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Bumping into acquaintances and professional contacts onboard a flight is common enough among frequent business travelers. SkyLounge, a new social networking site, helps travelers connect ahead of time through online groups, or "lounges," that match users' companies, upcoming trips, areas of interest and other data -- a lounge for golfers has already been created.

On top of networking, the site can be useful in arranging everything from airport carpooling to sightseeing tours. SkyLounge currently includes lounges for airline crews, as well as employees of Shell and GE, though new users are encouraged to start their own groups.

Sign up for free at http://www.skylounge.com.

Marketing Boot Camp

Building Leaders, a sales training firm serving the construction industry, is hosting a summer sales education boot camp in August. Held in Chicago, the two-day crash course is intended specifically for sales representatives in the building and construction business.

The curriculum will outline the basics, from developing the skills for a sales career to avoiding common pitfalls, engaging clients and closing the sale. The seminar will also include tips on achieving sales growth in a today's weaker housing market.

To register for the Aug. 19-20 seminar, sign up at http://buildingleaders.com/publiceducationseminars/saleseducation.html. Attendance fee is $595.

Amazon Business Services

Web giant Amazon has teamed up with Mountain View, Calif.-based software firm DreamFactory to offer web-based applications for business customers. The new DreamTeam Suite includes a project management application, a time and expense module, a document manager and a team calendar module.

The Software-as-a-Service tool costs $13 a month and can include unlimited participants and projects. For more information, see http://www.dreamfactory.com/amazon.




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