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Online Forums, Websites and Communities to Connect with Other Small Business Owners

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forumsJobs typically go hand in hand with supervisors, managers and even co-workers to turn to for answers, advice or support. As an owner of a small business, however, guidance is trickier to come by. It’s not impossible, though. Many other small business owners and mentors are available to help — you just have to go online to find them. If you’re a small business owner, join these five communities and forums to ask questions, learn new strategies and connect with other small business owners who have experience and insight to share.

Small Business Brief

This friendly forum welcomes questions and advice from all small business owners looking for guidance. Many topics that the forum currently discusses relate to marketing for your small business, including social media, search engine optimization, copy writing and viral marketing.


All social media platforms are useful for making connections, but as a professional networking site, LinkedIn offers the most resources for small businesses. On LinkedIn, you can find various groups in your industry and city, as well as message boards where you can discuss topics related to the group. This social media site also lets you know of relevant networking opportunities where you can make in-person connections.


StartupNation understands that building a business is hard work. To help you grow your business, the creators of this community offer management advice, post inspiring stories of entrepreneurial success and let you connect with others who have questions and experience to share.


Think of Alignable like a dating site. Instead of matching you with potential romantic partners, however, the site pairs you with business owners who are in similar industries and able to provide valuable insight. This helpful service is free, and since it launched in 2014 it has engaged tens of thousands of business owners across the country.

Small Business Forum

From accounting and taxes to human resources, this small business forum covers a wide range of topics you’ll consider helpful. It also hosts discussions on marketing, covering both the web and older, more traditional techniques.

You might be the sole owner of your small business, but that doesn’t mean you have to work alone. These communities will help you connect with those in the same boat so you can learn essential tips and work on improving your chances of success.

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