“Raining” in Business Opportunities in Seattle

rain-webMost people think of Seattle and think about grunge music, coffee houses, and rain. When you think of this city, however, you see the enormous potential for technology, entertainment, and well, rain. While it never stays dry for long, Seattle is quickly becoming one of the most popular places to start a new business, or have an established business get noticed.

Of course, if your company doesn’t already have an established presence in Seattle, you need to be there. High tech companies are flocking to the area to get away from the high rent and cost in Silicon Valley. The area is the place to film new movies and television shows. Even manufacturing companies love the lower cost of living and proximity to major transportation lines. While you’re looking for a building to set up your operation, however, you’re still going to need a place to conduct meetings.

Tips for Being the New Employee

professional-woman-webWhen it comes time to start your new job, you might have just one goal in mind: don’t get fired. Once you’ve settled the nerves and are on your way from the lobby to your new desk, remember a few of these tips for a successful beginning as the new employee of the office.

Dress Like Your Co-Workers (or slightly above)

If you can never figure out the right thing to wear to work, take a cue from your co-workers Copying their style means you’ll always be appropriate and dressed for success. Dressing too far above them could cue jealousy or annoyance, which isn’t going to win you allies in the office. However, there’s nothing wrong with dressing a shade up from their standard ware. If the style of dress is a hoodie and jeans, showing up with jeans and a blazer over a t-shirt is a subtle way of sticking out, without rocking the boat.

Zipping and Zagging to the Top in Denver

ski-webYour skis land with a muffled “whump!” as you drop down off the lift. The view up here is spectacular: the sun glitters in tiny rainbows off the snow, and the distant mountains form almost cathedral-like shapes. Maybe it’s just the thin air, but for a moment you wonder if you might be in heaven. How is this possible just a quick shuttle-ride from downtown Denver?

You pause before pushing off with your poles, sucking in the cold, clear air. Suddenly, the best business idea you’ve ever had hits you like an avalanche: You’ll bring your clients here, to Colorado, where you can combine your work with play in a series of long ski weekends. Denver’s a great place to do business, with a thriving economy and a great, youthful vibe. The city’s perfectly situated between the west coast and the big manufacturing centers of the mid-west. It’s consistently ranked as one of the country’s best places for business. And on top of all that, it’s surrounded by gorgeous forests, mountains and parks.

Sherlock Holmes and the Case of London’s Booming Business Potential

sherlock-webYou’re sitting in a pub with a view of the Thames, the London Eye turning slowly in the background. Your plate of curry and chips is almost empty; the Brazil vs. South Africa game rages on the telly behind the bar, and a French guy at the next table begins an anecdote about his travels in Greenland. Suddenly it hits you: London is the perfect city for the series of seminars on your company’s international business! It’s friendly and hip, but also the most modern and international city you’ve ever been in.

Four Smart and Simple Ways to Welcome a New Employee

coffee-webA smart, qualified, and optimistic individual is reporting to your office tomorrow. You want to let them know they made the right decision by choosing to work for you. How you welcome a new employee could set the tone for a very long career. Here are four simple ways to get a new employee off on the right foot with your organization:

Coffee and Bagels

A new employee has a lot of introductions to make on their first day. You can get curiosity out of the way by hosting a brief breakfast introduction for your department. A formal introduction will prevent an employee from being interrupted for introductions throughout a critical first day of training and orientation.

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Guest Post: Digital Focus Drives Customer Experience for Davinci Virtual Office Solutions

LivePerson published a post on their blog about Davinci Virtual Office Solutions.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 – 15:01

Mathematician, painter, sculptor, architect, musician, inventor, anatomist, geologist, cartographer, botanist, and writer, Leonardo Davinci, the epitome of the Renaissance, possessed unquenchable curiosity unbridled imagination. These ideals were foundational pillars when two business partners—Bill Grodnik, CEO, and Martin Senn, COO, came together in 2005 to form Davinci Virtual Office Solutions.

As a starting point, the two determined that all business with the company—whether marketing or transactional—would happen online. Deploying a world-class website that allowed for engagement with customers spread around the globe was an important starting point.

The Taste of Success in the Big Apple

apple-webYou love your cozy corner of the world. You wouldn’t trade your city’s sports team, ethereal weather, or rugged attitude for anything in the world. You even love your slice of the country enough to run your business there. None of this changes the fact that you need to get to New York City to play with the big dogs. We’re not suggesting that you pack up and move to the Big Apple. We’re simply suggesting that you need to take a little nibble out of it. New York City is the place where media enterprises and international embassies are as common as celebrities and subway cars. It’s the place you need to be to interact with Wall Street investors, important innovative leaders, and leading vendors.

Business Chowder in San Francisco

DMR_week77_3The creator of the next digital empire could be sitting next to you while you chow down on sourdough bread in San Francisco. It’s no secret that great minds meet in the City by the Bay, which is exactly why you’re in town in the first place.

As a small-business owner you know that you need to surround yourself with the best talent available. You may have the most innovative product out there, but a marriage of ideas and skills is just the ticket for true success. And what better place to meet up than San Francisco? Seasoned corporations and fresh technology ventures make this city one of the best spots on the globe for business-minded people. A combination of savvy residents and an influx of global investors make the city an exciting place to be.

How to Win Boss of the Year

77_2It’s not easy being the boss. For your business to succeed, you not only have to perform your own work effectively but need to motivate your employees to do their jobs well, too. While you may not need a coffee cup or plaque emblazoned with “Boss of the Year” to verify that you’re an effective manager, earning that title in the eyes of your staff can help ensure that you retain the brightest and best employees. Use these four tips to inspire loyalty, productivity, and dedication.

Set Employees Up for Success

Employees perform better when they feel challenged but not overwhelmed. Provide your employees with the instruction, training, and tools that they need to perform their jobs effectively and efficiently. Identify priorities, set attainable goals, and make your expectations clear.

Dominating the Competition in Old Dominion

DMR_week77_1You may not show up to work in a Pilgrim hat, but the American spirit of fortitude and ingenuity beats in your veins. And when it comes to being an entrepreneur, there are few better places to get established than the birth place of the nation.

Since the first English settlers sailed into the mouth of Chesapeake Bay in 1607, Virginia has sparked the interest of the business world. From the agricultural crops that helped establish Virginia as a permanent colony to the computer chips that now make up the state’s highest grossing exports, Old Dominion continues to play a major role in shaping America’s economy. Whether you’re looking to expand your business or start up a new company, you’ll be hard pressed to find a better place to set up shop than in the birthplace of America.