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What Does Hurricane Earl Mean for Virtual Office Users?

A Category 3 hurricane, Earl is moving up the East coast of the U.S. North Carolina’s vacation islands are evacuating in the face of potentially damaging winds and waves expected over the holiday weekend. The storm could hit as far north as New England before the end of the week.

But what does this mean for virtual office users along the East Coast? People who telecommute from virtual offices may need to move to higher ground. But that’s the beauty of a virtual office. It’s allows you to remain productive even in the midst of a hurricane.

Sure, power outages may force you out of your home office, but the virtual office technologies go with you. For example, if you use a virtual receptionist, you can still have your calls routed to anywhere you are on dry ground as you head west to escape Hurricane Earl. You can also conduct web conferencing from anywhere at any time.

Large companies that employ telecommuters can keep in touch with their employees even in the midst of the storm through follow-me numbers that find workers wherever they go to stay safe during Hurricane Earl.

I was reading a Reuters report. In it, the pointed to a testimony before Congress from John Berry, director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. Speaking of the blizzards that forced federal offices to shut down for several days, he said, “many federal employees rose to the challenge and continued to work, making good use of telework and other work flexibilities.”

So if you are in the danger zone as Hurricane Earl approaches, consider how virtual office technologies can help you keep in touch with your clients and others. Hurricane season is not going to be over for several months. If you don’t have a disaster management plan in place, and you are in a region that sees hurricanes, it’s time to consider a virtual office space that can keep you up and running in the wake of a storm.

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Davinci Virtual Named to Inc. 500 List

Davinci Virtual makes it our business to help entrepreneurs grow their business. There’s a benefit to that: we’re growing ours. What’s good for our clients is also proving to be good for us—we’re growing by leaps and bounds.

In fact, Inc. magazine just announced its 29th annual Inc. 500 ranking of the fastest-growing private companies in the United States. And guess who’s name is on the list? That’s right. Davinci Virtual has made its way onto the Inc. 500 list in 2010 with its virtual office solutions.

Who would have thought a virtual office company would find its way on this list? Bill Grodnik and Martin Senn, to name a couple. The leaders of Davinci Virtual have expressed confidence in the company’s virtual office network model from day one.

"We're thrilled to have been named by Inc. magazine as one of the nation's top 500 entrepreneurial companies. It represents tremendous validation of the consistent hard work, innovation and relentless commitment to customer service," says Bill Grodnik, CEO of Davinci Virtual. "We've experienced continued significant growth over the past five years and we are on track to double revenues again this year."

Wow! Did he say double revenues again? That’s pretty amazing, considering Davinci’s three-year revenue growth is already a whopping 1,899.5 percent. Davinci Virtual ranks number 141 on the list. If you want to see how Davinci Virtual stacks up against other fast-growth companies in related industries, check out the complete Inc. 500 list in the September 2010 issue of Inc. magazine.

"It is great to see Inc. magazine recognizing our company,” says Martin Senn, COO of Davinci Virtual. “We continue to launch new services, exceed our milestones and expand our presence. This award is a great tribute to our hardworking staff.”
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Virtual Office Spaces Kick-Start Japanese Entrepreneurs

On Monday, Japan’s government made promises to kick-start its struggling economy, including new stimulus packages. The global economic crisis has thrust Japan into a recession unlike anything the Asian nation has seen in decades.

If you have a great idea, now is a prime time to expand into Japan. Current interest rates are near zero and there are plenty of incentives for businesses. Japan is even calling for deregulation of energy, healthcare and tourism.

If you are considering testing the business waters in Tokyo, or if you are currently operating a business in Tokyo and need to shed expenses in a difficult economy, or if you are just traveling to Tokyo on business and need a reputable office space at which to conduct business while you are there, Davinci Virtual has solutions that are professional and affordable.

Davinci Virtual offers virtual office space at the Cerulean Tower in Tokyo from just $175 a month. Your Tokyo virtual office space offers you this prime business address, mail and package receipt, access to a business support center, a lobby greeter, and more. You can even rent a conference room if you need to conduct a client presentation.

