Research into entrepreneurial networking activities has ignored an aspect that is important to the entrepreneurs—does it make sense to pay dues to an organization that promises networking opportunities to help build their business? This study looked at that aspect of networking by comparing revenue growth rates and average number of employees between those businesses whose owners belong to paid membership organizations and those who do not. No differences were found between the two groups of entrepreneurial firms. While there are still benefits to joining these organizations, entrepreneurs should not expect to grow their business because of membership.
Masterfano, Michele K.
"Effects of Participation in Paid Membership Organizations on Entrepreneurial Success,"
New England Journal of Entrepreneurship:
2, Article 5.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.sacredheart.edu/neje/vol14/iss2/5