Growth for any business can be nearly impossible without having access to mentors, peer-to-peer discussion, knowledge of industry-specific standards, as well as education and training. Fortunately, business leaders have access to many organizations, online and off, to connect them to the resources they need. These organizations or business associations provide appropriate resources and connections to both established and newly created enterprises. The following are five North American and global associations that will help you get your corporation off to a flying start.
CEO Jeff Sloan, who also hosts their radio show, created StartupNation in 2002. Through articles and video guides, this group assists entrepreneurs with the information, inspiration, and connections they need. Additionally, they provide access to information on various business topics like web development, consulting, and their online community. Visit to learn more about their show and guides.
ANA Business Marketing is a global foundation that connects business to business (B2B) marketers through their events, webinars, and workshops. They have thirteen chapters throughout the United States, including California, New York, and Chicago. By joining one of these chapters, members can access critical thinking, insights into communication, and managerial skills provided by face-to-face interactions with top B2B marketers. Their membership fee is $300, and it entitles you with access to ANA’s content library, local events, webinars, and discounts to the upcoming 2021 Masters of B2B Marketing Conference and much more.
For nearly 35 years, this group, created in 1987, has provided entrepreneurs worldwide with various contacts and opportunities. According to their website, membership is limited to the owners, founders, or majority stakeholders of businesses earning a minimum of $1 million in revenue during the most recent fiscal year. Their intent is to help you expand your company abroad with their network of over 14,000 members across 61 countries. ANA also helps student entrepreneurs by hosting the GSEA (Global Student Entrepreneur Awards), a competition for college students who own and operate a business while attending school. The winners receive mentorship, recognition, and connections to help them develop their business.
The National Association of Women Business Owners represents over ten million women-owned businesses in the United States. According to their website, women-owned businesses are the fastest-growing segment of the U.S. economy. Started in 1975, NAWBO aims to provide women business owners with information on and access to economic, social, and political circles. The NAWBO Institute for Entrepreneurial Development provides the education and resources to aid women business owners in increasing their wealth-creating capacity and promote economic development.
The International Business Innovation Association is a non-profit global network of incubators and entrepreneurs. They provide education, collaboration, mentorship, peer-based learning, and a place to share innovative ideas. Their website has free material available, including monthly webinars. InBIA offers many educational opportunities, including Entrepreneurship Center Management Certificate (ECM) and NewCo Academy courses. The foundation and its members believe that collaboration is key to success.
These are only five of the hundreds of organizations ready to help you and your growing business. The ones listed are an excellent place to start finding the connections and information you need to take your business to the next level.