Australia Enterprise: list of business online communities


A “top list” of social networks and online communities for business and corporate. Not blogs – they must have community features of many-to-many discussions, leaders, UGC etc.  Here’s my Australian list:

I’ll add more tomorrow, if I get a chance when I come home from ad:tech (it’s gone midnight here). Or better still -YOU give me some business social networks in Australia. Preferably b2b but whatever.

GetSmartBlog put the list together – I thought I would add some stuff to it:

  • Alibaba – get international trade leads (Tagline: Global Trade Starts Here)
  • BizJournals – online community for women business executives and entrepreneurs to connect, support, learn and grow. (Actually called Bizwomen).
  • Biznikbusiness networking for professionals (tagline: Business networking that doesn’t suck)
  • BizSugar – a social news site for small businesses and mid-sized companies. Business owners, managers and entrepreneurs can now discover, share and vote for the best business tips, trends, news and strategies on the Web. (a Pligg (think DIGG) site i.e. citizen editor voting up news)
  • Cambrian House – crowdsourcing, business networking, get help with your business ideas (I’ve been a member of this one a while – innovative monetizing. Tagline: Crowds thought it, we’re helping to build it)
  • Club E Network – a place to watch inspiring & how-to TV programming, meet people online & in-person and find & make money (Tagline: The most passionate tribe of entrepreneurs on the planet- Club E is the built in network of peers wherever you gojoomla site).
  • Cofoundr – find a co-founder for your entrepreneurial venture (Tagline: a community for entrepreneurs)
  • Ecademy – enables business people to connect through online networking, at business networking events and 1-2-1 meetings – a community that advocates, connects and helps one another (Tagline: Connecting business people)
  • FastPitch Networking – business networking, PR help for business
  • GOBIGnetwork – community of startup companies (Tagline: Find Angel Investors – the world’s biggest community of startup companies)
  • Hoover’s Connect – manage professional network and connect to corporate network (Tagline: Find the people you want to meet through the people you know)
  • – where entrepreneurs and small business owners can share and grow their business ideas – and have a chance to win $10,000 towards fulfilling them. (Tagline: Where business ideas have the best chance to succeed. OR. inspired by Advanta. Submit ideas and vote)
  • Idea Cafe – business forums (Tagline: CyberSchmooze. Bright colourful site, small business dcboard?)
  • Intuit AccountantsIntuit’s resource for accounting and Quickbooks practitioners (for accountants)
  • JIGSAW – share business contacts, database of over 11 million business contacts (Tagline: Complete Collaborative Business Information)
  • JumpUp – from Intuit, focuses on startups, share your story to win a $25,000 business grant (same interface at Intuit. Uses CurvyCorners)
  • konnects – communities around specific industries (Tagline: We power online communities. Have Twitter ID.  Its a platform like Ning)
  • LinkedIn – online network with over 35 million members in over 200 countries and territories around the world
  • LookUPPage – an online tool that helps you create a personal web page, highly visible on search engines, and trackable so you can learn who is visiting your page. (Tagline: Brand Yourself Online)
  • Meetup – Look up business,entrepreneur, and social networks based on location (Tagline: Do something • Learn something Share something • Change something.  Like, Eventfull)
  • Naymz is an innovative Reputation Network that lets you establish and promote your good name online.” (Tagline: next level networking. I personally find this site spammy)
  • Online Community Small Business Community Forum -this interactive and open portal is intended to serve as a resource to support and assist small businesses. (PHPNuke)
  • OPEN Forum by American Express – swap ideas, find expertise, and access resources, to help grow your business. (Tagline: A wealth of resources for the savvy business owner)
  • OpenBusiness – platform to share and develop innovate Open Business ideas – entrepreneurial ideas which are built around openness, free services and free access (Tagline: Let’s share business models)
  • Oriented – global network of international professionals interested in Asian businesses and cultures (Tagline: is a global network of international professionals interested in Asian business and partnerships, with more than 30,000 members worldwide.)
  • PartnerUp is dedicated to helping entrepreneurs find joint venture partners, co-founders, executives, and board members. You can either post your opportunity or search the listings placed by other entrepreneurs. ( sponsored by Microsoft BizSpark)
  • Pink Magazine Community – Women focused business community (A site. needs a tagline – thought it was for Gay $$$. Very pink and blue like mother/baby communities)
  • QuickBooks Community – from Intuit
  • Quicken Community – from Intuit
  • Ryze – Members get a free networking-oriented home page and they can also join special Networks related to their industry, interests or location. (Webby Award Nominee but looks dated now)
  • SBDC Community – community for Association of Small Business Development Centers members (looks like Joomla. And Intuit again).
  • – is a wiki with guides, resources, how-tos, and a small community (mediawiki I think)
  • Small Business Ideas Forum – community of over 33,000 small business folks with over 71,000 posts. (vbulletin board)
  • Spoke – allows you to find and connect with 40 million businesspeople at 2.3 million companies. Spoke reaches beyond traditional professional networks by allowing you to connect with anyone in the Network, regardless of whether they are a member. (Tagline: Where BusinessPeople Connect – another directory service)
  • StartupNation – A community site for entrepreneurs that includes startup proposals networking (by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs, elevator pitch competition, .asp. net)
  • thefunded
    TheFunded –
    an online community to research, rate, and review funding sources worldwide. (one of my fave sites – name/shame venture capitalists)
  • Upspring – provides businesses with an opportunity to increase exposure and attract more customers. (part of Worldspring, looks dead)
  • Wall Street Journal Community – a place to exchange opinions, ideas and tips (pay $$$ to see anything)
  • – how-to guides for your business (brilliant helpful site e.g. sample business plans)
  • XING – global networking for business, 7 million members (always seemed a bit spammy to me)


