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MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Sept. 13, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --
LinkedIn, the world's largest professional network with more than 175 million members worldwide, today released new data about its popularity among small business professionals.
Globally, there are more than 15 million small business professionals on LinkedIn, over 75 percent of whom reside in 10 countries around the world.
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LinkedIn looked at how many small business professionals are already LinkedIn members. For the purposes of this study, LinkedIn defined small business professionals as LinkedIn members who currently work at a company that has between 11 to 500 employees. LinkedIn's data revealed that globally, there are 15,222,964 LinkedIn members who are currently small business professionals. These small business professionals are based in locations like Australia and Zimbabwe, and everywhere in between.
Globally, the top five countries with the most small business professionals on LinkedIn are:
United States (There are 6,874,850 LinkedIn members in the U.S. who are small business professionals. Their occupations range from an accessories designer all the way to a yacht broker.)
United Kingdom (There are 1,059,303 LinkedIn members in the U.K. who are small business professionals.)
India (There are 1,012,058 LinkedIn members in India who are small business professionals.)
The Netherlands (There are 597,010 LinkedIn members in the Netherlands who are small business professionals.)
Canada (There are 579,253 LinkedIn members in Canada who are small business professionals.)
"Small business professionals leverage LinkedIn in a myriad of creative ways," said LinkedIn's connection director,
Nicole Williams. "Not only do they leverage the site to make critical hires, but they also use
LinkedIn Groups like "mini conferences" where they can learn more about various subjects like advertising and public relations. We've also heard of small business professionals relying on their networks to find trusted vendors, partners and even funding for their companies."
Here are a few of the ways that small business professionals can use the world's largest professional network to their advantage: