We all know of the huge social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook. They’re great for large scale connections and discussion.
But, as entrepreneurs and small business owners sometimes it’s nice to connect with other like minded individuals in a smaller, more focused setting.
If that sounds like what you are looking for in a social network, the below list is for you.
We’ve scoured the Internet looking for social networking sites specifically for small businesses, entrepreneurs and startups, and found 40 we feel are worth a look.
LinkedIn, The grandaddy of business social networks. LinkedIn strengthens and extends your existing network of trusted contacts
2. Meet The Boss
Meet the Boss is a business networking tool for business executives around the world, across all vertical industries. Content is all in English.
PartnerUp is an online networking community that entrepreneurs and small business owners use to find the expertise and resources they need to start and grow a business. Members can connect with potential partners, advisers, and business resources.
Qapacity is a business-oriented social networking site and a business directory founded in March 2008 and launched in February 2009. User are given a set of tools to promote their business online, to keep their clients and business partners up-to-date with their work and to reach new clients.
Ryze.com is a free social networking website designed to link business professionals, particularly new entrepreneurs.
Talkbiznowis a comprehensive interactive business networking site for business professionals.
XING is a social software platform for enabling a small-world network for professionals.
8. Yelp, Inc.
Yelp is a local business review and talk networking site, including user reviews and recommendations.
FledgeWing is an online community aimed at entrepreneurial university students launched in February 2009.
10. The Funded
TheFunded allows entrepreneurs to research, rate, and review venture capital sources worldwide
Cofoundr is a private social network for entrepreneurs, programmers, designers, investors, and other individuals deeply involved with starting new ventures.
12. Perfect Business
PerfectBusiness helps entrepreneurs launch and grow their businesses. Our resources include easy-to-use tools and resources, plus a network of entrepreneurs
End your isolation and invisibility with Biznik, the local, independent entrepreneurial community where collaboration beats competition.
StartupNation provides real-world business advice to people who want to start a business and who want to grow their small businesses.
15. Entrepreneur Connect
Entrepreneur Connect is the social network where small-business owners can create a profile, explore the community, share ideas and make connections. This site is not intended for mass self-promotion, but rather should be a positive destination where entrepreneurs can exchange real advice and make lasting connections.
16. Young Entrepreneur
Young Entrepreneur Forums – your online discussion forum to share and talk about Entrepreneurship
Blogsteris a resources for free weblogs. Offers tools, tips, and opportunities to share.
20. Fast Pitch
Fast Pitch is a Social Network for Business Networking Professionals to market their business, press, blogs, events and networks.
The E.Factor is a vibrant, global community for Entrepreneurs. E.Factorhelps you build your business, find financing, network with like minded entrepreneurs
BizToois a Global Co-Operation and Social Network of entrepreneurs worldwide. BizToo helps entrepreneurs make the contacts
23. Go Big Network
Go BIG Network helps connect companies with investors.
24. Black Businesswomen Online
A Social Network for Black Business Women and Women Entrepreneurs
25. Networking for Professionals
Networking for Professionals offers online networking and business events. Get Connected today, both online and in the real world.
Spokeoffers on-demand business to business contact information for sales people, marketers, and recruiters enabling Sales Lead Generation, and Business List building.
Ning is an online service to create, customize, and share a social network.
Unstructureis an open discussion platform for business professionals, bloggers and contemporary thought leaders to discuss and debate action ideas that would aid the evolution of business. Unstructure consists of an online discussion forum (where you are currently), an annual physical event and a book of insight and action ideas for businesses of the future.
29. Home Based Business Network
The Home Based Business Network is an online community and resources for starting a home based business, featuring home business profiles, blogs, forums, videos, ideas, and more!
30. Freelance Face
The Freelance Face is the freelance social network. By freelancers, for freelancers.
Blellow is a community with a focus on productivity. It’s a place for freelancers and professionals to collaborate, find work, and solve problems
Ecademy offers online networking for business, offline networking events and global networking groups.
Focus is a business destination where business professionals can help each other with their purchase and other business decisions. Share expertise in functional areas of business. Numerous categories – small business, HR, Finance, Sales, Marketing, Etc.
JASEzone is a professional community where you can find potential clients and business partners.
Ziggs is a professional connection portal. They have in one index over 1 million profiles.
37. Black Business Space
Black Business Spaceis a commUNITY of business owners, and entrepreneurs.
Jigsaw offers an online business card networking directory. Easily establish contacts with each other.
YouNoodle is a place to discover and support the hottest early-stage companies and university innovation.
40. Raise Capital
RaiseCapital is the premiere online destination for entrepreneurs to showcase their business ideas and capital needs directly to investors.
Once all that hard work networking pays off, you’ll want to join:
Affluence.org is a private social network where wealthy individuals connect, share information and engage in meaningful conversations. Affluence.org also provides exclusive, high quality content and advice from experts on subjects such as art, technology and travel.
Membership in Affluence.org is free but requires a verifiable minimum household net worth of $3 million
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