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Gateway Partners with Business Network International to Create the First College Chapter in the USA

Published on Feb 13, 2018

Gateway Community & Technical College’s Business Administration Program has partnered with Business Network International (BNI) to create the first college chapter in the country.

The new chapter, BNI Prep, is teaching students BNI’s mission of helping members increase their business through a structured, positive, and professional referral marketing program that enables them to develop long-term, meaningful relationships with quality business professionals without charging them a membership fee.

“Students in Gateway’s BNI student chapter are learning by practicing the very thing that is going to get them jobs and get them business when they graduate,” said Brennan Scanlon, Executive Director for BNI SW Ohio Northern KY.

Gateway students are focusing on two of BNI core values, Givers Gain and Building Meaningful Relationships. Givers Gain is the idea of what goes around comes around. Students are learning that it is good to give business to their fellow networkers knowing that others will be willing to repay the favor in the future. Students are also building meaningful relationships with their classmates that will last past graduation and carry into the business world.

“In just a few weeks, I am seeing students utilizing new techniques to help each other reach personal and career goals,” said Michael Riley, Gateway Business Administration Instructor. “Students are building stronger bonds with each other which will help to strengthen the local business community in the near future.”

BNI has over 8,000 chapters and over 240,000 members around the world.

For more information about Gateway’s Business Administration Program, contact Carol Bethel at or Michael Riley at For more information about BNI visit