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PartnerUp is an online networking community that entrepreneurs and small business owners use to find the expertise and resources they need to start and grow a business. Members can connect with potential partners, advisers, and business resources[1].


Web site

PartnerUp launched the new version of its web site in May 2009. New features include groups and a question and answer page[2].

PartnerUp also builds online communities for companies that target small business customers. SCORE Association - a nonprofit association of more than 11,000 counselors dedicated to advising entrepreneurs about growing successful small businesses - has their own community built and powered by PartnerUp that connects to PartnerUp’s community of more than 100,000 members[3][4][5].


The PartnerUp Online Community for small businesses and entrepreneurs allows members to:[6]

  • Create a profile
  • Post opportunities and find the right people
  • Find valuable resources
  • Ask for and offer up advice
  • Expand your network

PartnerUp builds online communities for clients to:[7]

  • Acquire new customers
  • Create word of mouth
  • Pave the way for innovation
  • Increase customer loyalty
  • Save money


Steve and Beth Nielsen founded PartnerUp in February 2005 and launched the web site in April 2007[8][9]. Deluxe Corporation acquired PartnerUp in July 2008 and the company now operates in Shoreview, Minnesota[10].


  1. Dick Youngblood (2008). Young founder of online networking site is off to a fast start. Star Tribune. [1]
  2. “ gets a Facelift and an Updo.” Techsplosive. May 25, 2009. [2]
  3. “SCORE Goes Social.” WomenEntrepreneur. May 20, 2009
  4. Anthony Ha (2009). PartnerUp lets big companies build social networks for small businesses. VentureBeat. June 24, 2009. [3]
  5. Kira Bindrim (2009). Business advisers launch social network. Crain’s New York Business. May 29, 2009. [4]
  8. Todd Nelson (2009). Their matches glow in recession. Star Tribune
  9. Mickey Meece (2009). Small Businesses are Taking Tentative Steps Toward Online Networking. Star Tribune [5]
  10. Company News. Mergers and Acquisitions. Star Tribune. July 31, 2008

External links

Company Web Site PartnerUp Blog

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