Berkeley Business Referral Network | BNI

We meet at Little Star Pizza
1181 Solano Avenue, Albany
(between Cornell and Stannage)
7 to 8:30 AM

We are a community of diverse professionals who educate each other about our businesses to help us achieve our dreams through referral business.

Our warm, welcoming energy and high standards of professionalism will help us grow this year to 35 members and generate $1Million in referral business."

We are looking for business professionals who want to grow their businesses. As entrepreneurs living and working in the Berkeley, California area, we invite you to consider the mutually profitable prospect of becoming a part of our growing network for a mutually profitable business association.

BNI is the largest business networking organization in the world, and it has a unique twist. We accept only one person per professional specialty in each chapter. If you are accepted into membership, you will lock out your competition. Our network functions as your extended sales force through the world's most effective form of advertising, word of mouth! Our purpose is to provide referrals to you when we encounter persons looking for goods and services that you can provide. And likewise, we expect you to provide leads to us.

Is BNI right for you? We welcome you to visit our chapter to find out. Bring plenty of business cards, and take the opportunity to network with dozens of Berkeley business professionals.  Visitors are welcome to come twice, we'll even provide coffee and a little something to munch on. We meet at 7 a.m. every Thursday morning in Berkeley. There is a $10 meeting fee.
Please contact our President, Bruce Roberts (510)528-2700 for more information.

the outstanding business owners 
of the 
Better Referral Network Chapter 
BNI-San Francisco Bay Area

Access the Chapter Roster Here

Deborah Fisher | Tax Accountant & our PRESIDENT

Deborah Fisher, CPA

Deborah is a Certified Public Accountant with 28 years of management and taxation experience. She currently leads a team of tax professionals responsible for tax planning and preparation of tax returns for individuals, small businesses, non-profit organizations, partnerships, trusts and estates.

Before starting her own company, she worked as the director of the tax department for Willams Adley and at Hood + Strong, LLP CPAs in Tax and Advisory assisting clients with estate and gift tax planning and consulted small businesses on international and domestic tax issues. She also worked as a sole proprietor managing a tax business and had a 16-year career with the Internal Revenue Service including nine years managing numerous district tax compliance programs.

Deborah has conducted Fortune 500 and other multibillion-dollar entity IRS audits and has represented taxpayers during audits and assisted with resolving taxpayers’ IRS and state income tax problems. She holds a Master’s degree in Taxation and Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting.

Deborah Fisher
Director, Tax Department
Fischer and Company, LLP

Bruce Roberts | Business Insurance & our VICE PRESIDENT

I am very considerate with regards to ensuring one’s life and well-being are maintained sufficiently, and even the property they own is safeguarded; all in the insurance options I communicate.  I have actively been a part of the Insurance Field for over 14 years as an independent insurance broker/agent, vigorously working to deliver life, property, casualty, and most recently, medical insurance to those in need. 

My goal is to provide the most effective and even financially-stable assurance. I thoroughly research and compare all of the various insurance options an individual can be offered.  I take clients' well-being into such deep consideration, that I would even disclose whether an insurance company that I do not work with would provide better coverage than me. I believe customer service is very important and will do whatever is necessary to make the client feel comfortable with their insurance needs.     

Bruce Roberts
Freeman Insurance Services, Inc.
1035 San Pablo Ave. #1
Albany, CA 94706
(510)528-2700 phone
(510)528-2708 fax

Ben Rosenthal | Technology Coach & our TREASURER

Sustainable Computing: Coaching Mac users to take control, build confidence and smile.

I have been coaching Mac users for over 15 years, reducing frustration and increasing happiness. My clients most appreciate my patient, inquisitive approach, wealth of knowledge, and ability to meet them where they are.

Coaching sessions with me generally include addressing questions, helping resolve issues, and observing how you use your devices. I can also offer insight on shortcuts and interface quirks, help you get your data in sync, and lead you to discover useful tools to accomplish your goals, and more. Additionally, I provide memory and storage upgrade service for out-of-warranty Macs.

