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Davinci Virtual Gives Away Another iPad to Virtual Office User

And the winner of the iPad is… Henry Oswoski.

Oswoski won a new Apple iPad in Davinci Virtual’s August iPad sweepstakes. It’s the perfect compliment to his virtual office space—and a perfect holiday gift. Even with all the talk about the the HP TouchPad's $99 fire sale, the iPad just keeps getting hotter.

Road warriors, mobile workers and others are still snapping up the iPad in droves. No other tablet computer even comes close to the glory of Steve Jobs' iPad.  If you didn’t win in the earlier rounds of Davinci Virtual’s iPad sweepstakes, don’t worry. Davinci Virtual is giving another lucky person the opportunity to win one of the tablet devices for free in its next iPad sweepstakes.

Davinci Virtual is giving away another iPad and the drawing is Nov. 1, 2011.

I've said it before and I'll say it again, virtual offices and the iPad may have more in common than you think. Both are revolutionary approaches to their sectors. The virtual office is clearly revolutionizing the way many entrepreneurs consume office space. And the iPad is revolutionizing tablet computing. In fact, I am now learning about this first hand as my shiny new iPad 2 just arrived this afternoon. (Yes, I took the plunge.)

In case you haven’t had a proper introduction to the iPad, here you go: iPad’s Multi-Touch interface makes surfing the Web an entirely new experience, dramatically more interactive and intimate than on a computer. You can read and send e-mail on iPad’s large screen and almost full-size “soft” keyboard or import photos from a Mac, PC or digital camera, see them organized as albums, and enjoy and share them using iPad’s elegant slideshows.

iPad makes it easy to watch movies, TV shows and YouTube, all in HD, or flip through the pages of an ebook you downloaded from Apple’s new iBookstore while listening to your music collection. Normally, the iPad costs $499 for the entry-level model. Davinci Virtual is giving you a chance to get your hands on one for free.

There’s no catch. You don’t have to be a virtual office customer to win the iPad, but current virtual office customers are eligible to enter. So click here to enter to win an iPad from Davinci Virtual. Click here to enter the sweepstakes. Check out this review of the iPad. Worth the watch…


Davinci Virtual Office Solutions Growing Fast, Fast, Fast

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH-Davinci Virtual Office Solutions would like to thank you! Yes, you! Why? Because you are among the many thousands of satisfied virtual office customers that have made it possible for us to make this announcement:

Davinci Virtual has been selected as the 21st fastest growing company by the Utah Business 2011 Fast 50 awards. This is the company’s fourth year in a row we’ve been named among the Utah Fast 50. And we are honored.

"This award represents a testimonial to our innovation, continued aggressive growth and dedication,” said Bill Grodnik, CEO of Davinci Virtual. “We are in an exciting space, at the right time, offering superior virtual office solutions for a global market place.”

In case you aren’t familiar with the Utah Fast 50, allow me to explain: The Utah Fast 50 program recognizes companies for their entrepreneurial spirit, innovative business tactics and dramatic revenue growth.

Utah Business magazine and sponsors Kirton & McConkie, CBIZ and Mayer Hoffman McCann, and Oracle are highlighting 50 of the fastest growing companies in the state of Utah. The selected companies will be featured in the September issue of Utah Business magazine.

"It is great to see the Utah business community recognizing our company for the fourth year in a row,” said Martin Senn, COO of Davinci Virtual. “We continue to launch new services, exceed our milestones and expand our presence. This award is a tribute to our hardworking staff.”

Just getting to know Davinci Virtual? If you ask around, you’ll soon discover that we are the leading provider of turnkey virtual communications and virtual office solutions. When you rent virtual office space from Davinci, you get a local or toll-free telephone and fax numbers, digital voicemail, electronic fax, e-mail, unified messaging, voice and video conferencing, voicemail to e-mail, fax to e-mail, voice to text, professional live receptionist services, virtual assistants, live call answering, find me - follow me, live web chat, outbound calling, customer service, appointment scheduling, order taking, and much more.

Say all that three times fast! The point is, Davinci Virtual gives mobile workers, home office users and others everything they need to execute an alternative workplace strategy. And we have more than 850 virtual office locations to choose from.


Can Being a Taker-Giving Help Your Small Business?

Life would be a lot easier if people recognized there are really only three kinds of people in the world. So says John Scott, an entrepreneur who started with a truck and a tool box to become a successful contractor and real estate developer.

"It's been my experience in life and in business that people come in only three basic varieties," says Scott, who is also author of The Joe Dial, a graphic tool that measures positive and negative energies so people can adjust their lives. “There are givers, takers and those who fall in the middle with qualities of both. These people represent different mixtures of positive and negative energies, and understanding how those energies work—both with others and within ourselves—can make our lives at work and at home a lot easier."

His definitions of the three kinds of people are reasonably detailed, but a simple overview of them includes:

Givers: These people are typically honest and sincere and have a driving concern for the world and everyone in it. Givers feel a responsibility to treat everyone with dignity and respect. They see it as their duty to leave the world in better shape than they found it. The danger for people who are primarily givers is that they tend to be easily taken advantage of by takers. The pure giver often fails to assess a situation to ensure their best interests are being protected. They don't truly understand the taking mentality and do not realize there is a whole class of people out there eager to take everything givers are willing to give, and then some.

