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By Dominique King • Apr 1, 2001

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Although photographer Melissa Leeper enjoys travelingto photo locations and meeting people, she describes attending herfirst local chamber of commerce event as more than a littleintimidating. "They had me stand up, and they introduced me. Iwas so nervous," recalls Leeper, 35, who founded Leeper Photo,her own homebased studio, nearly two years ago and is a member ofthe Greater Royal Oak Chamber of Commerce, a suburban Detroitgroup.

"Joining the chamber and the Business Women's Networkreally helped me make the transition from a corporate environmentto [entrepreneurship]," agrees training and communicationconsultant Christine Gloss,a past BWN president. "It gave me a lot of practice in talkingabout my business and what I do."

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