BNI or Business Networking International is an international organization of professionals that form chapters, build strong relationships and pass qualified referrals each week. The system is based on the principle of Givers Gain and was started by Dr. Ivan Misner. Each chapter accepts one company or individual per business category. Membership is based on annual dues.

Asheville is currently home to 2 BNI chapters. The Beaucatcher Chapter meets each Tuesday for lunch from noon to 1:30 at O’Charley’s on Tunnel Road. The Referral Source Chapter meets Wednesday mornings from 8 until 9:30 am at the UNCA Botanical Gardens. Asheville is also in the process of strating a 3rd area BNI chapter and is taking applications from companies that can not currently be placed in an existing chapter. For more information about Asheville BNI chapters visit