Biznik.com is a business social network built around cities located around the world. There are networks in most major cities. The site is designed specifically for individuals who are in business for themselves or involved in starting a business. The site features profiles, messaging, member directories, forums, and articles written by local Biznik members. The idea behind Biznik.com is to provide a place for those in business for themselves to network with like-minded individuals. The site does not accept membership from any MLM-related businesses or individuals.
Users can promote themselves within the community by participating in discussions or uploading articles they have written on topics of interest to business people. Members of Biznik.com can post events and start groups around a particular topic. They can also participate in local or worldwide forum discussions. Users can follow other users and have their own network of associates. Users can also give and receive referrals. Users with an upgraded membership can maintain a blog on the site and have access to other premium features as well.Show more screenshots »
Biznik.com was founded in October 2005 in Seattle by Dan McComb and Lara Eve Feltin. Dan currently serves as chief content editor, while Lara is head of business development. Andrew Lippert is CTO of the site.
Competition to Biznik.com comes from sites such as Linkedin and Ourprivatenetwork. Linkedin is the largest online business social network, while Ourprivatenetwork is a newer startup more near the size of Biznik.com. Biznik.com provides more opportunity for face-to-face networking through events and video conferencing than the other two networks. Linkedin provides the most exposure of the three business networks.
The Biznik.com site has a clean and uncluttered look and feel. Page loads are quite responsive, and the social networking features function well. A convenient top menu bar is provided for navigation, and the site is very intuitive. The features of the site are easy to use, and anyone who has belonged to a social network should have no trouble navigating and using the site. No advertising is displayed on the Biznik.com site.
Registration to Biznik.com is free and is required to use the site. The registration process asks for first and last name, email address, password, country, zip code, job title and job category. Validation of the email address is not required. A free membership provides access to most features of the site, but two levels of premium membership are offered.
The Pro membership provides an enhanced profile and member listing and allows for unlimited messaging. A Pro VIP membership provides for priority ranking in all listings and enhanced SEO features. The Pro membership costs $10 per month, while the Pro VIP membership costs $24 per month.
The Biznik.com site is recommended to anyone in business for themselves or involved in starting a new business. The site provides an excellent source of contacts and information for business owners. The site is also growing at a very rapid rate, providing increasing exposure for its members.