Here is our list of the Best LinkedIn Groups for Small Businesses as of 2015
Congratulations to our Best LinkedIn Groups for Small Businesses! Here are the LinkedIn groups we rely on for advice, insight, and thoughtful conversation on running small businesses. These are also great places to connect with people from all around the world, and the people organizing, running, and participating in these groups have used them to spark business relationships from across the globe.
Group Organizer: Tresté Loving
Business Site: Simple Innovations Business Coaching
About the Group: Tresté Loving launched the Linked Small Business Innovators group in 2008 to create a place for small businesspeople who think differently. Small Business Innovators come up with new ideas, try new things, get out in the world and instigate before coming back and sharing what they learned in the Innovators group. Tresté emphasizes quality more than quantity when it comes to LinkedIn connections: if you can make one strong connection on LinkedIn, that’s more important than all of the LinkedIn connections you don’t really know and won’t ever do business with.
Group Organizer: Laurie Lane-Zucker
Business Site: Impact Alchemist
About the Group: Laurie Lane-Zucker envisions impact entrepreneurship as the next step in the ‘social entrepreneur’ movement, and his Impact Entrepreneurs group is the perfect place for entrepreneurs who want to make a big difference in the world. The group connects and enables entrepreneurs that have more than one bottom line, with a focus not just on financial success but on environmental sustainability and social responsibility. LinkedIn has proven the perfect platform for his cause, as people from around the world can get together. The group is not just a place for entrepreneurs to communicate, but place where entrepreneurs and investors can connect to help each other make the change they want to see in the world.
Group Organizer: Jason Kumpf
Business Site: US Forex
About the Group: Jason Kumpf operates a number of groups on LinkedIn, most of them focused on Real Estate. He considers running each one to be a public service first and foremost, and encourages other businesses and entrepreneurs to approach LinkedIn like so. By creating a space where like-minded individuals can interact — and by interacting and fostering discussion on his own — Jason has successfully grown communities. His other groups include Business Capital and Middle Market Private Equity & Investment Banking Deal Flow.
Group Organizer: Liam Austin
Business Site: Small Today
About the Group: When Liam Austin started the Small Business Network group, he was living in Barcelona and wanted to communicate with other startups around the world that were trying to grow. And the Small Business Network is a great place to be: it’s adding 700 new members every week, which is 700 new leads. At the request of the group’s members, Liam recently launched the site Small Today where community members can have persistent conversations and develop a lasting toolset for small business success.
Group Organizer: Virginia Portillo
About the Group: The Office Manager Group is one of the best places to go on LinkedIn for advice on running a successful office. Group Organizer Virginia Portillo strives to keep the group a marketing-free environment where office managers can talk and share their experiences, and it’s a great source for small business owners looking to create the best, most productive office environment possible.
Group Organizer: Robin Vancura, Staples
Business Site: Staples
About the Group: Three years ago, Staples was looking to support small businesses by developing a community for discussion, interaction, and conversation. They determined that LinkedIn was the perfect fit for this project: where else than where small businesses are already interacting around the clock? Since then, their group has grown to more than 100,000 small business owners, managers, and entrepreneurs. Staples’ community team carefully moderates the group at all hours of the day to keep the conversation stimulating and relevant to small businesses.
Group Organizer: Rayhan Abdulmughnee
About the Group: When Rayhan Abdulmughnee launched a small business website in 2011, he set up pages across the web to attract new members, on LinkedIn, Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter. Of these, his LinkedIn group and YouTube channel have been by far the most successful. The Small Business Accelerator group grew from 0 to 10,000 members in just six month, and it’s been a vibrant community for small businesses ever since. He attributes that success not just to his hard work promoting the group, but also to the natural fit on LinkedIn, which is already targeted towards professionals and businesspeople. He encourages small business owners to spend time and engage on LinkedIn. Straight promotion rarely works on the social web, and you’ll find far more success if you add value and engage people rather than treating LinkedIn as just another advertising platform.
Group Organizer: Josh Turner
Business Site: LinkedSelling
About the Group: Josh Turner was already heavily involved in LinkedIn when he launched the Small Biz Forum in 2010. He’s been using LinkedIn to generate B2B leads for nearly ten years, and has helped countless businesses through his company LinkedSelling. With Small Biz Forum, he wanted to create a space on LinkedIn here small business owners could exchange valuable resources, answer questions, and support each other. As an added benefit, the group made Josh’s status as a thought leader in LinkedIn clear to those that visited the group, and plenty of interested business owners have found their way to Josh’s business by first passing through the Small Biz Forum group on LinkedIn.
Group Organizer: Steven Burda
Business Site: Steven Burda Consulting
About the Group: With 70,000+ direct connections, Steven Burda is the most connected person on all of LinkedIn. He founded Bright Ideas & Entrepreneurs and several other LinkedIn groups immediately after LinkedIn implemented groups in 2007. He specializes in connecting people via LinkedIn and the Bright Ideas & Entrepreneurs group is an extension of that: a place where like-minded people can connect to share ideas, goals, and interests.
Group Organizer: Michael Ruiz
Business Site: Ripple Marketing
About the Group: LinkedIn can be a great way to reach out to people all around the world — or even real close to home. Michael Ruiz has used LinkedIn for both. Like many entrepreneurs making the most of LinkedIn, he’s found it especially invaluable for reaching overseas clients and connections. His recent group, however, focuses on the local: he set up the Green Square Networking Group to connect small businesses and startups in the Green Square neighborhood of Sydney. He encourages anyone who wants to learn more about LinkedIn to reach out to him directly for advice.
Group Organizer: Alejandro Cremares
About the Group: Onevest is a great place to look for and talk about ways startups and small businesses can connect with investors and obtain financing. The group was started just last year, but already it’s grown to tens of thousands of active members talking about business financing every day. At their own site, Onevest does even more to help connect startups and investors.
Group Organizer: Vijay Sridhara
About the Group: The Small Business Owners group on LinkedIn is one of the most active small business groups on the site, with new posts rolling in throughout the day. Small business owners are constantly sharing articles, advice, and insight, making this a great place to go for tips on running a business.
Group Organizer: Aldin Beslagic
About the Group: The Accounting and Financial Professionals is the biggest and best place for accounting, banking, and other financial professionals to network and share information online. It’s a place where these professionals can share knowledge, propose and explore new job opportunities, and offer resources for each other. With 150,000 members, there’s no shortage of people to confer with, and the AAFP group is a place of constant discussion.
Group Organizer: Ravi Kikan
About the Group: The Startup Specialists Group is huge but well-moderated group for startups, mentors, founders and investors to get together, share information and network. Launching a startup is tough, no matter how big your idea is, which is why having a community of like-minded people engaged in similar endeavors can be so handy. With insightful daily posts on topics such as funding, online business, innovation, and crowdfunding, the Startup Specialists Group is one of the best LinkedIn Groups for startup entrepreneurs looking for fresh knowledge and new connections.
Group Organizer: John Horsley
About the Group: Digital Marketing is one of the fastest-growing new fields in recent years, so it’s no wonder nearly 800,000 LinkedIn users have flocked to the Digital Marketing group. From mobile marketing to SEO to social media to PPC ads to web analytics, there’s a lot to learn – and a lot that changes month-to-month or even day-to-day. This group is one of the preeminent digital marketing communities on the web, and a can’t-miss-group for anyone who wants to learn more about how to market their business online.
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