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 Opens in a new tab.put the list together – I thought I would add some stuff to it:

  • AlibabaOpens in a new tab. – get international trade leads (Tagline: Global Trade Starts Here)
  • BizJournalsOpens in a new tab. – online community for women business executives and entrepreneurs to connect, support, learn and grow. (Actually called Bizwomen).
  • BiznikOpens in a new tab.business networking for professionals (tagline: Business networking that doesn’t suck)
  • BizSugarOpens in a new tab. – 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 NetworkOpens in a new tab. – 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).
  • CofoundrOpens in a new tab. – find a co-founder for your entrepreneurial venture (Tagline: a community for entrepreneurs)
  • EcademyOpens in a new tab. – 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 NetworkingOpens in a new tab. – business networking, PR help for business
  • GOBIGnetworkOpens in a new tab. – community of startup companies (Tagline: Find Angel Investors – the world’s biggest community of startup companies)
  • Hoover’s ConnectOpens in a new tab. – manage professional network and connect to corporate network (Tagline: Find the people you want to meet through the people you know)
  • Ideablob.comOpens in a new tab. – 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 CafeOpens in a new tab. – business forums (Tagline: CyberSchmooze. Bright colourful site, small business dcboard?)
  • Intuit AccountantsOpens in a new tab.Intuit’s resource for accounting and Quickbooks practitioners (for accountants)
  • JIGSAWOpens in a new tab. – share business contacts, database of over 11 million business contacts (Tagline: Complete Collaborative Business Information)
  • JumpUpOpens in a new tab. – from Intuit, focuses on startups, share your story to win a $25,000 business grant (same interface at Intuit. Uses CurvyCorners)
  • konnectsOpens in a new tab. – communities around specific industries (Tagline: We power online communities. Have Twitter ID.  Its a platform like Ning)
  • LinkedInOpens in a new tab. – online network with over 35 million members in over 200 countries and territories around the world
  • LookUPPageOpens in a new tab. – 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)
  • MeetupOpens in a new tab. – Look up business,entrepreneur, and social networks based on location (Tagline: Do something • Learn something Share something • Change something.  Like Upcoming.org, Eventfull)
  • NaymzOpens in a new tab. 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 ForumOpens in a new tab. -this interactive and open portal is intended to serve as a resource to support and assist small businesses. (PHPNuke)
  • OPEN Forum by American ExpressOpens in a new tab. – 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)
  • OrientedOpens in a new tab. – 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.)
  • PartnerUpOpens in a new tab. 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 CommunityOpens in a new tab. – Women focused business community (A communityserver.com site. needs a tagline – thought it was for Gay $$$. Very pink and blue like mother/baby communities)
  • QuickBooks CommunityOpens in a new tab. – from Intuit
  • Quicken CommunityOpens in a new tab. – from Intuit
  • RyzeOpens in a new tab. – Members get a free networking-oriented home page and they can also join special Networks related to their industry, interests or location. (Webby Award Nominee but looks dated now)
  • SBDC CommunityOpens in a new tab. – community for Association of Small Business Development Centers members (looks like Joomla. And Intuit again).
  • SmallBusiness.comOpens in a new tab. – is a wiki with guides, resources, how-tos, and a small community (mediawiki I think)
  • Small Business Ideas ForumOpens in a new tab. – community of over 33,000 small business folks with over 71,000 posts. (vbulletin board)
  • SpokeOpens in a new tab. – allows you to find and connect with 40 million businesspeople at 2.3 million companies. Spoke reaches beyond traditional professional networks by allowing you to connect with anyone in the Network, regardless of whether they are a member. (Tagline: Where BusinessPeople Connect – another directory service)
  • StartupNationOpens in a new tab. – A community site for entrepreneurs that includes startup proposals networking (by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs, elevator pitch competition, .asp. net)
  • Opens in a new tab.thefunded
    TheFunded –
    an online community to research, rate, and review funding sources worldwide. (one of my fave sites – name/shame venture capitalists)
  • UpspringOpens in a new tab. – provides businesses with an opportunity to increase exposure and attract more customers. (part of Worldspring, looks dead)
  • Wall Street Journal CommunityOpens in a new tab. – a place to exchange opinions, ideas and tips (pay $$$ to see anything)
  • Work.comOpens in a new tab. – how-to guides for your business (brilliant helpful site e.g. sample business plans)
  • XINGOpens in a new tab. – global networking for business, 7 million members (always seemed a bit spammy to me)

Laurel Papworth

Named by Forbes™ Magazine in the Top 50 Social Media Influencers globally, named Head of Industry, Social Media (Marketing Magazine™) and in the Power150 Media bloggers (AdAge™). CERT IV Training and Assessment certified trainer (Diplomas and Certificates etc) Adult Education. Laurel has manager Facebook Pages for Junior Masterchef, Idol, Big Brother etc. and have consulted on private online communities for banks Westpac, not for profits UNHCR & governments in SE Asia. Lecturer, social media, University of Sydney for 10 years and Laurel has 11,000 online students. Laurel Papworth personally connects to 6 million followers online and has taught around 100,000 people in the last 10 years how to be social media managers.

47 thoughts on “Australia Enterprise: list of business online communities

  1. Australia Enterprise: list of business online communities
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  2. Hi Laurel,
    Seth Godin has: http://www.triiibes.com/ [closed & fit into second section]
    There is also: http://econnect.entrepreneur.com/home.aspx [also fitting into second section]

    Kate Tribe’s last blog post..Training Expedition

  3. Hi Laurel,
    Seth Godin has: http://www.triiibes.com/ [closed & fit into second section]
    There is also: http://econnect.entrepreneur.com/home.aspx [also fitting into second section]

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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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