Whether you’ve been using Macs for years or recently started, I can help you get to know each other better. Working one-on-one(-on-one), we will explore your unique set of needs, preferences, and expectations of how technology should work for you, and set you on a path to productivity.

After just one session, you will feel empowered to engage with your Mac more effectively and take control of your tech!

Ben Rosenthal

Marie Bowser | Acupuncturist and our SECRETARY

For over 10 years, Marie has combined her healing tools (Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture, body work, meditation, creative visualization, qigong and various eastern philosophies) together in combination with her engineering skills (an earlier career) applied to patient healing. With this skill set Marie provides:  The ability to clearly discern patterns at play in patient health; Elegant design and tracking of treatment plans; As well as relationships with patients that are compassionate and warm while also encouraging, forthright and motivating. Patients that come to Marie with body pain find symptom relief but also feel happier, empowered and more resilient. Patients suffering from anxiety, depression, chronic fatigue or fibromyalgia find themselves transformed. Her passion is for guiding patients toward letting go of beliefs that do not serve and guiding them toward a new paradigm of living.  

Marie Bowser Acupuncture
514 Kains Ave.
Albany, CA 94608
510 984-1101

Srinika Narayan | Nutritional Consultant

Srinika Narayan, M.S. helps patients with a wide range of health issues using Nutritional Analysis. She has been a health practitioner for over 15 years, with offices in both Berkeley and San Francisco. She is an advanced clinical graduate from Ulan Nutritional Systems.

Srinika has worked with thousands of clients over the years successfully navigating through diseases ranging from:  Allergies, Ulcerative Colitis, Chronic Pain, Asthma, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s, Bipolar Disorder, and Depression to name a few. Srinika specializes in chronic, stubborn conditions, including auto-immune issues, and degenerative disorders.

From early on, Srinika has had a passion for learning about the body and applying that knowledge to her own health.  She was drawn to nutritional analysis because she has found it a comprehensive system for finding the underlying cause to most difficult health problems, and has found great success using it on many patients.

Srinika Narayan, M.S.
916a San Pablo Avenue
Albany, CA 94706


Katherine Korlacki | Professional Organizer

Katherine Korlacki is a professional organizer in the Berkeley area. She helps people get past the "overwhelm" to find peace and order in their homes and offices. Bringing a nonjudgmental approach to organizational challenges, Katherine helps people who are overwhelmed and don't know where to start get a handle on the "stuff." A three hour session will change your life. Her motto: Clear out what weighs you down, keep what brings you joy.

Contact Katherine at 510-525-3310 - -

Fred Fassett | Printing Services

Fred Fassett heads Minuteman Press. Fred was trained at the Rhode Island School of Design, Providence Rhode Island and started his printing career with a neighborhood newspaper he wrote, printed and distributed in his Pennsylvania hometown. Fred worked as a technical writer, photographer and businessman before starting Captain Copy in 1972.

Fred Fassett brings fifty years of experience as a printer, graphic designer, writer and photographer to the operations of Minuteman Press of Berkeley.

Minuteman Press Berkeley Staff
Contact Fred:
1101 Fifth Street
Berkeley, CA 94710
Monday - Friday 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM

John Van Dinther | Branding Specialist

Our Mission:
Two Hats gives entrepreneurs the tools they need to create and run their own businesses successfully. By teaching our clients how to use these tools, they are empowered to pursue their goals.

John Van Dinther of Two Hats Consulting
(415) 515-1252

June Kamerling | Pilates Instructor

When June turned 50, she knew that she did not want to grow old being overweight and unhealthy. She started working out with a personal trainer and soon was inspired to become a personal trainer herself, followed by her Pilates training.  June brings to her Pilates and personal training, years of bodywork experience, knowledge of the skeletal and muscular system, muscle testing (kinesiology), how each individual body is designed to move, her experience working with many conditions such as repetitive strain injuries, chronic pain due to tension and old injuries.

“I’m so thrilled with the way Pilates and weight training has changed my body and my feeling of well being. I want to bring that feeling to others”.