This virtual office location is sure to impress your international business contacts. This is the tallest skyscraper in Tokyo, an impressive location for a virtual office space. With a virtual office at the Cerulean Tower in Tokyo, you are only a five-minute walk to Shibuya Station where seven different train lines meet. And your neighbor is Google. Google’s Japan headquarters are located in the Cerulean Tower.

Because this mixed-use building offers office space, virtual offices and a luxury hotel, you can feel comfortable when you travel to Tokyo with everything you need to conduct business in one location. The glass-and-steel building offers plenty of restaurants so you can enjoy a meal nearby your virtual office space and take your prospects to dinner—all in one location.

Check out these night scenes from Davinci's Tokyo virtual offices:

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Memphis Virtual Offices Offer Value

Memphis’ powerful spot on the Mississippi River in the extreme southwest corner of Tennessee and its role as the biggest city in the Mid-South have historically made the city a magnet for attracting people from all over the Delta, Mississippi, Arkansas, West Tennessee, northern Alabama, and Missouri.

Memphis is a great place to set up a virtual office space. Whether you are located in the city of Memphis or in a suburb of this legendary city, a virtual office space is a powerful tool in your business arsenal. A virtual office can enhance the professional image of your business, help you drive more productivity, and save you plenty of money compared to traditional office space.

Davinci Virtual offers three virtual office locations in Memphis. There's the Memphis Business Center, Memphis Poplar and Executive Offices of Memphis. Let's take a look at each virtual office location.

The Memphis Business Center is at 1661 International Drive. This is near River Oaks-Kirby-Balmoral and Germantown. You can rent virtual office space at this location from $95 a month. Executive Offices of Memphis is located at 119 S. Main Street. You can rent virtual office space there from $100 a month in the downtown Memphis area.

Finally, Memphis Poplar is located at 6000 Poplar Avenue in the same general neighborhood. This virtual office space rents at prices beginning at $135 a month and include two days of complimentary guest office space use. You can also rent day offices there if you need more than two days.

No matter which Davinci virtual office location you choose in Memphis, you'll get a prime business address, mail and package receipt, access to the business support center, a lobby greeter who can make your clients and prospects welcome and a client drop off/pick-up point. You can also opt for mail forwarding and shipping services for an additional fee, rent a conference room or rent a day office space.

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Google Launches Virtual Office Dream

Gmail just made virtual office users cheer with a new service that brings Voice over Internet Protocol to Gmail and links it to the Google Voice app. All this means you can make telephone calls from your Gmail interface. This is a virtual office user’s dream that will save you time and money on international calls.

Gmail users have been chatting it up using their PC’s mic and speakers via a service called Google Talk since 2005. But until today Gmail users couldn’t dial into land lines. Both Gmail users had to be sitting behind their computers and signed into Gmail at the same time in order to talk. Now virtual office users can dial landlines from their computers any time and anywhere.

“Given that most of us don’t spend all day in front of our computers, we thought, ‘wouldn’t it be nice if you could call people directly on their phones?’ said Google Software Engineer Robin Schriebman. “Starting today, you can call any phone right from Gmail.”

Here’s how it works: You can dial a phone number in the same familiar way you dial a normal phone. Just click “Call phone” at the top of your chat list and dial a number or enter a contact’s name. If you have a Google Voice phone number, calls made from Gmail will display this number as the outbound caller ID. You can also choose to receive calls made to this number right inside Gmail.

Calls to the U.S. and Canada will be free for at least the rest of the year, Google said, and promised calls to other countries will be billed at very low rates. Schriebman said Google worked hard to make international calling rates “really cheap.” Calls to the U.K., France, Germany, China, Japan -- and many more countries -- for as little as $0.02 per minute.

This is a great complement to the virtual office space. A virtual office space gives you a prestigious office address, mail forwarding, a lobby greeter, access to a business center and much more. Now, virtual office users can slash the cost associated with international phone calls using Google’s new service.
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