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You love your cozy living room but feel awkward meeting clients there. What do you do? Lori Haston, partner in SmartStart: Small Business Advantage, a consulting company for business start-ups, created a thoroughly modern solution: online business meetings. "I recently formed a partnership with a consultant on the East Coast," says the Roseville, California, entrepreneur. "We `see' clients online in private chat rooms."

Jeff Bronfeld, co-owner of Cadick Corp., a Garland, Texas, engineering consultancy, uses hotel conference rooms--but advises making sure you know what you're getting: "Some hotels don't have real conference rooms," he says. "They just remove the bed from a guest room and put in a table."

Some chambers of commerce offer members free conference rooms; call your local chamber for details. Executive suite companies rent meeting rooms for the day; for more information, contact the Executive Suite Association at (800) 237-4741 or visit http://www.execsuites.org

Contact Sources

AdCo2000 Marketing, e-mail: Michelle@workathomeparents.com, http://www.workathomeparents.com

Amydoodles, (800) 388-3771, http://www.amydoodles.com

Cadick Corp., (607) 722-1229, http://www.electricnet.com/cadick/cadick.htm

Liz Folger, Bizymommy@aol.com

SmartStart: Small Business Advantage, bizanswers@aol.com, http://www.mallswithoutwalls.com

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