If you thought that Facebook, Google+ and LinkedIn are the only 3 Social Networks for Entrepreneurs, you’re wrong! These Top 18 Social Networking Sites specifically designed for Entrepreneurs will open your eyes to a new world of possibilities for your business.

Ryze. This is smaller business professional’s social network whose prime focus is to help like-minded entrepreneurs find one another. Ryze helps people make connections and grow their networks. You can dialog to grow your business, build your career and life, find a job and make sales. Or just keep in touch with friends.

StartupNation. StartupNation wants to be your one-stop shop for entrepreneurial success. Find practical information to start and grow your own successful business: step-by-step advice, helpful articles, small business and entrepreneur forums, member-to-member networking, expert blogs, and contests. There are over 105,000 members.

StartupSpace. The purpose of StartupSpace is to learn, share and prosper. Start a business group or join a listed group. Write a blog and have it featured on the StartupSpace front page. StartupSpace has over 38,000 members.

The Funded. The Funded is an online community of entrepreneurs who discuss fundraising, rate and review investors, and discuss strategies to grow a business. It has over 16,000 members.

Upspring. Upspring is a place to connect, ask questions, give answers, and learn from your business community. View updates from your contacts on social media like Facebook and Twitter, and reply directly from a single interface. Build and manage your professional contacts, track what people are saying about your company, and grow your business with free promotional tools.

Viadeo. Popular in western Europe and founded in France, Viadeo is for business owners, entrepreneurs and managers, with close to 35 million members globally. Manage your network of contacts, find new leads and partnership opportunities, and showcase your expertise to get headhunted.

Young Entrepreneur. This social network provides solutions and support to assist small business owners with starting, managing and growing successful business ventures. The site provides the latest news, entrepreneurial conversations, small business webinars, a helpful blog, resource videos, advice from seasoned experts, and access to a community of like-minded entrepreneurs.

XING. A social platform similar to LinkedIn, but mostly utilized by the business communities of China and Europe. It features closed communities so members of global corporations can have private interaction online. XING has more than 10 million members worldwide.

Go BIG Network Go BIG Network claims to be the biggest community of startup companies. Create your business plan and meet investors. Members of Go BIG can either search profiles of other members to contact, or post a request to let members know what they are looking for.

Dreamstake. Dreamstake provides entrepreneurs with the opportunity to network with like-minded individuals and launch their ideas. Features include mentoring, funding support, talent matching, and legal. The network has over 4,500 members.

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