June is fascinated by the human body…how we move, how we hold emotional patterns and habits which can affect our everyday well being, vitality and ability to move and be pain free. June has over 30 years experience in Neurokinetic Therapy (NKT), Lymphatic Drainage Therapy, and soft and deep tissue therapeutic massage.

“NeuroKinetic Therapy is based on the premise that when an injury has occurred, certain muscles shut down or become inhibited, forcing other muscles to become overworked. By applying light pressure that the client then resists, the practitioner can evaluate the strength or weakness of each muscle, revealing the sources of injury and retraining the client’s body to remove the compensation patterns” (from the book Neurokinetic Therapy by David Weinstock.)

June has studied nutrition as a personal interest for many years, being raised by a “health food nut” mother. June follows a “Paleo template” of eating and practices Mindful eating. She has never been in better health as she approaches medicare age.  She is happy to talk to you about diet and nutrition based on her personal experience of many years.

June is fully certified in all Pilates apparatus through Balanced Body University, is a personal trainer through NCSF, FAMI certified through Kinected Pilates Studio in NYC,  and certified in Pre-natal/Post-Partum Pilates. June has completed level 1 and 2 of Primal Pilates and is currently teaching Primal Pilates at El Cerrito Fitness.

June Kamerling

Loulena Miles | Estate Planning Attorney

I am an estate planning attorney.  I have been practicing law in California since 2003 and opened Miles + Torres Associates in 2014 with my business partner and friend Miguel Torres.  We help you create a plan to protect your loved ones and safeguard your assets when you die or are incapacitated. We also review existing estate plans to determine if updates or changes are needed. We provide trust administration and probate representation if your loved one has passed on.

It is important that our clients feel at ease during the planning process and therefore we meet clients in their homes and offices throughout much of the bay area. We work with people from all backgrounds and in all stages of life including new parents, seniors, Spanish speakers, people with special needs, LGBTQ clients and non-US citizens.

You will find that a well-crafted estate plan is one of the best gifts that you can leave for your loved ones. We do estate planning for your peace of mind.

Loulena Miles | Attorney | Miles + Torres Associates
100 Pine Street, Suite 1250 | San Francisco, CA 94111
cell phone: 415.902.1682 | office phone: 415.496.9396 | email: |

Liz Eshleman | Long Term Care Insurance

Liz Eshleman, Long-Term Care Planning Specialist

I've always been an educator--my first career was in music as a singer, choir conductor, and professor at Mills College in Oakland, CA.
While I was a working musician and my son was still a baby, my mom became frail in her late 80s.  In the course of a few short years as her need for care escalated, she spent down her entire life savings.  Our family didn't know about long-term care insurance at that time.
Since then, I purchased a long-term care insurance policy for myself, and subsequently changed my career to work in this field of helping you plan for the future.  While I am still an educator at heart, I have now made it my mission to help other families avoid the devastating financial and emotional consequences of not having a long-term care plan in place.
Contact us —
(510) 710-8643
California insurance license # 0H04164

Alexis Keenan | Videographer

Jennifer Winfrey Photography

Alexis Keenan, Videographer


Alexis Keenan works with individuals, businesses and companies wanting to develop a voice to tell compelling stories. With 12 years of experience in video production, Alexis uses her expertise and creative approach to bring forward key story elements highlighting each unique brand narrative. Alexis invests in learning the specific details of each client to develop a video that shares their talent and passion with audiences looking for exactly what they offer.

“The world is a fascinating place and I find opportunities for education, interest and passion everywhere. I want to get to know you and what makes you excited to get up in the morning. Let’s take that passion and create a visual story that excites and educates new fans and advocates of your work. I want to make the world a better place, one story at a time.”


  • Business Promotion (includes crowdfunding)
  • Video Testimonials
  • Social Media (Facebook, Instagram, etc)
  • Events and Presentations
  • Aerial Shoots


  • Documentaries
  • Music Videos
  • Commercial

Viviana Lahrs-Geysuk | Relationship Coach

midwife to change...

