What is The BEA?

The Business Executives Association (BEA) is a group of business leaders dedicated to improving their businesses through networking and sharing management philosophies and ideas. Founded in 1941 by a group of Chicago business owners, the BEA began networking long before the term "networking" was prominent in the business community. BEA meetings comprise of networking, guest speakers, roundtable discussions and exercises based on management philosophy.

Our organization has a dual purpose: To facilitate the exchange of business and leads among our members and to learn and share business insight with each other. Our members use each other as a virtual Board of Directors, a place to critique new ideas and strategies before trying them at our respective businesses.

BEA Membership

Benefits of BEA Membership:

  • Establish, maintain, and share contacts with business executives in other industries.
  • Gain insight on new ideas and strategies before carrying out at member’s respective businesses.
  •  Foster the exchange of business transactions and “leads”.
  • Attend breakfast meetings at East Bank Club once a month where members and guests present information about topics including management style, macro and micro economic conditions, and other pertinent business matters.
  • Attend our Annual Holiday Party, Happy Hour Outings, and much more!

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Address: 400 E. Randolph, Suite 2305, Chicago, IL 60601
Phone: +1 (312) 540-9300
Email: ed@bea.org


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