Network: Expand Your Circle with 5 Organizations for Entrepreneurs

Elevate your business with these networks

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Whether you’re trying to figure out how to jump start your entrepreneurial ideas, or in need of new practices to keep your business thriving in a changing day, it’s easier when you have the council and resources of a network. Check out these five organizations for entrepreneurs.

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For more advice and networking opportunities, meet Black Enterprise at the Entrepreneurs Summit May 13-15 in Atlanta, Georgia.

National Minority Supplier Development Council

The National Minority Supplier Development Council helps small minority-owned organizations and billion dollar powerhouse solve the growing need for supplier diversity. NMSDC matches more than 12,000 certified minority-owned businesses to its vast network of corporate members looking to purchase their products, services and solutions. The organization’s corporate membership includes a number of the largest public and privately-owned companies, as well healthcare companies, colleges and universities.

Startup Grind

Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire and connect entrepreneurs. Powered by Google for Entrepreneurs, the organization hosts monthly events in more than 150 cities and 65 countries with local founders, innovators, educators and investors who share personal stories of success and lessons learned while building great companies. Entrepreneurs in Startup Grind can also create chapters in their cities.

Newme Accelerator

With Newme Accelerator, you don’t have to figure everything out on your own. Get advice from Newme’s hand selected experts in Silicon Valley so that you can bring your entrepreneurial ideas to life. Weekly sessions let you ask questions and get direct answers. Through the network’s 12 module curriculum, entrepreneurs have been able to raise nearly $17 million from investors.

Black Founders

Black Founders’ mission is to increase the number of successful black entrepreneurs in technology. BF fosters two separate organizations, Black Founders Startup Community and Black Founders Startup Ventures. Black Founders Startup is a charitable organization (501c3 in process) that operates the parent organization’s educational programs and conferences, and Startup Ventures is a for-profit venture with a focus on startup financing.

The Marathon Foundation

The Marathon Foundation is an “inclusive eco-system” of entrepreneurs, corporate professionals, Fortune 500s, tech companies, professional services firms and consumer brands that leverage best practices and strategic relationships. The organization’s thought leadership programs focus on women and diverse business creation, and the associated job growth driving sustained U.S. economic growth. TMF’s various programs offer members access to experts, investors, mentors and peers to help drive their business, as well as capital opportunities.

The Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Summit hosted by Nationwide is set for May 13–16, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta. Expect innovative sessions, high-powered speakers, and an early peek at the products, trends, and services you’ll need to stay ahead of the curve.  To register and find out more, visit Join us at the Entrepreneurs Summit, Where Innovation and Capital Meet.