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Getting help from a business coach

This story appears in the April 2000 issue of Business Start-Ups magazine.

About a year ago, Alexandria Brown's life reached a crossroads. She left her full-time job at a New York City ad agency to start her own homebased marketing communications firm, AKB & Associates, facing the typical challenges of a first-time entrepreneur. She was also moving into a new apartment and, as if that weren't enough transition for one year, she was in the process of breaking up with her fiancé.

One day at a business function, Brown, now 28, crossed paths with 34-year-old business coach Talane Miedaner. Call it fate. "Talane told me that she helps people live the lives of their dreams," says Brown, recalling that first conversation. "I thought it sounded fruity, but then I thought maybe she could help."

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