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. . . an organization with a membership having an interests in common.

There are associations of people interested in enterprise and economic development, such as the International Economic Development Council, a nonprofit organization which has a dues-paying membership. Functioning as ally networks in the US, for example, are tiers of economic development organizations at the national-level (IEDC) and the regional, state, and local levels. The local chamber of commerce serves as example of the latter.

Associations in all classifications of business as well as those covering advocacy groups typically have lobbying as a component to membership services, such as organizing networking events, i.e., if not entirely dedicated as special interest groups. Lobbying means working to influence decisions made by officials in the government, most often legislators or members of regulatory agencies (source of quote).

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See information in the Enterprise & Economic Development Library regarding the Web and searching the Web. Read the paragraph regarding search suggestions. Also, see the definition of an association at the top of this page. Search suggestions are provided below (in italics) for copying as search terms and using to Google the Web for information about business networking in a place of interest to you. To zero in on a place of interest, simply substitute its location identity for the italicized word location in a suggestion.

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