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1. Small-Business-Forum.net

Small-Business-Forum.net is a classic, no-frills forum where users post questions and answers, with posts moderated by a team of administrators. There are a wide variety of sub-topic forums, from starting, financing and growing your business, to marketing, running a website, accounting, taxes, technology and more.

 

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2. BizWarriors

BizWarriors takes a more aggressive stance towards doing business. Even the tagline on their logo is “Create. Collaborate. Conquer.” But don’t let that turn you off, since Matthew and Adam Toren, two serial entrepreneurs, publish a wide variety of articles and run a business forum where users engage about diverse business topics. If that resonates with you, definitely check them out.

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3. Small Business Brief

A no-nonsense yet comprehensive site, Small Business Brief is a treasure trove of information and collaboration for entrepreneurs. Articles on business ownership are separated by industry type, and their forum features discussions on a large number of topics. They also host a free database of forms and templates for common business situations.

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4. CNET Small Business and Startups Forum

Most of us know CNET as a consumer technology and computing review site, but they also host several dozen forums, including a small business forum, where people from the business community can post their questions, get answers, and start discussions.

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5. Quickbooks Online Community

Accounting, payroll and taxes are the least glamorous parts of doing business, but every entrepreneur needs to have a complete, up-to-date picture of their financial situation at all times. The Quickbooks Online Community is one of the best resources for discussing financial topics relevant to small business owners.

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6. Warrior Forum

If you’re familiar with Reddit-style message boards, then the Warrior Forum should be a no-brainer. Forums are divided by topic, and posts are up-voted or down-voted by the community, so the most popular posts always appear near the top of the list. You can still sort and search within forums to find discussions that you’re interested in.

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7. Bank of America Small Business Online Community

Big banks like Bank of America are crucial to helping small business owners finance and capitalize their entrepreneurial ventures, and BofA has gone the extra step to create an online forum where experts and entrepreneurs can help each other get the answers they need. They also host a regular small business podcast!

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8. Business Advice Forum

Another great classic-style forum, you can jump right into important subjects like growing and managing a business, social media & internet marketing, advertising, even a marketplace for hiring or buying & selling of websites and whole businesses. They also have a section dedicated to helping entrepreneurs get access to commercial capital outside of traditional banks.

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9. Startup Nation

StartupNation is dedicated to entrepreneurship and starting new businesses, and they offer a huge number of resources to help you do just that. From articles around starting, growing, and managing a business, to their entrepreneurship podcast, to their community forum where you can participate with like-minded members of the business community, StartupNation has it all.

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10. Alignable

Alignable is not strictly a small business forum, but a peer-to-peer network of business owners and entrepreneurs for exchanging referrals, finding expert advice, and building relationships with business partners and local leaders. You can sign up for free and get access to connections within your industry, join discussions, and connect with your local community.

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11. LinkedIn Groups

LinkedIn is the premier social network for businesses, employers, employees, and job-seekers. Here you can connect and share resources with business people from around the world doing just about everything under the sun, as well as screen and hire employees, and even market your services to other businesses.

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12. Reddit (Entrepreneur, Small Business, and Startup threads)

Within the vast array of “subreddits” (or topical forums) on Reddit.com there are several which stand out as invaluable to business owners and entrepreneurs. We recommend that you follow r/entrepreneur, r/small-business, and r/startup to begin with, but do a few targeted searches and see if there are other local or industry-specific subreddits that interest you.

 

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13. The Fastlane Forum

If you’ve read the best-selling business books “The Millionaire Fastlane” or “Unscripted” by M.J. DeMarco, you’re already familiar with his trademark style and no-nonsense approach to starting and running a successful business. The Fastlane Forum provides additional resources for aficionados of DeMarco’s “C.E.N.T.S. Framework”, along with many other business topics.

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14. Small Business Forum

Not to be confused with Smallbusinessforum.net, Small Business Forum is a magazine-style blog operated by Medium.comwhich publishes articles by entrepreneurs small and large. They also feature articles from contributors in the business community, though interaction by the public is limited to the comments section.

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15. Startups.com

Last but not least, Startups.com is one of the most important hubs for information and resources relevant to entrepreneurs on the whole internet. It’s actually an entire network of platforms, including Clarity.fm for mentorship, Fundable to explore how to fund a business, along with other educational resources and professional services.