Finding the Right Group

370 U.S. government contractors around the world Ten events monthly, focused on networking, professional development, and market intelligence. CEOs of larger companies can pay more and get one-on-one networking help and attend private meetings with other members and, sometimes, government officials Up to $15,000
Entrepreneurs and professionals; all clients must be approved by founder Ed Bogen. Hundreds of breakfast and cocktail meetings a year, as well as one-on-one meetings. Bogen also offers marketing advice. $8,000 and up
Members must have reached $1 million in sales by age 50. Monthly chapter meetings and smaller monthly discussion forums with a group of eight to 12 peers Varies by chapter; the average cost is $2,500 to $3,000
Entrepreneurs with revenue of $1 million and up, or successful businesspeople who earn at least $250,000 a year The group offers several trips a year in which members can meet other entrepreneurs and partake in sessions with well-known business owners (a recent trip to Mexico featured West Coast Choppers founder Jesse James as a speaker). $10,000
CEOs of companies of any size In Vistage's most expensive programs, members attend monthly, full-day forums run by a paid facilitator, and up to 10 talks by Vistage's speakers. At the lower end, the forums are shorter, with fewer workshops. Varies by chapter; about $2,820 to about $13,000
Leaders of companies with sales of at least $1 million to $2 million a year, depending on the industry Monthly three-hour forums run by trained facilitators, an annual conference, two or more regional meetings a year, and chapter retreats $850 to $5,000
CEOs who have built companies with $8 million in sales by age 45 The oldest and most exclusive networking group, YPO hosts big events as well as small-group discussion forums with eight to 10 participants. $7,000 to $8,000; varies by chapter

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