Takers: Keep in mind that taking in and of itself is not a bad thing. We must all have a bit of taker in all of us if only to afford others the opportunity to be givers. Moreover, takers are not necessarily bad people. They've simply been raised to be takers by having been given too much as they were growing up. For instance, a fourth generation welfare recipient has been given no other model but taking. Pure takers entire orientation in life is one of receiving, of trying to maximize the gain in every situation. A true taker operates out of a position of fear, always assuming there won't be enough to go around, always strategizing so he gets his share and more.

Taker-Givers (T&G): These folks strike a balance between taking and giving, and generally have a developed set of instincts about when to give and when to take. As a rule, they don't want to take advantage of anyone, nor do they want to be taken advantage of by takers. Courtesy is both extended and expected in return. Some key characteristics include:

  • They let you pay for lunch one day but insist on paying the next time.

  • They are able to both lend help as well as ask for help.

  • They listen and talk in roughly the same measure.

  • They carry their weight on a team, but don't allow themselves to be used.

  • They're not excessive with either lending or borrowing.

  • They clean up their own messes.

"In my estimation, about 70 percent of us fall into that T&G category to some extent or another, with the other 30 percent split evenly between givers and takers," Scott says. "By recognizing these elements and trying to practice the principles of giving and taking in equal measure, you can revolutionize your own workspace no matter what position you may have. The positivity will ripple outward, changing not only yourself, but the people around you."

Does Your Small Business Need a Culture Fairy?

You’ve heard of the tooth fairy. But what about the culture fairy? Could your small business use such a thing?

We at Davinci Virtual Office Solutions seem to be doing pretty good with our culture fairy. Let me explain how this works and you can decide for yourself if your very own small business would benefit from a culture fairy.

First, consider that Davinci Virtual, a leading provider of global virtual office solutions, has witnessed incredible growth since its launch in 2006. How incredible, you ask? Well, in just five years, we grown to over $10 million in revenues. We now employ more than 100 people. And our unique corporate culture helped us get there.

Now, we’re making it official. Katie Fronk, a key manager with the company for several years, has been promoted to a curiously unique position titled "The Culture Fairy." As such, Fronk’s only responsibility is to make sure we have a great company culture and total employee happiness at all times and at all costs.

"Our employees are our absolute greatest asset," says Bill Grodnik, CEO of Davinci Virtual. "It is critical that we create a work environment where every single team member is happy, healthy and has the tools to succeed—in their career as well as in life.”

Fronk was the unofficial culture fairy until now, having launched initiatives like the organic garden club, an after-hours employee education program, childcare and gym membership discounts, a sponsored weightwatcher program for employees, monthly team building events, a company library, game rooms, free healthy snacks and fruit, employee initiated community support/giving efforts, a new company newsletter and much more.

“Our new culture initiative is by far the most important thing we have ever done and it is the only way this company will be able to continue to grow in a healthy and enjoyable way,” Grodnik says. “We are so pleased with Katie's work. I am convinced that happy employees make for happy clients.”

So what about your company? Do you need a culture fairy? Do you have an unofficial culture fairy in place that makes the workplace brighter and cheerier? If not, it may be time to look around your small business and see if employees are happy and make some changes, if necessary. Even if your small business is only you, reward yourself for your successes. You deserve it.

Survey: Tablets a Boon to Mobile Entrepreneurs

As a small business owner, you wear a lot of hats. At least that’s the cliché we’ve all accepted in our entrepreneurial lifestyles. So what about work-life balance?

We’ve seen several studies this summer about small business owners who take working vacations and surveys about work-life balance are endless. Everybody wants it. Few small business owners achieve it. It’s almost an oxymoron.

Could a tablet computer help? Yes, it could, according to a new survey from Staples Advantage, the business-to-business division of Staples.

The Staples survey reveals that more than 60 percent of tablet owners admit to powering on their tablet during vacation to check in with the office or do work. But about 80 percent of tablet owners claim they are experiencing improved work-life balance because of the new technology. Here are some of the specific benefits to consider if you are thinking about taking the tablet plunge:

  • Almost 60 percent of survey respondents say they get more work done using a tablet.

  • More than 40 percent said staying connected with colleagues and clients was the primary motivator for buying a tablet.

  • About 75 percent of tablet users check e-mail.

  • One-third review and edit documents on their device.

All compelling benefits. But there is an overarching motive for purchasing a tablet computer: More than 90 percent cite the convenience of portability as their primary motivation. It’s so convenient, in fact, that tablet owners tend to take the device almost everywhere. Seventy-eight percent use a tablet in bed, 35 percent use a tablet in the bathroom and 30 percent at a restaurant. More than 60 percent of current tablet owners think tablets will someday serve as their primary computing device.

"Tablets offer fantastic convenience and a better work/life balance, making it easy for employees to keep information with them and utilize business apps, no matter where they go,” says Ed Ludwigson, vice president and general manager for Staples Technology Solutions, the technology products and services division of Staples Advantage. For employers, the benefit is having a more productive workforce that's always connected to what's happening at the office.”