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

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

Gateway Community and Technical College


Patrick Lamping, Public Relations Coordinator

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


Florence, Ky. (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





Gateway Community and Technical College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award the associate degree. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Gateway Community and Technical College.


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GCTC is Northern Kentucky’s only public, two-year comprehensive community and technical college, and its SACS accreditation has been reaffirmed through July 2023.  SACS is a U.S. Department of Education-recognized agency that evaluates academic programs at two-year and four-year institutions to ensure the quality and acceptability of each institution. SACS accreditation means that Gateway students can transfer their course credits to four-year colleges and universities throughout the nation.

Gateway enrolls nearly 5,000 students and offers associate degrees, diplomas and certificates in 30 subject areas. Classes are provided at GCTC locations in Boone County, Covington, and Edgewood. Through partnerships with more than 400 local businesses, GCTC provides customized, short-term training to more than 3,000 other people. Find out how to “start here and go anywhere” at GCTC is one of 16 colleges that comprise the Kentucky Community and Technical College System.

For most Kentuckians, higher education begins at the Kentucky Community and Technical College System.  Our statewide system of 16 colleges, 68 campuses and more than 100,000 students  is a critical component to transforming the state’s economy by providing citizens with the education and training needed for high growth, high wage careers.  For more information, visit KCTCS and Gateway are equal opportunity employment and education institutions.