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RIM Launches BlackBerry 9650 for Road Warriors

If you are a road warrior who loves virtual office technologies, you’ll love the new BlackBerry smartphones. Even if you use an iPhone, you have to appreciate the BlackBerry as the pioneer in business e-mail and other mobile productivity applications.

On Monday, Research in Motion (RIM), the makers of the BlackBerry smartphones, announced two new models worth checking out: the BlackBerry Bold 9650 and BlackBerry Pearl 3G. These devices can serve as compliments to your virtual office space.

The BlackBerry Bold 9650 smartphone offers a full-QWERTY keyboard, optical trackpad and built-in Wi-Fi, which makes it possible to talk on the phone while browsing the web or sending and receiving e-mail. The Pearl 3G is less than two inches wide and weighs 3.3 ounces, but still offers support for high-speed 3G networks, Wi-Fi and GPS. It offers features including e-mail, messaging and social networking.

"The new BlackBerry Bold 9650 is an extraordinary smartphone that we think customers will love," said Mike Lazaridis RIM president and co-CEO. "Whether at work or at play, the new BlackBerry Bold 9650 offers a truly impressive communications, multimedia and connectivity experience."

Isn’t that what a virtual office is all about? Truly impressive communications, multimedia and connectivity experience? Road warriors or home-based entrepreneurs who use virtual offices can have their calls answered, screened or forwarded in a professional, personalized way. Your clients won’t know if you are sitting in a office or answering from your new BlackBerry 9650 smartphone—unless you tell them.

A virtual receptionist can do even more. Your clients can listen to hold music while they wait, the remote receptionists can schedule appointments and make live outbound sales calls. You can also avoid missing calls from customers who might not leave a message on your answering machine by having the live receptionist take your calls on a multiple line phone system.

Thinking of buying a new smartphone? Check out this quick video on the BlackBerry Bold 9650 and consider how this fits into your virtual office plan.

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Can Virtual Offices Make Your Dreams Come True?

Entrepreneurs and dreaming go hand in hand—but what happens when you throw a virtual office into the mix? The combination might help you work smarter, if Harvard Research bears true.

According to the Harvard Medical School’s Center for Sleep and Cognition in Boston, dreams play a part in learning by processing what people recently experienced. For example, people who dreamed about a maze video game they played before they took a nap performed better on that video game the next time they played it. People who didn’t dream about the video game did not perform better in side-by-side testing.

This fascinating research makes me want to take a nap—and working from a virtual office makes it more possible to do just that. Working from a virtual office lets business go on as unusual while you take a 30-minute post-lunch nap. Your virtual receptionist can hold all calls, take messages, answer client questions and otherwise fill in the gaps while you dream your way to better performance.

Virtual office technologies like Live Web Chat also keep the e-commerce and online lead generation wheels turning while you take your nap. When you wake up, you are refreshed and ready to conquer your business dreams again. And, if the Harvard study holds water, there is a possibility of performing at higher levels, especially if you dreamed about a particular business issue.

There are countless studies on the benefits of napping. So many, in fact, that it’s hard to deny the value of naps. But let’s face it. It’s tough to squeeze in a nap in a traditional office environment. Even if you can close your office door and turn off your phones, it’s likely that you will meet with distractions that will interrupt your nap time. With a virtual office, you can work from home without missing any business opportunities—and you can nap with fewer distractions.

Check out this video on power naps in a "napping spot" in New York City:

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The Evolution of Take Your Child to Work Day

Today is ‘Take Your Child to Work Day.’ Did you take your child to work? What I discovered is that my daughter’s school won’t allow me to take my child to work because I work from a virtual office space. The Fort Lauderdale schools apparently require a traditional office environment.

That mindset illustrates the importance of companies like Davinci Virtual continuing to educate the market on virtual office space and its benefits. With telecommuting, a mobile workforce, and home-based entrepreneurs on the rise in this economy, kids could learn a valuable lesson about the future of the workforce if schools allowed students to go to work with their parents who work at home and use a virtual office.