Gentle presence, Powerful results

With Viviana, you are in good hands. Dedicated to your wholeness, vibrancy, and well-being... Supporting your own pacing and process while making a stand for your highest intentions with integrity, clarity, and heart.
(510) 910-3482

Denitsa Shopova | Esthetician

Denitsa Shopova, Esthetician

Supple Integrative Skin Care
7543 Hopkins Street

About me: I am a passionate and enthusiastic woman who finds joy in serving my community by providing relaxing, healing, and beautifying facials to my clients. I believe in a holistic lifestyle where your inner beauty shows through your skin. I’m grateful for the trust of my clients. Supporting them through their skincare needs is my greatest pleasure. The quality of my life depends on the quality of my services.

I moved to the United States from Bulgaria in the spring of 2007 but it took almost 10 years to discover my passion for skin care. I graduated from Cinta Aveda Institute San Francisco in February 2017 and currently practice my esthetician skills at Supple Integrative Skincare, modern apothecary and facial salon in Berkeley, CA. I have a successful practice and I’m enthusiastic about my work.

Dr. Teresa Lau | Chiropractor

Vibrant Body Wellness is passionate about personal and community healing, vitality, and (r)evolution. Our practice has a unique culture of real talk and getting to the heart of what life is calling you to be, do, and have. Wouldn’t it be great to relieve pain and revitalize your body, while re-connecting with and re-igniting your life?
Dr. Teresa Lau, DC, has a passion for the beauty and richness life has to offer, and she is committed to awakening the embodied expression of that aliveness through quantum community transformation and healing

Teresa Lau
Vibrant Body Wellness
2070 Allston Way, Suite 202
Berkeley, CA 94704

Tina Kopko | Psychotherapist & Grief Recovery Specialist

My work is anchored in the belief that an authentic connection to another person has boundless healing power. I believe that every person has, at some level, the need to be seen, heard and understood by others. I use a holistic approach, knowing that many factors contribute to his or her state of mental health, including cultural and spiritualbeliefs, personality, life experience, family of origin, attachment style, early childhood development, trauma, ancestral history and traditions, somatic structures and the times in which one lives. It is my belief that each client has within them the knowledge and power to heal and grow,and that my role is to help facilitate the discovery and application of those inherent tools.

I help clients find what's blocking authenticity in relationship to themselves and others. Often we don't realize how the old hurts, bitterness, regret, shame and beliefs "contaminate" our communicate with others. The feeling underneath our message is also received by the other person. We tend to deny this fact, even though we see people reacting to us in unpredicted ways. I can help you uncover and process the non-verbal messages you are communicating, so that you can have honest, fulfilling and authentic relationships. I also help with depression, anxiety, grief, life transitions, self-awareness and mindfulness.

Tina Kopko MFT

2880 Sacramento St.
Suite A
Berkeley, CA 94702

Billy Zeier | Solar Contractor

Billy Zeier with his son, Solar Sam
Billy Zeier is the CEO of Clean Point Energy
(530) 400-0851

The mission of Clean Point Energy is to inspire and enable the community to utilize clean renewable energy and to make our world a more sustainable and peaceful place to live. We are excited to educate business owners and home owners about the financial and environmental benefits of using solar power.

Here are some reasons to consider Clean Point Energy:
$0 down
Guaranteed 20%-60% savings on electricity
No credit needed
18 months of 100% covered electricity costs.
25 year maintenance & operations warranty on all equipment.
25 year system warranty
System Production Guarantee
Net Energy Metering Credits are included
Personal Energy Advisers
Fee System Performance Monitoring
Certified Tesla Installers

Clean Point is focused on providing the highest level of customer service and workmanship, while utilizing the most trustworthy and dependable brands in the industry.

