Shape Of Things To Come?

Meeting Of The Minds

By Debra Phillips

Want to make a connection? The Young Entrepreneurs' Organization (YEO) in Alexandria, Virginia, gives small-business owners under 40 the opportunity to get together with similarly ambitious peers. What this translates into is networking possibilities--and plenty of empathetic support.

"Until you find a peer group like YEO, you always think you're going through something by yourself," says Milledge Hart, 33, president of the 12-year-old group, which has chapters worldwide. "[YEO] gives you the opportunity to meet other people who have experienced similar things."

Having grown by more than 35 percent last year, YEO is clearly striking a chord. "We're trying to grow [even more]," says Hart, who cites the group's educational resources--including a roster of prominent guest speakers from the world of business--as part of YEO's appeal.

Criteria for membership include the aforementioned age requirement and gross annual sales of $1 million or more. A one-year membership starts at $699. For more information, contact YEO's national headquarters at (703) 519-6700.

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This article was originally published in the July 1999 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: Shape Of Things To Come?.

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