Networking Groups

Networking Groups

With 13 networking groups (9 networking and 4 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:
N. Randy Gangaloo

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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 EricksenView group members.


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.

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


Meets: 2nd Wednesday of every month from 11:30am -1pm at Weber Grill Schaumburg

Description: Our mission is to connect real estate professionals, including agents, brokers, investors, developers, and service providers, to foster meaningful relationships, exchange knowledge, and create opportunities for growth and success. Through a combination of networking events, educational workshops, and industry resources, RENG aims to empower its members and elevate the standards of professionalism in the real estate sector.

Core Values are Collaboration, Innovation, and Education 

Chair Person: Denise Hellstrom

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Professional Networkers

Meets:  2nd & 4th Tuesday of each month at 7am-8:30am

Our mission is to form relationships with our members and help grow their business through new referrals, strong relationships and exemplary service.

Description: Professional Networkers is a group of motivated business professionals working together to help each other succeed and grow and provide exemplary service. We do this by referring our partners with new business leads.  We are looking for small business owners and professionals serious about expanding their business by helping others grow.

We are an exclusive group, with only one business member per category. Professional Networkers is a group of business professionals, where business is passed and relationships are formed.

Chair Person: Kim Suhanek

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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.

Business Plus

Meets: 1st & 3rdThursdays at 8:00am, Trickster Cultural Arts Center

Description: Business Plus is a fresh approach to non-compete referral group that is designed to develop business relationships and to give back to the community. We welcome new members and encourage our members to promote their business as well as their “Plus,” their service to the community.

Chair Person: Monica LaRocco-McVay

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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: Kathy Facenda

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SBA's Women's Alliance Group

Meets: Lunch meeting the 3rd Tuesday of the month from 11:30 AM-1:30 PM EXCEPT during the months when there is an SBA Women In Business (WIB) quarterly luncheon. That luncheon replaces the SWAG meeting that month.

Description: We are professional women focused on learning from, inspiring, and supporting one another. Our goals are to make strong, meaningful connections, to spread our positive influence.

Open for new members: Yes.

President:  Gregg-Brooke Koleno

Young Professionals

Meets: The 1stMonday of every month from 12PM-1PM at 25N Coworking Continental Towers – Building #3, Floor 3 1701 Golf Rd Building 3 Suite 300,Rolling Meadows, IL, 60008 (Subject to change)

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 based. Content & events are geared towards individuals with less than 10 years in the workforce.

Chair Person: Mat Hammer, Kennedi Price and Raghu Sundara

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