Networking Groups

Networking Groups

With 11 networking groups (8 networking and 3 alliance groups), there is bound to be one that is right for you.  Reach out to the Schaumburg Business Association office to learn more, (847) 413-1010.


Meets: Every 2nd & 4th Wednesday from 8:00-9:00am
Description: A non-compete, proactive, serious-minded referral group focused on B2B members
Membership View: Owners, Trusted Advisors, or Professionals with over 2 yrs in their current position
Chair Person:
Kelly Anderson

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CEO Forum

Meets: Second Thursday of every month from 7:30 a.m. - 9 a.m.

Description: Peer advisory group, meeting specifically to help one another with business items

Membership view: Business owners, P&L responsibility/chief decision maker

We are a peer advisory group. Our objective is to be a place where members can bring problems or opportunities and get candid, objective feedback from fellow business leaders. Although members don’t have to carry the title of CEO, they do have to be the chief decision-maker for their organization and have bottom-line P&L responsibility. We are a non-compete group, so we don’t allow competitors of existing members to join.

Open for new members: Non-compete

Chair Person: Michael Erickson

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Meets: 1st and 3rd Tuesday every month from 8-9am at 1933 N Meacham Rd Schaumburg (corner of Algonquin and Meacham Roads)

Description: Connections strives to 1 - Support fellow group members through education and resources. 2 - Build trusted business and personal relationships.3 - Become advisors and challenge members to play big. 4 - Cultivate and connect referrals to group members. Our values are Resourcefulness, Leadership,& Community.

New Membership: We are open to new members and welcome more than 1 member from each industry.
Interested guests are welcome to participate in 2 meetings before deciding to join. One a member, the investment in Connections is $100 per year due upon joining. This investment will be used year-end to collaborate with a cause chosen by the group.

Chair Person:

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Networking for Introverts

Meets:  1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month from 7:30 AM to 8:30 AM

Description:  One study shows that up to 40% of people are introverts. Learn from each other and experts on how to grow your business and professional contacts with the goal of matching your strengths and interests to make networking enjoyable,
Chair Person: Jim Idstein

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Non-Profit Alliance

Meets: 3rd Friday of every month 11:30-1:00pm
Description: A group designed for SBA Nonprofit members, (which includes Nonprofit Staff, Board of Directors and dedicated volunteers) to provide a safe space to tackle challenges, gain access to free training and resources, and work together to further their impact reach. We also open to philanthropic arms of for profit companies.
Chair Person: Katie Berganske-Frank

Diversity Alliance

Meets: Monthly (meeting/socials)
Description: To provide minority entrepreneurs opportunities of connecting with fellow business owners, potential clients, mentors, and business contacts, all of whom will help take their business to the next level.
Chair Person: Chet Tambre, Brandon Cork, Vandana Walia

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POP: Power Of Partnerships

Meets: 1st and 3rd Friday of every month, Noon to 1:00pm.

Description: POP was born when a few great networking friends decided they wanted something more from a non-compete networking group. They knew they could mold this vision into something cool, inspirational and effective. The goal is to progressively build long lasting relationships and maximize their outcomes in order to continue to grow their own and other's businesses. They aspire to serve their community by assisting non-profit organizations in the vision and mission of their causes.
Chair Persons: Kari-Ann Ryan                                                  View group members.

Schaumburg Referral Exchange

Meets: Every Wednesday at 7:30 am
Description: A non-compete, proactive group of business professionals whose objective is to provide a weekly networking program to generate new business through referrals from fellow members.
Open for new members- Non-compete
Chair Person: Lee Owens

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Schaumburg Business Builders

Meets: Every Thursday from 11:30-12:30pm
Description: A non-compete group which makes networking a positive, rewarding, and fun experience by building relationships between members.
Open for new members- Non-compete
Chair Person: Erik Williams

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The FOCUS Group

Meets: First and third Thursday of every month at 7:30 a.m.

Description: A non-compete group of business professionals dedicated to providing high-quality introductions that will grow our member businesses. We emphasize professional development and accountability along with business support group through group discussions. Our primary focus and passion is to make certain our members receive the highest quality introductions to grow their business and strengthen their network. 

Membership view: Business owners, executives, experienced sales

Open for new members: Non-compete

Chair person: Raghu Sundara

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SBA's Women's Alliance Group

Meets: Third Tuesday of the month,

11:30 -1:30 p.m., unless attending the SBA Women in Business Luncheon occurring once a quarter.

Description: We are professional women focused on learning from, inspiring, and supporting one another. Our goals are to make strong, meaningful connections and to spread our positive influence. The group welcomes more than one member from any industry.

Open for new members: Yes.

President:  Gregg-Brooke Koleno

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Young Professionals

Meets: Committees - 1st Tuesday of every month from 12:00 – 1:00pm
Events – 1 per month, no set date
Description: An ambitious and diverse group of young professionals connected by the Schaumburg Business Association with the purpose of creating networking relationships, enhancing professional skills, engaging civically, and providing career resources for future leaders.
Non-exclusive, non-referral, 1 person per company max for committee meetings
Content & events are geared towards individuals with less than 10 years in the workforce
Chair Person: Kelly Peterson

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