Philly has a lot of advantages for its residents – but for businesses, costs can really be a bit of a nightmare, relatively speaking. Sure, other cities have their issues – but most of them are positioned better than Philadelphia – such as New York, Chicago, and L.A. That’s why they can absorb some of the less than favorable stuff without deterring too much from business.
An acquaintance of mine owns a printing company and is in the process of expanding. He wants to open shop in Philly – but when he found out there is a special tax on business profits – he decided it wasn’t all that special after all. I can’t say that I blame him. It’s hard enough for businesses to keep up with the gross receipts tax, let alone another one on top of that.
Still, he has family and friends in the area and wanted to see if he could make some business contacts there to start out. I suggested he host a get together to test the waters and court some of the local businesses. He said “That’s great – but where? Hotels cost a fortune.” I told him about Davinci Meeting Rooms and was not surprised that he had never heard of such a thing.
By the time I got through telling him about all he could get with a conference room — from booking for as little as an hour to professional services, reception, and catering – he was sold. Since he could stay with friends and family, he was able to visit easily as often as he liked. He also really dug the technology because he could dazzle prospects with presentations and patch in his manager to participate in the meeting no matter where he was. He also uses the day offices from time to time to stay organized.
After he started using the rooms I wasn’t surprised to learn that he had found his footing with some new business clients and raised the capital to open up shop. He thanked me later because, he said, if I hadn’t suggested using meeting rooms in Philadelphia, he probably wouldn’t have found a way to expand there. From the looks of things, his Philly shop is going to exceed his other one and he may wind up even making it his home base.