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As an entrepreneur, networking with other like-minded professionals can benefit you in many ways. You’ll develop friendships with people who understand you, gain insights from people with practical entrepreneurial experience, and learn about social events and conferences that will get you away from your business for a brief period. While traditional social media sites are a great place to start, new sites are cropping up that are designed specifically for those with the entrepreneurial spirit.

Entrepreneur Connect

This is a site that focuses on helping entrepreneurs connect with one another, so there’s an emphasis on community building. For that reason, too much self-promotion is discouraged. Entrepreneurs and small business owners can create their own profiles to allow them to network and join online communities.

PartnerUp

If you want more than just to connect with other entrepreneurs, this may be the site for you. While this site still offers the features of other social networking sites, it’s especially intended for entrepreneurs who are looking for business partners. Here, you can find people interested in joining new business ventures.

StartupNation

This is for people who are looking for a social networking site with the content sharing of Facebook, yet geared specifically to appeal to entrepreneurs. Members of the site can post links to blog posts, webinars, podcasts, and other types of content. They can also upload their content directly onto the site. As a result of the focus on content sharing, entrepreneurs can stay up to date on the latest trends and insights.

Biznik

Here is a social media site that welcomes entrepreneurs from all walks of life. The site attracts CEOs, small business owners, self-employed individuals, and freelancers. This isn’t the site for job seeking. Rather, this site focuses on the social aspect of bringing entrepreneurs together and sharing interesting content.

Finally, it’s important to consider that every social networking site must start someplace. Just like your own business, newer sites are relying on customers who are courageous enough to give them a try. You never know when you’ll come across the next Facebook or Twitter, so don’t be afraid to give lesser known sites a try. You never know what new friendships you’ll find through a smaller yet growing site.