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Virtual office to serve home businesses

by Joe Estrella

Davinci International, a provider of in-house and virtual office services headquartered in Salt Lake City, opened a Boise facility Monday.

The company services large and small home-based businesses that need a professional local office setting, without the associated overhead.

Davinci has leased 7,000 square feet at 801 W. Main, which formerly housed D.A. Davidson & Co.

Boise clients will be able to reserve one or more of the 20 furnished executive offices at that address by the day, week or the month.

The offices will come with 24-hour telephone answering service, voice-mail and call forwarding, appointment scheduling, high-speed Internet access, the use of a conference rooms and secretarial support.

During a recent visit to Boise, Davinci co-managing director Bill Gordnik said the company will focus on promoting virtual office services to mostly home-based businesses that don't need a full-time office.

"It's an excellent way to leverage the infrastructure, both for us and the clients," he said.

Each customer is assigned their own phone number, which is answered using their company's name by a Davinci receptionist; calls are then transferred to the customer's home office. The company's mail is received at the Davinci offices and routed to the customer's home address. They also have access to conference rooms for meetings and to the company's secretarial services.

"It's just like a regular corporation," said co-managing director Sam Souvall. "The difference is once you walk through the front door, there's no mention of us. We're just the backdrop."

Souvall said the company is negotiating agreements with five Boise area businesses.

Meanwhile, one of its Salt Lake City clients is considering using the company's services in Boise.

Ed DeVincentis, manager of the Humana Inc. office in Utah, used the company's facilities to conduct employment interviews when he opened a Salt Lake City office in 2003 that offers administrative insurance services to Medicare recipients.

DeVincentis hopes to do the same thing when he opens a Boise office next month. He may use Davinci's offices to conduct interviews with local independent insurance agents that would add Humana's service to their portfolio.

"If I needed a spreadsheet done in an hour, the Davinci people did it for me," DeVincentis said. "That helped us grow more quickly, because I had good people doing the work for me."