Thursday, June 15, 2006

More on Networking!

The hunt for the elusive national networking association continues…
A couple months ago, Josee mentioned the social networking sites. Here are a few links to organizations that are more about benchmarking and connecting entrepreneurs and small to mid-size companies.

Need the email address of a friendly expert willing to answer your question?
Try:
The Entrepreneurship Network
http://www.tei.net/ask.asp
The website provides “A database of hundreds of experienced solution providers compiled to facilitate "networking" and assist the growth of mid-market companies.” Users can search for experts by specialty or geography yielding full contact information.

Need help benchmarking? Want to discuss how other companies manage their billing process (or one of dozens of other topics)?
Try:
The Benchmarking Network
http://www.benchmarkingnetwork.com/
Offers lists of benchmarking resources organized both by industry and by process. Each topic seems to have its own benchmarking association that can be freely joined.

Want to develop your inner “researcher, capacity builder and practitioner”?
Join:
Society for Organizational Learning
http://www.solonline.org/
“SoL was created to connect corporations and organizations, researchers and consultants to generate knowledge about and capacity for fundamental innovation and change by engaging in collaborative action inquiry projects.” The society is all about organizational learning and change, supporting cross-company communication and community learning.

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