Forbes Business Development Council is an invitation-only organization for senior-level sales and business development executives.

Exclusive Member Benefits

Dedicated Concierge Team

At the core of everything we do is our member concierge team. Our team is committed to connecting you to the right people and resources at the right time — which is why you should consider them an extension of your own team.

Contribute Content to Forbes.com

As a member, you can write and submit expert business articles and short tips related to your industry for publishing on Forbes.com. After submitting, our in-house editorial team will guide you through a hands-on professional editing process to ensure that your content meets the Forbes.com criteria.

Members-Only Tools

Members-only web and mobile dashboards help you stay connected to the community and our team. Request introductions to fellow members and enjoy on-demand access to your member benefits anytime, anywhere. You can even live chat with our concierge team right from the dashboard.

Travel & Business Services Marketplace

Through our marketplace, you can access volume discounts and members-only rates from pre-qualified service providers in nearly every industry (including travel, credit card processing, back-office services, PEOs, financing, accounting, marketing solutions and many others). Our member concierge team can connect you to the right services for your needs.

Knowledge Share & Networking

Get peer insights and advice anytime through our online support forums and member-led webinars. Connect with your peers to share expertise, learn from each other and solve business challenges in a private setting. You can also explore our library of webinars to further your professional development.

Branding & Marketing Collateral

After you join, our concierge team will provide web badges, decals, press release templates and blog posts that you can use to share your affiliation with the community at your location, on social media, and in your newsletters and websites. You can use these materials to build credibility with potential customers, hires, partners and investors.

Members-Only Discounts
From Top Providers

Forbes CEO, Mike Perlis

"The team behind Forbes Business Development Council has a deep understanding of high-touch and highly personalized community management and is uniquely positioned to support the types of individuals who are accepted for membership."

Forbes Business Development Council Is A Highly Selective, Quality-Over-Quantity Organization.

Senior-Level Sales & Biz Dev Executives

In order to qualify for a Forbes Business Development Council membership, the candidate must be a senior-level sales or business development executive at a business with a headquarters or office located in North America.

High-Growth Business

The typical Forbes Business Development Council member’s organization has tens of millions in revenue or financing. Qualified candidates must work with (or have founded) an organization with a minimum of $1 million annual revenue and/or $1 million in financing.

Awards & Recognition

We look for entrepreneurs and executives whose success in a given industry has been recognized publicly, either by reputable community and/or industry organizations, reputable trade publications and/or the candidate’s peers.

Community Impact

We seek members who give back by volunteering, investing, donating and mentoring, especially in the areas of financial literacy, entrepreneurship education, technology education and workforce readiness.

Do you qualify?

Before we can connect you with a member of our team to further discuss Forbes Business Development Council, we must verify that you are a senior-level sales or business development executive at a company that meets the following minimum criteria:

  • generates a minimum of $1M in revenue, or...
  • has a minimum of $1M in financing
  • and, your business has an office or headquarters located in North America.
Do I Qualify?

Forbes Business Development Council Is An Innovative Community Built To Help The World’s Most Influential Business Development Leaders. This Is Our Story.

Forbes, one of the most iconic media companies in the world, and the team behind YEC, one of the most world-class entrepreneurship organizations, have partnered to create a new kind of professional community for top sales and business development executives that proactively connects them to each other as well as best-in-class resources based on their specific business needs.

The end result is Forbes Business Development Council, a new and innovative community for executives to discuss and solve pressing business challenges with their peers, share their insights via thought leadership articles on Forbes.com, and get personalized support from the Forbes Councils concierge team. Concierges work with members on a regular basis to learn about their specific business needs and challenges and use that information to connect them to the right community resources.

Some of those exclusive benefits and resources include the opportunity to share expert advice with Forbes.com’s tens of millions of monthly readers; a business services concierge team to connect members with curated resources like travel, financing and accounting, back-office services, PEOs, marketing solutions and volume discounts from dozens of vetted vendors; and peer-to-peer learning and educational content, to name a few highlights.

And because Forbes Business Development Council has a rigorous selection process, every member can be assured that they are part of a vetted peer community of the highest caliber. We invite you to see if you qualify for Forbes Business Development Council.

Benefits of Membership

Hotel, Car Rental &
other Travel Discounts

24/7 Peer
Support Forums

Members-Only Web
and Mobile Dashboards

Contribute Content
to Forbes.com

Trusted, Vetted
Peer Community

High-Touch
Support

Educational
Resources

Marketplace with
Volume Discounts