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Achoo! Virtual Offices Can Keep You From Catching Summer Colds

I just got over a cold. It didn’t last long—but it lasted long enough to disrupt my work and play for a couple of days. I never get sick, so I wondered how on earth I got this summer cold. Then I remembered being in Starbucks where a woman was hacking and didn’t have the courtesy to cover her mouth.

As it turns out, she wasn’t alone. About 25 percent of people don’t cover their mouth at all, according to a new swine flu study out of New Zealand. And most people who do try to cover up use their hands to stifle a cough or sneeze instead of a tissue or sneezing into their elbow. (Health officials recommend both alternatives as more sanitary than sneezing into your hand.) Those coughing sneezers then proceed to touch doorknobs, furniture and other things and spread the infection.

Although a virtual office won’t guarantee you don’t catch the common cold, it can certainly reduce your risk by isolating you from an office environment where colds and flues pass from person to person. By working from your home office and using virtual office technologies, you can even continue working through your cold without worrying about passing it along to anyone else or having to take a sick day.

If you rent a virtual office in San Jose, for example, you will get a prime business address, mail and package receipt, access to a business support center, a lobby greeter and much more from just $100 a month. Think about it for a minute, how much productivity do you lose when you get sick? And it’s not just about the money, it’s about the quality of life.

I am not a germ-o-phobe by any means. But given the opportunity to work from a virtual office during cold and flu season or expose myself to a staff of office workers that fails to cover up when they cough or sneeze isn’t much of a choice. Companies should have virtual office technologies in place that encourage employees who are suffering from a cold of flu to work from home instead of coming into the office and hindering the productivity of the entire staff.

Watch this video to see how far these germs actually spread.

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Toronto Virtual Offices Boost Business

In a business world that’s gone global, Canada’s multicultural workforce is a boon for international firms. Add to that a catalogue of world-class higher education achievements, affordable, skilled labor, low turnover and universal healthcare policies and it is easy to appreciate why Canada attracted nearly $30 billion in foreign direct investment in 2005. And Toronto is at the heart of the action.

Canada’s labor advantages begin with its focus on education. When it comes to educational investment, Canada is at the top of the spending list and its investment is bringing measurable returns. More than half of Canadians ages 25 to 35 boast a post-secondary education, according to the 2006 IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook. Canada’s progressive immigration policies are also adding to its allure in a global marketplace. Again, Toronto is a vital city in Canada’s grand scheme.

Indeed, the world’s most successful cities are global talent magnets, and Toronto is among them. But you don’t need to relocate your business to Toronto in order to leverage these benefits. You can simply rent a virtual office space, which gives you a prestigious business address, a local or 800 phone number, and much more.

Renting a virtual office in Toronto is smart business if you want to do business globally.  Davinci Virtual offers two Toronto virtual office locations to choose from:

The Toronto Star Building is located at 1 Yonge Street in Toronto. You can rent a virtual office at this Toronto location for just $75 a month.

The Waterpark Business Center is in Downtown Toronto at 20 Bay Street. You can rent a virtual office there for just $95 a month.

Both virtual office locations offer the opportunity to rent conference rooms and day offices, as well as lobby directly listing, mail forwarding and shipping services, client drop off and pick up options, a business support center and more.

So whether you are just launching a business in Toronto or need an international headquarters, consider how a virtual office space can allow you to enter into this global market for pennies on the dollar. With a world class labor force there, you can get up and running with telecommuters in the Ontario region quickly.

Check out this video about Toronto, the commercial capital of Ontario:

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Virtual Offices Make Expanding to Anchorage Easy

Have you ever been to Alaska? I went there a few years ago. The snowmobiling was an adventure. The glacier flying even more so. But I was also impressed with the business community in Anchorage.

If you are in Anchorage, you know what I mean. People talk about Miami being the gateway to the Americas—and it is. But Anchorage is also a global business hub. Anchorage is less than nine hours by air from Asia, Europe, North America and 95 percent of the industrialized world. That’s why Anchorage is home to major U.S. military installations, and it’s also why nearly 70 percent of all Asia-Europe air cargo and 95 percent of North America-Asia cargo stops in Anchorage.

Anchorage's office space is located in the downtown and midtown areas, and Downtown Anchorage has experienced a renaissance. But you don’t have to rent traditional office space in Alaska. Davinci Virtual offers virtual office space there. In fact, if you want virtual office space in Alaska, Davinci Virtual is one of your only options. This trend hasn’t caught on as quickly in Anchorage as it has in other areas of the country. Davinci Virtual is ahead of the curve.