If the purpose is “teaching moments” that expose students to the world of work, what better way than to let them see how they can launch their dreams from a home office using virtual office technologies? If my daughter’s school had allowed me to “take her to work,” I could have chosen to take her to my local Davinci Virtual partner and held a meeting in one of their meeting rooms. She could have met the receptionist that greets clients that would come to meet me there.

Virtual office space is part of the 21st century workforce paradigm. Kaplan University offers online degrees, but also has campuses in cities like Fort Lauderdale, Lincoln, Nebraska, and Des Moines, Iowa.

At Kaplan, the workplace does include virtual and at-home workers. The university extended Take Your Child to Work Day into a week-long program in which its 2,800 South Florida employees take their kids with them to work at home, in coffee shops or other non-traditional environments. I thought that was a novel idea.

As for my daughter, she's probably in math class right about now.
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How Far Will a New $100 Bill Take You?

Have you seen the brand new $100 bill? The U.S. Department of the Treasury just unveiled the new design, complete with advanced technology to combat counterfeiting. It still looks a lot like the $100 bill you are used to, but it’s hardened to fight fraud.

That got me to thinking: What can you buy with $100?

For some people, $100 will buy groceries for the week. For others, you can pick up a cool new iPod. Still others might spend $100 on some new clothes.

What you can’t buy with $100 is office space. Even the least expensive office space rentals are more than $100. But there is a cost-effective alternative that will help you stretch those newly-minted $100 bills: virtual office space.

For example, you can get a virtual office space in the Wall Street Business Center in New York for just $79. You can get a virtual office space in Cupertino for $95. You can also get a virtual office space in Chicago for $95. Are you beginning to get the picture?

Your $100 bill will take you a long way in the virtual office world. You can get a prestigious business address in some of the most respected buildings in major cities and smaller cities across the U.S. and around the world for $100 – or less.

What’s more, you can also get access to conference rooms or meeting rooms for a small hourly fee if you need a bricks-and-mortar space to meet clients. Even if you had to meet clients for 10 hours a month at a Davinci Virtual location, it would still only cost you about $250. That’s $350 in total, and you have no additional officing costs, no electricity, no long-term lease, no phone equipment or furniture to purchase and so on. And next month when you don’t need to meet so many clients face-to-face, you are only spending $100—or less.

Davinci Virtual has virtual office space in all 50 U.S. states and in strategic locations around the world. Although some locations are more than $100, many are significantly less than $100. So while you are thinking about how you are going to spend those crisp, clean new $100 bills the U.S. Treasury just announced, consider how far it will take you toward your business goals when you consider a virtual office space.

Check out this video that shows you all the features of the new $100 bill.

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Davinci Virtual Featured in Salt Lake Tribune Article

Davinci Virtual is in the news again. The Salt Lake Tribune is featuring the virtual office company in an article entitled, “Even in a virtual business, you may need physical space.”

Tom Harvey reports on Davinci Virtual and how the business caters to home office entrepreneurs, and he begins with the pros and cons of virtual offices. The pros, he writes, is that entrepreneurs can work mostly from home over the Internet. The cons, he continues, is that you may have to meet a potential client in your living room.

That, Harvey writes, is where Davinci comes in. He discussed the issue with Bill Grodnick, president and CEO of Davinci Virtual.

"Our business has really gone from nothing to we'll be doing $10 million in business this year," Grodnick told The Salt Lake Tribune. Of course, there’s also Davinci Meeting Rooms. "You can basically book a meeting room from New York to L.A. tomorrow at 9 o'clock in the morning,” Grodnick says.

Davinci Virtual gives entrepreneurs the best of both worlds. For example, you don’t have to commute to the office every day. That saves you time. You don’t have to hire and train employees to answer the phones. That saves you money. You don’t have to be concerned about meeting clients in your living room or even in a restaurant because you can tap into a day office or a meeting room. That enhances your reputation. Remote receptionists tackle calls so you can keep focused on the task at hand, but you don’t have to employ a full-time receptionist. That saves you across the board.

From real estate professionals in Denver to accountants in Cleveland and beyond, service firms are finding value in virtual offices because it offers a professional image, productivity technologies and lower overhead than traditional office space.

Check out this short video about Davinci Virtual.

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