Clubs & Associations
Business Women's Association (ABWA): Chicagoland Express Network
The Chicagoland Express Network is a streamlined membership
option offered by the American Business Women's Association
(ABWA) to meet the needs of today's busy professionals. The
mission of ABWA is to bring together women (and men) of diverse
backgrounds and to provide opportunities for them to help
themselves and others grow personally and professionally through
leadership, education, networking, support and national recognition.
Express Network meeting formats allow professional women to
focus on networking opportunities and education.
Chamber of Commerce
The Chicagoland Chamber serves as the 'unified business voice
of greater Chicago,' aggressively representing your business
interests at the city, county, regional and state levels.
Club of Chicago
The Executives' Club of Chicago reflects a "Who's Who" of
Chicago business representing 1700 senior executives, upcoming
middle management, and professionals. This year the Club celebrates
its 90th Anniversary as the oldest business forum in the Midwest.
Membership in The Executives' Club of Chicago is by invitation
only and sponsorship is by current members.
Enterprise Forum of Chicago
The Forum is a non-profit organization dedicated to the entrepreneur
community of the greater Chicagoland area. We are open to
the public and we reach out to local start-ups, high technology,
venture capitalists, angels, and the professionals who support
Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO)
The Chicago Area Chapter is the largest of NAWBO's more than
90 chapters in the U.S. The Chapter's more than 600 members
represent businesses in all major industrial, service, and
retail sectors. Formed in 1978, Chicago NAWBO provides women
business owners with leadership, education, procurement, and
networking opportunities. It also serves as a voice for its
members on economic, social and public policy issues.
Professional Women's Club of Chicago (PWCC)
The Mission of the Professional Women's Club of Chicago is
to promote excellence in professional, personal and business
The Technology Executives Club is the Midwest's premier association
for high technology and brick and mortar eBusiness executives.
Committed to supporting the growth of women-led businesses
in all sectors through the sharing of knowledge, resources
Business Networking Opportunities
Fast Company's network for the digital revolution. Local
Company of Friends groups can be found all around the globe
including Chicago and Paris.
The one hard and fast rule at this networking site is "no
selling for yourself, only for others." The goal of these
meetings is to help business owners with ideas, contacts,
leads and resources so they can continue to grow.
KnockNow was created in August of 2000. The premise behind
the organization was to create a collaborative network of
executive level decision makers for the purpose of facilitating
and growing successful technology companies.
Founded in 1978 by Ali Lassen, and currently under the leadership
of Lisa Bentson, President, we are the oldest and most respected
networking organization in the world. Leads Club is open to
business owners, professionals, sales people and managers
seeking to begin or expand a business through quality business
LeTip is a professional organization of men and women dedicated
to the highest standards of competence and service. Our primary
purpose is to give and receive qualified business tips or
Midwest Entrepreneurs' Forum promotes and strengthens the
process of starting and growing companies, which have a strong
technology orientation by providing services which educate
and inform entrepreneurs.
Through innovative marketing programs, consulting and coaching
Networlding offers an exclusive values-based networking system
for individuals and organizations to achieve better business
Springboard Enterprises is a national not-for-profit organization
dedicated to accelerating women's access to the equity markets.
Online Business Communities for Women
DigitalEve is a global, non-profit organization for women
in new media and digital technology. As a women-focused and
community-based organization, DigitalEve draws upon the collective
strength of its rapidly growing worldwide network of local
chapters to create a united voice that recognizes and emphasizes
the influence of women in the field of new media technology
- at all levels of involvement, ages, cultures, and abilities.
Digital Women ® provides an International online community
for women in business, businesswomen, and all women around
Virtual Women's Chamber of Commerce
The International Virtual Women's Chamber of Commerce mission
is to serve as the virtual bridge that inspires communication
and joint partnerships between micro-businesswomen around
the globe whose companies are in the start up or emergence
phase to the highest echelon of business.
Webgrrls International provides a forum for women in or interested
in new media and technology to network, exchange job and business
leads, form strategic alliances, mentor and teach, intern
and learn the skills to help women succeed in an increasingly
technical workplace and world.
(Women in Technology)
WorldWIT.org is a global, online community for women in technology.
It is a free, friendly resource for women in the form of information
and advice from other members of our community. The goal of
the organization is to support and enable women in technology
to reach their career and personal goals. Local Wordlwit chapters
can be found all around the globe including Chicago (ChicWIT)
and Paris (OuiWIT).
Online Business Networking
Online Business Publications
Small Business Channel serves up "A Fun Approach to Serious
Business" with hearty advice on how to start, finance and
run a small business. Cyberschmooz Forums give virtual peer
feedback on business ideas and questions. Free advice from
experts, plus stress-busting fun diversions.
ePrairie is the leading source of business and technology
news and information in Chicago and the greater Midwest.
The May Report is an active hub of Chicago news owned by
us, but powered by the community. Our emphasis is typically
on start-up or early stage software companies, but we also
cover more established firms: we cover key moments in the
growth of firms, or their decline as the case may be.
This site is designed, created, and published by a group
of young professionals. We put together our skills and knowledge
to publish this site to help out other young people or inexperienced
business people with good ideas and the desire to start their
own business. This web site distributes basic information
on legal, financial, and management issues that commonly affect
(or afflict!) people who are just starting up their businesses.