Paige Patrick | Soprano and Voice Teacher

Paige is a Performer and Vocal Teacher

Performance Bio
Paige Patrick, soprano, holds a BM in Music Education from Texas State University and an MM in Performance from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. After relocating to the Bay Area in August, Ms. Patrick most recently appeared with Goat Hall Opera’s “Little Weill Women,” a Kurt Weill cabaret. Past appearances include ‘Rose Maurrant’ (Street Scene), ‘Donna Elvira’ (Don Giovanni), ‘Ann Putnam’ (The Crucible), and ‘Alma Way’ (The Village Singer) with Knoxville Opera Studio, ’Manon’ (Manon), ‘Elektra’ (Idomeneo), and ‘First Lady’ (Die Zauberflöte) with Harrower Opera Workshop, and ‘Katherina Cavalieri' (Amadeus) with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra. As a concert artist, Ms. Patrick performed in numerous events in the Knoxville area, including Marble City Opera’s ‘Night of Horror and Mayhem’ and the ‘Mary Costa Tribute Recital’ with Pellissippi State Community College, where she served as Liberal Arts faculty from 2010-2014.

Ms. Patrick is a student of Jeremy Silver.

  • Professional  
  • Vocally Versatile  
  • Powerful & Poised  
  • Intuitive  
  • Fun-Loving  Personality

(510) 374-4586

Chase Michna | Hair Stylist

Chase Michna 
is an extraordinary hairstylist 
at Grove Salon in Berkeley

Grove Salon
1484 Solano Avenue
Albany CA

Jason Wizelman | Mortgage Broker

o: (510) 254-4677 c: (510) 367-5562 f: (773) 328-1747
1400 Shattuck Ave, Suite 1, Berkeley, CA 94709

Kim Baur | Health and Wellness Coach

I received my Health Coaching training from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, where I studied many dietary theories and practical lifestyle coaching methods.

I have been cooking in kitchens since a young child. My Italian Grandmother had a big influence on me at a very young age, as I was fortunate to live across the street and I would visit her often. Her house always smelled delicious! Something was always on the stove, or baking in the oven…fresh baked bread reminds me of her to this day. She taught me how to make traditional Pesto Genovese with a mortar and pestle, Pizza from scratch, Peach Pie with homegrown fruit, Bolognese sauce, and we rarely followed a recipe.

Some of my other instructors include Chefs Jacques Pepin, Julia Child, Jamie Oliver, Rick Bayless, Ina Garten, Martha Stewart and others who have shared their wisdom and passion for cooking on television and videos.

Living in California all my life, my culinary philosophy is based on fresh, locally grown, organic and sustainable ingredients, much like Alice Waters of Chez Panisse, who I admire tremendously for her work with the organic food movement and school lunch reform.

I have also Instructed as a Chef and Apprenticed at the Kitchen On Fire cooking school in Berkeley, CA and have learned skills and techniques from other accomplished Chefs to make food even more delicious. With my knowledge, we will co-create completely personalized actions based on your goals to move you toward your ideal vision of health within your unique body, lifestyle, preferences, and resources.


Learn more about my training and my unique approach to health coaching.

Are you curious about how health coaching can help you? Let’s talk. Schedule an initial consultation with me today.

Francis Griffin | Commercial Realtor

Francis Griffin, an Oakland native who graduated with honors with a degree in kinesiology from Colorado State University-Pueblo, was a leader and standout member of the ThunderWolves, the university's baseball team. Francis understands the value of teamwork and the importance achieving goals. In this spirit he strives to deliver the best possible service to his clients while seeing their transaction through to a successful completion.

Francis works alongside Erik Housh, managing partner of MRE and a 30-year veteran of the industry. Among his peers, Erik is commonly considered to be one of the top commercial practitioners in the Bay Area.
Francis will soon obtain his CCIM designation, having already successfully completed the required coursework.

In his off time, Francis may be found playing or coaching baseball, weight training, skiing, fishing, or hiking one of his favorite Bay Area backcountry trails.

Sales Agent
MRE Commercial Real Estate
6001 Shellmound Street, Suite 825
Emeryville, CA 94608
Office: 510-450-1405
CA BRE #02016713

Lan Shaw | Financial Planner

I am passionate about helping individuals, couples, independent women, and families pursue their dreams and make meaningful financial decisions that are true to their values.

