan, it’s been a great way to learn about other businesses and share her knowledge on graphic design, website design, social media services and search engine optimization. 

Interested in joining a BNI group? Contact Jan Carpenter for more information at or give her a call at (618) 656-7333. Jan also welcomes interested parties to join her for an upcoming meeting to learn more. Breakfast meetings are at 7:45 a.m. in Belleville. You can also access general information at the BNI website Make 2015 a great year to grow your business, share talents and learn from others too!