A conference room by any other name...

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    The "Large Conference Room" at Marketplace HQ. The location of all our morning editorial meetings, as well as other general major gatherings (including a weekly Spanish class).

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    An outside view of the Large Conference Room at Marketplace.

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    Marketplace's "Small Conference Room" is where we hold meetings for smaller teams. It's also the site of Paddy Hirsch's Whiteboard series.

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    Another view of the Small Conference Room at Marketplace. Help us rename our conference rooms by commenting below!

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There is perhaps no more important decision a company can make than the name of its conference rooms.

All right, perhaps we jest, but some companies are spending a lot of time choosing the perfect name of their conference rooms, names that reflect their corporate culture, says Rupal Parekh with Advertising Age.

“If you look online, you’ll find all of these threads that are basically people that seem like they are in a state of panic, begging for help with naming their conference rooms,” Parekh said.

Some well known companies don’t seem to have much trouble naming their meeting spaces. Facebook, “knowing that they have a culture that is all about learning from their mistakes,” has named theirs after massive mess-ups in history. Case in point: one is named ‘subprime-mortgage.’

Other companies ponder choosing themes like characters played by Matt Damon (proposed on a Reddit thread) or members of the Wu-Tang Clan (proposed on a Yelp thread).

Others go for the inside joke by naming the rooms after employees who have worked at the company the longest (The Richards Group in Dallas) or a mashup of foods and band names (hence, Slayer Cake over at Etsy).

Here at Marketplace, we keep it simple with “The Large Conference Room” and “The Small Conference Room.”

Parekh says she empathizes -- Advertising Age calls one of theirs “The Green Conference Room” because the walls are green. “Maybe it means we’re just not as fun.”

But not anymore...

We’re looking for your help in renaming our two conference rooms. You tweeted us @MarketplaceAPM, Facebooked, and left plenty of comments with your submissions!

 Vote for your favorite conference room names in our poll -- deadline for voting is Friday!

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Kai Ryssdal is the host and senior editor of Marketplace, public radio’s program on business and the economy.
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Capital Gain/ Capital Oops
Fat Bastard/ MiniMe
Chris Christie: Before/ Chris Christie: After

Keeping it simple and scaleable...use Jupiter and Mercury in place of your current reference of Large and Small conference rooms. If you were to add a conference room in the future (not sure if possible of not) than it is a simple add. In the meantime...the concept of size is maintained by use of the largest and smallest planet in our solar system.

Capital Gain/Capital Oops
Fat Man/Little Boy
Tastes Great/Less Filling

The "G8" and the "Chamber of Commerce"

The "G8" and the "Chamber of Commerce."

Kai, The only appropriate names for the Marketplace conference rooms are "Euro" and "Dollar". But you can't put up signs, since "Euro" might not always be the "big" conference room! Meeting attendees will have to stay current on exchange rates if they want to find the right room.

Big conference room: Keynes
Small conference room: Friedman

Argh, try yet again? I suggest The Marquette Room and The Plaice Room (possibly with an aquarium, but ideally not Plaice Place or the Fishmarket).

I propose Zero Interest for the small one (I recall many meeting in conference rooms where this would have been appropriate), and The Bored Room for the larger one (again, with the memories).


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