The foremost growth and networking organization for business owners and leaders in Greater Chicago.
Benefits of Membership
If accepted, you can look forward to a suite of benefits designed to help you grow your business.
Get published on Forbes.com
Members are selected for the Council based on their depth and diversity of experience, then invited to share their insights via CommunityVoice on Forbes.com. Write business articles or submit brief industry-related tips when you’re short on time. Our in-house editorial team will guide you through a professional editing process to ensure your content meets the Forbes.com criteria and is primed for audience engagement.
Attend exclusive events and experiences
Our expert events team plans gatherings for members of Forbes Chicago Business Council and VIP guests. At these events, members have the opportunity to strengthen existing connections and build new ones. We also provide access to exclusive art, charity, fashion, sports, film, and music experiences.
Prestige of association with the Forbes brand
Membership in Forbes Chicago Business Council is based on an application and committee review. Business leaders who receive an invitation to join have proven themselves a step above the competition. Members can showcase that accomplishment to customers, partners, and peers with Forbes branded press releases, digital badges, and custom awards.
Build your community of support
Join the region’s brightest and most generous community of business leaders. Unlike other professional groups, we select members who are interested in giving as much as they get. In our online forum and at our exclusive events, members pose questions and get fast, smart answers. They openly share opportunities and collaborate on new partnerships or ideas. This community of support will quickly become one of your most valuable business assets.
Allow our concierges to help
Business leaders have to wear many hats. A helping hand (or two) can go far in helping you succeed. That’s where our concierge team comes in — consider them members of your own team. Email, chat, or call them anytime to find answers, get introductions, ask for resources, and more.
Get members-only discounts on services you use
When you’re growing a business, every dollar matters. We’ve secured volume discounts that help you stretch your budget on everything from software to travel to entertainment and more. Overwhelmed by the options? Our concierge team will help you narrow down our pre-approved list of partners to find the right provider at an exclusively low rate.
Access your benefits on the go
All of these benefits and more are available from web- and mobile-optimized dashboards. Log in to find a searchable directory of fellow members, a marketplace of partner deals, writing guidance, free educational resources, events calendars, and more. Plus, chat our concierge team right from the dashboard anytime you have a question.
Are you ready to take advantage of membership in Forbes Chicago Business Council?
Confirm you fit the following criteria then click to apply.
- Owner, founder, or executive leader of a business
- Operating out of the Greater Chicago area
- Generating at least $500,000 in annual revenue or funding