I believe it’s important to invest my time to understand what you are working toward before I manage your money. I guide my clients toward financial independence with my personalized approach to wealth planning, accumulation, preservation, and distribution.

Working closely with you, your CPA, your attorney and other professionals, I take a holistic approach to develop and implement thorough, thoughtful, and practical financial strategies that best meet your needs and goals. I also help entrepreneurs develop business retirement plans, buy/sell agreement, liquidity strategies and succession planning.

Lan J Shaw
Financial Advisor
VISION Financial Planning

Joanne Cosgrove | Massage Therapist

My name is Joanne Cosgrove and I am California Certified Massage Therapist #59544 ( who has been providing Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork Therapies to San Francisco East Bay communities since the year 2000.  Since graduating from National Holistic Institute(NHI) in Emeryville with training as a Massage Therapist and Health Educator, I've persued training in Lymphatic Drainage Therapy (Chikly Institute), CranioSacral Therapy (Upledger Institute), Orthopedic Massage, Myofascial Release (John F. Barnes Institute) and others.  I aim to have useful tools in my toolbox and to use them wisely.

My primary philosophy is: "You are whole already. Just as you are. Despite appearances, diagnosis, and occasionally, behaviors." (a.k.a. You don't need fixing).

My role in respect to you: "I assist your [particular system(s) in need] in helping you have a better day"

My Mission Statement: "I help to tame the young, the old and the restless. I accomplish this by coaxing their muscles, minds or systems in need into a relaxed state of well-being."
(510) 418-7678 office
(925) 788-9790 cell

514 Kains Avenue
Albany, CA 94706

Max Ventura | Classical Homeopath

Max Ventura, Classical Homeopath

(this is not a cell phone so I do not receive texts, but you can leave a message including how early or late I can return your call, and please also leave your email address if you use email)

Homeopathy is a healing modality which is not invasive, is non-toxic, and has no dangerous side effects. It is a safe, effective medicine with a long history of use that stretches across centuries and continents. Homeopathy is helpful for anyone, from babies in-utero, to relieving the suffering of loved ones in their dying days.

My family has used Homeopathy as our first line of defense for the past quarter century as we work to support our immune systems. I used over-the-counter remedies in doing simple home care as my kids were growing up, and we had the support of Professional Homeopaths along the way as they treated us constitutionally. My daughter's life-threatening allergies were stopped in their tracks and 23 years later she has had no more incidents... the susceptibility no longer is part of her life. 

Once my youngest was moving toward teenage years, I embarked on the rigorous study of Homeopathy to become a Professional Classical Homeopath myself. I love to work with people who are not getting what they need in the conventional medical world. While sometimes Conventional Medicine is needed, and excels, it overall is based on treating disease once it is there. Homeopaths are working to help strengthen your body and its Vital Force (like Chi, or Prana) so that it best can resist disease, or can move through disease quickly.

I look forward to helping you attain the health you deserve.

Philip Quinn | Medical and Life Insurance Broker

Philip Quinn is a Health and Life Insurance Broker
with Freeman Insurance Services, Inc.
Contact Philip at
1035 San Pablo Avenue, Albany CA 94706
Phone: 510-528-2700

Freeman Insurance Services mission is to provide quality insurance, prompt and efficient service and a commitment to the community. We offer our clients access to all of the top insurance companies in the industry while being focused only on our clients needs. Service is the first priority no matter how complex the problem. We volunteer numerous hours and assist many organizations as a foundation to the offices' community commitment. Quality insurance in an ethical company.

Fred Fassett | Printer

Minuteman Press: Your One Stop Source for Printing and Mailing
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If there is anything we can do to further improve your experience, please let us know. We are always looking for ways to better serve our customers.

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Berkeley, CA 94710
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Raffle Tickets/Books
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A Sampling of our SERVICES

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Angel Lax | Home & Auto Insurance

Angel Lax
Insurance Agent AAA NCNU
Direct 510-336-7128
Claims: 800-922-8228

Angel Mendoza | Handyman

Angel Mendoza specializes in handy work.  He particularly likes painting and yard work.