  • comunidades

    Reply Reply March 9, 2009

    Australia Enterprise: list of business online communities
    A “top list” of social networks and o..

  • Kate Tribe

    Reply Reply March 10, 2009

    Hi Laurel,
    Seth Godin has: [closed & fit into second section]
    There is also: [also fitting into second section]

    Kate Tribe’s last blog post..Training Expedition

  • Kate Tribe

    Reply Reply March 10, 2009

    Hi Laurel,
    Seth Godin has: [closed & fit into second section]
    There is also: [also fitting into second section]

    Kate Tribe’s last blog post..Training Expedition
    OH! You’re my new favorite blogger fyi

  • Steve

    Reply Reply March 12, 2009

    A new community that can fit into your second section with 500 members and growing.

    The Business Intelligence CORTEX – Australia’s first independent online community for business intelligence contractors, academics, students, commercial and government practitioners. In short, the CORTEX is all about business intelligence from a user’s perspective. The technology is important, but it’s all about how you use it, not what you’ve got. This community is determined to put the business back into BI and we want to create a social platform where like-minded practitioners can benefit from each other’s experiences.

  • Kathie M. Thomas

    Reply Reply March 17, 2009

    A Clayton’s Secretary has been in existence as a network since 1996 and has an online forum of over 1000 members, mainly Australian based. We’re a network of Virtual Assistants and the forum is very active.

  • Hollie Turner

    Reply Reply April 15, 2009

    Hi there, Online Divas is a new social network for online business women. We specialise in working with online business started by women across 5 key verticals: 1) Fashion, Beauty, Health and Lifestyle 2) Mums and Babies 3) Media, Entertainment and Dating 4) Finance 5) Technology

    We also profile successful Australian online corporate leading ladies that are high flyers in their particular companies and industries and are constantly hunting for more fellow Online Divas to join us!

  • Hey Kate, thanks for the link to AussieTycoon!

    If you want a reciprocal link, join the forums and let one of the Mods know and we will put one up for you.

    Best of luck!

  • hollie_turner

    Reply Reply June 16, 2009

    This is an excellent resource

  • Laurel Papworth

    Reply Reply October 9, 2009

    Know of any more business social media sites? NOT LinkedIn 😛 Australia Enterprise: list of business online communities

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    Reply Reply February 11, 2011

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