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We used to be jealous of the corporate types when it came to networking-but now it's the 21st century, now we have technology, and now home offices are coming together.

This story appears in the March 2000 issue of

When Deb Haggerty ditched corporate America in 1985 to launch her own business, she didn't know she'd long for the "team" she left behind. All it took was one week for the former career corporate citizen to realize she needed people around.

"I missed the camaraderie, the give and take, the jokes and compliments that go on in an office full of people," she says. "I realized I needed to get into some networking groups to maintain my sanity and my self-esteem."

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