Jan 23, 2011

The Ultimate List: 40 Social Networking Sites Specifically for Small Business

Written by : Tom George| 0 | Content Strategy

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.

Enjoy this networking plethora of awesome sites, and realize that smallbizbee took serious care in putting this little beauty of a list together for you.  

1. LinkedIn

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.

3. PartnerUp

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.

4. Qapacity

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.

5. Ryze

Ryze.com is a free social networking website designed to link business professionals, particularly new entrepreneurs.

6. Talkbiznow

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.

9. FledgeWing

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

11.  Cofoundr

 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

13. Biznik

 End your isolation and invisibility with Biznik, the local, independent entrepreneurial community where collaboration beats competition.

14. StartupNation

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

17. Blogster

Blogsteris a resources for free weblogs. Offers tools, tips, and opportunities to share.

18. Konnects

Konnects is a social media platform that is embedded on the site of an online newspaper or publication to bring engagement to the organization’s site.

19. Upspring

Upspring is a business networking, local Internet marketing, local advertising, product promotion, and online marketing services

20. Fast Pitch

Fast Pitch is a Social Network for Business Networking Professionals to market their business, press, blogs, events and networks.

21. E.Factor

The E.Factor is a vibrant, global community for Entrepreneurs. E.Factorhelps you build your business, find financing, network with like minded entrepreneurs

22. BizToo

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.

26. Spoke

Spokeoffers on-demand business to business contact information for sales people, marketers, and recruiters enabling Sales Lead Generation, and Business List building.

27. Ning

Ning is an online service to create, customize, and share a social network.

28. Unstucture.org

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.

31. Blellow

Blellow is a community with a focus on productivity. It’s a place for freelancers and professionals to collaborate, find work, and solve problems

32. StartUp

StartUpis a fast growing small business, startup, social network.

33. Ecademy

Ecademy offers online networking for business, offline networking events and global networking groups.

34. Focus

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.

35. JASEzone 

JASEzone is a professional community where you can find potential clients and business partners.

36. Ziggs

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.

38. Jigsaw

Jigsaw offers an online business card networking directory. Easily establish contacts with each other.

39. YouNoodle

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.

The Ultimate List: 40 Social Networking Sites Specifically for Small Business, Entrepreneurs, and Start ups was graciously compiled by

http://www.smallbizbee.com so please check them out.

BONUS –  Number 41 I invite you to network with me…here is a $239.00 Dollar item. 

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  • James Askew


    A brand new business social network centered around management innovation. Founded on the back of successful networks in digital business, supply chain procurement and corporate governance, this new business network will feature many leading professionals from major companies to further their discussions on today’s critical business issues

    • Hi James,

      I like the site and the initial user experience.
      I would like to get some more coverage on this site in the near
      future. Let’s get a dialogue going on Internet Billboards
      social media site at http://netbillboards.net I usually do this
      first before connecting on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or other
      networking sites. It’s my preferred method to the madness. Just create
      a page and I will respond.

  • hope to see our 11 week old site on this list next year. GoGrabLunch.com

    • Hi Jonathan,
      I went and took a look at your site. I think you might have a good chance of making the list 😉

  • Roman

    Great list here I am really enjoying the bonus 41 Viral Networks is a great site and business resource.

    • Thanks Roman, I am a big believer that networking is
      really a major key to success, along with the other 4 pillars
      of success I talk about, content, inbound advertising, mobile media, and social media. Anyway
      I hope to see you on Viral Networks.

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Founder and CEO of Internet Billboards. A futurist and serial entrepreneur, as well as a professional fitness trainer, martial artist, and business strategist. Helped to develop inbound advertising. An avid content curator who enjoys finding those digital gems out there in cyberspace and sharing them with others.

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