The latest place to network or interact with others for business is online. Here’s an alphabetical list of business-related forums, online communities and social networking websites:
Biznik “The business networking community where collaboration beats competition.” The tagline is “business networking that doesn’t suck.” Their approach is aimed more at entrepreneurs and business owners than employees looking for a job. Has different communities for major cities in the U.S. http://www.biznik.com/
Cofoundr is a private community for entrepreneurs. It “helps members find co-founders, as well as to build teams and network with other entrepreneurs.” http://www.cofoundr.com/
Ecademy “a social network for business people founded in 1998 now with over 150,000 member profiles worldwide. It is unique as business people connect both online on the web site and offline at events and 1-2-1 meetings.” http://www.ecademy.com/
Ideablob.com “where entrepreneurs and small business owners can share and grow their business ideas – and have a chance to win $10,000 towards fulfilling them.” http://www.ideablob.com/
Linkedin.com is “a place to find and leverage professional opportunities, now and throughout your career. There are already 13 million professionals in the LinkedIn Network and that number is growing fast. LinkedIn is an irreplaceable resource for building your professional relationships and achieving your goals. Locating connections is as easy as a simple lookup for employees listed under any businesses you worked for.” http://www.linkedin.com/ Related posts: Linkedin Epiphany: Getting Fast Answers to a Biz Question. and Enhance Your LinkedIn Profile
Naymz Its tagline is “empowering reputable professionals.” They say: “There is little that is as important as your good name. The importance of your name and online reputation is steadily increasing as more and more people flock to the Web. Naymz is an innovative Reputation Network that lets you establish and promote your good name online.” http://www.naymz.com/
Online Community Small Business Community Forum “This interactive and open portal is intended to serve as a resource to support and assist small businesses.” http://www.smallbusinessforums.org/
OPEN Forum by American Express “Swap ideas, find expertise, and access resources, to help grow your business.” http://community.openforum.com/category.jspa?categoryID=3
PartnerUp is “dedicated to helping entrepreneurs find joint venture partners, co-founders, executives, and board members.” You can either post your opportunity or search the listings placed by other entrepreneurs. There are networking capabilities through forums and an Ask a Question feature. http://www.partnerup.com/
Ryze “helps people make connections and grow their networks. You can network to grow your business, build your career and life, find a job and make sales. Or just keep in touch with friends. Members get a free networking-oriented home page and can send messages to other members. They can also join special Networks related to their industry, interests or location. More than 1,000 organizations host Networks on Ryze to help their members interact with each other and grow their organizations.” http://www.ryze.com/
Small Business Forum Opportunity World Magazine’s small business forum. http://www.small-business-forum.com/
Small Business Ideas Forum “A friendly place to share small business ideas & knowledge, ask questions & find help and encourage others that are involved in the small business industry.” Topics include small business marketing, generating revenue and small business computing. http://www.smallbusinessbrief.com/forum.
Small Business Online Community “allows small business to exchange ideas and information, and benefit from the experience of others.” See a description in my Small Networking Site for Small Biz. http://www.smallbusinessonlinecommunity.bankofamerica.com/
Startup Nation Community “an online community of entrepreneurs to research, rate, and review funding sources worldwide.” A community site for entrepreneurs that includes networking aspects. http://www.startupnation.com.
TheFunded “an online community of entrepreneurs to research, rate, and review funding sources worldwide.” http://www.thefunded.com/
Upspring “aims to provide businesses with an opportunity to increase exposure and attract more customers.” http://www.upspring.com/
Wall Street Journal Community “a marketplace of ideas for Wall Street Journal readers. Exchange opinions, ideas and tips on subjects ranging from the economy to the business of life.” http://online.wsj.com/community
Xing “powers relationships for the world’s business professionals.” http://www.xing.com
Eight Secrets for Effective Online Networking TechSoup, written for nonprofits, but substantive.
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