Get Connected: Small Business Networks and Associations

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Connect with other entrepreneurs and business networks through social networking sites, business associations, and your local chamber of commerce.


Join a Social Network

  • Linkedin - A social networking site for businesspeople and professionals.
  • Biznik - A social networking site geared specifically towards entrepreneurs.
  • Jigsaw - An online directory of business contacts and companies.

  • Find Chambers of Commerce

  • Portland Chamber of Commerce
  • East Portland Chamber of Commerce
  • Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • African American Chamber of Commerce of Oregon
  • Oregon Native American Chamber of Commerce
  • North Clackamas Chamber of Commerce
  • Christian Chamber of Commerce of the Northwest

  • Find a Business Association

  • Portland Business Alliance - Greater Portland’s Chamber of Commerce.
  • Venture Portland - An alliance of Business District Associations (BDA’s) in Portland, OR
  • National Association for the Self Employed - Provides a broad range of resources for the self employed and small businesses.
  • LGBTQ Portland Area Business Association - Promotes business and offers support to Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Transgenders and their allies in business.
  • Urban Entrepreneurs Network - A network of minority and women-owned businesses in Portland and Vancouver.
  • Oregon Association of Minority Entrepreneurs - An association offering support and news updates to minority entrepreneurs.
  • Women Entrepreneurs of Oregon - Organization for women entrepreneurs in Oregon.
  • Oregon Microenterprise Network - A statewide association of microenterprise development programs and their supporters.
  • International Association of Self-Employed Communication Professionals - An association catering to self employed communication professionals.
  • Trillium Artisans - A nonprofit network for artisans in Portland offering business classes, discounted fabrics, and the opportunity to sell through the Trillium storefront.
  • Oregon Entrepreneurs Network - The largest entrepreneur network in Oregon, OEN provides support activities and mentoring to the entrepreneurial community to foster business growth and employment opportunities in Oregon.