If you want to do business in Anchorage without the high overhead costs, Davinci Virtual can set you up with a virtual office in the Pacific Office Center. Located at 310 K Street in Anchorage, you’ll enjoy the prime business address, mail package and receipt, a business support center, lobby greeter, client drop off and pick up point and more. The Anchorage virtual office space rents for $120 a month.

Whether you are doing business on the mainland and just need an Anchorage address and phone number for your international business efforts that run through the city or you are an Alaskan entrepreneur looking for ways to cut overhead in a down economy, Davinci Virtual offers the virtual office solutions you need to establish a professional business image.

Check out this video on Anchorage. What you’ll discover is much more than snowy weather!

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DavinciMeetingRooms.com Doubles Transactions and Revenues

When you have good news, you just want to share it with everybody! Well, Davinci Virtual has good news on the meeting rooms front that I want to share with all my faithful readers.

Drum roll, please…

Davinci Virtual is officially announcing a 100 percent increase in revenues from our online meeting room reservation platform. You know it as
DavinciMeetingRooms.com. We doubled out transactions and revenues in the April, May and June compared to January, February and April. Yes, double!

How did we do it? Well, one way is by constantly adding new meeting inventory. With more meeting rooms to offer, we are able to serve more people looking for meeting space. As it stands, DavinciMeetingRooms.com lets you choose a meeting room from more than  750 locations and 2,000 plus meeting spaces. That means there’s something for almost everybody—and we’re still growing.

We also released updates to the meeting rooms online reservation platform that we believe makes the site even more user-friendly. You can quickly choose a meeting room with all the amenities you need, such as LCD projectors, Internet access, catering and business support services, as well as an array of easy to use interactive tools and search filters.

Meeting rooms rentals are the perfect complement to the virtual office. And Davinci Virtual has plenty of those, too. In fact, we’re the leader of turnkey virtual communications and virtual office solutions.

In minutes, we can set you up with a local or toll-free telephone and fax number, digital voicemail, electronic fax, e-mail, an online command center, unified messaging, voice and video conferencing, voicemail to email, fax to email, professional live receptionist services, virtual assistants, a call answering service, live web chat, screening and forwarding, outbound calling, customer service, appointment scheduling, order taking, and more.

So celebrate with us. And be sure to visit DavinciMeetingRooms.com for yourself to see how easy it is to reserve a meeting room in Atlanta, New York, Philadelphia, Dallas or just about anywhere else you need to meet. Happy Booking!

Need some tips for holding an effective meeting? Check out this quick video:

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Virtual Office Systems Help Entrepreneurs Avoid Debt

Only half of small businesses that tried to borrow last year got all or most of what they needed, according to a survey by the National Federation of Independent Business. That’s one reason why Sam’s Club is planning to make loans available to its small business customers.

Sam’s Club is launching a business loan pilot program that will make $5,000 to $25,000 loans available to qualifying members. The program also includes low-rate merchant credit card processing, convenient order-ahead programs and early shopping hours.

“Access to capital is a major pain point for our members and the small business Main Street community,” says Catherine Corley, vice president of Membership at Sam’s Club. “We believe this pilot program is a step in the right direction to help fuel small business growth and create jobs to stimulate our economy. It’s also simple to apply and costs less, which is consistent with our goal to help our members make smart choices and provide superior value.”

That $25,000—or even $5,000—will go a long way if you rely on a virtual office system instead of traditional office space. Leasing traditional office space, installing a phone system, furnishing your space, hiring a receptionist and some staff members, and so on would more than eat up $25,000 in the first year alone.

By contrast, you can set up a virtual office system for a fraction of the cost. A virtual office system includes a virtual office, which gives you a premier business address, an 800 or local phone number, mail drop off services, and access to a day office or conference room when you need one. Your employees can telecommute from their home offices, if you have any. Virtual offices start at just $50.

With a virtual office system you can lower your full-time staffing costs by leveraging part-time virtual assistants on demand and using a virtual receptionist who can complete various other administrative tasks. And virtual office technologies like Cisco’s WebEx let you coordinate virtual staff meetings with employees, customers and partners all over the world without every having to step foot on a plane, or even drive across town.

So whether or not you qualify for a Sam’s Club loan, consider the cost-savings you could enjoy with a virtual office system. You may discover that you don’t need a loan after all.

Check out this video for more information on Sam’s Club loans:

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