Reach him at: (510) 478-5729

Our Contact Spheres - Look here for openings in our chapter

Health and Wellness
Teresa Lau, Chiropractor
Marie Bowser, Acupuncturist
Joanne Cosgrove, Massage Therapist
June Kamerling, Pilates Instructor
Kristin Rios, Personal Trainer
Kim Baur, Health and Wellness Coach
Srinika Narayan, Nutritional Consultant
Philip Quinn, Health and Life Insurance
Chase Michna, Hair Stylist
Denitsa Shopova, Esthetician
Viviana Lahrs Gesyuk, Life Coach
Max Ventura, Homeopathist

We are seeking a qualified: 

Special Events
Fred Fassett, Printer
Paige Patrick, Soprano and Music Teacher
Chase Michna, Hair Stylist
Denitsa Shopova, Esthetician
Shoey Sindel, Photographer
Alexis Keenan, Videographer

We are seeking a qualified: 

Automobile Related
Angel Lax, Auto Insurance
Teresa Lau, Chiropractor

We are seeking a qualified: 

Business Services
Miranda Vega, Business Banker
John Van Dinther, Graphic Design
Fred Fassett, Printer
Deborah Fisher, CPA Taxes
Francis Griffin, Commercial Realtor
Billy Zeier, Solar Contractor
Katherine Korlacki, Professional Organizer
Philip Quinn, Health and Life Insurance
Bruce Roberts, Business Insurance
Ben Rosenthal, Technology Coach
Jason Wizelman, Mortgage Broker
Miranda Vega, Business Banker
Shoey Sindel, Photographer
Jill Nagle, Business Coach

We are seeking a qualified: 

Financial Services
Deborah Fisher, Tax Accountant
Lan Shaw, Financial Advisor
Jason Wizelman, Mortgage Broker
Serah Blackstone-Fredericks, Bookkeeper
Miranda Vega, Business Banker

We are seeking a qualified: 

Marketing Communications/Design/Web
Fred Fassett, Printer
John Van Dinther, Graphic Design
Chase Michna, Hair Stylist
Shoey Sindel, Photographer

We are seeking a qualified: 

Home Services:
Declan Spring, Residential Realtor
Angel Lax, Home Insurance
Francis Griffin, Commercial Real Estate
Katherine Korlacki, Professional Organizer
Billy Zeier, Solar Contractor
Ben Rosenthal, Technology Coach
Kim Baur, Health and Wellness Coach
Angel Mendoza, Handyman

We are seeking a qualified: 

Help for Finding Substitutes & The Benefits

Finding Substitutes

Each member is allowed 3 absences with a substitute and 3 absences without a substitute in the 6-month term. Keep in mind that people do business with people they know and trust.

There's nothing like showing up consistently to build credibility with your chapter members!

The best kind of substitute:

It is always better to invite someone outside the extended BNI network. Clients, friends, or colleagues who can sing your praises or someone in a profession you think might be a good fit for chapter membership, are all good choices.

Start prepping a few of these people now, so when you need them, they can sub for you. Plan in advance if you're going out of town.

The subs you invite are visitors and as such hear the informercials of your fellow chapter members. They are potential customers, so from a "giver's gain" perspective, this really helps your chapter members. (If you receive business from someone who subbed for a member, credit that member with the "thank you" slip.)

Subs get introduced by the President and get their business cards passed as well. Let your subs know it's a great opportunity for them to get publicity for their businesses when you invite them. Remind them to come on time (7 AM) to network and to bring business cards.

The second best kind of substitute:

If you can't find a "best kind of sub," the second best are members of other BNI chapters whose profession is not represented in our chapter.

You can find a list of local chapters and members on the local BNI website:, then click on "chapters," then start calling or emailing.

Professional courtesy:

Although not required, if you can't make a meeting, let the President or Vice President know. If you wake-up sick the morning of, you can send us an email.