The Internet is an incredible resource for business.
Here is a very small sample of primarily not-for-profit, social network, and government sites that are worthy of exploration.
The commercial sites are rather obviously commercial, but provide a distinctive insight into new business trends.
None of these sites have a financial relationship with vSC Web Group; but vSC Web Group may have
membership in them.
Business-oriented Social Networking Groups
The contemporary digital version of the business social club --
-- has emerged over the past decade.
These also connect people via proximity but on many more levels than simply geography.
Participation tends to come from younger, tech, and entepreneurial business. The focus tends towards networking.
||This is a social network group open to businesses in Indiana.
There are various boards, forums, some under development.
It's worth looking at all, as content isn't categorized.
|At the Top Networking
||This Indianapolis group has filled something of the space of the well-regarded Entrepreneur's Alliance.
The group holds a spring and fall conference with high intensity interaction.
As the group says, "At The Top is for business people on the fast track."
LinkedIn isn't locally based, but it has become one of the major groups for business networking.
Many Indianapolis professionals have joined. The most successful members are the most active.
General Social Networking
Although one might relegate social networking sites as a group to the young, they are becoming an
important tool for business. The links provided to the commercial side are provided as an idea starter.
||Twitter started out with a simple concept -- allow users to type a maximum of 140 to anyone
who wanted to read.
One wonders what the value is.
But, Twitter has become a virtual office water cooler
-- where people share a quick opinion or what's happening at the moment.
This link shows Twitter's guide for businesses.
Facebook began as a social network for college students. It has become the largest social network worldwide.
||Foursquare tracks your whereabouts by your login. It's like a location-specific Twitter, where users can
post reviews of restaurants, movies, etc. It offers another way to connect with possible visitors by creating
an account at your physical address.
||Yelp's purpose is to allow people to rate businesses, and is one of the most popular of such.
You'll want to check it out to find out what's being said about YOUR business. Those yelpers can be
a boisterous bunch.
Indiana-focused Online Resources
Government has many programs and much information available to support small business.
Many programs are tailored to specific needs, and may not be appropriate for all comers.
But, there is a wealth of impartial information available, networking possibilities, and grant funding.
Here are some links.