At NIA, we require every member to take a background check before being allowed to join the group. Most organizations have little or no criteria other than the member paying a fee and having a pulse. In today's business climate, it is more important than ever that your referral partners be trustworthy. After all, the equity you have in your relationships matters the most. In addition to agreeing to the background check, members receive a business assessment that helps them determine their strengths and weaknesses. This business assessment is utilized by the community builder in the group to immediately help the new member recognize and bring together other members of the group who may be able to help them right away. We feel like these criteria help ensure all members' safety and the prospects we are connecting with.