St. Louis is one of those cities that seems to get panned unfairly. Having lived a rather nomadic existence, I've found myself traveling to the area quite a bit on business. I must admit that I was not looking forward to going to St. Louis the first time.

But then I found the city to be a very engaging place. Because St. Louis is such a small town big city - it has all of the amenities, excitement, and opportunities of a big city, but the welcoming of a small town. And the cost of living ain't bad, either. The people were friendly, it has nice parks and lively entertainment. And some really great beer!

These are just some of the many reasons that St. Louis has consistently ranked as one of the top places to live in America. For businesses, the diversity makes it easy to appeal to a number of different types of people. Contrary to what some may believe, regardless of what kind of business you're in, St. Louis is bound to accommodate it in some way.

Even with lower costs, however, entrepreneurs can be faced with high commercial rents that can make it rough starting out. One of the ways around this is to have a virtual office. With that, you get all the benefits of big city offices: great address, live reception desk that takes mail, greets clients, and forwards calls and faxes. The average cost for all of that is around $50 a month -- which is really unbelievable in these high flying rent days.

When you need to take a meeting, you can rent an office with all the comforts of home, so to speak: nice digs, high tech support, full business services, you name it - and it is all there, ready and waiting for you! You really can't beat that.

A virtual office makes it possible to have a real, viable business presence in St. Louis so that it is possible to take advantage of all the city has to offer while living in a thriving and interesting town.