An entrepreneurship group provides a forum in which a business owner can interact with other entrepreneurs to share experiences, support, and advice. Some groups meet exclusively online while others host speakers and organize in-person networking events.
Top Entrepreneurship Group Choices:
|Entrepreneurs' Organization||$1,000,000.00 per year in annual revenue||Available upon acceptance|
|Vistage||$500,000.00 per year in annual revenue||Available upon acceptance|
|10x Factory||$1,000,000.00 per year in annual revenue||Available upon acceptance|
|YEC (Young Entrepreneurs' Council)||45 years old or younger and $1,000,000.00 in annual revenue or capital||Available upon acceptance|
|NFIB (The National Foundation of Independent Business)||Small business owner/entrepreneur||$195.00 per year|
|Chamber of Commerce||Local business owner||Free|
|Startup Grind||Business Owner/Entrepreneur||Starts at $2,399.00|
|Dynamite Circle||Approved applicants||$499.00 per year|
|The Indus Entrepreneurs (TIE)||Business Owner/Entrepreneur||Starts at $10,000.00 per year|
Entrepreneurship Group FAQs:
How do I join an entrepreneurship club?
Whether you're able to join an entrepreneurship club depends on the type of club you're trying to join and whether your business qualifies. As detailed above, some groups are free while others are far more exclusive.
If you're new to entrepreneurship and haven't established an annual income or your company makes less than required by some of the more exclusive groups, you'll want to start networking with some of the more easily-accessed organizations.
What should I look for in an entrepreneurship forum?
When you join a forum you'll want to make sure its members are open to the types of questions you need to ask. Generally, an entrepreneurship forum caters to the level of entrepreneurs who've been accepted, and as such the substance of discussion is geared toward the issues they face.
That's why the groups are often carefully curated - the issues faced by a bootstrapped startup and a well-established multi-million dollar enterprise are vastly different.
What to Look for in an Entrepreneur Association:
- Open dialogue between peers.
- Respectful conduct by all members.
- Advice applicable to your level of entrepreneurship.
- Easy accessibility once membership is approved.
- Admittance to networking events.
- Tools to use for business growth.
How do I find a local entrepreneur association?
If you're looking for face-to-face interaction there are a large number of ways you can find and join a local entrepreneurship group. Here are some of the most common:
- Check the classified ads in local business publications.
- Join your local Chamber of Commerce and use their resources.
- Search online (typically "[your area] entrepreneurs" or a similar search will work).
- Reach out to other business owners and ask what groups they frequent.
- Inquire at local tech incubators.
- Visit your area coworking space and check the bulletin board.
How do I start an entrepreneur organization?
What do you do if none of the available entrepreneur groups suit your needs? Start your own! Chances are you know at least a few of the business owners in your area - reach out and let them know what you're doing.
Once you've discovered who's interested you can begin to meet regularly, and once you've established your entrepreneurship group you'll know what you're looking for when it comes to new members. You and the other founders can begin to take on applicants, and your association can grow from there.
Benefits of Joining an Online Entrepreneur Networking Group:
- Around the clock access to business advice.
- Ability to network with entrepreneurs worldwide.
- Accessibility to group from anywhere with an Internet connection.
- Typically larger groups result in a wider array of opinions.
- Potential invitation to exclusive in-person events.
Should I join more than one entrepreneurship group?
You certainly can, but remember that joining an entrepreneurship club typically requires both an investment in money and time. While not all groups enforce participation, you'll likely benefit the most by being an active member, and your time is a precious asset.
That said, you could easily profit from discussions in a general entrepreneurship group as well as one specifically created for your industry. You'll know pretty quickly if you've spread yourself too thin, so don't be afraid to diplomatically walk away from a group that's not doing you much good.
Why join an entrepreneurship club?
The benefits of joining an entrepreneur organization are many, but "why join" is an important question you'll have to honestly put to yourself:
- Do you need advice you're not getting from your peers? Do you want access to a wider group of entrepreneurs?
- Do you want to exponentially expand your networking group and get access to potential partners and even clients nation- or worldwide?
Research a number of groups, and ask questions. You should be able to figure out why to join an entrepreneurship group pretty quickly.