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Phone: (309) ***-****  
Email: j***@***.com
Local Address:  Peoria , Illinois , United States
Company Description: BNI (Business Network International) is a business and professional referral organization whose primary purpose is to exchange qualified business referrals and...   more

Employment History

  • School Board
    PVSD #62
  • Owner and Operator
    Stellar Insurance Services
  • Owner
    Stellar IFS
  • Owner and Operator
    Stellar IFS
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BNI IL Central - Business Networking and Business Referrals - Business Network International, 19 Feb 2011 [cached]
Jeff Ensinger Executive Director for BNI of Central IL 309 453 2463
BNI IL Central - Business Networking and Business Referrals - Business Network International, 19 Feb 2011 [cached]
Jeff Ensinger
Business group offers networking opportunities - Washington, IL - Washington Times-Reporter, 13 Nov 2008 [cached]
"I was in a BNI group in the Quad Cities and was referred to Jeff Ensinger, who is the executive director for this area, to find a new group to join," Shannan said.
Jeff Ensinger, executive director of BNI, said he manages the various chapters from Interstate 80 to Effingham. There are four chapters in Peoria, six in Bloomington, six in Springfield, four in Champaign and one in Decatur.
But, Ensinger said BNI is not a Peoria or East Peoria chapter because members are from all over the place.
Meetings, he said are very structured.
"It's no willy-nilly. There are no wallflowers," Ensinger said, adding that each chapter has a president, vice-president and treasurer.
Potential BNI members are screened from an application they fill out.
At the meetings, which are in the morning or afternoon, depending on what chapter someone is in; time is spent on education and business referrals.
"Every week someone gets to talk about one specific product they offer for 10 minutes," Ensinger said.
Ensinger said BNI members do a lot of "one on one" visits to each other's businesses.
"If I help you, you're going to help me back," he said.
A success story Ensinger has his own BNI success story.
Eight years ago, Ensinger was selling insurance. His method of selling was mostly to call people at home to try to sell his product.
That all changed after he joined BNI. In BNI, Ensinger began meeting people and getting referrals. Ensinger got enough referrals that he changed the way he conducted his business. In fact, he went into business for himself.
"It kind of gave me the courage to go out on my own," Ensinger said about BNI.
"Now I don't make any of those calls. Instead of pounding on doors and trying to sell something, it's about getting referrals ... it takes some of the pressure off."
However, there is still pressure within the BNI group to come through with referrals. Ensinger said because people see each other weekly, they are not "out of sight, out of mind," and people can follow up on potential business prospects.
Although, in the past four years, every piece of business Ensinger, has written has been from a referral, he said it still takes work.
"It's still networking. The magic word there is work. It's a lot better than calling people at 7 o' clock at night interrupting their dinner."
Through BNI, Ensinger said he has met 2,000 people he otherwise would not have met.
If a member is approved for BNI, he or she goes through a four-hour training session. They also receive a new members kit, which has the business cards of chapter members inside.
"Most new members come from other members," Ensinger said.
"When I have those five, I can usually start a chapter," Ensinger said.
Occupations that are more rare to find, Ensinger said, are travel agents, cell phone wireless representatives, CPAs and family attorneys.
Ensinger said the BNI group that formed in March and was meeting in East Peoria until two weeks ago, outgrew its location at the Hampton Inn where they met for free.
"BNI is like a gold fish. It's only going to get as big as the room and the parking," Ensinger said.
For more information about BNI, call Ensinger at 453-2463, or visit
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